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Who is Brendan Fraser?

Born Brendan James Fraser on the 3rd December 1968 in Indianapolis, Indiana USA, he is an award-winning actor, perhaps best known to the world from playing Rick O’Connell in the fantasy-adventure action-drama film trilogy “The Mummy” (1998-2001), and also as Rick in the crime-drama thriller film “Crash” in 2004, among many other differing roles.

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Brendan Fraser Wiki: Early Life, Parents, and Education

Brendan is the son of Canadian parents, Carol Mary (née Genereux) and Peter Fraser; he is the youngest in the family with three older brothers, Kevin, Regan, and Sean. Brendan is of mixed ancestry as he has German, Irish, French-Canadian, and even Czech roots. During his childhood years, Brendan and the whole Fraser family moved around the world, from Canada to Europe, living even in Switzerland and Netherland for a while. He went to Upper Canada College, which is a private boarding school in Toronto. He eventually graduated with a degree from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts in 1990. Brendan then started honing his acting skills at a small acting college in New York City, and had plans to enroll at graduate school in Texas, but his heart chose Hollywood instead, and he began attending auditions.
image source, Brendan Fraser debut in “Dogfight”

Career Beginnings

Brendan’s career on screen started with a re-enactment of the popular TV show “America’s Most Wanted”, portraying a friend of a murder victim, then in 1991 he made his film debut in “Dogfight”, though only in a minor role. However, the following year he felt the first ray of success, when he was cast in the lead role of Link in the fairly popular comedy film “Encino Man”, co-starring Sean Austin and Megan Ward. Throughout the ‘90s, Brendan enjoyed success, taking the leading roles in numerous popular films such as “School Ties” in 1992, then the Golden Globe Award-nominated comedy-drama “With Honors” in 1994, and romantic drama “Still Breathing” in 1997.

Rise to Prominence

Proving himself a skillful actor, Brendan was cast as George in the film “George of the Jungle”, created by Jay Ward, which was successful both critically and commercially, which launched Brendan to stardom. He continued the same way with the part of Rick O’Connell in the fantasy-adventure drama film “The Mummy” in 1999, co-starring Rachel Weisz and Arnold Vosloo, then in the 2001 sequel entitled “The Mummy Returns”, which was also a complete success. During this time, Brendan enjoyed success with other projects too, such as the remake of “Bedazzled” from 1965, released in 2000, starring Brendan and Elizabeth Hurley. Nothing changed much for Brendan in the next few years, with roles in “Crash” (2004), and “Journey to the Center of the Earth” in 2008, his popularity and net worth were soaring ever higher.

Career Decline

Unfortunately, his career started to decline during the second half of the 2000s, as since then films in which he appeared have underperformed. He managed to bounce back with the male lead in Ron Krauss’ drama film “Gimme Shelter”, co-starring Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson, but only briefly. Two years later, Brendan portrayed Billy Anderson in the TV mini-series “Texas Rising”, which earned three Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and he had the recurring role of John Gunther in the highly-acclaimed drama series “The Affair” (2016-2017). Brendan was slowly returning to prominence, and in recent years has had the lead roles in the TV series “Trust”, as James Fletcher Chace, and Nathan Fowler in “Condor”, both in 2018. He is now working on several films, such as “The Field” and “Behind the Curtain of Night”, both scheduled for release late in 2018.

Do You Know How Rich Brendan Fraser Is?

Since starting his career, Brendan has featured in over 60 film and TV titles, some of which became commercially successful, such as “The Mummy Films” which grossed over a billion dollars at the box office, which helped to increase his net worth to a large degree. Some of his most lucrative roles were landed in the films: “The Mummy” (1999) with a salary of $4 million, “Dudley Do-Right” (1999) – $4 million, “Bedazzled” (2000) – $10 million and “The Mummy Returns” (2001) – $12.5 million. So, if you have ever wondered how rich Brendan Fraser is, as of mid- 2018, according to authoritative sources it has been estimated that Fraser’s net worth is as high as $25 million. Pretty impressive, don’t you think?

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Do You Know About Brendan’s Personal Life, Affairs, Marriage, Divorce, Children?

Brendan is quite open about his personal life; he was married to actress Afton Smith from 1998 until 2008. The two met at a barbecue party at Winona Ryder’s house in July 1993. Five years later, the couple married and before divorcing welcomed their three sons, Griffin Arthur, Holden Fletcher and Leland Francis.

image source, sons Griffin Arthur, Holden Fletcher and Leland Francis.

Financial Problems

However, despite becoming a popular actor, Brendan couldn’t finance his divorce and later alimony to his wife, which amounted to around $900,000 per year, for his now ex-wife and their three children.

House for Sale

Even before his divorce, Brendan was forced to sell the family house, located at Readcrest Drive, Beverly Hills, estimated to be worth $3 million, and at 3,948 square feet consisted of three bedrooms and four bathrooms. He now lives near Bedford, New York.

Internet Popularity

Brendan has managed to expand his popularity to social media platforms, especially Instagram and Facebook. His official Instagram account has close to 30,000 followers, with whom he has shared pictures from career events, such as his role in the film “Field”, and personal life, speaking to his fans about his many travels. Brendan is also active on Facebook, with just over 30,000 fans, and has used this social media network to promote his career. So, if you aren’t already a fan of this award-winning actor, then this is a perfect opportunity for you, just skip over to his official pages.

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