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Biography #2 (for The Quiet American)A versatile actor with a unique talent for tapping into the humane and often lighthearted nature of his characters, Brendan Fraser continues to display his diversity with a series of upcoming projects.
Fraser is currently working on the animated/live-action film Looney Tunes: Back in Action for Warner Bros. and director Joe Dante. The film follows Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Taz, Tweety and Fraser from Hollywood to Las Vegas to Africa in search of Fraser's father and the mysterious Blue Diamond. The film is currently scheduled for release in November, 2003.
Fraser recently appeared at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, in London in the West End production of Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Directed by Tony Award winner Anthony Page, Fraser played the role of 'Brick' opposite Frances O'Connor as Maggie Pollitt.
Last summer, Fraser re-teamed with director Stephen Sommers for Universal Pictures' blockbuster The Mummy Returns. Fraser reprised his role as the French Foreign Legion soldier Rick O'Connell in the sequel to the 1999 hit The Mummy and is reunited with his co-stars Rachel Weisz, John Hannah and Arnold Vosloo. The sequel has grossed over $210 million internationally to date.
Fraser cemented his reputation as a major film presence in Stephen Sommers' 1999 smash hit action/horror adventure, The Mummy, for Universal Pictures. An ambitious retooling of the 1932 horror classic, this new version starred Fraser as an American serving in the French Foreign Legion, who becomes involved with an English archaeological expedition -- and the ancient secrets they unleash. His thoughtful and understated performance that same year in Bill Condon's Academy Award winning, Gods and Monsters, gained Fraser wide-spread critical notices. Starring Sir Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave, the film is set in the golden days of Hollywood, and chronicles the controversial life and death of Frankenstein director James Whale.
His recent film credits include Harold Ramis' Bedazzled, co-starring Elizabeth Hurley and Frances O'Connor, Henry O. Selick's Monkey Bone , Hugh Wilson's Blast From the Past with Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, and Sissy Spacek. He then re-teamed with Wilson as the title character in the live-action Dudley Do-Right with Sarah Jessica Parker and Alfred Molina.
In 1997, Fraser won hearts both young and old around the world in the title role of Walt Disney Productions' $100 million smash hit, George of the Jungle, based on the 1960's Tarzan spoof created by Jay Ward.
Directed by Sam Weisman, and co-starring Leslie Mann, George o f the Jungle follows the adventures of the gentle ape-man as he collides with love, civilization and a large number of stationary objects. That same year his performance in Jim Robinson's romantic comedy, Still Breathing, earned him the Best Actor prize at the 1997 Seattle Film Festival.
In addition to his acerbic-witted role starring opposite Shirley MacLaine in Richard Benjamin's Mrs. Winterbourne, Brendan is also noted for his performances in Les Mayfield's Encino Man, Robert Mandel's School Ties, Alek Keshishian's With Honors, Michael Lehmann's Airheads, Michael Ritchie's The Scout and his critically acclaimed performance in Showtime's The Twilight of the Golds.
For the stage, Brendan received high praise for his work as the anxious writer in John Patrick Shanley's Four Dogs And A Bone at the Geffen Playhouse in which he co-starred with Martin Short, Parker Posey, and Elizabeth Perkins for director Lawrence Kasdan. Other stage credits include roles in Theater in Seattle.
Born in Indianapolis and raised in Europe and Canada, Brendan has been dedicated to honing his craft since an early age of 12 and began attending theater when his family lived in London. He attended high school at Toronto's Upper Canada College and received a B.F.A. in acting from the Actor's Conservatory, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Brendan currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Afton. They are expecting their first child this October.
Bio courtesy Miramax for "The Quiet American" (19-Feb-2003)
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