Brendan Fraser
Actor
Brendan Fraser
Brendan James Fraser is a Canadian-American film and stage actor. Fraser portrayed Rick O'Connell in the three-part Mummy film series, and is known for his comedic and fantasy film leading roles in major Hollywood films, including Encino Man (1992), George of the Jungle (1997), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008), and Inkheart (2009).
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Brendan Fraser's Former Mid-Century Modern Home Back on the Market for $4.4M
Fox News - 7 months
The Mid-Century Modern home built for actor Brendan Fraser is back on the market, and you don't have to be an airhead to fall head over heels for the place. The post Brendan Fraser's Former Mid-Century Modern Home Back on the Market for $4.4M appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
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Home of the Day: Midcentury modern with movie star good looks
LATimes - 9 months
Actor Brendan Fraser lived in this handsome midcentury home in Beverly Hills when "George of the Jungle" and "The Mummy" were debuting in theaters. Today, the property continues to reflect the former owner's artistic interests and flair for Hollywood glamour. Recent renovations include the addition...
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A Decade After 'Crash,' Paul Haggis Reflects On The Polarizing Racial 'Fable' That Stormed The Oscars
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
About 15 years ago, Paul Haggis was laughed out of one meeting after the next when he pitched "Crash" to television executives. He wrote it as a movie instead (with Bobby Moresco), but pre-production was shut down multiple times because the cast didn't include the right A-listers to justify financing. After it was finally made, Haggis tried, unsuccessfully, to talk Lionsgate out of a wide theatrical bow, thinking its box-office potential would wane without time to generate buzz in limited release. The movie grossed an impressive $98 million worldwide, but Haggis nonetheless tried to convince the studio that an attempted Oscar campaign would be mortifying. Then the movie won Best Picture. Ten years later, "Crash" is one of the most contentious releases of the past decade. Even though a few initial detractors saw the movie as "dramaturgical pixie dust" and characterized it as "at once tangled and threadbare," "Crash" received mostly glowing reviews and gained steady momentum as competi ...
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'HairBrained': Indie flick follows a kid and his coif
USA Today - about 3 years
Preview the indie comedy starring Brendan Fraser and Alex Wolff.
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Vanessa Hudgens & Rosario Dawson: 'Gimme Shelter' NYC Screening!
Just Jared - about 3 years
Vanessa Hudgens is stunning while attending a screening of her latest film Gimme Shelter held at Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday (January 22) in New York City. The 25-year-old actress was joined at the screening by her co-stars Rosario Dawson and Brendan Fraser. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Vanessa Hudgens Vanessa recently made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she talked about celebrating her birthday. Watch the video below! In case you didn’t know, Gimme Shelter hits theaters on Friday (January 24)! FYI: Vanessa is wearing a Monique Lhuillier dress. Vanessa Hudgens – ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ 15+ pictures inside of Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson attending the Gimme Shelter screening…
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Review: Bold Hudgens but flat script in 'Shelter'
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
If lofty intentions, determination and hard work were all it took to make a successful movie, then "Gimme Shelter," a film about teen pregnancy starring former Disney star Vanessa Hudgens, would have it made. First things first: Hudgens appears in virtually every frame, and she does an impressive job creating yet more distance from her Disney persona, a process she began in earnest with "Spring Breakers." Standing at a bathroom mirror and chopping off her mangy hair, revealing blotchy skin, dirt-filled fingernails, a nose and lip ring. Apple is in a living hell, sharing a home with her drug-addicted, abusive mother (Rosario Dawson, in an effectively frightening, go-for-broke performance). Desperate to escape, she makes it by bus to the suburban New Jersey McMansion where her biological father (Brendan Fraser), whom she's never known — he got her mother pregnant as a teenager — lives with his prim wife and two children. Gimme Shelter," a Roadside Attractions release, is rated PG- ...
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7 Newly Popular Baby Names That Have Been Hiding In Plain Sight
Huffington Post - about 3 years
By Linda Rosenkrantz for Nameberry It always strikes me as somewhat curious when a name that has been hidden in plain sight for decades -- or longer -- attached to a significant literary or real life character will suddenly pop into the zeitgeist and take off. Sometimes the contributing factors are obvious -- sharing with a more recent celebrity (looking at you, Ms Johansson) or its discovery by the parents of a "starbaby." And sometimes, it just remains a mystery. Here are some prominent examples. Atticus The Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, and the movie, starring Gregory Peck as principled lawyer and role-model dad Atticus Finch, was released two years later. Between then and now, the book has been a mainstay of English class curricula, working its way into the collective consciousness of future baby namers, while Atticus Finch was voted the greatest hero of American film by the AFI. But why Atticus now? There were five baby boys bearing thi ...
