ByIan M. Simpson, writer at
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Ian M. Simpson

Whenever I get into a discussion with someone about television (and that's more often than you'd think), I always get asked what my favorite show is. Believe it or not, that's an incredibly hard question to answer. My initial answer is usually Game of Thrones, but Lost, Sherlock and Doctor Who usually crave attention as well. However, no matter how much I love the wide world of Westeros or the thrills and mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, I can never move past my undying love for Firefly.

For those unfamiliar with the show, Firefly is a science-fiction adventure mixed with a lot of classic western qualities. Firefly follows the crew of the starship named 'Serenity' as they undergo their life of crime under the shadow of the menacing Alliance. The show has a Star Wars quality about it, as director Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) took inspiration from the classic trilogy.

The series had a huge following, but it was unfortunately cancelled by FOX after the first season. Fans were furious, and they signed petition after petition trying to get the show back on the air. While the show never saw a second season, Whedon did give the series a cinematic sequel titled Serenity, which was very successful.

Now it's been over a decade since Firefly, and the cast has moved on to other projects, ranging from blockbuster titles to obscure television shows.

Nathan Fillion - Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds

Fillion has by far been the most successful out of the Firefly cast. Chances are, you may know him as the lead actor in the detective series Castle, where Fillion plays Richard Castle, a novelist who teams up with the NYPD to help solve crimes after a series of murders mirror the deaths in his novels.

Aside from Castle, Fillion has played minor parts in several large movies, such as Hermes in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and he voiced one of the prison inmates in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. He has also lent his voice to several video games, including Destiny, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, and Halo 5: Guardians.

Fillion is also co-starring in the upcoming web-series Con-Man, alongside Firefly co-star Alan Tudyk. Con-Man is set to come out on Wednesday, September 30th.

Fun Facts:

  • Before Stana Katic got the part of his co-star in Castle, Fillion had to read with over 100 different actresses who were auditioning for the role.
  • Fillion is a huge fan of comic books, and he has voiced the character of Green Lantern for several animated Justice League movies.
  • He is the descendant of a Confederate Lieutenant General named Jubal Early. After learning about this, Joss Whedon decided to use that name as a bounty hunter in the season finale of Firefly.

Gina Torres - Zoe Washburne

The years directly following Firefly's end were pretty big for Gina Torres. She played Cas in both Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions and she had a recurring role in the 2004 season of 24.

She then went on to appear in many, many, television shows, including Hannibal, Transformers Prime, Gossip Girl, Alias, and Justice League. She also has a small role in the upcoming Con-Man.

Fun Facts:

  • She voiced the character Vixen in the Justice League animated television show, alongside three other Firefly cast members: Adam Baldwin (Jayne), Nathan Fillion (Mal), and Morena Baccarin (Inara).
  • She is the second wife of Lawrence Fishburne, who you probably know as Morpheus from The Matrix trilogy.

Alan Tudyk - Hoban "Wash" Washburne

Though you may not have seen Tudyk's face in anything recently, his name has been attached to some major movies. He provided the voice to characters in widely popular movies, such as Turbo in Wreck-It Ralph, Duke in Frozen, and Alistair Krei in Big Hero 6.

Tudyk also has a ton of voice acting roles coming up for some much anticipated animated films such as Moana, The Good Dinosaur, and Zootopia. He also has an unknown upcoming role in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.

As I've stated before, both Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk teamed up for a web series called Con-Man that is set to come out later this month. The series documents the two actors' experiences with science-fiction conventions.

Fun Facts

  • After Firefly was cancelled, Tudyk threw a 'we-don't-work-for-Fox-anymore' party for the cast and crew of the show. Talk about making the best of a bad situation.
  • Alan auditioned for the role of Michael Scott in The Office. Now wouldn't that have been something?
  • When he voiced a marine in the game Halo 3, he made a nod to Firefly by cursing in Chinese before saying, "I wish I was someone else right now."

