Breckin Meyer

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Breckin Meyer
Breckin Meyer by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Meyer at the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego
Born Breckin Erin Meyer
(1974-05-07) May 7, 1974 (age 40)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer, producer, drummer
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Deborah Kaplan
(m. 2001–2012; 1 child)

Breckin Erin Meyer[1] (born May 7, 1974) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and drummer.

Early life[edit]

Meyer was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Dorothy Ann (née Vial), a travel agent and former microbiologist, and Christopher William Meyer, a management consultant.[2] He has lived in California, Texas, West Virginia, and New Jersey. He has an older brother, Frank, and a younger brother, Adam. Meyer attended elementary school with Drew Barrymore (and was apparently her first kiss)[3] and also attended Beverly Hills High School.[4] Through his elementary school, he came into contact with Barrymore's agent, who signed Meyer. As a child, he was mostly seen in television advertisements.

Career[edit]

Meyer played several roles as a druggie, starting with his debut in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), in which he was dispatched in a video game. His breakthrough screen role was in the teen hit Clueless (1995) as the skateboarding stoner. Meyer offered similar characterizations in The Craft and John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. (both 1996). He played the best friend of an Olympic hopeful in the biopic Prefontaine (1997) and as a high-school student yearning to leave his hometown in Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998).

In 54 (also 1998), a look at life in the famous '70s nightspot Studio 54, the actor was cast as a busboy married to the coat check girl (Salma Hayek) and pursued by a bartender (Ryan Phillippe). Meyer is close friends with Phillippe, with whom he and Seth Green share a production company.

Meyer would subsequently appear in films including Go (1999) and The Insider (1999) before graduating to full-fledged leading roles in the DreamWorks hit Road Trip (2000), in which he again travels across country as a college student hoping desperately to retrieve a videotape of himself having sex with another girl, which was inadvertently mailed to his long-distance girlfriend. Road Trip marked the first indication that Meyer's well-developed slacker sidekick persona had matured and could be tweaked to make him a full-fledged star.

Meyer in February 2007

He was reteamed with Amy Smart in yet another racing cross country film, this time as part of the multi-plot ensemble of Rat Race (2001), a sort-of homage to the all-star screwball chase films of the 1960s, such as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Meyer put in a winning supporting turn as Meg Ryan's brother in the whimsical fantasy-comedy Kate & Leopold (2001). Meyer also took on the role of Jon, the hapless owner of the famed comic book cat in the film adaptation of Garfield (2004).

He also starred in Blue State with Anna Paquin in which he plays a passionately liberal guy on the campaign trail for John Kerry in the 2004 elections. He drunkenly pledges to move to Canada if Bush wins the election, and on his journey meets a mysterious young woman, played by Paquin. Meyer costars with Matthew McConaughey in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). He also plays the rich antagonist in the music video "100 Little Curses" by Street Sweeper Social Club (2009).

Meyer was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on "Robot Chicken: Star Wars", and regularly does voice work on Robot Chicken. He also supplies the voice for the adolescent Joseph Gribble on the animated series King of the Hill. Meyer currently stars on the Adult Swim series Titan Maximum.

He's also a musician, playing drums in the punk band The Street Walkin' Cheetahs and with Tom Morello's The Nightwatchman, as well as Ben Harper, Cypress Hill, Slash and Perry Farrell at L.A.'s Hotel Café.

Meyer is the drummer for Tom Morello's alter ego The Nightwatchman's back-up band The Freedom Fighter Orchestra. Meyer toured with Morello on The Nightwatchman's 2008 Justice Tour. He also recently completed the thriller Stag Night.[5] He also appears in Street Sweeper Social Club's video for "100 Little Curses" and "Promenade".

Personal life[edit]

Meyer married screenwriter and film director Deborah Kaplan on October 14, 2001 and has one child with her, a daughter named Caitlin Willow, who was born December 31, 2003.[6] Official plans to divorce were announced 1 October 2012, after "months of separation".[7] His brother, Frank Meyer, is a staffer and producer of Fresh Ink Online at G4.com.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Camp Cucamonga Cody
1991 Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Spencer
1995 Clueless Travis Birkenstock
1995 Payback Jim's Son
1996 Craft, TheThe Craft Mitt
1996 Escape from L.A. Surfer
1997 Prefontaine Pat Tyson
1997 Touch Greg Czarnicki
1998 Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Keller Coleman
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Walter, Lovebürger Lead Singer Uncredited
1998 54 Greg Randazzo
1999 Go Tiny
1999 Insider, TheThe Insider Sharon's Son
1999 Tail Lights Fade Cole
2000 Road Trip Josh Parker
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Marco
2001 Rat Race Nick Schaffer
2001 Kate & Leopold Charlie McKay
2002 Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio Pinocchio Voice acting; Razzie: Worst Actor[citation needed]
2004 Garfield: The Movie Jon Arbuckle
2004 Blast Jamal
2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded Ray Peyton
2005 Rebound Tim Fink
2006 Caffeine Dylan
2006 Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties Jon Arbuckle
2006 Ted's MBA Ted Meyers Also known as Corporate Affairs
2007 Blue State John Logue
2008 Stag Night Tony
2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Paul Mead
2012 Geezers! Breckin
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Potato Head Kids Spud Voice acting
1988 Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder Years Gary Cosey Episode: "The Heart of Darkness"
1995 The Home Court Mike Solomon
2000–2009 King of The Hill Joseph Gribble Voice acting
2001 Inside Schwartz Adam Schwartz
2003 Married to the Kellys Tom Wagner
2005–present Robot Chicken Various Characters Voice acting, producer, writer
2008 House Brandon Episode: "Adverse Events"
2008 Heroes Frack
2008 Phineas and Ferb Lil Voice acting
2009 Party Down Michael
2009 Titan Maximum Commander Palmer Voice acting
2011–present Franklin & Bash Jared Franklin lead role
2012–present Men at Work Creator, writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to the State of Minnesota. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002. Searchable at ancestry.com
  2. ^ Breckin Meyer Biography (1974-)
  3. ^ according to an extra on the 50 First Dates DVD
  4. ^ Breckin Meyer Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  5. ^ [1] Retrieved 2009-17-04
  6. ^ Breckin and Caitlin Meyer: Tennis for Two!
  7. ^ Breckin Meyer and wife split up
  8. ^ "G4's Frank Meyer Interviews His Brother Breckin Meyer". 

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