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The Dumbest Baseball Movie Ending Of All Time
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Scout had a lot of things going against it from the outset. It was a baseball movie that came out in the fall of 1994, during what would become Major League Baseball's most notorious work stoppage (it eventually canceled that year's World Series). People were angry at baseball in 1994, so no one was really in the mood to watch a movie about baseball -- let alone a bad movie about baseball. Because of its unfortunate release date, The Scout was swept under the rug as a forgotten oddity of sorts. What is lost in all of this is that The Scout had quite possibly the dumbest ending of any movie about baseball that was ever made. (And I write this knowing that at the end of The Fan, Robert de Niro somehow snuck onto the field, posed as an umpire, and almost killed Wesley Snipes' Bobby Rayburn while the San Francisco Giants inexplicably played baseball during a monsoon.) The Scout starred Albert Brooks as a down-on-his-luck scout for the down-on-their-luck New York Yankees (which is ...
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Underground 1970s Home, Built 26 Feet Beneath Las Vegas, Makes A Great Pad For The Paranoid (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
You know what they say about real estate: It's all about location, location, location. And if you were a paranoid millionaire during the Cold War era, apparently the best location for your home is underground. 26 feet below the ground, to be exact. The home, which is currently for sale for 1.7 million dollars, is basically a real-life example of the '90s Brendan Fraser-Alicia Silverstone movie "Blast From The Past." It's an entire home, complete with fake scenery, built far underneath Las Vegas. How do you get there? You go through a completely normal-looking home, which exists as camouflage for the elevator that takes you down where the action is. And boy, is there action. The house has all the hallmarks of 1970s living (see: sauna and hot tubs), to the point where it could really just exist as a museum to the decade. The original owner, Girard "Jerry" B. Henderson, had built the home in 1978 and intended to, well, ride out the end of days in the comfort of his lair. Probably in the ...
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RHONJ's Joe Guidice: 'Autism Isn't Really A Bad Disease'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Joe Guidice put his foot in his mouth again on the latest installment of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." He was discussing Nicholas, the son of castmembers Jacqueline and Chris, who has autism. He said that both Jacqueline and Chris use Nicholas as an "excuse." “A lot of people have autism. I mean, autism isn’t really a bad disease -- some of them are like, scientists," Joe said. Teresa shut her husband up, and tried to defend him in a confessional later. “I know my husband, and he doesn’t have one mean bone in his body, he just knows I’m really hurt by what Jacqueline did to me," she said. Nicholas has lost much of his ability to speak as a result of his autism. Jacqueline and Chris have both spoken passionately on camera about their difficulties in coping with it. The Stir was very harsh with Joe, calling him "loathsome" for his comments. The Hollywood Gossip believes that his words come from a place of ignorance, but that doesn't make it okay. They wrote, " ...
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Review: Revenge is served up Southern-fried in 'Pawn Shop Chronicles'
LATimes - over 3 years
Wayne Kramer's gonzo exploitation film stars Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and other well-known actors, but it's overlong, perverse and surreal. Nearly two decades after its release, "Pulp Fiction" is still inspiring imitators. The latest is Wayne Kramer's gonzo exploitation flick "Pawn Shop Chronicles," which, like Quentin Tarantino's movie, features interconnected stories, digressive conversations about pop culture and unrestrained violence.
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Dan Persons: Mighty Movie Podcast: Brendan Fraser on Stand Off
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Look at the promotional materials being floated around the U.S. for Stand Off, and you'd think the film was a crime thriller in the Guy Ritchie mold, with Brendan Fraser backed up by Colm Meaney in some heavy badassery. What it turns out to be is an acerbic comedy in which Fraser, as an American emigre moved to Belfast for personal, and very messy, reasons, finds himself in the middle of a hostage crisis as bits of his past begin to catch up with him. The film was written and directed Terry George, who was previously responsible for such phenomenal dramas as In the Name of the Father and Hotel Rwanda, and here uses those more serious tools to bring some credible edge to the comedy. I was able to speak with Brendan Fraser about the film. Click on the player button to hear the show, or right-click the title to download. Mighty Movie Podcast: Brendan Fraser on Stand Off Read More...