Adam Baldwin - Jayne Cobb

Like Tudyk, Baldwin has done a lot of voice-acting since his time as Jayne Cobb. He has provided voices for a lot of different video games, such as Halo 3, Half-Life 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Infinite Crisis.

He has also played recurring roles in many different television shows, such as Chuck and The Last Ship, as well as appearing in an episode of Castle, acting alongside his good friend Nathan Fillion.

Fun Facts

  • Baldwin attended New Trier Township High School East, the same school that Charlton Heston graduated form.
  • He is a very active fellow. He enjoys bowling, mountain biking, baseball, and Frisbee and has participated in celebrity hockey games.

Morena Baccarin - Inara Serra

Close behind Fillion in terms of cinematic success is Morena Baccarin, who plays Ryan Reynolds's love interest in the upcoming R-rated superhero flick Deadpool. Though before that comes out, you may have recognized her as Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the Batman series Gotham.

She has had a multitude of successful roles outside of those two, starring as Anna in the sci-fi thriller V, Jessica Brody in Homeland, and Karen Walker in the Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy.

Fun Facts:

  • In Maxim's "Hot 100" list of 2014, she was ranked number 57.
  • When her co-star, Jewel Staite, got married, Morena was her Maid of Honor. I guess Inara and Kaylee were pretty close both on-screen and off.

Jewel Staite - Kaylee Frye

Unfortunately enough, Staite hasn't been quite as successful as many of her other Firefly co-stars. She played in Stargate: Atlantis, but after that, she only played minor roles in TV shows like Supernatural and The Killing.

She also has a small cameo role in Con-Man, as you can see in the Comic-Con footage for the series.

Fun Facts:

  • Jewel gained 20 pounds for the role of Kaylee in Firefly. She then lost the weight again after the show was cancelled. When Serenity started up, she was told that she wouldn't need to gain the weight again because they weren't going to offer the part to anyone else.
  • The name of her character in Supernatural was Amy Pond, the same name of a major character in Doctor Who.

Sean Maher - Simon Tam

After Firefly and Serenity, Maher appeared in a number of various television shows, from Arrow to The Playboy Club. He also appeared in the 2012 film Much Ado About Nothing as Don John.

Maher has also followed in the footsteps of many other Firefly cast members by voicing DC comic characters in various videos. He voiced Nightwing in Son of Batman, Batman vs. Robin, and Batman: Bad Blood.

Fun Facts:

  • There was a running joke on the set of Firefly due to the fact that Sean would frequently accidentally call Summer Glau by her real name instead of River, her character's name.
  • Sean is openly homosexual, and has two adopted children with his partner Paul.

Summer Glau - River Tam

Summer has played a great deal of recurring roles in several different television shows, some well-known and some obscure. She played a terminator in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, as well as Isabel Rochev in Arrow.

Outside of those, she has appeared in Alphas, Grey's Anatomy, Dollhouse, The Unit, and she had a cameo appearance as herself in an episode of The Big Bang Theory. She also has an upcoming appearance in Tudyk and Fillion's Con-Man series.

Fun Facts:

  • Summer auditioned for the part of Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand before Ellen Page got the part. She even asked Joss Whedon (who had written X-Men comics) for help with preparing for the part.
  • She was ranked number 37 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" and number 8 in Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women On TV."

Ron Glass - Shepherd Derriah Book

Glass did a great deal of his acting before Firefly so after the series he hasn't appeared in quite as many roles as some of the other cast members. He did, however, appear in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Dr. Streiten and he played Duncan in Death at a Funeral.

Fun Facts:

  • He is a member of the Alpha Psi Omega fraternity.
  • Glass has stated that Shepherd Book's character is very different from his own. Nevertheless, he says that he loved playing the part.
  • Glass is notorious for laughing... a lot. He is known for corpsing constantly in interviews, and he apparently laughed a lot as a kid as well. I guess he's just a cheery person.

Even though many of the stars of the show have had some pretty phenomenal successes recently, they still have plenty of big moments to look forward to in the coming years. Make sure to tune in to Con-Man on September 30th to catch Fillion, Tudyk, and many other cast members as they reunite once again.



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