Brendan Fraser

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Brendan Fraser

Born

12/3/1968, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Birth Name

Brendan James Fraser

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Brendon Fraser
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Biography

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A muscular, darkly handsome actor who defies easy categorization, Brendan Fraser has an enviable versatility that has allowed him to be equally convincing in comedies, dramas, and adventure films alike. The son of a Canadian tourism executive, Fraser was born in Indianapolis on December 3, 1968. Thanks to…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Brendan was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame on June 3, 2006, despite the fact that he was born in the US.

    • Brendan lost consciousness while filming the hanging scene in The Mummy (1999) because of the noose being too tight around his neck.

    • Brendan was injured several times during the filming of The Mummy Returns, in 2001. He tore a spinal disk, cracked a rib and suffered injuries to his knees.

    • Brendan was signed on to play Steve Edison in The Wedding Planner (2001), but dropped out when this conflicted with the filming of Bedazzled (2000).

    • Brendan played the role of Stu Miley in the 2001 film Monkeybone.

    • In 1998, Brendan was chosen as one of the '50 Most Beautiful People in the World' by People Magazine.

    • Brendan has recorded plays that have been broadcast on radio, including works by Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill.

    • Brendan married Afton Smith on September 27, 1998. They share the same birthday, though she is one year older than him. They have three sons; Griffin Arthur who was born on September 17, 2002, Holden Fletcher who was born on August 16, 2004, and Leland Francis who was born on May 2nd, 2006.

    • Brendan played the role of David Greene in the film School Ties in 1992.

    • Brendan has appeared in three Pauly Shore movies as the character 'Link'. He starred in Encino Man (1992) and made uncredited cameos in Son In Law (1993) and In The Army Now (1994).

    • In 2001, Brendan was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Film - Choice Actor.

    • Brendan won the 'Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor' at the 1997 Seattle International Film Festival for his role as Fletcher McBracken in Still Breathing (1997).

    • Brendan, and the rest of the cast, won the 'Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture' award at the 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards their work in the film Crash (2004).

    • Brendan was nominated for 'Favorite Male Movie Star' at the 2002 Blimp Awards for his role as Rick O'Connell in The Mummy Returns (2001).

    • Brendan, and the rest of the cast were nominated for the 'Best Ensemble Cast' award at the 2005 Gotham Awards for their work in the film Crash (2004).

    • Brendan was nominated for 'Best Supporting Actor' at the 1999 Chlotrudis Awards for his role as Clayton Boone in Gods and Monsters (1998).

    • Brendan was nominated for a 'Favorite Actor/Actress - Family' award at the 1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for his role as George in George of the Jungle (1997).

    • Brendan was nominated for a 'Favorite Actor - Action' award at the 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for his role as Rick O'Connell in The Mummy (1999).

    • Brendan was a guest on the Food Network on October 17th 2004.

    • In Autumn of 2001, Brendan starred as "Brick" in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at London's West End.

    • In 1994, Brendan hosted the MTV Music Video Awards.

    • Brendan and Afton's wedding was held in the garden at the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles, CA , USA.

    • While Brendan was filming Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), he was terrified at having to hit wrestler Bill Goldberg. Goldberg constantly told him to go ahead and do it, telling him, "It's what I do for a living."

    • Brendan's salary history goes as follows:

      The Mummy Returns (2001) $12,500,000

      Bedazzled (2000) $10,000,000

      Dudley Do-Right (1999) $4,000,000

      The Mummy (1999) $4,000,000

    • Brendan has three older brothers.

    • Brendan was considered for the role of "Dr. Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic" in Fantastic Four (2005).

    • Brendan was one of many actors considered for the role of Clark Kent in Superman Returns (2006).

    • Brendan has developed a reputation for being extremely approachable and friendly to fans who meet him on the streets.

    • Brendan shares a birthday with actresses Julianne Moore and Daryl Hannah.

    • Brendan is an aspiring photographer.

    • Brendan speaks French fluently.

    • Brendan has dual citizenship: American and Canadian.

    • Brendan was educated at Upper Canada College in Toronto, the Actors' Conservatory, and at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

    • Brendan was raised in Holland, Switzerland, and Canada.

    • Brendan is 6' 3" (1.91 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • (on the types of roles he has played)
      Brendan: I like playing fish-out of-water guys. I imagine it's because growing up, my family moved around a lot, so I was always having to redefine myself in new places. Plus, I was a scrawny kid and I found I could avoid getting clobbered by joking myself out of tight spots. I try to bring that humor to roles.