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'Twilight' Rip Off BOMBS
Huffington Post - about 4 years
LOS ANGELES — Bruce Willis remains a die-hard at the box office. Willis' action sequel "A Good Day to Die Hard" debuted as the weekend's top draw with a $25 million debut from Friday to Sunday. The 20th Century Fox release raised its domestic total to $33.2 million since opening Thursday for Valentine's Day to get a jump on the long President's Day weekend. The movie comes 25 years after the original "Die Hard" and six years after "Live Free or Die Hard," the hit that resurrected the franchise centered on Willis' relentless New York City cop John McClane. The previous weekend's No. 1 movie, Universal's comedy "Identity Thief" starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, was a close second with $23.4 million to lift its haul to $70.7 million. Debuting at No. 3 with $21.4 million was Relativity Media's romance "Safe Haven," starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel in an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel about a woman who flees her abusive husband and tak ...
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'Die Hard' Opens Strong
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It was a good weekend for "Die Hard" as the action flick made $25 million across 3,553 theaters. Starring Bruce Willis, "A Good Day to Die Hard" has made $33.2 million since its Feb. 14 release. "Die Hard" narrowly edged out Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy's "Identity Thief," which nabbed the number two spot. The comedy made $23.4 million across 3,165 theaters, bringing its total domestic gross to $70.7 million. Also opening this week was "Safe Haven" and "Escape From Planet Earth," taking the number three and four spots, respectively. "Safe Haven," an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, made $21.4 million across 3,223 theaters. The Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel film has grossed $30.3 million since its release. Animated movie "Escape from Planet Earth" made $16.1 million this weekend across 3,228 theaters. The family film features a laundry list of stars, including Jessica Alba, Brendan Fraser, and Sarah Jessica Parker, and received a CinemaScore of B+ from moviegoe ...
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A Good Day For 'Die Hard'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It was a good day for "Die Hard" as the action film opened to an early lead on Friday. Starring Bruce WIllis and Jai Courtney, "A Good Day to Die Hard" made $7.2 million across 3,553 theaters on Friday. The fifth installment in the "Die Hard" franchise has made $15.5 million since its Feb. 14 release. While it has been largely panned by critics, "A Good Day to Die Hard" received a CinemaScore of B+ from moviegoers. The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation "Safe Haven" took a close second. Starring Julianna Hough and Josh Duhamel, the romance made $7.2 million at 3,223 theaters on Friday. "Safe Haven" has grossed $15.98 million since its Valentine's Day release. The film is an adaptation of Sparks' 2012 novel of the same name. Comedy "Identity Thief" continued its successful box office run, nabbing the number three spot. The Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy movie made $6.5 million across 3,165 theaters on Friday. It has reached a total of $53.8 million since its Feb. 8 r ...
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Jessica Alba: "I'm Not Crazy!"
Huffington Post - about 4 years
There's only so much you can have in common with an alien villain, and Jessica Alba just wants to make sure fans know she's not quite as unhinged as her lovesick character Lena in "Escape From Planet Earth." Far from feeling related to the character she plays in the animated adventure, the actress assures they are poles apart, especially since she feels particularly lucky in the love department. "Nothing! That was the funnest part about playing her... I think we all want to be loved, even villains, and this alien has obviously never been lucky with men so she felt the need to find one on another planet," Alba, who is married to producer Cash Warren, told HuffPost Voces. "[She] was even willing to sacrifice her own planet, which to me is another reason to think she's crazy. And I don't feel I am that crazy! " The actress also said raising her daughters Honor and Heaven was the best way to prepare for the role and the reason she decided to take the opportunity, since ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brendan Fraser
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 47
    In 2016, Fraser replaced Ray Liotta in the upcoming Bollywood thriller, The Field.
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  • 2014
    Age 45
    However, as of 2014, he does not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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  • 2013
    Age 44
    In early 2013, Fraser petitioned the courts for a reduction of his alimony and child support payments, asserting that he was unable to meet the annual obligation of $900,000; his ex-wife, in turn, accused Fraser of hiding financial assets.
    More Details Hide Details Fraser speaks fluent French, and serves on the board of directors for FilmAid International. He is an accomplished amateur photographer, and has used several Polaroids in movies and on TV shows, most notably on his guest roles on Scrubs. In his first appearance he used a folding pack camera; and on his second appearance he used a Holga with a Polaroid back, a Japanese-only model. The book Collector's Guide to Instant Cameras has a dedication to Fraser.
