Happy 42nd birthday today to Nathan Fillion, who has become almost the archetypical geek heartthrob to many of his endearing fans across the country, as his guy-next-door good looks, fun gregarious charm, and keen acting skills in productions like the cult favorite Firefly and his current gig as the titular character on TV’s Castle has solidified him as an A-lister in geek and sci-fi/fantasy circles.
Fillion had been kicking around Hollywood’s door for quite some time before his current success, appearing in film productions like Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning WWII salvo Saving Private Ryan; the sleeper comedy/drama Waitress, and lesser quality fare like Blast From the Past and Dracula 2000. He also appeared in television productions like Spin City, Two Guys and a Girl, and the long-running soap opera One Life to Live before landing the role which made him famous and a cult superstar to many, Captain Malcolm Reynolds, on Firefly, which was a creation birthed by sci-fi/fantasy wonderman Joss Whedon. The show, short-lived and which followed the crew members of Serenity (the name of their space craft), has taken on a gargantuan life of its own since its cancellation after only eleven aired episodes, and in the present day is as arguably as revered feverishly and passionately as Star Trek was and is, by rabid fans coast to coast, a success due to the writing and production style of Whedon, grand writing, and a stellar ensemble cast, led by none other than Nathan Fillion.
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