BRENDAN FRASER Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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Brendan Fraser was born on December 3, 1968 in Indianapolis. Thanks to his father’s job as a Foreign Service officer for the Canadian Government Office of Tourism, Brendan travelled extensively during his early years.


It was on one of these trips to London that Brendan discovered his love for acting after enjoying the West End production of ‘Oliver’. Within a few short years of starring in school plays, Brendan picked up his BFA in Acting at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts.


Finding work straight away, he made his debut in ‘Dogfight’ alongside River Phoenix. While his part was a one-liner, it helped him pick up small TV roles.


In 1992 he appeared in ‘School Ties’ alongside Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Chris O’Donnell and, although not a huge hit at the time, it later became a cult classic.


Brendan worked hard over the next few years, starring in such film as ‘The Scout’, ‘The Twilight of the Golds’ and ‘Glory Daze’.


Brendan’s big time break came in the shape of wacky kids’ flick ‘George Of The Jungle’, based on the Sixties cartoon series. Here he played a clumsy Tarzan figure and, thanks to his comic timing and muscled loin cloth appeal, the film became a huge worldwide hit.


When Robert Downey Jr pulled out of ‘Gods And Monsters’, Brendan was next in line to play Ian McKellen’s gardener and object of affection. As Brendan’s career continued to make all the right noises, with a series of commercially successful films, it wasn’t until he was cast in Stephen Sommers’ ‘The Mummy’ that he became a true Hollywood ‘A-Lister’.


His portrayal of a slightly dodgy adventurer who helps Egyptologist Rachel Weisz discover the city of the dead was a sure-fire hit! The film capitalised on the previous Indiana Jones successes and shattered the $100 million mark.
The sequel - ‘The Mummy Returns’ – was also a huge hit and the lure of the West End saw Brendan playing Brick in Tennessee Williams’ ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’.


Brendan then moved on to something more serious, starring alongside Michael Caine in Graham Greene’s ‘The Quiet American’. The film charted the origins of the US war in south-east Asia, and both Caine and Fraser were superb.


Having received a staggering $12.5 million for ‘The Mummy Returns’, Brendan can now sit back and indulge his passions for travel, culture and photography.