FREDDIE PRINZE, JR. Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Freddie James Prinze                                                             
Born: 8 March 1976 Los Angeles, California, USA                                       
Freddie James Prinze (born March 8, 1976) is an American actor who is known for       
his known for appearances in the Scooby-Doo movies.                                   
Prinze was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Kathy Elaine Cochran (née     
Barber), a real estate agent, and Freddie Prinze, an actor and comedian who           
killed himself in 1977 after Kathy had left him and had filed a restraining           
order against him (Prinze Jr. was 10 months old at the time). Prinze's father         
was of Puerto Rican and Jewish Hungarian descent and his mother is of Italian         
ancestry. Prinze was raised Roman Catholic and embraces his                           
Puerto Rican heritage. Prinze grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and                 
Puerto Rico. He learned about Spanish and Puerto Rican culture from his               
Puerto Rican paternal grandmother. Prinze showed an interest in acting from           
an early age and attended La Cueva High School in Albuquerque. After graduating       
in 1994, Prinze moved to Los Angeles to audition for television roles.                 
Prinze was cast in a guest role on the ABC TV series Family Matters in 1995. He       
then appeared on a few special programs and made-for-TV movies, before making         
his motion picture debut in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday in 1996. In               
subsequent years, Prinze experienced much success appearing in youth-oriented         
movies. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and its sequel, I Still Know What       
You Did Last Summer (1998), made him well-known among teenage audiences and his       
first leading role, the romantic comedy She's All That (1999), was very               
successful at the box office, grossing $63 million in the United States.               
Subsequently, he had leading roles in Wing Commander (1999), Down to You (2000),       
Boys and Girls (2000), Head Over Heels (2001) and Summer Catch (2001), most of         
which were generally disliked by critics and had moderate box office                   
performances. In 2000, he was named one of People magazine's "50 Most                 
Beautiful People in the World".                                                       
In 2002, he played Fred Jones in the live film version of the popular cartoon,         
Scooby-Doo, and repeated the role in the 2004 sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters           
Unleashed. He starred in both Scooby-Doo movies alongside his wife, Sarah             
Michelle Gellar. He guest starred on the popular NBC show, Friends, as a               
sensitive male nanny named Sandy. He also appeared as Donny Crane, a character         
believed to be Denny Crane's son in the ABC legal dramedy Boston Legal. Prinze         
starred in his own television sitcom, titled Freddie. The sitcom is said to           
depict some actual events from his life. The show lasted one season (fall 2005 -       
spring 2006) before being canceled in May 2006.