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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 December 1968Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Birth NameBrendan James Fraser
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Brendan James Fraser was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Canadian parents Carol Mary (Genereux), a sales counselor, and Peter Fraser, a journalist and travel executive. He is of Irish, Scottish, German, Czech, and French-Canadian ancestry. As his parents frequently moved, Brendan can claim affinity with Ottawa, Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle, London and Rome. His early exposure to theatre, particularly in London, led him to Seattle's Cornish Institute. After graduation he found a minor role as Sailor #1 in River Phoenix's Dogfight (1991), then somewhat more substantial roles in Encino Man (1992) and School Ties (1992). He expresses a preference for playing "fish out of water" men. Five more years of supporting work led finally to the title role in George of the Jungle (1997), a role which fully utilized his charm and beefy good looks, as well as offering him a chance to show off his comic talents. He describes this role as the one which dramatically altered his career. Critical raves for his role in Gods and Monsters (1998) pointed to yet another dimension to his dramatic persona.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (1)

Afton Smith (27 September 1998 - 17 April 2008) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Deep resonant voice
Towering height and athletic frame

Trivia (26)

Raised in Holland, Switzerland, and Canada. Educated at Upper Canada College in Toronto, the Actors' Conservatory, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.
Whenever appearing in a Pauly Shore movie, he uses the character name "Link".
Has dual citizenship: American and Canadian.
Speaks French fluently.
His and Afton's wedding was held in the garden at the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles.
He welcomed first child son Griffin Arthur on September 17, 2002.
While filming Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), was terrified at having to hit Bill Goldberg. Goldberg constantly told him to go ahead and do it, telling him, "It's what I do for a living."
Attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington.
Second child, son Holden Fletcher, b. 16 August 2004
Is an aspiring photographer.
Has recorded more than a few plays for broadcast on the radio, including works by Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill.
Has three older brothers: Kevin Fraser, Sean Fraser and Regan Fraser.
Has developed a reputation for being extremely approachable and friendly to fans who meet him on the streets.
He was in consideration to play Superman Returns (2006) when Brett Ratner was still attached to the film.
Was considered for the role of Dr. Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic in Fantastic Four (2005).
Was set to play the role of Dr. Steve/Eddie in The Wedding Planner (2001), but scheduling conflicts with filming Bedazzled (2000) prevented him. The role went to Matthew McConaughey.
The son of a Canadian travel executive. Among the places he lived in his younger days include Cincinnati, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Ottawa, Canada; and Holland.
Wife Afton gave birth to their third child and third son, Leland, on May 2, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.
He is not ambidextrous as it might appear in Monkeybone (2001). If you listen to the director's commentary, that is a left hand artist's hand seen painting the characters, and the artist isn't Brendan.
Parents: Carol Fraser and Peter Fraser.
Was the first choice for playing the lead role in Inspector Gadget (1999); the role went to Matthew Broderick.
He has Irish, Scottish, German, Czech, and French ancestry.
Appearing in the stage version of "Cat on the Hot Tin roof" in London. [December 2001]
In Singapore for the 3-D film fest. The first film festival specifically dedicated to 3-D technology (3DX: 3D Film & Entertainment Technology Festival). [November 2008]
Filming Inkheart (2008) at Shepperton Studios in London. [November 2006]

Personal Quotes (5)

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.
As sophisticated as the technology gets, the less sophisticated you have to become as an actor.
What if William Shakespeare had had a test audience for "Romeo and Juliet" or "Hamlet"?
[on turning forty] I feel all giddy inside. It's like when I turned 13 and I felt like I finally became a teenager. Now I feel like I'm finally becoming an adult. It's like earning another stripe in life.
You do a movie, Hollywood loves you for a while. They love you, they love you, they love you untilâ€"oh, they love someone else now. It's not cyclical, it's ... it's ... ficklical!

Salary (5)

The Scout (1994) $1,500,000
The Mummy (1999) $4,000,000
Dudley Do-Right (1999) $4,000,000
Bedazzled (2000) $10,000,000
The Mummy Returns (2001) $12,500,000

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