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Born:
December 3, 1968

Birthname:
Brendan James Fraser

Hometown:
Indianapolis, IN

Brendan Fraser

BIO:

A versatile actor with a unique talent for seamlessly transitioning from smart independent films to blockbusters alike, Brendan Fraser garnered wide-spread praise for his 2002 role in Phillip Noyce's "The Quiet American," based on Graham Greene's 1955 thriller of the same name. Fraser stars opposite Michael Caine and newcomer Do Hai Yen as an idealistic American aid worker who becomes embroiled in a tempestuous love triangle in 1952 Saigon. Tensions between the characters continue to escalate until the situation leads to murder.

His thoughtful and understated performance that same year in Bill Condon's Academy Award winning, "Gods and Monsters," gained Fraser much critical acclaim. Starring Sir Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave, the film is set in the "golden days" of Hollywood, and chronicles the controversial life and death of "Frankenstein" director James Whale.

In 1997, Fraser won hearts both young and old around the world in the title role of Walt Disney Productions' $100 million smash hit, "George of the Jungle," based on the 1960's Tarzan spoof created by Jay Ward. Directed by Sam Weisman, and co-starring Leslie Mann, George of the Jungle" follows the adventures of the gentle ape-man as he collides with love, civilization and a large number of stationary objects. That same year his performance in Jim Robinson's romantic comedy, "Still Breathing," earned him the Best Actor prize at the 1997 Seattle Film Festival.

Fraser cemented his reputation as a major film presence in Stephen Sommers' 1999 smash hit action/horror adventure, "The Mummy," for Universal Pictures. An ambitious retooling of the 1932 horror classic, this new version starred Fraser as an American serving in the French Foreign Legion, who becomes involved with an English archaeological expedition -- and the ancient secrets they unleash.

In early 2001, Fraser re-teamed with director Stephen Sommers for Universal Pictures' blockbuster "The Mummy Returns." Fraser reprised his role as the French Foreign Legion soldier Rick O'Connell in the sequel to the 1999 hit "The Mummy and is reunited with his co-stars Rachel Weisz, John Hannah and Arnold Vosloo. The sequel has grossed over $210 million internationally to date.

Fraser's additional film credits include Looney Tunes: Back in Action for Warner Bros. and director Joe Dante, Harold Ramis' "Bedazzled," co-starring Elizabeth Hurley and Frances O'Connor, Henry O. Selick's "Monkey Bone", Hugh Wilson's "Blast From the Past" with Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, and Sissy Spacek. He then re-teamed with Wilson as the title character in the live-action "Dudley Do-Right" with Sarah Jessica Parker and Alfred Molina.

Brendan is also noted for his acerbic-witted role starring opposite Shirley MacLaine in Richard Benjamin's "Mrs. Winterbourne," and his performances in Les Mayfield's "Encino Man," Robert Mandel's "School Ties," Alek Keshishian's "With Honors," Michael Lehmann's "Airheads," Michael Ritchie's "The Scout" and his critically acclaimed performance in Showtime's "The Twilight of the Golds."

Fraser's diverse theatre roster includes his 2001 appearance at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, in London in the West End production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Directed by Tony Award winner Anthony Page, Fraser played the role of 'Brick' opposite Frances O'Connor as Maggie Pollitt. For the stage, Brendan received high praise for his work as the anxious writer in John Patrick Shanley's "Four Dogs and a Bone" at the Geffen Playhouse in which he co-starred with Martin Short, Parker Posey, and Elizabeth Perkins for director Lawrence Kasdan. Other stage credits include roles in Theater in Seattle.

Born in Indianapolis and raised in Europe and Canada, Brendan has been dedicated to honing his craft since an early age of 12 and began attending theater when his family lived in London. He attended high school at Toronto's Upper Canada College and received a B.F.A. in acting from the Actor's Conservatory, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Brendan currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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