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Brendan Fraser is an American film actor known for starring in such films as The Mummy trilogy and School Ties.
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Born in 1968 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Brendan Fraser studied acting at Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts and soon after landed leading roles in several films, including 1992's Encino Man and 1992’s School Ties. Fraser reached star status in the lead role in 1999's The Mummy, which was hugely popular and lead to two sequels. Always diverse, Fraser has also done family adventure films as well as dramas.
"If there is a throughline to my characters, it's that they're fish out of water. I love to act roles that allow me to make discoveries for the first time."
Brendan James Fraser was on December 3, 1968, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The youngest of four, he moved around a lot during his childhood. His father was a Canadian tourism executive, and he has dual American-Canadian citizenship. Relocating every few years for his father's job, Fraser first discovered theater while living in London. He started going to see shows.
In his early teens, Fraser began performing in Seattle, Washington. He worked with the Laughing Horse Summer Theater. After attending the Upper Canada College Preparatory School in Toronto, he returned to Seattle for college. Fraser continued to pursue his interest in acting at the Cornish College of the Arts. He caught his first break, landing a bit part in 1991's Dogfight. The movie, which was filmed in Seattle, stars Lili Taylor and River Phoenix. Soon after his Dogfight experience, Fraser's career started to take off.
In 1992, Brendan Fraser starred in two films. He played a caveman must cope with modern times after being thawed out in the comedy Encino Man. In School Ties, Fraser tackled a dramatic role as a Jewish athlete who hides his background from his boarding school peers; Ben Affleck and Matt Damon also appeared in the film.
More prominent film roles soon followed with varying results. The 1994 rocker comedy Airheads proved to be a critical and commercial disappointment. But he enjoyed box office success with the cartoon-based George of the Jungle in 1997. The following year, Fraser won kudos for his performance in Gods and Monsters with Ian McKellen. He took on another cartoon-inspired role for 1999's Dudley Do-Right, which fell flat at the box office. But Fraser also launched a hugely popular family adventure series with The Mummy that same year. The movie was one of the biggest films of the time. Fraser appeared in two more blockbuster films, The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008).
While his cartoon comedy Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) was lackluster, Fraser had some success as a dramatic actor around this time. He gave a stellar performance in the 2002 film adaptation of the Graham Greene novel The Quiet American with Michael Caine. Two years later, Fraser had a well-received supporting role in 2004's Crash.
Fraser enjoyed another box office triumph with 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth. Based on the Jules Verne novel, this adventure tale raked in more than $100 million in its initial release.
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