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Also Known As: Brendan James Fraser Died:
Born: December 3, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Profession: actor

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Tall and athletic, with a boyish charm and keen comic sensibilities, actor Brendan Fraser moved easily between crowd-pleasing entertainments and critically acclaimed dramas. Fraser's versatility was first exploited in a pair of vastly different films concerning high school social life - the Valley-centric teen comedy "Encino Man" (1992) and the period melodrama "School Ties" (1992). The actor followed with a slew of equally divergent projects like the baseball dramedy "The Scout" (1994) and the slapstick cartoon adaptation of "George of the Jungle" (1997) as he attempted to make the transition to major stardom. Fraser upped his reputation considerably when he earned accolades opposite Sir Ian McKellan in the award-winning drama "Gods and Monsters" (1998) before breaking out as a bona fide action hero in the horror-adventure blockbusters "The Mummy" (1999) and "The Mummy Returns" (2001). Enjoying his new box office clout, he alternated big-budget movies with such serious-minded ventures as "The Quiet American" (2002), alongside Michael Caine, and the Oscar-winning "Crash" (2005). Following more pulpy genre offerings like "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (2008) and the third franchise installment...

Tall and athletic, with a boyish charm and keen comic sensibilities, actor Brendan Fraser moved easily between crowd-pleasing entertainments and critically acclaimed dramas. Fraser's versatility was first exploited in a pair of vastly different films concerning high school social life - the Valley-centric teen comedy "Encino Man" (1992) and the period melodrama "School Ties" (1992). The actor followed with a slew of equally divergent projects like the baseball dramedy "The Scout" (1994) and the slapstick cartoon adaptation of "George of the Jungle" (1997) as he attempted to make the transition to major stardom. Fraser upped his reputation considerably when he earned accolades opposite Sir Ian McKellan in the award-winning drama "Gods and Monsters" (1998) before breaking out as a bona fide action hero in the horror-adventure blockbusters "The Mummy" (1999) and "The Mummy Returns" (2001). Enjoying his new box office clout, he alternated big-budget movies with such serious-minded ventures as "The Quiet American" (2002), alongside Michael Caine, and the Oscar-winning "Crash" (2005). Following more pulpy genre offerings like "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (2008) and the third franchise installment "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (2008), Fraser devoted his energies primarily to smaller, independent features for a time. Equally adept at low-brow comedy, thrilling adventure or high drama, Fraser proved time and again why he was one of the most dependable leading men Hollywood had to offer.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Nut Job, The (2014)
2.
 Gimme Shelter (2014)
3.
 Case of You, A (2013)
4.
 HairBrained (2013)
5.
 Split Decision (2013)
6.
7.
 Whole Lotta Sole (2012)
8.
 William Tell: 3D (2012)
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Raised in Europe and Canada
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Interned at Intiman Theatre in Seattle, WA after college
1991:
Made feature debut in a bit part with one line in Nancy Savoca's "Dogfight"
1991:
TV acting debut, "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" (NBC)
1992:
First lead role, "Encino Man"
1992:
Played opposite Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Chris O'Donnell in "School Ties"
1995:
Cast in minor role of a Vietnam veteran in 1970s flashback segments of "Now and Then"
1995:
Appeared in L.A. production of John Patrick Shanley's play "Four Dogs and a Bone"
1996:
Made uncredited cameo appearance in "Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy"
1997:
Played title role in live-action "George of the Jungle"
1997:
Earned critical praise for dramatic performance in "Still Breathing"
1998:
Portrayed the gardener who is befriended by film director James Whale in Bill Condon's "Gods and Monsters"
1999:
Played a 35-year old who was raised in an underground bunker in the comedy "Blast From the Past"
1999:
Cast as an Indiana Jones-like archeologist in feature remake of "The Mummy"
1999:
Starred in live-action adaptation of cartoon "Dudley Do-Right"
2000:
Starred in Harold Ramis remake of "Bedazzled"
2001:
Reprised role for sequel "The Mummy Returns"
2002:
Made two-episode guest appearance on NBC sitcom "Scrubs"
2002:
Co-starred in drama feature "The Quiet American"
2003:
Starred as D.J. Drake in "Looney Tunes: Back in Action"
2004:
Reprised guest starring role on NBC's "Scrubs"
2005:
Starred in Paul Haggis' directorial debut "Crash," a multi-character study of L.A. race relations
2007:
Co-starred with Michael Keaton in "The Last Time"
2008:
Starred in 3D adventure film "Journey to the Center of the Earth"; also executive produced
2008:
Reprised role for second sequel "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"
2009:
Starred in adaptation of the hit children's book "Inkheart"
2010:
Portrayed American biotechnology executive John F. Crowley in "Extraordinary Measures," based on true story of his fight to save his children
2010:
Starred in family comedy "Furry Vengeance"
2010:
Made Broadway debut in Simon Bent play "Elling"
2013:
Voiced character of astronaut Scorch Supernova in computer animated feature "Escape from Planet Earth"
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Education

Upper Canada College: Toronto , Ontario -
Cornish College of the Arts: Seattle , Washington - 1990

Notes

Fraser collects old Polaroid cameras.

"I think the wrong time to be frightened is when you're acting. You see rowdy, goofy, funny people, but they normally llok like they ought to be committed. I like treading that razor's thin edge of 'Will an audience buy this or not, will they go with you on this moment?' I can only describe it as really taking a leap of faith, just putting yourself out as far as you dare. Then push a bit further." --Brendan Fraser, quoted in NEWSDAY, February 7, 1999

"It seems when Brendan's acting in front of the camera, he's almost entirely the character, which allows a whole variety of things to go on in the the face which no one could plan." --"Gods and Monsters" co-star Ian McKellen quoted in NEWSDAY, November 12, 1998

On his approach to playing "George of the Jungle": "I learned as much jungle lore as I could. The basic Tarzan story structure has always had a resonance in popular culture., ALl the classic beats in the stroy are from Greek myth structure; that's the reason for its endurance." --From THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, July 17, 1997

"I'm still finding out every day that anything I say will probably be old news by the time it comes out in print." --Fraser quoted in US, May 1995

"Each new sortie, each new undertaking, I strive to make it a personal declaration about who I am. You can only grasp at moments. To dominate an entire project is desirable but not always obtainable. Rather, you can't always excuse it." --Brendan Fraser quoted in US, June 1997

"Brendan combines incredible looks and sexiness and vulnerability with talent. And I mean serious talent. . . . He wasn't just a hunk, What really struck me was his fundamental core of decency." --Sherry Lansing quoted in US, August 1994

"There are 75,000 Screen Actors Guild members who are unemployed, so it's amazing when you think about it. I've been keeping my nose above water, keeping busy . . . but I don't want to think about it too much." --Fraser quoted in NEW YORK NEWSDAY, September 28, 1994

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wife:
Afton Smith. Actor. Born c. 1967; married on September 27, 1998.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Peter Fraser. Government official. Canadian; born c. 1936; worked for Canada's tourism office.
mother:
Carol Fraser. Sales counselor. Canadian; born c. 1936.
brother:
Kevin Fraser. Born c. 1960.
brother:
Sean Fraser. Born c. 1962.
brother:
Regan Fraser. Born c. 1963.
son:
Griffin Arthur Fraser. Born September 17, 2002; mother, Afton Smith.
son:
Hudson Fletcher Fraser. Born August 16, 2004; mother, Afton Smith.
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