Nat Faxon

Nathaniel Faxon (born October 11, 1975) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and screenwriter. A frequent presence on comedic films and TV series, he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing The Descendants (2011) and starred in the Fox comedy series Ben and Kate (2012–2013), the FX comedy series Married (2014–2015) and voices Elfo in the Netflix adult animated television series Disenchantment (2018). He also co-wrote and co-directed The Way, Way Back (2013) with writing partner Jim Rash.

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Faxon at the series premieres of You're the Worst and Married in July 2014
Nathaniel Faxon

(1975-10-11) October 11, 1975
OccupationActor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter
Years active1999–present
Meaghan Gadd (m. 2007)

Early life

Faxon's early years were spent in the seaside community of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, where he attended the Brookwood School. He later graduated from the Holderness School near Plymouth, New Hampshire and then Hamilton College in 1997.



Faxon is an alumnus of the Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings, where he began performing in 2001.[1]

Faxon may be best known for his appearances in comedic films such as Orange County (2002), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), Bad Teacher (2011), and several Broken Lizard films including Beerfest (2006). He co-starred in Darren Star's semi-autobiographical satire Grosse Pointe and had recurring roles in several television series such as The Cleveland Show, Joey, Up All Night and Reno 911!.

Faxon has been featured in a series of prominent Holiday Inn commercials featuring Joe Buck as well as an ad by Blockbuster. However, he did not get a significant lead role until 2012 when he was cast as the titular Ben in Ben and Kate,[2] for which he received many positive reviews. Faxon starred alongside Judy Greer in the FX comedy series Married, which ran for two seasons.

Writing and directing

Faxon and writing partner Jim Rash, whom he met while performing at The Groundlings, co-wrote the screenplay for the film The Descendants, starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne. On February 26, 2012, the screenplay for The Descendants won an Oscar, with Faxon, Rash, and Payne all receiving Oscars for their efforts.[3] The duo made their directorial debut with The Way, Way Back (2013), based on their original screenplay, and starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, and Sam Rockwell, among others.[4] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired it for $10 million,[5] and was released domestically to acclaimed reviews that July.

Personal life

Faxon is married to Meaghan Gadd and they have three children: Ruthie, Otis and Beatrice.[6]



2002Orange CountyKip
SlackersKarl, the Grad Student
2004Club DreadManny
2006The TV SetReporter
2007Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryAwards Show Stage Manager
2008Hamlet 2Glenn from Copy Shop
Lower LearningTurner Abernathy
2009The Slammin' SalmonCarl the Manager
Bad TeacherMark
The DescendantsCo-screenwriter only; Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2012The BabymakersZig-Zag
2013The Way, Way BackRoddyAlso co-screenwriter and co-director
Sex TapeMax
A Happening of Monumental ProportionsParamedic #2
2018Life of the PartyLance
Father of the YearMardy
2019Ready or NotJustinVoice
Charlie's AngelsPeter Fleming
2020DownhillDirector, Post-production


1999Rude AwakeningSlackulaEpisode: "Slackula"
2000–2001Grosse PointeKevin the P.A.17 episodes
2003–2004Reno 911!Milk Shake6 episodes
2004Significant OthersBreckEpisode: "A Breck, a Brother & a Funeral"
2004–2005JoeyBodie3 episodes
2005Romy and Michele: In the BeginningChadTV movie
NCISCarter FinchEpisode: "The Voyeur's Web"
RebaElder Care WorkerEpisode: "Grannies Gone Wild"
2005–2014American Dad!Various voices4 episodes
2006–2008Happy HourBrad Cooper14 episodes
2008Mad MenFlattyEpisode: "The Benefactor"
2009DJ & the FroThe Fro (voice)12 episodes
Glenn Martin DDSTrailer Park Teen (voice)Episode: "Halloween Hangover"
The Big DBradyPilot
The Burr EffectDalePilot
2009–2012The Cleveland ShowRaymond the Bear (voice)10 episodes
2010Party DownGarlan GreenbushEpisode: "Party Down Company Picnic"
2011Allen GregoryJeremy (voice)7 episodes
Happy EndingsChef LeslieEpisode: "Bo Fight"
2012Are You There, Chelsea?Tim KornickEpisode: "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying"
Up All NightLawrenceEpisode: "Couple Friends"
2012–2013Ben and KateBen FoxSeries lead, 16 episodes
2013Comedy Bang! Bang!Earl of CrathmoreEpisode: "Jessica Alba Wears a Jacket with Patent Leather Pumps"
2013–2014Trophy WifeSad Steve3 episodes
2014–2015MarriedRuss BowmanLead role, 23 episodes
2014Robot Chicken(voice)Episode: "Noidstrom Rack"
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade NinjaSinjin Knightfire (voice)Episode: "Julian's Birthday Surprise/True Bromance"
Marry MeScoobyEpisode: "Win Me"
BenchedHaroldEpisode: "Solitary Refinement"
2014–2016TripTankVarious voices8 episodes
2014–2017Blaze and the Monster MachinesPickle (voice)45 episodes
2015CommunityDirector, 2 episodes
The GrinderLyleEpisode: "Little Mitchard No More"
2015–2017SuperMansionIvan Whiff (voice)2 episodes
Family GuyVarious voices3 episodes
2016Black-ishJoseph EvertonEpisode: "Super Rich Kids"
Mike Tyson MysteriesWill (voice)Episode: "Save Me!"
2017Dogs In A ParkVarious Dogs (voice)8 episodes
NobodiesHimself2 episodes
2017–2019Friends from CollegeNickMain cast; 16 episodes
2018–presentThe Epic Tales of Captain UnderpantsCaptain Underpants/Mr. Krupp (voice)Main cast; 39 episodes
DisenchantmentElfo (voice)Main cast; 19 episodes
2019Harvey Street KidsStu (voice)3 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title of work Result
2011 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Satellite Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
National Board of Review Adapted Screenplay Won
2012 Writers Guild of America Adapted Screenplay Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Adapted Screenplay Nominated
USC Scripter Award Adapted Screenplay Won
Online Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
Golden Globe Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
BAFTA Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Australian Film Institute Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Academy Award Adapted Screenplay Won
2013 Newport Beach Film Festival Audience Award Feature Film The Way Way Back Won
Filmfest Hamburg Art Cinema Award Nominated
2014 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Comedy Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards[7] Best Comedy Nominated


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  2. Adams, Erik (25 September 2012). "Nat Faxon ascends to leading man on Ben And Kate". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  3. Goldberg, Lesley (28 February 2012). "Descendents Oscar Winner to Star in Fox Comedy Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  4. Itzkoff, Dave (24 August 2012). "The Writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash Direct The Way, Way Back". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  5. "The Way, Way Back". Sundance Institute. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  6. "Biography of Nat Faxon". Archived from the original on 2013-10-23.
  7. "19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominations". The Broadcast Films Critics Association. 16 December 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
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