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Nathan Fillion is an actor who portrayed Jacques Snicket in the Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Biography

Nathan Fillion was born on 27 March 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the son of Cookie (Early) and Bob Fillion, both retired English teachers, and has an older brother, Jeff. In Canada, he attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta and University of Alberta. Before moving to New York City in 1994, he participated in improv theatre, including Theatresports with Rapid Fire Theatre and improvised soap opera Die-Nasty. He also appeared in a TV Movie Ordeal in the Arctic (1993) starring Richard Chamberlain and in Strange and Rich (1994).

After "Two Guys" ended in 2001, Fillion gained critical acclaim and a large cult of fans when he starred as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on the Joss Whedon's Firefly (2002). Whedon vowed to resurrect "Firefly" in some way, and Fillion played Captain Reynolds again in the feature-film Serenity (2005).

In 2008, he took his first singing part (and cemented his cult appeal) as Captain Hammer in Whedon's musical Internet smash Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008), with Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day and Simon Helberg. In 2009, he was cast as the title character Richard Castle in ABC's hit television series, Castle (2009). The show has aired more than 160 episodes and Nathan Fillion has won four People's Choice Awards for Favorite Dramatic TV Actor, as of 2016. In 2018, Fillion took the starring role in The Rookie (2018) as John Nolan, a contractor who starts over as a rookie police officer in the LAPD after a life-altering event.

He has also guest starred on The Daly Show: The Daly Superheroes (2012) as himself, on Community (2009) as Bob Waite, on The Big Bang Theory: The Comic Book Store Regeneration (2015) as himself, on Kroll Show: Twins (2015) as Mountie McMinniman, on Con Man (2015) as Jack Moore and on Drunk History: Space (2015) as Wernher Von Braun. He also narrated the documentary, Highway of Tears (2015).[1]

A Series of Unfortunate Events

The first scene Fillion filmed was in "The Austere Academy: Part Two," in the taxi with Patrick Warburton. He stated that the scene made him cry, as Warburton was discussing how he missed his brother.

Fillion said that the hardest thing about his performance was the fake mustache he was expected to wear as Jacques Snicket, as it was likely to fall off and thus many facial expressions couldn't be managed, and it made lips feel stiff.

He saw Jacques's character and journey as indicative of most of the adults in the series. "He's goodhearted. He's kind. He's capable. And he's dead."[2]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Ordeal in the Arctic Master Warrant Officer Tom Jardine
1994 Strange and Rich Waiter Hoade
1998 Saving Private Ryan Minnesota Ryan
1999 Blast from the Past Cliff
2000 Dracula 2000 Father David
2003 Water's Edge Robert Graves
2003 Alligator Point Bill
2004 If Dad Only Knew Luke Riley
2004 Hollywood Division Det. Tommy Garrett
2005 Jade Empire Gao the Lesser Voice
2005 Serenity Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds
2006 Slither Bill Pardy
2007 White Noise 2: The Light Abe Dale
2007 Waitress Dr. Jim Pomatter
2008 Trucker Runner
2009 Wonder Woman Steve Travor Voice
2010 Super The Holy Avenger
2011 Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Hal Jordan / Green Lantern Voice
2012 Justice League: Doom Green Lantern Voice
2012 Much Ado About Nothing Dogberry
2012 Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special Green Lantern / Mrr. Freeze Voice

Short

2013 Monsters University Johnny Voice
2013 Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Green Lantern / Hal Jordan Voice
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Hermes
2014 Party Central Johnny Voice

Short

2014 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise Green Lantern / Black Adam Voice

Short

2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Monstrous Inmate Voice
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Green Lantern Voice
2015 Thrilling Adventure Hour Live Cactoid Jim
2015 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magic Friendship Green Lanterrn Voice

Short

2017 Cars 3 Sterling Voice
2017 Destiny 2: New Legends Will Rise - Live Action Trailer Cayde-6 Voice

Short

2017 Yamasong: March of the Hollows Shojun
2018 Uncharted: LIve Action Fan Film Nathan Drake
2018 The Death of Superman Green Lantern Voice
2018 Night Hunter Quinn
2018 Henchmen Captain Superior Voice
2019 Reign of the Supermen Green Lantern Voice
2019 The Death and Return of Superman Green Lantern Voice
2021 The Suicide Squad

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Total Security Troy Larson One Episode
1998 Maggie Winters Ronald One Episode
1999 The Outer Limits Michael Ryan One Episode
2001 King of the Hill Frisbee Guy One Episode
1998-2001 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Johnny Donnelly
2002 Pasadena Rev. Glenn Collins
2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Caleb
2002-2003 Firefly Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds
2003 Miss Match Adam Logan
2005-2006 Jusice League Unlimited Vigilatne / Greg Saunders / Spy Smasher
2006 Lost Kevin Callis One Episode
2007 Drive Alex Tully
1995-2007 One Life to Live Joey Buchanan
2007-2008 Desperate Housewives Dr. Adam Mayfair
2008 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Captain Hamer
2008 PG Porn Chris One Episode
2011 The Guild Nathan Fillion
2011 Husbands Anchor One Episode
2012 American Dad! American Businessman Klaus / Joel Larson
2012 Neil's Puppet Dreams Dr. Mayfair One Episode
2007-2014 Robot Chicken Various
2015 Assassin Banana Chick del Monte / Assassin Banana
2015 The Big Bang Theory Nathan One Episode
2015 Kroll Show Mountie McMinniman One Episode
2014-2015 Community Bob Waite
2015 Drunk History Wernher Von Braun One Episode
2014-2016 Gravity Falls Preston Northwest
2009-2016 Castle Richard Castle / Joe Flynn
2015-2017 Con Man Jack Moore
2017 Rick and Morty Cornvelious Daniel One Episode
2017 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Mark Devereaux One Episode
2017-2018 Santa Clarita Diet Gary West
2018 A Series of Unfortunate Events Jacques Snicket
2016-2018 Modern Family Rainer Shine
2018 American Housewife Nathan Fillion
2010-2018 The Venture Bros. Brown Widow
2017-2019 Big Mouth Nathan Fillion
2018-2019 The Rookie John Nolan

Gallery

Behind the Scenes

Sources

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