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Nathaniel Faxon (born October 11, 1975) is an American actor, comedian, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. Though a frequent presence on comedic films and TV series, he is best known for winning the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing The Descendants (2011) and for his starring roles in the FOX
FOX
comedy series Ben and Kate (2012–2013) and the FX comedy series Married (2014–2015). He also co-wrote and co-directed The Way, Way Back (2013) with writing partner Jim Rash.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Acting 2.2 Writing and directing

3 Personal life 4 Work

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Faxon's early years started in the seaside community of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, where he attended the Brookwood School. He later graduated from the Holderness School
Holderness School
near Plymouth, New Hampshire and then Hamilton College in 1997. Career[edit] Acting[edit] 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
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
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[edit] 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
George Clooney
and directed by Alexander Payne. On February 26, 2012, the screenplay for The Descendants
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
Fox Searchlight Pictures
acquired it for $10 million,[5] and was released domestically to acclaimed reviews that July. Personal life[edit] Faxon is married to Meaghan Gadd and they have three children: Ruthie, Otis and Beatrice.[6] Work[edit] Film[edit]

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
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

2018 Thoroughbreds

Producer

Television[edit]

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
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

Family Guy Various voices 3 episodes

2016 Black-ish Joseph Everton Episode: "Super Rich Kids"

Mike Tyson Mysteries Will (voice) Episode: "Save Me!"

2017 Dogs In A Park Various Dogs (voice) 8 episodes

Nobodies Himself 2 episodes

2017–present Friends From College Nick Main cast; 8 episodes

2018 Disenchantment Elfo (voice)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title of work Result

2011 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won

2011 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated

2011 Satellite Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won

2011 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated

2011 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated

2011 Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won

2011 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won

2011 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won

2011 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated

2011 National Board of Review Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won

2012 Writers Guild of America Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won

2012 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated

2012 USC Scripter Award Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won

2012 Online Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated

2012 London Critics Circle Film Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated

2012 Independent Spirit Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won

2012 Golden Globe Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated

2012 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated

2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated

2012 BAFTA Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated

2012 Australian Film Institute Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Nominated

2012 Academy Award Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won

2013 Newport Beach Film Festival Audience Award Feature Film The Way Way Back Won

2013 Filmfest Hamburg Art Cinema Award The Way Way Back Nominated

2014 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Comedy The Way Way Back Nominated

2014 Critics' Choice Movie Awards[7] Best Comedy The Way Way Back Nominated

References[edit]

^ Faxon at Groundlings.com ^ Adams, Erik (25 September 2012). " Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
ascends to leading man on Ben And Kate". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 15 April 2015.  ^ Goldberg, Lesley (28 February 2012). "Descendents Oscar Winner to Star in Fox Comedy Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-09-06.  ^ Itzkoff, Dave (24 August 2012). "The Writers Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
and Jim Rash Direct The Way, Way Back". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-06.  ^ "The Way, Way Back". Sundance Institute. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2015.  ^ "Biography of Nat Faxon". FaxonRash.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-23.  ^ "19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominations". CriticsChoice.com. The Broadcast Films Critics Association. 16 December 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
on IMDb

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Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Adapted Screenplay

1928–1950

Benjamin Glazer (1928) Hanns Kräly (1929) Frances Marion
Frances Marion
(1930) Howard Estabrook
Howard Estabrook
(1931) Edwin J. Burke (1932) Victor Heerman
Victor Heerman
and Sarah Y. Mason
Sarah Y. Mason
(1933) Robert Riskin
Robert Riskin
(1934) Dudley Nichols (1935) Pierre Collings
Pierre Collings
and Sheridan Gibney (1936) Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, and Norman Reilly Raine
Norman Reilly Raine
(1937) Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Arthur Lewis, W. P. Lipscomb, and George Bernard Shaw (1938) Sidney Howard
Sidney Howard
(1939) Donald Ogden Stewart
Donald Ogden Stewart
(1940) Sidney Buchman and Seton I. Miller (1941) George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, and Arthur Wimperis (1942) Philip G. Epstein, Julius J. Epstein, and Howard E. Koch (1943) Frank Butler, and Frank Cavett (1944) Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1945) Robert Sherwood (1946) George Seaton
George Seaton
(1947) John Huston
John Huston
(1948) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1949) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1950)

1951–1975

Harry Brown and Michael Wilson (1951) Charles Schnee (1952) Daniel Taradash (1953) George Seaton
George Seaton
(1954) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1955) John Farrow, S. J. Perelman, and James Poe (1956) Carl Foreman
Carl Foreman
and Michael Wilson (1957) Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1958) Neil Paterson (1959) Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks
(1960) Abby Mann (1961) Horton Foote (1962) John Osborne
John Osborne
(1963) Edward Anhalt (1964) Robert Bolt (1965) Robert Bolt (1966) Stirling Silliphant (1967) James Goldman (1968) Waldo Salt (1969) Ring Lardner Jr.
Ring Lardner Jr.
(1970) Ernest Tidyman (1971) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1972) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1974) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
and Lawrence Hauben (1975)

