Brendan Fraser

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Brendan Fraser

Brendan Fraser, April 2007
Born Brendan James Fraser
December 3, 1968 (1968-12-03) (age 45)
Indianapolis, Indiana,
United States
Years active 1988—present
Spouse Afton Smith (1998-2007)
Website
http://www.brendanfraser.com

Brendan James Fraser[1] (born December 3, 1968) is an actor who is both American and Canadian.[2][3] He acts both on the stage and in movies. He has acted in many American movies, such as The Mummy movies, as well as The Quiet American, Crash, George of the Jungle and Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Biography[change | change source]

Early life[change | change source]

Fraser was born in Indianapolis, Indiana,[1] and is the son of Canadian parents Carol and Peter Fraser who used to work for the Canadian government in Indiana.[2][4][5] He has three older brothers: Kevin, Regan, and Sean. His family moved often when he was a child and lived in Eureka, California, Seattle, Ottawa, the Netherlands and in Switzerland. When he was a boy, Fraser he was at the well known Canadian school for boys,[6] called Upper Canada College, in Toronto. When he was on vacation in London, Fraser went to see his first show in the West End. He graduated from Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts in 1990.[4][7] He started acting at a small acting college in New York. He first planned on going to graduate school in Texas but he made the decision to stay in Hollywood and work in movies.

Career[change | change source]

Fraser's first job acting in a movie was a small part in America's Most Wanted in 1988 where he acted as the friend to Rodney Mark Peterson, who was a person who was killed. He has since acted in over 30 movies. He had his first job as the main actor in Encino Man in (1992). That same year he acted with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Chris O'Donnell in School Ties in (1992). In 1994, he acted with Adam Sandler in the comedy Airheads. He then acted in smaller parts with Viggo Mortensen and Ashley Judd in Philip Ridley's The Passion of Darkly Noon in (1995), and Jennifer Beals in The Twilight of the Golds in (1997). In 1997, he became more famous because of the movie George of the Jungle (1997). He went on to act in more comedy movies like Blast from the Past in (1999), Bedazzled in (2000) and Monkeybone in (2001).

His best success was with the movie (which also had Rachel Weisz as an actor) called The Mummy in (1999) and its sequel The Mummy Returns (2001), both of which were very successful.

In 2004, he acted in the Academy Award winning movie Crash. He has also acted in the television shows Scrubs, King of the Hill, and The Simpsons.

In March 2006, he was made a member of Canada's Walk of Fame,[2] and was the first American-born actor to have this happen. He does not have his name put on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After not acting in one of the movies for six years, Fraser has now acted again in a new "The Mummy" movie called The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. The movie began in Montreal on July 27, 2007 and the movie also had Jet Li acting as Emperor Han. The last Mummy movie made over $100 million in the USA and over $400 million worldwide.

Fraser also acted as "Brick" in the West End show of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in September, 2001, directed by Anthony Page. Other actors in it were Ned Beatty, Frances O'Connor, and Gemma Jones. The show ended on January 12, 2002, with people saying good things about it.[8]

Personal life[change | change source]

Fraser met actress Afton Smith at a barbecue at Winona Ryder's house on July 4, 1993, after he came to Los Angeles.[4] Fraser married Smith on September 27, 1998, and they have three sons: Griffin Arthur Fraser,[1] born September 17, 2002, in Los Angeles; Holden Fletcher Fraser born August 16, 2004, in Los Angeles and Leland Francis Fraser born May 2, 2006, in Los Angeles. On December 27, 2007, Fraser's publicist (the person who speaks to the press about Fraser) said that the couple had made the decision to divorce.[9][10]

Brendan Fraser can speak French like a person who was born there.[11] Fraser also serves on the Board of Directors for FilmAid International.[12]

Fraser is also a good photographer.[2] He has used more than one Polaroid camera in movies and on TV shows, most known is in his time acting on Scrubs.

