He has a twin brother known as Kelly Donovan or Kelly Donovan Schultz.
Before becoming an actor, Nicholas tried his hand at a variety of jobs including being a plumber's assistant, veterinarian, janitor, day care counsellor, waiter, and a production assistant for the television show Dave's World and also starred in the episode called Do the Write Thing.
The biggest role that Nicholas has won, that everyone recognises him for, is the part of Xander Harris, on the tv series Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 1, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 2, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 3, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 4, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 4, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 5, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 6 and Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 7 alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head, Emma Caulfield, Amber Benson, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku and James Marsters.
He also starred in the follow ups to Buffy with the rest of the cast members in the musical Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Once More With Feeling, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Best Of Buffy, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Slayer Collection: Faith, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Slayer Collection: Spike, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Slayer Collection: Willow, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Cordelia, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Giles, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Xander and Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Dawn.
Nicholas Brendon starred in Kitchen Confidential - Season 1 based on the book by chef Anthony Bourdain as Seth Richman with Bradley Cooper and John Francis Daley.
Nicholas has had roles in American Dragon: Jake Long opposite Dante Basco and Charlie Finn, Lobster Alice with Noah Wyle and Relative Chaos, alongside his former Buffy sidekick Charisma Carpenter who went on to star alongside David Boreanaz in Angel, Christopher Gorham and Jayne Eastwood.
He has also had roles in the films called Children Of The Corn 3 as a basketball player alongside Daniel Cerny, Michael Ensign and Nancy Grahn and Psycho Beach Party as Starcat with Thomas Gibson and Kimberley Davies.
Other roles include Demon Island as Kyle with Jaime Pressly, Unholy as Lucas opposite Adrienne Barbeau, Blood on the Highway as Chase Sinclair alongside Robin Gierhart and The Portal as Paul with Stacy Keach, Michael Muhney and Michael Madsen.
Nicholas has had other tv roles in Married with Children, Celeste In The City in the dual roles as Dana Blodgett and Harrison alongside Majandra Delfino, Ethan Embry and Michael Boisvert, The Pool at Maddy Breaker's with Joy Jacobson and Fire Serpent as Jake Relm opposite Sandrine Holt, Randolph Mantooth, Robert Beltran and Lisa Langlois.
Nicholas has also played the role of Kevin Lynch, the Computer Analyst and boyfriend of Penelope Garcia (played by Kirsten Vangsness) in Criminal Minds - Season 3 alongside Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, Shemar Moore, and A. J. Cook.
Other appearances include playing Edger in an episode of Without A Trace called Undertow and in Fire Serpent as Jake Relm with Robert Beltran, Steve Boyle, Michelle Morgan and Marco Bianco.
Nicholas has also starred in My Neighbor's Secret as Brent Keller opposite Chandra West, Vincent Ventresca and Natalie Lisinska.
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Nicholas Brendon - filmography
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5 most recent filmsThe Portal - 1.5 stars
A Golden Christmas - 3.0 stars
Kitchen Confidential - Season 1 - 3.5 stars
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - S07 E20 - Touched - 4.5 stars
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - S07 E06 - Him - 4.0 stars
5 highest-rated filmsBuffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 3 - 4.0 stars
Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 2 - 4.0 stars
Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Once More With Feeling - 4.0 stars
Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 7 - 4.0 stars
Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 5 - 4.0 stars
5 lowest-rated filmsKitchen Confidential - Season 1 - 3.5 stars
The Portal - 1.5 stars
Psycho Beach Party - 2.5 stars
A Golden Christmas - 3.0 stars
Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Slayer Collection: Spike - 3.5 stars
Most frequent co-starsSarah Michelle Gellar - 346 times - show films
Alyson Hannigan - 258 times - show films
Emma Caulfield - 177 times - show films
Charisma Carpenter - 133 times - show films
David Boreanaz - 126 times - show films
Most frequent directorsJoss Whedon - 81 times - show films
David Solomon - 59 times - show films
James A. Contner - 55 times - show films
David Grossman - 49 times - show films
Michael Gershman - 23 times - show films