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Brendan Fraser      

Film and Stage Actor; Known for "The Mummy" Film Series

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" and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor."

While his cartoon comedy "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" 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. In 2010, Fraser made his Broadway debut in the comedy "Elling." Unfortunately, the show only had a short time because of poor reviews and weak ticket sales. Fraser had signed up for a film about William Tell, but he ended up in a legal dispute with the filmmakers over production delays. He also dropped out of a television pilot for a series over creative differences in 2012.

After that professional rough patch, Fraser appeared in "Gimme Shelter" with Vanessa Hudgens. Fraser also starred in the western comedy "In With the Outlaws."

Fraser married actress Afton Smith in 1998. They have three sons together, Griffin Arthur, Holden Fletcher and Leland. Fraser and his wife divorced in 2007.


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