Nicholas Brendon is an American actor best known for his role as Xander Harris in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, appearing in 145 episodes from 1997-2003.
He is also known for his role as Seth Richman in Kitchen Confidential, playing the role from 2005-2006.
Brendon was born three minutes after his identical twin brother, actor Kelly Donovan on April 12, 1971 in Los Angeles, California.
He attended Chatsworth High School, where he struggled with stuttering but was also a starter on the baseball team. He had dreams of playing for the L.A. Dodgers, but had to pursue other options when he hurt his arm about a year after graduating high school.
He first appeared on television in a handful of commercials and series guest spots on shows such as Married With Children and Dave's World. He also played a minor role in the 1995 feature film Children of the Corn III.
From 1995-1997 he worked as a production assistant, plumber's assistant, veterinary janitor, food delivery guy, script delivery guy, day care counselor and waiter.
He was fired from all but one of the aforementioned positions.
During his seventh year in the food and beverage service, Brendon decided to give acting another go; after two months of auditioning, he landed the role of Xander in Buffy and hung up his apron for good.
During his hiatuses from the show he starred in the motion picture Psycho Beach Party (2000) and the direct-to-video release Demon Island (2002).
After Buffy wrapped, he tackled the roles of "Dana" in the 2004 made-for-TV movie Celeste in the City, "Seth" in Kitchen Confidential and "Gil" in the 2006 made-for-TV movie Relative Chaos.
From 2006-2007 he voiced the role of Huntsboy #89 in the animated series American Dragon: Jake Long, and in 2007 appeared in another made-for-TV movie, Fire Serpent.
He has also voiced the role of Xander Harris in two videogame spin-off's of Buffy: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2000) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds (2003).
Offscreen, the LA native enjoys quality time with his loved ones, Dodger games and cooking. He also devotes himself to awareness efforts on behalf of the Stuttering Foundation of America.
Brendon served as honorary chairperson of the charity's Stuttering Awareness Week from 2000-2003. He's the first person to serve in the role for three consecutive years.