Freddie Prinze, Jr.

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Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle Gellar by David Shankbone.jpg
Prinze with wife Sarah Michelle Gellar at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 29, 2007
Born Freddie James Prinze, Jr.
(1976-03-08) March 8, 1976 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–2014
Spouse(s) Sarah Michelle Gellar (m. 2002)
Children 2
Parents Freddie James Prinze, Sr.
Kathy Elaine Barber

Freddie James Prinze, Jr. (/ˈprɪnz/; born March 8, 1976),[1] is an American actor. He rose to fame during the late 1990s and early 2000s, after starring in several Hollywood films aimed at teenage audiences, I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and its sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), as well as She's All That (1999), Summer Catch (2001), Scooby-Doo (2002), Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), and Delgo (2008). Prinze has also had acting roles in television shows, including Friends (2002), Freddie (2005–06) and 24 (2010). He is married to actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, and currently works for WWE as a producer and director.

Early life[edit]

Freddie James Prinze Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the only child of actor-comedian Freddie James Prinze Sr. and real estate agent Kathy Elaine Barber.[1] Freddie Sr. committed suicide in 1977, a year after Freddie Jr. was born. Prinze grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was raised Roman Catholic,[2][3] and embraces his Puerto Rican heritage (his paternal grandmother was Puerto Rican),[4][5] and he speaks Spanish.[5] After graduating from high school in 1994, Prinze moved to Los Angeles to audition for television roles.[6][7]

Career[edit]

Television and film[edit]

Prinze was cast in a guest role on the ABC TV series Family Matters in 1995. He then appeared in a few programs and made-for-TV movies, before making his motion picture debut in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday in 1996. In subsequent years, Prinze experienced success with appearances in youth-oriented movies. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and its sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), made him well-known among teenage audiences. In his first leading role, the romantic comedy She's All That (1999), he was very successful at the box office. The film grossed $63 million in the United States.[8]

Subsequently, he had leading roles in Wing Commander (1999), Down to You (2000), Boys and Girls (2000), Head over Heels (2001) and Summer Catch (2001), most of which were generally disliked by critics[9] and had moderate box office success.[10]

In 2002, he played Fred Jones in the live action film version of the popular cartoon, Scooby-Doo, and reprised the role in the 2004 sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, both alongside his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar. He guest starred on the popular NBC show, Friends, as a sensitive male nanny named Sandy on the series' 200th episode. He also appeared as Donny Crane, a character believed to be Denny Crane's son in the ABC legal drama-comedy Boston Legal. Prinze starred in his own television sitcom, titled Freddie. The sitcom is said to depict some actual events from his life, and lasted one season before being canceled in May 2006. He guest starred on George Lopez for a crossover with Freddie. In 2004, Prinze accepted a special award from TV Land on behalf of his late father. He thanked his father's former co-star, Della Reese, for her continued advice and support. In 2006, he lent his voice to the character of Pi in the computer-animated film Shark Bait. Also in 2007, he lent his voice to the character of Rick in Happily N'Ever After along with his wife Gellar, Wallace Shawn, Andy Dick, George Carlin, and Sigourney Weaver. In 2008, he auditioned for Jigsaw in Punisher: War Zone, but was not given the part at the decision of Lionsgate Studios.[11] In 2010, Prinze guest starred on Psych as Dennis, a grade school friend of Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster.[citation needed]

He also voiced Tim and Jim Possible in the Kim Possible movie Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time.[citation needed]

World Wrestling Entertainment (2008–2009)[edit]

Prinze is a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was seen on television in attendance at the March 2008 WrestleMania XXIV pay-per-view and its preceding Hall of Fame ceremony. He also made a cameo on an episode of The Dirt Sheet, an online program hosted by wrestlers John Morrison and The Miz,[12] and had created an official profile on WWE's "Universe" blog community where he would regularly write his thoughts about the current goings-on in the world of the WWE. His relationship with the company was furthered when he was hired as a member of the creative staff to contribute to weekly television and pay-per-view programming[13] for the SmackDown brand.[14] It was reported on February 22, 2009 that Prinze and WWE had parted ways.[citation needed]

