Stephen Nathan (21 August 1948) is an American film actor, producer, screenwriter, and poet.
Nathan made his acting debut in 1971, appearing in the playwright John-Michael Tebelak's and composer Stephen Schwartz's Off-Broadway musical Godspell, as part of the original cast member alongside Lamar Alford, Peggy Gordon, David Haskell, Joanne Jonas, Robin Lamont, Sonia Manzano, Gilmer McCormick, Jeffrey Mylett, and Herb Braha (Simon.) For his performance, he won the Variety Critics' Poll for Best Actor in a Musical and received a gold record for his work on the Original Cast album.
His acting career began in New York, but he later relocated to Los Angeles, where he acted in several TV series before turning to screenwriting and production.
His feature film debut came in 1972 with a minor role in director Peter H. Hunt's family drama 1776. The 1970s kept him busy with roles in a wide range of TV series such as Bonanza (1973), Young Dr. Kildare (1973), The Chadwick Family (1974), Rhoda (1975), and McCloud (1977). In 1977, he landed the recurring role of "Allan Simmonds" in the TV series Busting Loose; he was seen in 18 episodes of the series, starting from the pilot (aired 17 January 1977) to The Decision: Part 2 (aired 9 November 1977).
In 1976, he appeared as "Kevin" in the "Good Time Girls" episode of the TV series Laverne & Shirley; the series with which he would make his screenwriting debut in 1978. He wrote for three episodes of the series: Playing the Roxy (1978), O Come All Ye Bums (1978), and The Third Annual Shotz Talent Show (1979).
In 1993, he wrote the screenplay for Don Scardino's TV comedy Tracey Takes on New York (starring Paul Butler and Nell Campbell). For his work, he shared the Writers Guild of America award (1995) with Tony Sheehan, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, and Marc Flanagan. The team of writers was also nominated for an Emmy in 1994.
In the years 1996-1997, he wrote for two episodes of the acclaimed comedy TV series Everybody Loves Raymond. His most recent writing work was in 2015, for 24 episodes of TV series Bones, for which he was also the executive and consulting producer.
Nathan's first production venture was the TV comedy movie The Eagle and the Bear, for which he also wrote the screenplay. Over the following years, he was involved in a wide range of productions including Stand by Your Man (1992), Everybody Loves Raymond (1996), Ink (1996-1997), Jesse (1998-1999), Joan of Arcadia (2004-2005) and Bones (TV Series) (2005-2017, in various capacities).
Nathan is married to artist/actress Jesse Welles since 11 January 1976. The couple has three children.
After around 40 years of writing for, and making films/TV shows, Nathan now invests his time in writing poetry. He cites Tony Hoagland, Robert Hass, Stanley Kunitz, and Billy Collins as his favorite poets.
- The Mother and Child in the Bay
- The Headless Witch in the Woods (with Karine Rosenthal)
- The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House
- The End in the End (story)