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Nicholas Brendon
Born Nicholas Brendon Schultz
April 12, 1971 (1971-04-12) (age 38)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse(s) Tressa di Figlia (2001–2007)
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Nicholas Brendon (born April 12, 1971, as Nicholas Brendon Schultz in Los Angeles, California), is a actor best known for his character Xander Harris in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003).


Early life

When Brendon was young, he had aspirations to be a professional baseball player, but was forced to give up the dream after an arm injury.[1] At the age of 20 he decided to try his hand at acting and overcome his stuttering problem,[2] but gave up after two years because he "couldn't stand the politics in Hollywood." He decided instead to go back to school and study medicine, but this did not work out. He also tried his hand at a variety of other jobs, including plumber's assistant, veterinary janitor, day care counselor, waiter, and production assistant for the television show Dave's World.[3] After these jobs, he gave acting another try. It only took four days of auditioning before he landed the role of Xander Harris on Buffy.


Brendon's role as Xander Harris was initially that of the occasional comic relief and plucky sidekick to the lead female character, but in later seasons fewer comedic lines were given to the part. When the series ended in 2003, Brendon joined the cast of a new Fox sitcom, Kitchen Confidential, based on the book by chef Anthony Bourdain. Thirteen episodes were made, but the series was cancelled on December 9 of the same year, after the fourth episode aired with low ratings.

In 2006, he voiced Huntsboy #89 for season 2 of the animated series American Dragon: Jake Long. The series ended on September 1, 2007. His character's final appearance was in the episode "Shaggy Frog", which aired on April 28, 2007.

From July 26 through August 30, 2006, Brendon co-starred with Noah Wyle in the play Lobster Alice, in Los Angeles.

That same year, Brendon reunited with his former Buffy on-screen sweetheart, Charisma Carpenter, in the ABC Family TV movie Relative Chaos.

At a pop culture expo in Sydney, October 2007, he mentioned that he would be joining the cast of the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds as Penelope Garcia's love interest.[4] Since that time he has been in several episodes playing FBI technical analyst Kevin Lynch and it seems as if he will be making random appearances in upcoming episodes.

He played the role of Crumpet the Elf in David Sedaris’ one man show, The Santaland Diaries, which ran from November 20-December 20, 2009 at the The Blank Theatre's 2nd Stage in Hollywood,CA.

He can currently be seen in the Blank production of Christopher Durang's play, Why Torture Is Wrong, And The People Who Love Them, running through March 14, 2010 at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood.

Personal life

In 2001, Brendon married actress Tressa DiFiglia. The couple divorced in 2007.

On April 25, 2004, at a Buffy fan convention in Cleveland, Ohio, he announced that he had voluntarily entered rehab for alcoholism.[5]

Brendon has played a major part in the Stuttering Foundation of America. He was the first person to serve the role of honorary chairperson of the Stuttering Foundation of America's Stuttering Awareness Week for three consecutive years, from 2000 to 2003.

Brendon has an identical twin brother, Kelly Donovan, the elder by three minutes, who served as his occasional stand-in on Buffy. Kelly played the part of Xander's double in the episode "The Replacement"[6] when the two Xanders were on the screen at the same time. When Nicholas fell sick with pneumonia, Kelly filled in for him as Xander, and in most of Xander's fight scenes in the episode "Intervention", Kelly was filling the role.[7]


Nicholas Brendon was tased and arrested by police in Los Angeles Thursday, March 18 2010. According to E!, authorities were responding to a call about an intoxicated individual on Tuesday night when they came across the actor. Brendon apparently swung his fists at the officers and then attempted to run away. Police used a taser to stop him and arrested him close to 12.30am on a felony charge of defacing property. The 38-year-old is currently being held on $20,000 (£13,055) bail.


Year Film Role Notes
1995 Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest Basketball Player One
2000 Psycho Beach Party Starcat
2002 Demon Island Kyle
2007 Unholy Lucas
2008 Blood on the Highway Chase Sinclair
2009 The Portal Paul
2009 My Neighbor's Secret Brent Keller
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Married… with Children Guy In Ray-Ray's Gang Episode: Hood 'n the Boyz
1995 Dave's World Episode: Do the Write Thing
1997–2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Xander Harris 143 episodes
2003 The Pool at Maddy Breaker's TV-Movie
2004 Celeste in the City Dana Blodgett/Harrison ABC Family TV-Movie
2005–2006 Kitchen Confidential Seth Richman 13 episodes
2006 Relative Chaos Gil Gilbert ABC Family TV-Movie
2006–2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Huntsboy #89 Voice Role
6 episodes
2007 Fire Serpent Jake Relm Syfy Pictures Original Movie
2007–2009 Criminal Minds Kevin Lynch 6 episodes
2009 Without a Trace Edger Episode: Undertow
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Xander Harris
2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds Xander Harris

Awards and nominations

Saturn Awards

  • 1998: Nominated, "Best Genre TV Actor" - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • 1999: Nominated, "Best Genre TV Actor" - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • 2000: Nominated, "Best Genre TV Supporting Actor" - Buffy the Vampire Slayer


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From Wikiquote

Nicholas Brendon (born Nicholas Brendon Schultz on April 12, 1971) is an actor best known for playing the character Xander Harris in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


As Xander

  • If Giles wants to go after the fiend who murdered his girlfriend I say faster pussycat, kill, kill!

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