Post-WWE[edit]

In March 2009, it was announced that Prinze had signed on to star as Bradley, aka Ultimatum in the ABC show No Heroics, a U.S. remake of the British show of the same name.[15][16][17] The show was not picked up but Prinze was instead cast as a series regular for the eighth season of the television show 24, where he played, Cole Ortiz, a new CTU operative.[citation needed]

On August 17, Prinze appeared on WWE Raw as a Special Guest Host, and in the show, he was assaulted by then WWE Champion Randy Orton after refusing to bail Orton out of his tag team match with John Cena, who was due to challenge him in the upcoming SummerSlam.[18] Prinze later returned to the program and got his payback during Orton's match with Cena against Big Show and Chris Jericho, by setting up a lumberjack match involving Mark Henry, Primo, Evan Bourne, Kofi Kingston, MVP and Jamie Noble, who all detested Orton and proceeded to give him a hard time during the match.[citation needed]

Return to World Wrestling Entertainment (2010–present)[edit]

Prinze returned to World Wrestling Entertainment on October 1, 2010, in a role as producer and director.[19] On the November 1, 2010 episode of Monday Night RAW, Prinze made an on-screen appearance as Vince McMahon's doctor, a dream sequence scene that coincided with Linda McMahon's attempt to win a seat in the Senate for the state of Connecticut.[20][21]

Voice acting[edit]

He voiced a pilot in a Vatta's War: Trading in Danger graphic audio book. Prinze voiced the character Lieutenant James Vega in Mass Effect 3.[22] He returned to the role of James Vega again for the animated feature film Mass Effect: Paragon Lost. In 2014, it was announced he had joined the cast of Star Wars Rebels as the voice of Kanan, one of the last surviving Jedi knights.[23] In June 2014, BioWare announced that Prinze will voice Iron Bull, a Qunari mercenary, in the upcoming role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Prinze married actress Sarah Michelle Gellar on September 1, 2002, in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, in western Mexico. The couple met several years before, while filming I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997),[25] started dating in 2000 and were engaged in April 2001. Gellar and Prinze have two children together: daughter Charlotte Grace Prinze (born in September 2009),[26] and son Rocky James Prinze (born in September 2012).[27] The family lives in Los Angeles.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1996 To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Joey Bost
1997 The House of Yes Anthony Pascal
1997 Sparkler Brad
1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer Ray Bronson
1998 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
1999 She's All That Zachary "Zack" Siler
1999 Wing Commander 1st Lt. Christopher Blair
2000 Down to You Alfred "Al" Connelly
2000 Boys and Girls Ryan Walker
2001 Head Over Heels Jim Winston/Bob Smoot
2001 Summer Catch Ryan Dunne
2002 Scooby-Doo Fred Jones
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
2005 Shooting Gallery Jericho Hudson
2006 Shark Bait Pisces "Pi" Voice
2007 Happily N'Ever After Rick Voice
2007 Brooklyn Rules Michael
2007 New York City Serenade Owen
2008 Jack and Jill vs. the World Jack
2008 Delgo Delgo Voice
2012 Mass Effect: Paragon Lost Lieutenant James Vega Voice
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Family Matters Tough Guy 1 episode
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Jeff Episode: "Too Soon for Jeff"
1997 Detention: The Siege at Johnson High Aaron Sullivan TV movie
1998 Money Kings Tony TV movie
2002 Frasier Mike Episode: Juvenilia
2002 Friends Sandy 1 episode
2003 Kim Possible: A Sitch In Time Adult Jim & Tim Possible TV movie
2005–2006 Freddie Freddie Moreno 22 episodes
2005–2012 Robot Chicken Fred Jones / Announcer / Diego Marquez Voice
3 episodes
2006 George Lopez Freddie Moreno 1 episode
2006 Boston Legal Donny Crane 3 episodes
2008–present WWE Raw Special Guest Host/Writer, Producer, director 2 episodes
2009 No Heroics Bradley / Ultimatium Unsold pilot
2010 24 Cole Ortiz 24 episodes
2010 Psych Dennis 1 episode
2012 Happy Valley Noah TV movie
2013–2014 Bones Danny Beck 2 episodes
2013 Witches of East End Leo Wingate 2 episodes
2014 Star Wars Rebels Kanan Jarrus Voice
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Mass Effect 3 Lieutenant James Vega
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Iron Bull

