Nathan Fillion Biography

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Born: March 27, 1971


Date of Birth: March 27, 1971

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Nathan Fillion originally wanted to follow his parents into teaching (both are high school English teachers) but instead became interested in acting. After taking classes at Theatresports Workshops, Fillion was spotted by an agent at the Fringe Theatre Festival. He played small roles in locally filmed productions such as the ABC TV movie Ordeal in the Arctic (1993) starring Richard Chamberlain and the Canadian feature Strange and Rich (1994) before being offered the role of Joey Buchanan on the daytime soap One Life to Live. With just one semester left to go to earn a degree at the University of Alberta, he picked up and moved to NYC.

During his three year stint with the soap, Fillion was nominated for a Daytime Emmy and a Soap Opera Digest Award as Outstanding Younger Actor. In 1996, he moved to Los Angeles, where he landed guest roles on TV shows such as Spin City, The Outer Limits and Miss Match. He also made his major motion picture debut in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998).

The same year, he was cast as a regular on the ABC sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, alongside fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds. When the series ended in 2001, he was quickly picked up for a starring role as Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Joss Whedon's new sci-fi drama Firefly. He won a 2003 Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for his work on the show, but unfortunately, despite an enthusiastic fan base, the series was cancelled after just one season.

Whedon then cast Fillion in the recurring role of Caleb, a villainous woman hater in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and when Firefly was picked up for a big screen continuation Fillion joined the rest of the cast in the film, called Serenity (2005). Since then, he's completed filming the horror flick Slither (2006) on location in British Columbia. Some of his recent films include Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013), Monsters University(2013)and Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters(2013).

In his spare time, Fillion enjoys beach volleyball, drawing and roller blading.


Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters(2013)
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox(2013)
Monsters University(2013)
Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011)
Outing Riley (2004)
Water's Edge (2003)
Dracula 2000(2000)
Blast from the Past(1999)
Saving Private Ryan(1998)
Strange and Rich (1994)

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