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Also Known As: Freddie James Prinze Died:
Born: March 8, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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Freddie Prinze Jr. had a promising start in show business with a run of successful teen-oriented films in the late 1990s, however once he aged out of young adult horror and romantic comedies the actor struggled to find his footing. The son of the late 1970s comedian and sitcom actor, Freddy Prinze, his namesake son would set similar onscreen goals when he had his auspicious start in the "I Know What You Did Last Summer" franchise (1997, 1998), and the high school comedy hit, "She's All That" (1999). While his heartthrob looks were enough to interest the teenybopper set for a few years, Prinze's forays into drama and thrillers generally showcased a handsome but bland performer. Following a failed attempt to custom-tailor his own vehicle with the ABC sitcom "Freddie" (ABC, 2005-06), Prinze was known mainly for portraying cartoon character Fred in the live action adaptations of "Scooby-Doo" (2002, 2004) and for his marriage to action heroine Sarah Michelle Gellar. Despite his career hurdles, Prinze, Jr. proved the apple had not fallen far from the tree by continuing the performing legacy of his iconic father with an utterly likeable onscreen persona in a variety of both comedic and dramatic roles. ...

Freddie Prinze Jr. had a promising start in show business with a run of successful teen-oriented films in the late 1990s, however once he aged out of young adult horror and romantic comedies the actor struggled to find his footing. The son of the late 1970s comedian and sitcom actor, Freddy Prinze, his namesake son would set similar onscreen goals when he had his auspicious start in the "I Know What You Did Last Summer" franchise (1997, 1998), and the high school comedy hit, "She's All That" (1999). While his heartthrob looks were enough to interest the teenybopper set for a few years, Prinze's forays into drama and thrillers generally showcased a handsome but bland performer. Following a failed attempt to custom-tailor his own vehicle with the ABC sitcom "Freddie" (ABC, 2005-06), Prinze was known mainly for portraying cartoon character Fred in the live action adaptations of "Scooby-Doo" (2002, 2004) and for his marriage to action heroine Sarah Michelle Gellar. Despite his career hurdles, Prinze, Jr. proved the apple had not fallen far from the tree by continuing the performing legacy of his iconic father with an utterly likeable onscreen persona in a variety of both comedic and dramatic roles.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Reef, The (2007)
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 Brooklyn Rules (2007)
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 Shooting Gallery (2005)
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 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) Fred Jones
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 Scooby-Doo (2002) Fred
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Milestones close milestones

1977:
His father committed suicide (January 29) when Freddie was 10 months old
1980:
Moved with mother from Los Angeles to Albuquerque when he was four years old
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Moved to Los Angeles after high school
1994:
TV debut on an episode of "Family Matters" (ABC) as a troubled teen who brings a gun to school
1996:
First lead role in the "ABC Afterschool Special," as a teenaged father in 'Too Soon for Jeff'
1996:
Feature debut in "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday"
1997:
Featured in Mark Waters' "The House of Yes" as Parker Posey's brother
1997:
Co-starred as Jennifer Love Hewitt's boyfriend in the teen horror film, "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
1998:
Reprised role in the teen thriller sequel "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer"
1999:
Played a popular high school jock in the hit teen comedy "She's All That"
2000:
Co-starred with Julia Stiles in the romantic comedy "Down to You"
2001:
Played opposite Monica Potter in "Head Over Heels"
2002:
Co-starred with wife Sarah Michelle Gellar in the comedy "Scooby Doo"; based on the popular cartoon series
2002:
Guest starred on the NBC comedy "Friends" as Sandy, Emma's sensitive Male Nanny
2004:
Reprised role of Fred for the sequel, "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed"
2004:
Guest starred on ABC's "Boston Legal" as Donny Crane, the son of William Shatner's Denny Crane
2005:
Co-created and starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Freddie"
2007:
Played a con man who successfully scams his way into the pre-law program at Columbia University in "Brooklyn Rules"
2009:
Will join the eighth season of "24" (FOX) as a new CTU operative
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Education

La Cueva High School: Albuquerque , New Mexico - 1994

Notes

"Drugs are the sucker's way, man and I'm not a sucker. I don't smoke, do blow or hardly even drink, but there's still a fear: what if it's genetic? I want to be like Evander Holyfield, who has a work ethic, morals, a real heart, who understands his responsibility to help other people. To me, that's an American hero living an American dream." --Freddie Prinze Jr quoted in Movieline, March 1999.

Prinze on why he chose to pursue a career in Hollywood: "I grew up in Albuquerque, where my only chances of survival were to go to junior college or to work at Price Club. I couldn't afford to go to college; we were losing our house ... I had acted a little bit so I moved out here" --quoted in Premiere, February 1999.

"I know one day I'm going to be the best father in the world. Me not having a father makes me want to be a great one. I have so much love I wanted to give him, and I'll be damned if I don't give it to a child of mine." --Freddie Prinze Jr to People, November 18, 1997.

"It's all a benefit. I know that we have chemistry. So that makes it easy. I know what to expect from her. It's the same as working with Matthew [Lilliard]. I've done four movies with Matthew. As far as working with them both, I know what they're going to bring to the table. With Matthew. well, most of the time. (Laughs)"---Freddie Prinze Jr on working with his wife in "Scooby Doo" cinecon.com June 14, 2002

"I'm going to stop acting in the next few years because it's just too weird, You have to constantly be willing to live in a scary, emotional place, which is why actors are in therapy all the time.''---Prinze quoted in TV Guide April 19, 2003

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Kimberly McCullough. Actor. Played Robin Scorpio on "General Hospital"; born on March 5, 1978; together from February 14, 1996 to fall 1999.
wife:
Sarah Michelle Gellar. Actor. Co-starred together in "I Know What You Did Last Summer"; began dating as of early 2000; announced engagement in April 2001; married in September 1, 2002 in Mexico.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Freddie Prinze. Comedian, actor. Popular star of NBC hit series "Chico and the Man" (1974-78); died on January 29, 1977 at the age of 22 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound; son Freddie Jr was 10 months old at the time.
mother:
Kathy Cochran. Real estate agent. Married c. 1974; divorced from Freddie Prinze in 1976, prior to his suicide.

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