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Freddie Prinze Jr

Freddie Prinze, Jr.
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Prinze in June 2016
Frederick James Prinze Jr.

(1976-03-08) March 8, 1976 (age 44)
EducationLa Cueva High School
OccupationActor, writer, producer
Years active1995-present
(m. 2002)

Frederick James Prinze Jr. (born March 8, 1976)[1] is an American actor, writer and producer. He has starred in films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), its sequel 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. He is the only child of legendary comedian Freddie Prinze.

Early life

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 a Puerto Rican from Boquerón),[3][4] and speaks Spanish.[4] At the age of 15, he was inspired to get into show business after his dying grandfather told him he needed to "fix" what his father had "f'd up." He soon thereafter saw Neil Patrick Harris at his high school getting kids excited about getting into acting, and he decided to do that.[5] After graduating from high school in 1994, Prinze moved to Los Angeles to audition for television roles.[6][7]


Television and film

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.[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 disliked by critics[9] and had moderate box office success.[10]

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.[11] In 2010, Prinze guest starred on Psych as Dennis, a grade school friend of Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster.[] 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.[12] He also voiced Tim and Jim Possible in the Kim Possible movie Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time.[]

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.[13][14][15] 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.[16]

Other work

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.[17][18] 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.[19]

Work with WWE

First stint (2008-2009)

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[20] 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[21] for the SmackDown brand.[22] It was reported on February 22, 2009 that Prinze and WWE had parted ways.[]

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.[23] 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.[]

Second stint (2010-2012)

Prinze returned to WWE on October 1, 2010 in a role as producer and director.[24] 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.[25][26]

Personal life

Prinze Jr. with his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival

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),[27] 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, Charlotte born in September 2009 and a son, Rocky born in September 2012,[28][29] and live in Los Angeles.[30]



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
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Kanan Jarrus Voice cameo[31]


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 TV film
1998 Vig Tony
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 TV film
2008-2009 WWE Raw Himself Host; also writer; 2 episodes
2009 No Heroics Bradley / Ultimatum TV film
2010 24 Cole Ortiz Main role (season 8)
Psych Dennis Episode: "Not Even Close, Encounters"
2012 Happy Valley Noah TV 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 Voice role[32]
2016 First Impressions Himself Host
Bordertown N/A Voice role; episode: "The Engagement"
2016-2017 Movie Trivia Schmoedown The Master / Commentator Web series
2020 Punky Brewster Travis Upcoming television series[33]

Video games

Year Title Role
2012-2013 Mass Effect 3 Lieutenant James Vega
2014-2015 Dragon Age: Inquisition Iron Bull
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Kanan Jarrus[34]
Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1996 Golden Globe Awards Mr. Golden Globe (Shared with Jaime Nicole Dudney as Miss Golden Globe) Himself 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
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


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  2. ^ Associated, Press (February 10, 2009). "Prinze brings his family values to 'Freddie'". Early Today. Archived from the original on September 22, 2012. Retrieved 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 2007.
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  6. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. is Freddie Moreno on Freddie". Archived from the original on October 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ joeyguse (November 27, 2010). "The Tragic Side of Comedy- Freddie Prinze". YouTube. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ She's All That, Freddie Prinze Jr, Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, January 29, 1999, retrieved 2018CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ "Freddie Prinze, Jr". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr". Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Punisher: War Zone, episode #20 of How Did This Get Made? on Earwolf". October 3, 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (March 15, 2019). "Freddie Prinze Jr. To Star In the CW's Nancy Drew Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins The Cast Of No Heroics". March 20, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  14. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. to Star in No Heroics U.S. Remake". Film Junk. March 20, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  15. ^ "US TV - News - Freddie Prinze Jr cast in 'No Heroics'". Digital Spy. March 20, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  16. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. "hated every moment" of 24, disses Kiefer Sutherland".
  17. ^ "Mass Effect 3 - James Vega Featurette". Gametrailers. Retrieved 2012.
  18. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. Voicing Dragon Age: Inquisition". Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ "New STAR WARS REBELS Video Introduces Kanan, the 'Cowboy Jedi'". February 11, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  20. ^ ""The Dirt Sheet" - June 6, 2008". Retrieved 2012.
  21. ^ "Prinze Jr. Joins WWE Creative Team" (Press release). World Wrestling Entertainment. July 30, 2008. Archived from the original on August 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  22. ^ 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 2008. Freddie Prinze Jr. is going to be involved creatively in the Smackdown brand from what I gather.
  23. ^ "WWE > Big star leaves WWE's creative team". Archived from the original on February 24, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  24. ^ "Various News: Big Brother Star Offered TNA Deal, Freddie Prinze, Jr. Back With WWE, More". October 13, 2010. Retrieved 2012.
  25. ^ " - Page not found". WWE. Retrieved 2014. Cite uses generic title (help)
  26. ^ LeAnne Gendreau (September 27, 2012). "Vince McMahon, Freddie Prinze Jr. Get Political With Potty Humor". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 2012.
  27. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. -Articles". Archived from the original on May 29, 2006. Retrieved 2010.
  28. ^ 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.
  29. ^ "Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. have a new baby boy", Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2012.
  30. ^ "Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddy Prinze Jr. List Their LA Home (Bid Farewell To New Neighbors Kim and Kanye)". Domaine. Retrieved 2014.
  31. ^ Yehl, Joshua (February 13, 2020). "Freddie Prinze Jr Shares the Story Behind Kanan's Cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker". IGN. Archived from the original on March 5, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  32. ^ "Spark of Rebellion". Star Wars Rebels. October 3, 2014. Event occurs at 43:07. Disney Channel.
  33. ^ "Punky Brewster 's Ex-Husband Is Freddie Prinze Jr. in Peacock Sequel". Retrieved 2019.
  34. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.

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