Brendan James Fraser – A Canadian-American Actor

Brendan James Fraser is a Canadian-American actor who was born on December 3, 1968, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The youngest of four brothers, to Canadian parents Carol Mary and Peter Fraser. His father was a former journalist who worked as a Canadian Foreign Service officer for the Government Office of Tourism, and his mother was a sales consultant. George Genereux, his maternal uncle, was the only Canadian to take home a gold medal from the Olympic Trap during the 1952 Summer Games. Kevin, Regan, and Sean are his three older brothers.  He is descended from French Canadians, Germans, Czechs, Irish, and Scots. He is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States.

Throughout Fraser’s boyhood, his family relocated frequently, residing in places like Eureka, California; Seattle, Washington; Ottawa, Ontario; the Netherlands; and Switzerland. He was a student at Toronto’s Upper Canada College, an elite boarding school. He developed an interest in acting after going to his first professional theatre performance in the West End while on holiday in London, England.

In 1990, he received his degree from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. At a modest acting school in New York City, he learned the craft. He intended to attend Southern Methodist University to get a Master in Fine Arts in Acting, but he detoured to Hollywood on the way and chose to stay to pursue a career in movies.

He made his acting debut in Dogfight (1991), one year after receiving his degree from the Cornish College of the Arts. In 1992, the comedies Encino Man and School Ties gave Fraser his big break. He rose to fame for his leading performances in the comedy George of the Jungle (1997) and With Honours (1994), and he became well-known for his portrayal as Rick O’Connell in the Mummy trilogy (1999–2008). In addition to fantasy roles in Bedazzled (2000) and Journey to the Centre of the Earth (2008), he played dramatic roles in Gods and Monsters (1998), The Quiet American (2002), and Crash (2004).

Since 2018, Fraser has served as a celebrity judge at the annual Dancing Stars of Greenwich charity gala, which raises funds for the local nonprofit Abilis, which provides support to over 800 disabled people and their families in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Afton Smith, his ex-wife, also competes in the dance off. Afton and Brendan Fraser were honoured with the Heart of Abilis Award in 2022 for their dedication to the organisation and efforts to raise money for it.

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Fraser lives in Bedford, New York, with his wife actress Afton Smith with his three sons. They are married since September 27, 1998 and later split in December 2007. The former couple has continued to co-parent their children together. Fraser revealed that his oldest son is on the autism Spectrum.

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