  • 2011
    Age 42
    Filming was delayed and late in 2011, Fraser sued the producer Todd Moyer for promised wages.
    More Details Hide Details Moyer later countersued. Fraser dismissed the accusations as an attempt by Moyer to avoid paying his debts. The film is in development limbo.
    He starred in Whole Lotta Sole directed by Terry George and in 2011 was set to play William Tell in The Legend of William Tell: 3D, directed by Eric Brevig, with whom Fraser had also worked on Journey to the Center of the Earth.
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  • 2010
    Age 41
    After appearing in the critically panned Furry Vengeance in 2010, Fraser moved from being represented by William Morris Endeavor to the Creative Artists Agency.
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    In 2010, Fraser starred in a Broadway production of Elling, but the play closed after 9 performances due to lackluster reviews.
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    In 2010, he starred in Extraordinary Measures with Harrison Ford.
    More Details Hide Details Fraser starred as "Brick" in the West End production of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in September 2001, directed by Anthony Page. Castmates included Ned Beatty, Frances O'Connor and Gemma Jones. The show closed on January 12, 2002, with Fraser garnering many excellent reviews.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    His other releases in 2008 were the 3D film adaptation of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth and the fantasy film Inkheart (chosen personally for the lead role by the novel's author Cornelia Funke).
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    After a six-year hiatus in the franchise, Fraser returned for the second sequel to The Mummy released in August 2008 and titled The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
    More Details Hide Details Filming started in Montreal on July 27, 2007 and also starred Jet Li as Emperor Han.
  • 2007
    Age 38
    After their Beverly Hills home sold in April 2007 for $3 million, Fraser's publicist announced on December 27, 2007, that the couple had decided to divorce.
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  • 2006
    Age 37
    In March 2006, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame, the first American-born actor to receive the honor.
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  • 2004
    Age 35
    In 2004, he appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Crash.
    More Details Hide Details He has also made guest appearances on the television shows, Scrubs, King of the Hill and The Simpsons.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    Fraser married Smith on September 27, 1998, and they have three sons: Griffin Arthur Fraser, born in 2002, Holden Fletcher Fraser, born in 2004, and Leland Francis Fraser, born in 2006.
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  • 1994
    Age 25
    In 1994, he played Steve Nebraska in The Scout and Montgomery "Monty" Kessler in With Honors.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to play supporting roles, such as Philip Ridley's The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995) and The Twilight of the Golds (1997). He went on to appear in several comedy films, such as Blast from the Past (1999), Bedazzled (2000) and Monkeybone (2001). He also starred in two films based on Jay Ward creations, George of the Jungle and Dudley Do-Right, but did not reprise his role in the former's sequel. He also starred in Gods and Monsters (1998), which was based on the life of James Whale (Ian McKellen) who directed Frankenstein. The film was written and directed by Bill Condon, and follows the loss of creativity, ambiguous sexuality and unlikely bonds between a heterosexual gardener and a homosexual, tortured and ailing filmmaker. His biggest commercial success came with the adventure fantasy film, The Mummy (1999) and its sequel The Mummy Returns (2001), both of which were hugely successful at the box office. He lent his voice for the unreleased animated film Big Bug Man.
  • 1990
    Age 21
    He graduated from Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details He began acting at a small acting college in New York. He originally planned on attending graduate school in Texas but stopped in Hollywood on his way south and decided to stay in Los Angeles to work in film productions. Fraser made a brief appearance in the reenactment of America's Most Wanted, as a friend of murder victim Rodney Mark Peterson. After his film debut Encino Man, he starred with Matt Damon and Chris O'Donnell in School Ties.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Fraser was born December 3, 1968, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Canadian parents.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Carol Mary (née Genereux), was a sales counselor, and his father, Peter, was a former journalist who worked as a Canadian foreign service officer for the Government Office of Tourism. His maternal uncle, George Genereux, was the only Canadian to win a gold medal in the 1952 Summer Olympics. Fraser has three older brothers: Kevin, Regan, and Sean. His surname is properly pronounced, not. The correct pronunciation of his surname is a running gag in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, in which his character's surname is pronounced. His ancestry includes Irish, Scottish, German, Czech, and French Canadian. His family moved often during his childhood, living in Eureka, California, Seattle, Ottawa, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Fraser attended the private boys' boarding school, Upper Canada College, in Toronto. While on vacation in London, Fraser attended his first professional theatrical performance at the West End.
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