"I've never understood what the word 'hunk' means." Brendan Fraser
Winning his first leading roles in the 1992 films Encino Man and School Ties,
Brendan Fraser later received broad recognition for starring in the blockbuster
The Mummy (1999) and its sequels (2001 and 2004). The American-Canadian actor
also starred in such films as George of the Jungle (1997), Still Breathing
(1997), Gods and Monsters (1998), Blast from the Past (1999), Dudley Do-Right
(1999), Bedazzled (2000) and Crash (2004).
"I've also never understood that 'in season, out of season' thing. If something
looks good, why not wear it?" Brendan Fraser
Blue-eyed, dark brown-haired, square-jawed Brendan Fraser stands 6' 3" tall. In
1998, he was listed as one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in The
World.” He is currently working on his upcoming films Big Bug Man, Journey to
the End of the Night, The Last Time, and Singularity.
Childhood and Family:
"I'm a pretty agreeable fellow." Brendan Fraser
In Indianapolis, Indiana, Brendan James Fraser was born on December 3, 1968, to
parents Peter J. (a retired Canadian Tourism Commission official) and Carol G.
Fraser (a sales counselor). His great-grandfather was a Royal Canadian Mountie.
The youngest son of the family, Brendan has three older brothers: Kevin, Sean,
and Regan. Because of his father’s profession, Brendan and his family frequently
moved from one place to another and lived in Canada, the United States and
"In London, I was 12 or 13, and I would go off on my own and see plays. The
stage just fascinated me. I couldn't get enough." Brendan Fraser
While living in London, Brendan became interested in plays. When 14-year-old
Brendan Fraser and his family moved to Seattle, Washington, he signed up with
the Laughing Horse Summer Theater in Ellensburg and performed in such repertory
classics as “Waiting for Godot” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Subsequently,
he went to high school at Upper Canada College Preparatory School in Toronto and
returned to Seattle to study drama at the Cornish College of the Arts, where he
received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
On September 27, 1998, Brendan Fraser exchanged wedding vows with longtime
girlfriend, actress Afton Smith (born on December 3, 1967) in the garden at the
Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles. The couple now has two sons: Holden Fletcher
Fraser (born on August 16, 2004) and Griffin Arthur Fraser (born on September
An accomplished amateur photographer, Fraser is a vintage Polaroid camera
collector. The actor, who has dual citizenship (American and Canadian), speaks
French fluently and enjoys skiing and rock climbing,
"Work from yourself. Play what you know. Be confident. Speak loudly. Mind your
P's and Q's. Walk the Dog. Have courage." Brendan Fraser
Originally planning to attend graduate school in Texas, Brendan Fraser felt
acting beckon and interned at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle, after college. In
1991, he landed on television, playing bit parts on the TV movies My Old School
and Child of Darkness, Child of Light. That same year, he made his feature debut
in a small role with one line in Nancy Savoca's sweet drama comedy Dogfight
(starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor). He also received a major role in the
true-story-based movie Guilty Until Proven Innocent, also starring Martin Sheen
and Caroline Kava.
1992 saw Fraser win his first leading role. He portrayed frozen caveman Link in
Les Mayfield's fantasy comedy Encino Man (alongside Sean Astin) and played a
working-class Jewish student at an elite prep school in Robert Mandel's football
drama School Ties (costarring Chris O'Donnell and Matt Damon). A string of roles
followed and Brendan was seen in such films as Twenty Bucks, Younger and
Younger, With Honors, Airheads, The Scout and The Passion of Darkly Noon. He
also performed with Parker Posey, Martin Short and Elizabeth Perkins in the L.A.
production of John Patrick Shanley's play "Four Dogs and a Bone" in 1995.
Fraser costarred with Shirley MacLaine in Richard Benjamin's romantic comedy
film based on the novel “I Married A Dead Man,” by Cornell Woolrich, Mrs.
Winterbourne (1996, also with Ricki Lake). He followed it up with an appearance
in writer-director Rich Wilkes' comedy Glory Daze (1996, starring Ben Affleck)
and played Jennifer Beals' gay brother on Showtime's movie adopted from the play
by Jonathan Tolins, The Twilight of the Golds (1997).
The title role of George (the live version of the cartoon), in Sam Weisman's
box-office hit George of the Jungle (1997, costarring Leslie Mann), catapulted
Fraser's name toward prominence. That same year, he garnered critical acclaim
for his portrayal of San Antonio puppeteer Fletcher McBracken in writer-director
James F. Robinson's Still Breathing (1997, opposite Joanna Going) and won a
Seattle International Film Festival Award. He also hosted the much-admired NBC
show "Saturday Night Live" in October of 1997.
In 1998, Fraser befriended Frankenstein director James Whale (played by Sir Ian
McKellen), a gardener and ex-Marine Clayton Boone in Bill Condon's film adopted
from the novel "Father of Frankenstein" by Christopher Bram, the biopic Gods and
Monsters. Later that year, Fraser starred as Christopher Walken and Sissy
Spacek's son, who was raised in a bomb shelter, in Hugh Wilson's romantic comedy
Blast from the Past (alongside Alicia Silverstone). He also nabbed the memorable
role of Richard 'Rick' O'Connell, an American archeologist serving in the French
Foreign Legion who accidentally awakens a mummy, in Stephen Sommers' rousing,
suspenseful and horrifying epic The Mummy (1999, costarring Rachel Weisz).
Fraser later reprised his role in its following installments, The Mummy Returns
(2001) and Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride (2004).
Fraser also portrayed clumsy Royal Canadian Mountie Dudley Do-Right (the live
version of the cartoon) in Hugh Wilson's family comedy film with the same name
(1999), alongside Alfred Molina and Sarah Jessica Parker. He also returned to
"Saturday Night Live" to host the show in February of 1999.
After providing his voice for Sinbad in the animated Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of
Mists (2000), Fraser starred as a nerdy, low-level technical advisor in Harold
Ramis' remake of the fantasy comedy Bedazzled (opposite Elizabeth Hurley). He
then portrayed successful comic book illustrator Stu Miley in Henry Selick's
Monkeybone (2001, costarring Bridget Fonda), a fantasy adventure combining live
action, stop motion, claymation miniatures, puppets and computer imaging. Fraser
also acted on stage, reuniting with Bedazzled costar Frances O'Connor, in a
London stage revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." On the small screen, he could
be seen in two episodes of the NBC sitcom "Scrubs," playing Ben Sullivan.
The subsequent years watched Fraser playing young American CIA agent Pyle in
Phillip Noyce's adaptation of Graham Greene's novel, the romantic drama feature
The Quiet American (alongside Michael Caine) and team with the Looney Tunes in
Joe Dante's live-animated movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action (also with Jenna
Elfman). More recent, Fraser appeared in writer-director Paul Haggis' Crash
(2004, starring Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle and Matt Dillon) and returned to
guest star on NBC’s “Scrubs.”
Fraser will lend his voice to the title role in Bob Bendetson and Peter Shin's
animated action Big Bug Man. He will also star in writer-director Eric Eason's
thriller Journey to the End of the Night, Michael Caleo's romantic comedy The
Last Time (will play Michael Keaton's new business partner) and is set to costar
with Aishwarya Rai in Roland Joffé's drama Singularity.
"I think a star should be a ball of contradictions. Contradictions are a ball."
Seattle International Film Festival: Golden Space Needle Award - Best
Actor, Still Breathing, 1997