Actor Nat Faxon

Nathaniel Faxon (born October 11, 1975) is an American actor, comedian, director, 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) and Downhill (2020) with writing partner Jim Rash.

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.

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, for which he received many positive reviews.[citation needed] 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. 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. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired it for $10 million, 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.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Orange County Kip
Slackers Karl, the Grad Student
2004 Club Dread Manny
2006 The TV Set Reporter
Beerfest Rolf
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Awards Show Stage Manager
2008 Hamlet 2 Glenn from Copy Shop
Lower Learning Turner Abernathy
2009 The Slammin’ Salmon Carl the Manager
2011 Freeloaders Fritz
Bad Teacher Mark
Zookeeper Dave
The Descendants Co-screenwriter only; Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2012 The Babymakers Zig-Zag
2013 The Way, Way Back Roddy Also co-screenwriter and co-director
2014 Tammy Greg
Sex Tape Max
2016 Operator Gregg
2017 Thoroughbreds Producer
A Happening of Monumental Proportions Paramedic #2
2018 Life of the Party Lance
Father of the Year Mardy
2019 Ready or Not Justin Voice
Charlie’s Angels Peter Fleming
2020 Downhill Co-director and co-screenwriter
2021 Yes Day Mr. Deacon


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Rude Awakening Slackula Episode: “Slackula”
2000–2001 Grosse Pointe Kevin the P.A. 17 episodes
2003–2004 Reno 911! Milk Shake 6 episodes
2004 Significant Others Breck Episode: “A Breck, a Brother & a Funeral”
2004–2005 Joey Bodie 3 episodes
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Chad TV movie
NCIS Carter Finch Episode: “The Voyeur’s Web”
Reba Elder Care Worker Episode: “Grannies Gone Wild”
2005–2014 American Dad! Various voices 4 episodes
2006–2008 Happy Hour Brad Cooper 14 episodes
2008 Mad Men Flatty Episode: “The Benefactor”
2009 DJ & the Fro The Fro (voice) 12 episodes
Glenn Martin DDS Trailer Park Teen (voice) Episode: “Halloween Hangover”
The Big D Brady Pilot
The Burr Effect Dale Pilot
2009–2012 The Cleveland Show Raymond the Bear (voice) 10 episodes
2010 Party Down Garlan Greenbush Episode: “Party Down Company Picnic”
2011 Allen Gregory Jeremy (voice) 7 episodes
Happy Endings Chef Leslie Episode: “Bo Fight”
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Tim Kornick Episode: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying”
Up All Night Lawrence Episode: “Couple Friends”
2012–2013 Ben and Kate Ben Fox Series lead, 16 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Earl of Crathmore Episode: “Jessica Alba Wears a Jacket with Patent Leather Pumps”
Spy Alan Pilot
2013–2014 Trophy Wife Sad Steve 3 episodes
2014–2015 Married Russ Bowman Lead role, 23 episodes
2014 Robot Chicken (voice) Episode: “Noidstrom Rack”
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Sinjin Knightfire (voice) Episode: “Julian’s Birthday Surprise/True Bromance”
Marry Me Scooby Episode: “Win Me”
Benched Harold Episode: “Solitary Refinement”
2014–2016 TripTank Various voices 8 episodes
2014–2017 Blaze and the Monster Machines Pickle (voice) 45 episodes
2015 Community Director, 2 episodes
The Grinder Lyle Episode: “Little Mitchard No More”
2015–2017 SuperMansion Ivan Whiff (voice) 2 episodes
2015–2019 Family Guy Various voices 4 episodes
2016 Black-ish Joseph Everton Episode: “Super Rich Kids”
Mike Tyson Mysteries Will (voice) Episode: “Save Me!”
2017 Speechless Undercover Boss Episode: “J-J’S D-R– DREAM”
Dogs In A Park Various Dogs (voice) 8 episodes
Nobodies Himself 2 episodes
2017–2019 Friends from College Nick Main cast; 16 episodes
2018–present The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Captain Underpants/Mr. Krupp (voice) Main cast; 39 episodes
Disenchantment Elfo (voice) Main cast; 29 episodes
2018 Great News Anthony Lyon Episode: “Early Retirement”
The Guest Book Derek Episode: “Finding Reality”
The Kids Are Alright Tom Episode: “Christmas 1972”
2019 Harvey Street Kids Stu (voice) 3 episodes
2019 Catastrophe Pat Episode: ”Episode 6”
2019 Life in Pieces Hayes Episode: “Jungle Push Resort Anniversary”
2019 Tacoma FD Frenchie Willikers 2 episodes
2019 Euphoria Rick Episode: “The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed”
2020 Narcos: Mexico Ted Faye 2 episodes
2020 Solar Opposites Bryson (voice) Episode: “The Lavatic Reactor”
2020 It’s Pony Mr. Underwood (voice) 2 episodes
2020 The Conners Neville 4 episodes
2021 The Great North Calvin Prescott (voice) Episode: “Avocado Barter Adventure”
2021 HouseBroken Chief (voice) Main role
TBA Our Flag Means Death Recurring role, upcoming series

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 Best Comedy Nominated

External Links

Actor Nat Faxon – Wikipedia

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