Hey there! Welcome again to the world of Canadian television! As one of the resident canucks here at TVRage, I have taken it upon myself to educate the TV-loving masses on the sheer talent and number of fantastic Canadian actors and actresses that are infiltrating your living rooms. Here in the land of beavers, maple syrup and hockey, we take a lot of pride in the accomplishments of our home grown talents. I hope that each week I can surprise you with some very famous people you had no idea were from the true north, strong and free! It’s the invading moose!
Last week we took a look at Canadian comedy actor Will Arnett, and this week we will be celebrating the career of another Canadian male who is currently the star of an award winning drama. If you watch the ABC series 'Castle' you will know him as, well, Castle – but his real name is Nathan Fillion. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Fillion is the youngest son of two English teachers. He finished his schooling here in Canada, even going on to attend the University of Alberta, before exploring acting as a career. According to Fillion, he is the descendent of American Civil War Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Anderson Early (which isn’t that Canadian at all, let’s forget I ever mentioned it).
Fillion’s first major acting job came after he moved from Canada to New York City in 1994 and was cast on the soap opera, ‘One Life to Live’, as Joey Buchanan. This role landed Fillion a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. From here, Fillion’s career only got better. He went on to appear in films such as Steven Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and in hugely popular television series’ like ‘Lost’, ‘Drive’, ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’.
Fillion’s most iconic role to date is as Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Joss Whedon’s sci-fi western (yep, that’s right) Firefly. Never seen it? You aren’t alone! Firefly is one of those shows that you always seem to hear about, but don’t actually know many people that have watched it. That is probably why it was cancelled only three months after it went on the air. However, following its cancellation, Firefly (and Fillion) gathered a massive cult following that was passionate and determined enough to gather the momentum to convince Universal Studios to create a feature film to wrap up loose ends, called Serenity. This all happened about 10 years ago, and fans are still to this day trying to get the network to bring the show back. If Fillion had his way, the show would absolutely be back on the air. "We talk about it, we dream about it. I don't think you could find a cast member, a writer, a director, any of the crew who'd say, 'No, I'm out,'" Fillion admitted earlier this year. "People are pretty busy right now, Alan [Tudyk] is always working, and obviously Joss is pretty busy. But that would be something that I would do again in a heartbeat. There's something about 'Firefly' -- it was my first love. So if you get a chance to go back to your very first love, you'll do it, right?" Whedon and Fillion still maintain a working relationship to this day, outside of Firefly. Fillion has appeared on Whedon's musical miniseries 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog' and his 2012 film 'Much Ado About Nothing'.
What I love most about Fillion, other than his superb acting chops, is his fantastic sense of humour and his position as a superhero for our nation. Oh what’s that? You didn’t know he was a superhero? Well he is. On Halloween last year, Fillion revealed himself to the world as Captain Canada, (quite similar to Captain America, you might say) sworn to protect all canucks from the threat of maple syrup shortages and rogue beavers. Don’t forget to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ if you don’t want Captain Canada knocking at your door to ask you politely to mind your manners.
You can currently catch Fillion on ABC’s Castle, which has been renewed for a sixth season, or if you live in Canada like me, you can even meet him in person at this year’s Fan Expo Canada where he is appearing for the first time!
Stay tuned for the next installment of Canada, Eh? for more famous actors and actresses who are proud be to Canadian. I am off to go enjoy some poutine and feed my pet moose, eh!
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