Brendan James Fraser
December 3, 1968
|Years active||1991 - present|
|Height||189 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Afton Smith (1998 - 2008)|
|Awards||Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture |
Brendan James Fraser (born December 3, 1968) is an American-Canadian actor. He has acted in many 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. His role in the 2022 movie The Whale (2022) as an overweight gay father won him the Critics' Choice Movie Award and earned him nominations for a Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Biography[change | change source]
Early life[change | change source]
Fraser was born on December 3, 1968 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is the son of Canadian parents Carol and Peter Fraser who used to work for the Canadian government in Indiana. His parents are Czech, English, French Canadian, German, Irish and Scottish ancestry. 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, 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. 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).
In March 2006, he was made a member of Canada's Walk of Fame, 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.
In 2018, he played Fletcher Chase in the television series Trust.
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. Fraser married Smith on September 27, 1998, and they have three sons: Griffin Arthur Fraser (born September 17, 2002), Holden Fletcher Fraser (born August 16, 2004) and Leland Francis Fraser (born May 2, 2006). All of their children were born 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.
Movies[change | change source]
|1991||Dogfight||Sailor #1||as Brendon Fraser|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|2009||G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra||in post-production|
References[change | change source]
- "Brendan Fraser's Looney Adventure". CBS. November 13, 2003. Archived from the original on 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
- "2006 Inductees - Brendan Fraser". Canada's Walk of Fame. 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
- Beale, Lewis (November 1, 1998). "In The Know Brendan Up To Buff In 'Gods And Monsters'". NY Daily News. Archived from the original on 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
- "Brendan Fraser tearfully accepts Critics Choice best actor award: 'I was in the wilderness'". USA Today. January 15, 2023. Retrieved January 16, 2023.
- Lynch, Lorrie (October 26, 2003), In tune with himself, USA Weekend, archived from the original on 2010-01-10, retrieved 2007-12-27
- "Brendan Fraser Biography (1968-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
- Diamond, Jamie (June 21, 1992), "UP AND COMING: Brendan Fraser; A Man Schooled for Success", New York Times, retrieved 2008-01-08
- Halpern, Lisa (February 10, 2005), Fraser's Edge, Cornish College of the Arts, archived from the original on 2007-12-31, retrieved 2007-12-27
- "Albemarle - Archive". Albemarle-london.com. Archived from the original on 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
- Georgia Waters (28 December 2007). "Marriage over for Penn". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
- "Mummy Star Brendan Fraser, Wife Split After Nine Years". US Magazine. December 27, 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
- "BBC - Films - Brendan Fraser". BBC. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
- "filmaid.org Newsletter". FilmAid International. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-07-06. Retrieved 2008-02-27.