Today is a special day . In 1971, an actor was born that would make an impact in daytime/ prime time/ and science fiction.. On this day, Nathan Christopher Fillion was born in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) So many of our finest actors come from the North and Nathan is no exception. One of those Canadian actresses is the lady he shares billing with on “Castle” , Stana Katic. His biggest supporters are his parents Cookie and Bob, who are both retired English teachers.
Nathan started his television career as Joey Buchanan on “One Life to Live” . He was actually nominated in 1996 for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Young Actor in a Drama Series. Here he is with his mother’s mortal enemy Dorian Lord played by Robin Strasser
One of his most critically acclaimed performances was as “Minnesota Ryan” in Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan”
He also appeared as an evil priest named Caleb on the final season of Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
But the role that has brought the most joy to Nathan as an actor is his role as the courageous space cowboy Captain Malcolm Reynolds on Joss Whedon’s “Firefly”. Pictured is Morena Baccarin,, Summer Glau, Allan Tudyk, Sean Maher, Jewel Staite, Ron Glass, Adam Baldwin, and Gina Torres
Nathan appeared in the movie “Waitress” that went to Sundance in 2007. This is where he played a gynecologist who was married and had an affair. Coincidentally the actress that played his wife was “Scandal’s” Darby Stanchfield. Darby also played Castle’s first wife , Meredith, the mother who abandoned Alexis.
Nathan also appeared for 12 episodes on “Desperate Housewives” as Dr Adam Mayfair. Also pictured is “Mad Man’s John Slattery , Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, and James Denton
Nathan appeared in another of Joss Whedon’s productions “Dr Horrible ‘s Sing Along Blog” as hero and enemy of Dr Horrible Captain Hammer, here he is with Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day.
In 2009, Nathan started his role as the writer who found his muse and his love , “Castle.” Here he is pictured with Molly Quinn, Seamus Dever, Susan Sullivan , Stana Katic, Jon Hueves, Tamala Jones, and Penny Johnson Jerrald
Nathan was reunited with his “Firefly” co star in a fourth season episode of “Castle” called “Headhunters” Adam Baldwin played a renegade cop that worked with Castle.
Working with one of his favorite people , Joss Whedon, he appeared in the indie film “Much Ado About Nothing ” based on the Shakespeare play of the same name. He played Dogberry.
Nathan lent his voice to Johnny Worthington in the sequel of “Monsters Inc.” “Monsters University” for Disney
Nathan ‘s most recent television appearance was on the hit “The Big Bang Theory” . He appeared as himself as Leonard and Raj ran into him and in BBT tradition, he was pissed off at them.
So let’s drink a sip at the Old Haunt and wish Nathan a Happy Birthday.