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Happy Birthday, Nathan Fillion!

Our favorite captain/obstetrician/villain turns 42 today
Monica Riese, 2:36pm, Wed. Mar. 27, 2013
Photo by John Anderson

Canadian actor Nathan Fillion turns 42 today, and we couldn't be more pleased.

From his breakout role in Firefly and Serenity as Captain Mal Reynolds to his most recent appearance in Much Ado About Nothing – another Joss Whedon project, by no coincidence, which premiered at South by Southwest this year – we've always loved the actor, and we'd like to invite you to take a fond look at some memorable Fillion moments from throughout the years.

Local Gaming: Fillion tweeted about playing an iPhone game by local game developer Semi Secret Software.

Waitress: Fillion shines as dreamy, thoughtful, and down-to-earth obstetrician Dr. Pomatter, but the film was overshadowed by director Adrienne Shelly's homicide before its Sundance debut.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: Joss, Jed, and Zack Whedon put together this three-part tragicomedy during the writers' strike a few years back, in which Fillion is a delightfully "D-grade villain." (Apparently Joss Whedon has always been terrible about taking vacations.)

Much Ado About Nothing: Fillion called himself a "chickenhearted actor" in this year's SXSW panel about the forthcoming film.

Castle: An 80-year-old anonymous reader once left a Chronicle TV columnist a voicemail about getting into the show to check out the "real dreamboat."

And, last but certainly not least:

Firefly: A picture of Joss Whedon was the only thing keeping the world from seeing Fillion's nether regions.

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