Freddie Prinze Jr.

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Freddie Prinze Jr.
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Prinze at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Frederick James Prinze Jr.

(1976-03-08) March 8, 1976 (age 43)
EducationLa Cueva High School
Years active1995–present
Parent(s)Freddie Prinze
Katherine Prinze

Frederick James Prinze Jr. (born March 8, 1976)[1] is an American actor. He has starred in films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), She's All That (1999), Summer Catch (2001), Scooby-Doo (2002), and its sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). Prinze has also had recurring and starring roles in television shows, including Friends (2002), Boston Legal (2004), Freddie (2005–06) and 24 (2010), and voiced Kanan Jarrus in the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.

Early life[edit]

Prinze was born in Los Angeles, California, the only child of actor-comedian Freddie Prinze and real estate agent Katherine (Kathy) Elaine Barber (née Cochran).[1] On January 29, 1977, Prinze's father died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, less than a year after Prinze was born. Prinze grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was raised Catholic,[2] embraces his Hispanic ancestry, as his paternal grandmother was Puerto Rican,[3][4] and speaks Spanish as part of his heritage.[4] After graduating from high school in 1994, Prinze moved to Los Angeles to audition for television roles.[5][6]


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 appeared 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 known to teenage audiences. His first leading role, the romantic comedy She's All That (1999), grossed $63 million in the United States.[7]

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 disliked by critics[8] and had moderate box office success.[9]

Freddie Prinze Jr. at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con

He played Fred Jones in the 2002 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 and along with Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini. 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 was cancelled after one season 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. He later was the voice of the titular character in the animated movie Delgo.[10] In 2010, Prinze guest starred on Psych as Dennis, a grade school friend of Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster.[citation needed] In March 2019, Prinze was cast as Nancy Drew's father, Carson Drew, in The CW mystery pilot Nancy Drew, but was later replaced by Scott Wolf.[11] 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 WWE fan 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]


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 cast as a series regular for the eighth season of the television show 24, where he played Cole Ortiz, a new CTU operative.[18]

On August 17, Prinze appeared on Raw as a special guest host, where 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.[19] 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.[citation needed]

Return to WWE (2010–2012)[edit]

Prinze returned to WWE on October 1, 2010, in a role as producer and director.[20] 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.[21][22]

Voice acting[edit]

He voiced a pilot in a Vatta's War: Trading in Danger graphic audio book. Prinze voiced different characters in BioWare video games: Lieutenant James Vega in Mass Effect 3 and The Iron Bull in Dragon Age: Inquisition.[23][24] He returned to the role of James Vega again for the animated feature film Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, dubbed by FUNimation. From 2014 until 2018, he was the voice of Kanan Jarrus, one of the last surviving Jedi Knights, on the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Prinze married actress Sarah Michelle Gellar on September 1, 2002 in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Western Mexico. The couple met several years before, while filming I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997),[26] started dating in 2000 and were engaged in April 2001. They also co-starred in Scooby-Doo (2002), Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), Happily N'Ever After (2006), and Star Wars Rebels (2014–2018). Gellar also made a non-speaking cameo on Prinze's film She's All That. They have two children together: a daughter born in September 2009 and a son born in September 2012,[27][28] and live in Los Angeles.[29]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Joey Bost
1997 The House of Yes Anthony Pascal
Sparkler Brad
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
Wing Commander Lt. Christopher Blair
2000 Down to You Alfred "Al" Connelly
Boys and Girls Ryan Walker
2001 Head Over Heels Jim Winston/Bob Smoot
Summer Catch Ryan Dunne
2002 Scooby-Doo Fred Jones
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
2005 Shooting Gallery Jericho Hudson Also producer
2006 Shark Bait Pisces "Pi" Voice role
Happily N'Ever After Rick
2007 Brooklyn Rules Michael Turner
New York City Serenade Owen
2008 Jack and Jill vs. the World Jack
Delgo Delgo Voice role
2012 Mass Effect: Paragon Lost Lieutenant James Vega