1976–2000

William Goldman
William Goldman
(1976) Alvin Sargent (1977) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Alvin Sargent (1980) Ernest Thompson
Ernest Thompson
(1981) Costa-Gavras
Costa-Gavras
and Donald E. Stewart (1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Peter Shaffer (1984) Kurt Luedtke (1985) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(1986) Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
and Mark Peploe (1987) Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
(1988) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1989) Michael Blake (1990) Ted Tally (1991) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(1992) Steven Zaillian (1993) Eric Roth (1994) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1995) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Bill Condon (1998) John Irving
John Irving
(1999) Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
(2000)

2001–present

Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
(2001) Ronald Harwood (2002) Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh (2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry
and Diana Ossana (2005) William Monahan
William Monahan
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008) Geoffrey S. Fletcher
Geoffrey S. Fletcher
(2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
(2011) Chris Terrio (2012) John Ridley
John Ridley
(2013) Graham Moore (2014) Adam McKay
Adam McKay
and Charles Randolph (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Tarell Alvin McCraney
(2016) James Ivory
James Ivory
(2017)

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Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay

Horton Foote (1985) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1986) Neal Jimenez (1987) Ramon Menendez and Tom Musca (1988) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
and Daniel Yost (1989) Charles Burnett (1990) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
(1991) Neal Jimenez (1992) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
and Frank Barhydt (1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie
(1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
(1997) Don Roos
Don Roos
(1998) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (1999) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2000) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2001) Mike White (2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Dan Futterman (2005) Jason Reitman
Jason Reitman
(2006) Tamara Jenkins
Tamara Jenkins
(2007) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2008) Scott Neustadter
Scott Neustadter
and Michael H. Weber (2009) Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko (2010) Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
(2011) David O. Russell
David O. Russell
(2012) John Ridley
John Ridley
(2013) Dan Gilroy
Dan Gilroy
(2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Tarell Alvin McCraney
(2016) Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig
(2017)

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Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Bill Condon (1998) John Irving
John Irving
(1999) Doug Wright (2000) Robert Festinger and Todd Field
Todd Field
(2001) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
and Donald Kaufman (2002) Brian Helgeland (2003) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
(2004) Robin Swicord (2005) William Monahan
William Monahan
(2006) Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
(2007) Peter Morgan (2008) Geoffrey S. Fletcher
Geoffrey S. Fletcher
(2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
(2011) David Magee (2012) Steve Coogan
Steve Coogan
and Jeff Pope
Jeff Pope
(2013) Graham Moore (2014) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2015) Kieran Fitzgerald and Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(2016) Scott Neustadter
Scott Neustadter
and Michael H. Weber (2017)

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Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Adapted Drama (1969–1983, retired)

Waldo Salt (1969) Robert Anderson (1970) Ernest Tidyman (1971) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1972) Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler (1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1974) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
and Lawrence Hauben (1975) William Goldman
William Goldman
(1976) Denne Bart Petitclerc
Denne Bart Petitclerc
(1977) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Alvin Sargent (1980) Ernest Thompson
Ernest Thompson
(1981) Costa-Gavras
Costa-Gavras
and Donald E. Stewart (1982) Julius J. Epstein (1983)

Adapted Comedy (1969–1983, retired)

Arnold Schulman (1969) Ring Lardner Jr.
Ring Lardner Jr.
(1970) John Paxton (1971) Jay Presson Allen
Jay Presson Allen
(1972) Alvin Sargent (1973) Lionel Chetwynd and Mordecai Richler
Mordecai Richler
(1974) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1975) Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
and Frank Waldman (1976) Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1977) Elaine May
Elaine May
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
/ Bernard Slade (1978) Jerzy Kosiński
Jerzy Kosiński
(1979) Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker
Jerry Zucker
(1980) Gerard Ayres (1981) Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
(1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983)

Adapted Screenplay (1984–present)

Bruce Robinson
Bruce Robinson
(1984) Richard Condon and Janet Roach (1985) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(1986) Steve Martin
Steve Martin
(1987) Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
(1988) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1989) Michael Blake (1990) Ted Tally (1991) Michael Tolkin
Michael Tolkin
(1992) Steven Zaillian (1993) Eric Roth (1994) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1995) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Scott Frank (1998) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (1999) Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
(2000) Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
(2001) David Hare (2002) Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry
and Diana Ossana (2005) William Monahan
William Monahan
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008) Jason Reitman
Jason Reitman
and Sheldon Turner (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
(2011) Chris Terrio (2012) Billy Ray (2013) Graham Moore (2014) Adam McKay
Adam McKay
and Charles Randolph (2015) Eric Heisserer (2016) James Ivory
James Ivory
(2017)

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