    • Brendan: I like maintaining a low profile. I'm of the belief that a little mystery goes a long way.

    • Brendan: I seemed to often be the outsider. My family moved every few years and I was always the new kid, trying to fit in. As the new boy you had to learn how to assert yourself. Like an actor you had to constantly redefine yourself.

    • Brendan: I don't take myself too seriously. I think if you can treat comedy as normal then inevitably you will get more laughs. Even in adventure hokum you have to stick to the rules and parameters - then give the character a heart.

    • (about the movie "Crash")
      Brendan: The desired effect of this film is to stimulate conversation. You can't walk out of this complacent unless you're completely jaded. It doesn't offer up any solutions, which is nice. I don't like to get patronized when I go to movies. I want to be left to make up my own mind. If I'm angry or if I'm confused or if I'm conflicted by something, then that's an effective film.

    • (on how he became an actor)
      Brendan: I don't know how it happened. But I do know that I would act whether or not I was paid. I would be involved in ensemble groups. I would have the desire to tell stories.

    • Brendan: I always approach comedy roles pretending they aren't funny.

    • Brendan: I'm starting to judge success by the time I have for myself. The time I spend with family and friends. My priorities aren't amending; they're shifting.

    • (on working with CGI characters)
      Brendan: The funny thing is that as sophisticated as the technology gets, the less sophisticated you have to become as an actor. All you have to do is just believe in what's there, then the audience will, too. It's asking actors to do what they're supposed to do in the first place, which is just use their imagination.

    • (on his character, George, in "George in the Jungle")
      Brendan: I maintain that he's navigationally challenged. He's not the most elaborate fellow we're going to meet in moviedom.

    • Brendan: I guess what you would define as darkness serves a purpose: to show us that there is redemption through chaos. And I believe in that.

    • (on what it's like being a Hollywood Heartthrob)
      Brendan: I keep a low profile, so I really don't know. I suppose if it has a practical purpose toward being allowed to work on projects I wouldn't have otherwise... and I appreciate a pat on the back, too. So, I suppose it's rewarding, ultimately.

    • (when he was in Sydney, Australia)
      Brendan: I went to Taronga Park Zoo yesterday and almost mated with an Emu. So a word of advice is not to get too close to THOSE animals.

    • (on doing a sequel to "The Mummy")
      Brendan: We had already established, I think, a great and existing rapport with all the characters that managed to survive the first film, which was important when it came time to doing a sequel. I was also delighted to have the opportunity to do this, because I had such a great time working on the first one.

    • (on being able to make the film "The Quiet American")
      Brendan: I'm certainly gratified that my name helps a film like this get made, and it's a film that Phillip has wanted to make for years, and selfishly I wanted to have the opportunity to travel to Vietnam and Sydney, and have the chance to work there.

    • Brendan: I have so much satisfaction in my life. I have a beautiful wife and the great stimulation of an interesting career. I'm the most happy fellow that I know.

    • Brendan: It's a tale that I believe ultimately speaks of good parenting and what it means to honor one's parents.

    • Brendan: In L.A. nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass.

    • Brendan: It's a departure for me... I can't walk through the airport in Singapore without a little kid hanging on my leg saying: George! George!

    • Brendan: To swing or not to swing? Swing.

    • Brendan: They had a hard time miking me in my loin cloth, I mean, where were they gonna tape it?

    • Brendan: I believe you have a responsibility to comport yourself in a manner that gives an example to others. As a young man, I prayed for success. Now I pray just to be worthy of it.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I love brendan Fraser's acting. Though he is much older than me I still find him handsome.

    10
    I love Brendan Fraser when he acts and the way he looks. I thought he was awesome in the Mummy movies. I'm not to keen on seeing him in the Mummy 3 because the woman who plays Ivy(sp?) is a different person. The only reason I didn't like him in George of the Jungle is because he didn't get to speak in full sentences. I recently saw him in Journey to the Center of the Earth and I thought the movie was awesome, especially in 3D! You haven't seen the movie unless you've seen it in 3D. I hope to see Brendan much more as I grow.moreless
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    10
    I think Brendan Fraser is the most, and best actor I've seen because I've been going to see his movies since I was a child and plus he is the reason I want to become an actor myself, but also I have seen him in independent and big named movies, but if anyone agrees with me about this person go ahead and feel free to to say that you like this person as mush as I do.moreless
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