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Brendan Fraser

Brendan Fraser
Year Of Induction: 2006
Area Of Recognition: Film
Born: December 3, 1968
Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Born to Canadian parents in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1968, Fraser carries two passports wherever he goes. His father was a journalist and foreign-service officer for the Canadian Government Office of Tourism, which meant that Brendan and his family relocated frequently. His childhood journey through the USA, Canada and Europe introduced him to the complex nature of diversity and the challenge of frequently changing schools. Living in Holland at age seven, he became secretly envious of his childhood peers' cool, militia-sounding "Army Brat" title. So he dubbed himself "Brochure Brat" and would compare travel itineraries to break the ice when making new friends. During his time in Canada, Fraser attended the exclusive Upper Canada College where he learned to speak French fluently. Fraser went on to receive his BFA in Acting at Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts.

Along the way, Brendan developed insatiable curiosities for creating imagery (he has become an accomplished amateur photographer), going to new places (he is an ardent world traveler who recently needed extra pages added to his passport) and keeping current with new forms of artistic expression (his limited free time is frequently spent in Museums, Theatres and Galleries, or …online.)

On a childhood holiday in London, Brendan attended his first professional theatrical performance—a West End matinee of the musical, Oliver!. He was instantly captivated and had discovered a truly permanent home. Eager to get ahead of the curve in elementary school dramatics, he joined the chorus in a high-school musical production of Oklahoma. Within a few short years, the theatre revealed itself to him as a place of infinite possibility— where an undeniably powerful connection between an actor and the audience could be forged. Brendan resolved to be a part of that risky and rewarding world.Road tripping his way to graduate school in Texas, Brendan made a brief stopover in Hollywood. In an uncharacteristic moment of introspection, he reconsidered his next move; pondering the eternal verities of education vs experience, opportunity and vitality and ability and then—gave up on a clear-cut answer and planted his flag instead. It worked out pretty well for him; he won roles in a number of films he is proud of and made a few good friends along the way.

In 1998, Brendan was married to the lovely, funny and intuitive Afton. In the last year alone they have made their home(s) in Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Ho Chi Minh City and other far-flung locales. Now in 2001 Brendan comes full circle as he fulfills his early aspirations, opening this fall on London's West End in a stage production of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning play Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Always eager to stretch his acting muscles and defy being categorized, Brendan has found himself bouncing from dramatic roles opposite Sir Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Shirley Maclaine, Martin Sheen, and Sir Ian McKellan to slapstick comedy opposite an ape named Ape, a horse named Horse and a bunny named Bugs.

Interesting Facts

Brendan is fluent in French and serves on the Board of Directors for FilmAid International.