Who is Nat Faxon?
Nat Faxon is an American actor, comedian, voice actor, and screenwriter. He is best known for his role as ‘Ben Fox’ in the series ‘Ben and Kate,’ and as co-writer of the Academy Award-winning screenplay of ‘The Descendants.’ Born and raised in Massachusetts, he spent a decade with the improv and sketch comedy troupe/school ‘The Groundlings.’ Initially he earned his living by appearing in commercials such as State Farm, Saturn, Heineken, etc. Starting with the 2000 series ‘Grosse Pointe,’ he later worked in a number of series, including ‘Reba,’ ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Up All Night,’ and ‘Trophy Wife.’ Faxon’s film appearances include ‘Orange County,’ ‘Hamlet 2,’ ‘Freeloaders,’ ‘Zookeeper,’ and ‘The Babymakers.’ His lead roles in the comedy series ‘Ben and Kate’ and ‘Married’ brought him recognition. Faxon has lent his voice for several animated films and series, such as ‘American Dad!,’ ‘Allen Gregory,’ and ‘Disenchantment,’ among others. The screenplay of ‘The Descendants’ earned him an ‘Oscar Award.’ His debut co-directorial film, ‘The Way, Way Back,’ won accolades. Faxon is married to Meaghan Gadd, and they have three children.
Childhood & Early Life
Nathaniel Faxon was born on October 11, 1975, in Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in a sea-side community, Manchester-by-the-sea, in Massachusetts.
Initially he studied at the ‘Brookwood School,’ Boston, and then joined ‘Holderness School,’ in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Later, Faxon studied at the ‘Hamilton College.’ During his college days, he created a sketch improv group called ‘Bobby Peru.’
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Faxon began his career with the Los Angeles based improvisational and sketch comedy troupe and school, ‘The Groundlings.’ He was with the institute for nearly one decade, which helped improve his performing arts skills. Here he met Jim Rash, who later became his writing partner.
Before getting any major work in films and (or) television, Faxon earned his living by working in commercials. He appeared for Holiday Inn hotels, Blockbuster, Swiffer Duster, Saturn, State Farm, Heineken, TiVo among others.
Faxon’s made his screen debut in an episode of ‘Rude Awakening,’ in 1999.His first significant role as ‘Kevin’ came in 17 episodes of the satirical TV series ‘Grosse Pointe’ (2000). He followed this up by guest appearances in TV series such as ‘Significant Others,’ ‘Reno 911!,’‘Joey,’ ‘NCIS,’ and ‘Happy Hour.’ He made guest appearances in the film ‘The Medicine Show’ and television movies ‘In My Opinion’ and ‘Romy and Michele: In the Beginning.’
He worked in films, ‘Orange County,’ ‘Slackers,’ ‘Club Dread,’ and ‘Lower Learning.’ His other significant movie performances came as ‘Stage manager’ in ‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,’ as ‘Mark’ in ‘Bad Teacher,’ and as ‘Rolf’ in ‘Beerfest.’
In 2012, Faxon appeared in the lead role of ‘Ben Fox’ in the Fox TV sitcom ‘Ben and Kate.’ After this series, his next lead role came as ‘Russ Bowman’ in FX comedy series ‘Married,’ where he appeared opposite Judy Greer.
He lent his voice to several characters on ‘The Cleveland Show,’ and ‘American Dad!.’ He was the voice of ‘The Fro’ in the 2009 MTV animated series ‘DJ & the Fro.’
In 2011, he gave his voice to the lead character on Fox adult animated sitcom series, ‘Allen Gregory.’ He provided voice for the character ‘Sinjin Knightfire’ on an episode of Disney’s ‘Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.’
He has lent his voice to characters like ‘Captain Underpants’ and ‘Mr. Krupp’ in ‘The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants,’ and to ‘Elfo’ in the Netflix satirical fantasy sitcom ‘Disenchantment,’ and to ‘Stu’ in ‘Harvey Street Kids.’
Faxon co-wrote the screenplay of George Clooney starrer ‘The Descendants,’ Along with Jim Rash and Alexander Payne. In February 2012, the screenwriter duo and the film’s director, and co-writer, Alexander Payne, won the ‘Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay’ for this movie. This screenplay fetched them numerous nominations and awards, including the ‘Satellite Awards,’ the ‘National Board of Review Award,’ the ‘Writers Guild of America Award,’ and the ‘Independent Spirit Award.’
Faxon co-wrote and co-directed the independent comedy drama film ‘The Way, Way Back, along with With Jim Rash.’ This directorial debut earned them rave reviews.
Faxon’s forthcoming projects include ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (actor) and ‘Downhill’ (co-director).
Family & Personal Life
On February 3, 2007, Faxon married Meaghan Gadd, daughter of the well-known drummer Steve Gadd. The couple has three children, two daughters, Ruthie and Beatrice, and a son, Otis.