Con Man is an American comedy web series created, written, directed by, and starring Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Suburgatory, Arrested Development). The series follows cult science fiction actor Wray Nerely (Tudyk), as he tours the convention circuit. Tudyk, one of the stars of the 2002 science fiction TV show Firefly, based Con Man loosely upon his own experiences. The series is co-produced by PJ Haarsma and by Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Desperate Housewives, Castle), who also co-stars in it. Crowdfunded through Indiegogo, Con Man set records for crowdfunding a web series by raising more than $1 million in 24 hours and more than $3.1 million overall.
Wray Nerely (Tudyk) is a struggling actor who starred as a spaceship pilot on Spectrum, a canceled science fiction series that went on to become a cult classic. Wray’s good friend Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion), who starred as the ship’s captain, has become an A-list movie star. Frustrated by Jack’s success and his lack thereof, Wray travels the science fiction convention circuit, makes appearances at comic book stores, and visits pop culture events. He navigates the odd people and incidents he encounters along the way while learning to love the fans he has.
- Alan Tudyk as Wray Nerely, a struggling actor who formerly starred on Spectrum as pilot Cash Wayne.
- Nathan Fillion as Jack Moore, Wray’s good friend who formerly starred on Spectrum as captain James Raaker.
- Mindy Sterling (Desperate Housewives, Black-ish) as Bobbie, Wray’s booking agent.
Of the “kooky” people who populate the series, Tudyk emphasized, “the kooky people in Con Man are not the fans. [The fans] are the heroes of this. The kooky people are the people who work in the conventions. […] It’s the people that we’ve met along the way that are pulling the strings behind the curtain, in addition to kooky celebrities.”
- Casper Van Dien (Titans, Watch Over Me) as John Boutell, the bartender at every bar, regardless of its location.
- Sean Astin (24, The Strain) as himself, an actor who played Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings film series.
- Ari Stidham (Scorpion) as 1st class fan, a Spectrum fan.
- Felicia Day (Supernatural) as Karen, Wray’s enthusiastic assistant for the duration of the convention he attends in episodes two through four.
- Nolan North (Pretty Little Liars) as Jerry Lansing, a motion capture artist, second best after Andy Serkis, and self-proclaimed “mocap king”.
- Tricia Helfer (Lucifer, Battlestar Galactica) as Louise, a woman attending a doll convention who treats her baby dolls as if they are real infants.
- Leslie Jordan (American Horror Story) as himself, an actor.
- Sean Maher (Firefly, Party of Five) as himself, a gay actor who starred in the Firefly television series and the related film Serenity.
- Alison Haislip (Battleground) as Faith, Jack Moore’s new assistant who oversees his day to day schedule.
- Liza Lapira (Battle Creek, Don’t Trusy the B— In Apartment 23, Dollhouse, Dexter) as Brenda, an actress who played Dr. Chu on Spectrum.
- Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy) as Stutter, an actor who played Hashen on Spectrum.
- Skyler Day (Parenthood, Gigantic) as Tiffany, an actress who played Ketheria on Spectrum.
- Skylar Haarsma as Young Tiffany, during the time Spectrum was on the air.
- Amy Acker (Angel, Alias, Person of Interest, Dollhouse) as Dawn, an actress who played Bree on Spectrum.