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1996 Golden Globe Awards Mr. Golden Globe Won
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Horror I Know What You Did Last Summer Nominated
1999 Won
1999 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Comedy Actor She's All That
Alma Awards Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film in a Crossover Roll I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Chemistry for Sexiest Love Scene (Shared with Rachael Leigh Cook) She's All That Won
MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Duo (Shared with Rachael Leigh Cook) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Comedy Actor Down to You Won
Choice Chemistry (Shared with Julia Stiles) Nominated
2000 Alma Awards Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film She's All That
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Comedy/Romance
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Couple Won
2002 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Comedy Actor Scooby Doo Nominated
Choice Chemistry (Shared with Sarah Michelle Gellar)
Golden Raspberry Award Worst Supporting Actor

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Freddie, Jr. Prinze Biography (1976-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Associated, Press (February 10, 2009). "Prinze brings his family values to ‘Freddie’". Early Today. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hispanic Magazine.com - September 2005 - Cover Story". Hispanic Magazine. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Jacobs, Jay S. (2007-05-12). "Freddie Prinze, Jr. & Mena Suvari". PopEntertainment.com. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. is Freddie Moreno on Freddie". Wchstv.com. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  7. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn1B1qKfTSM
  8. ^ She's All That (1999) - Box office / business
  9. ^ "rottentomatoes.com". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  10. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?id=freddieprinzejr.htm
  11. ^ "Punisher: War Zone, episode #20 of How Did This Get Made? on Earwolf". Earwolf.com. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  12. ^ ""The Dirt Sheet" - June 6, 2008". WWE.com. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  13. ^ "Prinze Jr. Joins WWE Creative Team" (Press release). World Wrestling Entertainment. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  14. ^ Ross, Jim (2008-07-31). "Give Adamle a Chance... McCain’s Former MMA Views Concern me... Smackdown's Closing segment Friday night is a classic... SNME...". JR's Blog. JRsBArBQ.com. Archived from the original on August 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-02. "Freddie Prinze Jr. is going to be involved creatively in the Smackdown brand from what I gather." 
  15. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins The Cast Of No Heroics". Shockya.com. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  16. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. to Star in No Heroics U.S. Remake". Film Junk. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  17. ^ "US TV - News - Freddie Prinze Jr cast in 'No Heroics'". Digital Spy. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  18. ^ "> WWE > Big star leaves WWE's creative team". NoDQ.com. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  19. ^ "Various News: Big Brother Star Offered TNA Deal, Freddie Prinze, Jr. Back With WWE, More". 411mania.com. October 13, 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  20. ^ http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/photos/16173394/thechairmanrevived/
  21. ^ LeAnne Gendreau (2012-09-27). "Vince McMahon, Freddie Prinze Jr. Get Political With Potty Humor". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  22. ^ "Mass Effect 3 - James Vega Featurette". Gametrailers. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  23. ^ http://www.newsarama.com/20294-new-star-wars-rebels-video-introduces-kanan-the-cowboy-jedi.html
  24. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. Voicing Dragon Age: Inquisition". Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. -Articles". Ilovefreddie.com. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  26. ^ Hochman, David (September 9, 2013). "Still Crazy: Years after Mork and Buffy, Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar hope to rope us in with a new sitcom". TV Guide. pp.16 - 19.
  27. ^ "Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. have a new baby boy", Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2012.
  28. ^ "SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR & FREDDY PRINZE JR. LIST THEIR LA HOME (BID FAREWELL TO NEW NEIGHBORS KIM AND KANYE)". Domaine. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 

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