American-Canadian actor Nathan Fillion is famous and loved for his roles in Castle as Richard Castle and John Nolan in The Rookie. Fillion, who dropped out of college to pursue his passion in acting, has now bagged various accolades such as a People’s Choice Award in the category of Favorite TV Drama Actor in 2013 and another one in the category of Favorite Crime Drama Actor in 2016. He is a classic case of finding your talent and making it pay the bills. The jovial actor, also known as the gentleman of Hollywood, is also known for being really nice to his fans and getting along really well with kids. Keep reading to learn more about him.
Nathan Fillion was born on the 27th of March, 1971, in Edmonton, Canada. He grew up in a relatively small family as the youngest of two children. Of Irish and French Canadian descent, Nathan’s parents, Rob and Cookie Fillion, were both school teachers.
Much of Fillion’s early life was spent in Alberta province capital, Edmonton and there, he was able to earn his high school certificate from Holy Trinity Catholic High School. Graduating from high school, he then moved to Concordia University College of Alberta and the University of Alberta for further studies.
Fillion’s Acting Career – How It Started
Fillion had earlier thought about teaching, wanting to follow in his parents’ footsteps; but he later dropped the idea when he discovered his passion for acting. He admitted that he first noticed he had a flair for acting in the 5th Grade when he pretended to be sick so he would not go to school.
However, his desire to act was not awakened until he heard about an audition going on for a small role in a melodramatic TV show, One Life to Live. He gave it a shot and was chosen for the role. That was his first role as an actor and it marked the beginning of a great career. Officially, we could say the actor started his career in 1993 at the age of 22. To date, his career only keeps getting better.
Career Achievements – Movies and TV Roles
Motivated by his love for acting, Nathan Fillion dropped out of university one semester to graduation and moved to the Big Apple where he got a better chance to launch into the show business. Before 1994, he already had roles in various TV, theatre and film projects, including the weekly live improvised soap opera Die-Nasty which started airing in 1991 and has run for twenty-eight-seasons. His role in the TV series also led to a Daytime Emmy Award nomination.
Eventually, he left the series in 1997 and moved to Los Angeles where he auditioned for various projects until he landed notable roles in the military drama – Saving Private Ryan; the sitcom – Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place; and as Caleb in the final episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The year 2002 saw Fillion in a lead role in science fiction series, Firefly. The success of the TV series also earned him yet another award, this time for Best Actor/Television category at the Syfy Genre Awards. One would not be wrong to say Nathan Fillion is everywhere in the film industry. You could find in TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer (as Caleb), Castle (as Richard Castle), The Big Bang Theory (as himself), Modern Family (as Rainer Shine) and The Rookie (as John Nolan). You can also enjoy his presence in films, web series and video games like Jade Empire, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff and Saints Row: Gat out of Hell, among others.
He starred in a 2006 horror movie Slither and bagged a Fangoria Chainsaw Award nomination. In the same year, he signed a contract with Fox Broadcasting Company after which he appeared as Alex Tully on the show, Drive. The show was cancelled in April 2007 as it did not deliver the ratings Fox had expected.
From March 2009 to May 2014, Nathan Fillion starred as Richard Castle in the series Castle. For his legendary performance, he was nominated for several awards and went on to win many of them. The versatile actor has appeared in various podcasts, lent his voice to numerous animations and video games and even hosted the 2013 WGA West Coast Awards. In 2012, while he was still filming Castle, he landed the role of Dogberry in Joss Whedon’s black and white romantic comedy film, Much Ado About Nothing. The following year, he appeared as Hermes in the fantasy/adventure movie Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
In February 2018, he got his part as John Nolan in The Rookie and in July of the same year, he released a short film titled Uncharted which went viral because of its witty humour. Nathan Fillion’s loyal fans even took to social media to campaign for it to be turned into a Netflix series.
Fans of the Canadian-American actor may not be aware of his venture as a singer. Yes, Nathan can sing.
When he starred on the show Castle, Nathan Fillion was earning $100,000 per episode, which no doubt added substantially to his net worth. He is known to have an accumulated a net worth of $18 million. Considering his thriving career and the fact that he is playing the lead on The Rookie, that amount is expected to go up in the near future.
Who is Nathan Fillion’s Wife or Girlfriend?
Although it sounds unlikely, Nathan Fillion is currently not married and doesn’t have any past marriage known to the public. He has been linked to a number of actresses, including Christina Ochoa and his Castle co-star, aka Stana Katic. In the fall of 2015, he began dating Krista Allen and there was a rumour that they were planning on walking down the aisle. However, the rumours have suddenly faded away but who knows, they might decide to surprise us one of these days.