Nathan Fillion Biography

Nathan Fillion, a Canadian-American actor and voice artist, is widely known for his iconic roles in TV series such as ‘Firefly’ and ‘Castle’. With a diverse portfolio of films, television operas, and theater productions, Fillion has established himself as a versatile actor. His talent extends to the world of video games, where he has lent his voice to popular titles like ‘Halo 3’ and ‘Destiny’. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Fillion pursued his passion for acting while studying art and drama in college. Alongside his successful career, he has also been romantically linked to several of his co-stars.

Quick Facts

  • Canadian Celebrities Born In March
  • Girlfriend: Krista Allen and Kate Luyben (ex-girlfriends), Mikaela Hoover (Significant Other), Stana Katic
  • Also Known As: Nathan Christopher Fillion
  • Age: 52 Years, 52 Year Old Males
  • Family: father: Robert Bob Fillion, mother: June Cookie Fillion, siblings: Jeff Fillion
  • Born Country: Canada
  • Actors
  • Canadian Men
  • Height: 6’2″ (188 cm), 6’2″ Males
  • Ancestry: Norwegian Canadian, French Canadian, Finnish Canadian, Norwegian American, Finnish American, Canadian American
  • Notable Alumni: Concordia University Of Edmonton, University Of Alberta
  • City: Edmonton, Canada
  • More Facts
  • Education: University Of Alberta, Concordia University Of Edmonton


Nathan Fillion began his career in theatre, film, and television productions. He appeared in the soap opera ‘Die-Nasty’ before moving to New York in 1994. In New York, he landed the role of Joey Buchanan in the program ‘One Life to Live’. He went on to star in ‘Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place’ and the war film ‘Saving Private Ryan’. In 2001, he lent his voice to a character in ‘King of the Hill’. The following year, he gained international popularity for his role as Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the sci-fi TV series ‘Firefly’. He received several accolades for this role.

Fillion continued to work in various projects, including a recurring role on the series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ in 2003. He also did voice work for ‘Justice League Unlimited’ and ‘Jade Empire’ in 2005 and 2006. During this time, he appeared in the horror film ‘Slither’ and the fiction film ‘Serenity’. In 2007, he starred in ‘Waitress’ and ‘White Noise 2: The Light’. He also appeared in six episodes of ‘Drive’ and lent his voice to the video game ‘Halo 3’. That year, he joined the cast of ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Robot Chicken’.

In 2009, Fillion was cast in the lead role of Richard Castle in the crime comedy drama series ‘Castle’. The series was a hit and further solidified his career. He continued to make appearances in various projects, including a spoof adult web video in 2010 and guest roles in web series such as ‘The Morning’, ‘The Guild’, and ‘Husbands’ in 2011. He also lent his voice to the character Hal Jordan / Green Lantern in ‘Green Lantern: Emerald Knights’.

From 2011 onwards, Fillion appeared as Cactoid Jim in the podcasted live stage show ‘The Thrilling Adventure Hour’. He played Dogberry in the independent film ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in 2012. In 2014, he began voicing Cayde-6 in the video game ‘Destiny’, a role that became significant over the years.

In 2015, Fillion started appearing in the comedy web series ‘Con Man’ and served as the executive producer of the show. He joined the cast of ‘Modern Family’ as Rainer Shine in 2016 and was cast in the recurring role of Gary West in Netflix’s ‘Santa Clarita Diet’. He appeared in nine episodes of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ in 2018. Currently, he is working on the crime drama series ‘The Rookie’.

Personal Life

Nathan Christopher Fillion was born on March 27, 1971, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His parents, June and Robert Fillion, are retired English teachers. He has an elder brother named Jeff who serves as a principal at St. Richards Edmonton Catholic School. Fillion is of mixed English, French-Canadian, German, Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian descent.

He grew up in Mill Woods and attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School and Concordia University College of Alberta. He later enrolled at the University of Alberta and became a part of its Kappa Alpha Society. Fillion became an American citizen in 1997.

In terms of his love life, Fillion has dated several women, including Stana Katic, Kate Luyben, and Krista Allen. He is currently rumored to be dating actress Mikaela Hoover. Fillion is also good friends with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In 2007, Fillion co-founded a non-profit organization called Kids Need to Read, which aims to inspire children’s imaginations by providing books and study material to underfunded libraries.

Aside from acting, Fillion enjoys playing video games and collecting comic books. He is active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • Nathan Fillion once claimed to be a descendant of Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early, but genealogical research has proven that they are not related.
  • Fillion has been deaf in his left ear since 1977.
  • Before Stana Katic was cast as Kate Beckett in ‘Castle’, Fillion read the script with around 125 actresses auditioning for the role.
  • He is known for playing odd yet highly likable characters.

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