Nicholas Edward Palatas is an actor from America best known for portraying Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in the telefilms ‘Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins’ and ‘Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster’. He has also played the character in three Scooby-Doo video shorts. Originally from Maryland, Palatas’ passion for acting ignited early. He grew up in the unincorporated, census-designated place of Bethesda with two siblings. He made his acting debut in 2007 in the comedy short ‘The Erogenous Zone’. A year later, he appeared in a short film called ‘Love’. Palatas first appeared as Shaggy in 2009 when ‘Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins’ premiered on Cartoon Network. He replaced Matthew Lillard, who had previously portrayed the character in two live-action feature films.
In 2007, Nick Palatas debuted as an actor in writer-director Nick Abdo’s comedy short ‘The Erogenous Zone’. Based on the screenplay ‘Breast Stroke’, the short film revolves around a high school student who, after becoming obsessed with losing his virginity, reaches out for support in The Erogenous Zone. Besides Palatas, the project also stars Patrick Blakely, Drew Carr, and James Eckhouse. He was cast as a schoolboy in the 2008 drama short ‘Love’. Written and directed by Kirstie Palmer, the film tells the story of a young woman whose father left when she was very young. As a result, she usually develops romantic interests in men who inevitably abandon her.
In 2009, he debuted as Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in Cartoon Network’s live-action telefilm ‘Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins’, which was first broadcast on September 13, 2009. The plot of the telefilm goes back to the beginning and tells how Mystery Inc. was created. Robbie Amell also stars in the telefilm, portraying Fred Jones, while Kate Melton stars as Daphne Blake and Hayley Kiyoko as Velma Dinkley. Veteran American voice-actor Frank Welker provided the voice of Scooby-Doo.
Palatas reprised the role in the 2010 sequel, ‘Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster’. The rest of the main cast returned as well and were joined by Richard Moll, Marion Ross, Ted McGinley. Originally televised on October 16, 2010, the telefilm shows the Scooby gang battling a mysterious lake monster. Palatas has also portrayed Shaggy in three video shorts: ‘The Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. Personality Quiz’, ‘Scooby-Doo: The Coolsville High Video Yearbook’, and ‘Scooby-Doo: The Whole World Loves You!’. Although he substituted Matthew Lillard as the actor portraying the live-action version of Shaggy, Lillard continues to lend his voice to the character in the animated Scooby-Doo projects.
In 2010, Palatas guest-starred in the season-three episode, ‘Mad Rocks’, of the Nickelodeon sitcom ‘True Jackson, VP’, a show in which his Scooby-Doo co-star Robbie Amell portrays one of the main characters. He appeared in the 2011 drama short ‘Air We Breathe’. His character, Dylan Avery, is a 25-year-old young man who, following the death of his father, locates and meets an older man named John Foster to forge a relationship with him. In 2013, he assayed the role of Robb Stark in three episodes of the web series ‘School of Thrones’, which was a spoof of the popular HBO series ‘Games of Thrones’.
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Family & Personal Life
Nick Palatas was born on January 22, 1988, in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. His father is of English, German, Irish, Portuguese, Slovak and Swedish ancestry, while his mother is of Polish and Russian ancestry. He has two younger brothers: Philip Palatas and Cameron Palatas. Cameron is also an actor and has appeared in shows like ‘iCarly’, ‘Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous’, and ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and films like ‘A Bag of Hammers’ ‘Pass the Light’, and ‘F the Prom’.
He first developed an interest in acting when his mother convinced him to audition for a community theatre production of ‘Pirates of Penzance’. It was a successful audition, as he managed to land the role of a pirate. It did not take him long after that to begin harbouring a deep passion for the stage. He took acting lessons on weekends and appeared in plays and jazz performances in high school. After his entire family was chosen for a national WalMart/Sony PS2 commercial, he started preferring the camera over the stage. He subsequently declined an offer of a full academic scholarship to a reputed university and relocated to Los Angeles to become an actor. According to Palatas, he does not regret it.
Palatas is married to Marissa Denig, the sister of actress Maggie Grace. The couple has a daughter.