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Family Matters Tough Guy Episode: "The Gun"
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Jeff Episode: "Too Soon for Jeff"
1997 Detention: The Siege at Johnson High Aaron Sullivan Television film
1998 Vig Tony Television film
2000 Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak Himself Television special
2002 Frasier Mike Voice role; episode: "Juvenilia"
Friends Sandy Episode: "The One with the Male Nanny"
2003 Kim Possible: A Sitch In Time Future Jim / Future Tim Television film; voice role
2006 George Lopez Freddie Moreno Episode: "George Gets Cross Over Freddie"
2005–2006 Freddie Lead role; also producer and writer
2004–2006 Boston Legal Donny Crane 3 episodes
2007 Atlanta Eric Television film
2008–2009 WWE Raw Himself Host; also writer; 2 episodes
2009 No Heroics Bradley / Ultimatum Television film
2010 24 Cole Ortiz Main role (season 8)
Psych Dennis Episode: "Not Even Close, Encounters"
2012 Happy Valley Noah Television film
2005; 2011–2018 Robot Chicken Fred Jones / Various Voice role; 5 episodes
2013 Witches of East End Leo Wingate Episodes: "A Few Good Talismen", "Unburied"
2013–2014 Bones Danny Beck Episodes: "The Secrets in the Proposal", "The Source in the Sludge"
2014–2018 Star Wars Rebels Kanan Jarrus Main voice role[30]
2016 First Impressions Himself Host
Bordertown N/A Voice role; episode: "The Engagement"
2020 Punky Brewster[31] Travis Main role


Year Title Role
2016–2017 Movie Trivia Schmoedown The Master / Commentator

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2012–2013 Mass Effect 3 Lieutenant James Vega
2014–2015 Dragon Age: Inquisition Iron Bull
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0[32] Kanan Jarrus
Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1996 Golden Globe Awards Mr. Golden Globe (Shared with Jaime Nicole Dudney as Miss Golden Globe) N/A Won
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor – Horror I Know What You Did Last Summer Nominated
1999 Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: 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: 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
2013 Behind the Voice Actors Awards BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award – Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Mass Effect 3 Won
BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award – Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Nominated
2015 Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Dragon Age: Inquisition Won
Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series Star Wars: Rebels Nominated
2018 Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Associated, Press (February 10, 2009). "Prinze brings his family values to 'Freddie'". Early Today. Retrieved April 29, 2010.
  3. ^ "Hispanic – September 2005 – Cover Story". Hispanic Magazine. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Jacobs, Jay S. (May 12, 2007). "Freddie Prinze, Jr. & Mena Suvari". Retrieved October 12, 2007.
  5. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. is Freddie Moreno on Freddie". Archived from the original on October 3, 2010. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  6. ^ joeyguse (November 27, 2010). "The Tragic Side of Comedy- Freddie Prinze". YouTube. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  7. ^ She's All That, Freddie Prinze Jr, Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, January 29, 1999, retrieved January 30, 2018CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ "Freddie Prinze, Jr". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
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  10. ^ "Punisher: War Zone, episode #20 of How Did This Get Made? on Earwolf". October 3, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (March 15, 2019). "Freddie Prinze Jr. To Star In the CW's Nancy Drew Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  12. ^ ""The Dirt Sheet" – June 6, 2008". Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  13. ^ "Prinze Jr. Joins WWE Creative Team" (Press release). World Wrestling Entertainment. July 30, 2008. Archived from the original on August 6, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2008.
  14. ^ Ross, Jim (July 31, 2008). "Give Adamle a Chance... McCain's Former MMA Views Concern me... Smackdown's Closing segment Friday night is a classic... SNME..." JR's Blog. Archived from the original on August 5, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2008. 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". March 20, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  16. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. to Star in No Heroics U.S. Remake". Film Junk. March 20, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  17. ^ "US TV – News – Freddie Prinze Jr cast in 'No Heroics'". Digital Spy. March 20, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  18. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. "hated every moment" of 24, disses Kiefer Sutherland".
  19. ^ "WWE > Big star leaves WWE's creative team". Archived from the original on February 24, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  20. ^ "Various News: Big Brother Star Offered TNA Deal, Freddie Prinze, Jr. Back With WWE, More". October 13, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  21. ^ " – Page not found". WWE. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  22. ^ LeAnne Gendreau (September 27, 2012). "Vince McMahon, Freddie Prinze Jr. Get Political With Potty Humor". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  23. ^ "Mass Effect 3 – James Vega Featurette". Gametrailers. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  24. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. Voicing Dragon Age: Inquisition". Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  25. ^ "New STAR WARS REBELS Video Introduces Kanan, the 'Cowboy Jedi'". February 11, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  26. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. -Articles". Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ "Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. have a new baby boy", Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2012.
  29. ^ "Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddy Prinze Jr. List Their LA Home (Bid Farewell To New Neighbors Kim and Kanye)". Domaine. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  30. ^ "Spark of Rebellion". Star Wars Rebels. October 3, 2014. Event occurs at 43:07. Disney Channel.
  31. ^ "Punky Brewster 's Ex-Husband Is Freddie Prinze Jr. in Peacock Sequel". Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  32. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.

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