Movies acted in[change | change source]

Year Film Role Other notes
1991 Dogfight Sailor #1 as Brendon Fraser
1992 Encino Man Link
School Ties David Greene
1993 Twenty Bucks Sam Mastrewski
Son in Law Link uncredited
Younger and Younger Winston Younger
1994 With Honors Montgomery 'Monty' Kessler
Airheads Chester 'Chazz' Darvey
In the Army Now Link uncredited
The Scout Steve Nebraska
1995 The Passion of Darkly Noon Darkly Noon
Now and Then Vietnam veteran uncredited
1996 Brain Candy Placebo patient Cameo - uncredited
Mrs. Winterbourne Bill/Hugh Winterbourne
Glory Daze Doug
1997 George of the Jungle George of the Jungle
The Twilight of the Golds David Gold
Still Breathing Fletcher McBracken
1998 Gods and Monsters Clayton Boone
1999 Blast from the Past Adam Webber
The Mummy Richard 'Rick' O'Connell
Dudley Do-Right Dudley Do-Right
2000 Bedazzled Elliot Richards / Jefe / Mary
Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists Sinbad voice
2001 Monkeybone Stu Miley
The Mummy Returns Richard 'Rick' O'Connell
2002 The Quiet American Alden Pyle
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Himself uncredited
Looney Tunes: Back in Action DJ Drake / Himself / Voice of Tasmanian Devil and She-Devil
2004 Crash Rick Cabot Screen Actors Guild Award - Best Cast
Black Reel Awards - Best Ensemble
2005 Beach Bunny Beach bum voice
2006 Journey to the End of the Night Paul
The Last Time Jamie
2007 The Air I Breathe Pleasure
2008 Journey to the Center of the Earth Prof. Trevor Anderson
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Richard 'Rick' O'Connell
Inkheart Mortimer Folchart
2009 G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra in post-production

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Brendan Fraser's Looney Adventure". CBS. November 13, 2003. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/11/12/earlyshow/leisure/celebspot/main583274.shtml. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "2006 Inductees - Brendan Fraser". Canada's Walk of Fame. 2006. http://www.canadaswalkoffame.com/inductee/brendan-fraser. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
  3. Beale, Lewis (November 1, 1998). "In The Know Brendan Up To Buff In 'Gods And Monsters'". NY Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/entertainment/1998/11/01/1998-11-01_in_the_know_brendan_up_to_bu.html. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lynch, Lorrie (October 26, 2003), In tune with himself, USA Weekend, http://www.usaweekend.com/03_issues/031026/031026brendan_fraser.html, retrieved 2007-12-27
  5. "Brendan Fraser Biography (1968-)". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/22/Brendan-Fraser.html. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  6. Diamond, Jamie (June 21, 1992), UP AND COMING: Brendan Fraser; A Man Schooled for Success, New York Times, http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE7DE103AF932A15755C0A964958260, retrieved 2008-01-08
  7. Halpern, Lisa (February 10, 2005), Fraser's Edge, Cornish College of the Arts, http://www.cornish.edu/news/2005/05/frasers_edge.html, retrieved 2007-12-27
  8. "Albemarle - Archive". Albemarle-london.com. http://www.albemarle-london.com/Archive/ArchiveShow.php?Show_Name=Cat%20on%20a%20Hot%20Tin%20Roof. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  9. Georgia Waters (28 December 2007). "Marriage over for Penn". http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/entertainment/hollywood-marriages-over/2007/12/28/1198778697608.html. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  10. "Mummy Star Brendan Fraser, Wife Split After Nine Years". US Magazine. December 27, 2007. http://www.usmagazine.com/brendan_fraser_wife_split_after_nine_years. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
  11. "BBC - Films - Brendan Fraser". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2004/01/30/brendan_fraser_looney_tunes_interview.shtml. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
  12. "filmaid.org Newsletter". FilmAid International. 2006. http://filmaid.org/gala.newsletter.html. Retrieved 2008-02-27.

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