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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 (age 46)
OccupationActor, comedian, screenwriter, director
Years active1999–present
Meaghan Gadd
(m. 2007)

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. [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.[ 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. [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]



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 RoddyAlso 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 JustinVoice
Charlie's Angels Peter Fleming
2020 Downhill Co-director and co-screenwriter
2021 Yes Day Mr. Deacon


1999 Rude Awakening SlackulaEpisode: "Slackula"
2000–2001 Grosse Pointe Kevin the P.A.17 episodes
2003–2004 Reno 911! Milk Shake6 episodes
2004 Significant Others BreckEpisode: "A Breck, a Brother & a Funeral"
2004–2005 Joey Bodie3 episodes
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Malloy"Dis-Harmony/Collect All 5/Ninjcompoop"–"Treasure Map/Kaz vs. Katz/Bad Manager"
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning ChadTV movie
NCIS Carter FinchEpisode: "The Voyeur's Web"
Reba Elder Care WorkerEpisode: "Grannies Gone Wild"
2005–2014 American Dad! Various voices4 episodes
2006–2008 Happy Hour Brad Cooper14 episodes
2008 Mad Men FlattyEpisode: "The Benefactor"
2009 DJ & the Fro The Fro (voice)12 episodes
Glenn Martin DDS Trailer Park Teen (voice)Episode: "Halloween Hangover"
The Big DBradyPilot
The Burr EffectDalePilot
2009–2012 The Cleveland Show Raymond the Bear (voice)10 episodes
2010 Party Down Garlan GreenbushEpisode: "Party Down Company Picnic"
2011 Allen Gregory Jeremy (voice)7 episodes
Happy Endings Chef LeslieEpisode: "Bo Fight"
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Tim KornickEpisode: "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying"
Up All Night LawrenceEpisode: "Couple Friends"
2012–2013 Ben and Kate Ben FoxSeries lead, 16 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Earl of CrathmoreEpisode: "Jessica Alba Wears a Jacket with Patent Leather Pumps"
2013–2014 Trophy Wife Sad Steve3 episodes
2014–2015 Married Russ BowmanLead 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 ScoobyEpisode: "Win Me"
Benched HaroldEpisode: "Solitary Refinement"
2014–2016 TripTank Various voices8 episodes
2014–present Blaze and the Monster Machines Pickle (voice)Main cast; 45 episodes
2015 Community Director, 2 episodes
The Grinder LyleEpisode: "Little Mitchard No More"
2015–2017 SuperMansion Ivan Whiff (voice)2 episodes
2015–2019 Family Guy Various voices4 episodes
2016 Black-ish Joseph EvertonEpisode: "Super Rich Kids"
Mike Tyson Mysteries Will (voice)Episode: "Save Me!"
2017 Speechless Undercover BossEpisode: "J-J'S D-R-- DREAM"
Dogs In A ParkVarious Dogs (voice)8 episodes
Nobodies Himself2 episodes
2017–2019 Friends from College NickMain 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 LyonEpisode: "Early Retirement"
The Guest Book DerekEpisode: "Finding Reality"
The Kids Are Alright TomEpisode: "Christmas 1972"
2019 Harvey Street Kids Stu (voice)3 episodes
2019 Catastrophe PatEpisode: ''Episode 6''
2019 Life in Pieces HayesEpisode: "Jungle Push Resort Anniversary"
2019 Tacoma FD Frenchie Willikers2 episodes
2019 Euphoria RickEpisode: "The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed"
2020 Narcos: Mexico Ted Faye2 episodes
2020 Solar Opposites Bryson (voice)Episode: "The Lavatic Reactor"
2020 It's Pony Mr. Underwood (voice)2 episodes
2020- The Conners Neville4 episodes
2021 The Great North Calvin Prescott (voice)Episode: "Avocado Barter Adventure"
2021 HouseBroken Chief (voice)Main role
2022 Our Flag Means Death The SwedeRecurring role
2022 Loot ArthurMain role, upcoming series

Awards and nominations

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

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