Breckin Meyer

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Breckin Meyer
Breckin Meyer by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Meyer at the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego
BornBreckin Erin Meyer
(1974-05-07) May 7, 1974 (age 40)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, producer, drummer
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Deborah Kaplan
(m. 2001–2012; 2 children)
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Breckin Meyer
Breckin Meyer by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Meyer at the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego
BornBreckin Erin Meyer
(1974-05-07) May 7, 1974 (age 40)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, producer, drummer
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Deborah Kaplan
(m. 2001–2012; 2 children)

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. He also slept in a closed coffin for several years in high school.[5]


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 a full-fledged leading role in the DreamWorks hit Road Trip (2000), in which he again played a character travelling cross country, 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 character'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.[6] 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.[7] He also has a younger daughter, Clover. Official plans to divorce were announced 1 October 2012, after "months of separation".[8] His brother, Frank Meyer, is a staffer and producer of Fresh Ink Online at[9]


1990Camp CucamongaCody
1991Freddy's Dead: The Final NightmareSpencer
1995CluelessTravis Birkenstock
1995PaybackJim's Son
1996Craft, TheThe CraftMitt
1996Escape from L.A.Surfer
1997PrefontainePat Tyson
1997TouchGreg Czarnicki
1998Dancer, Texas Pop. 81Keller Coleman
1998Can't Hardly WaitWalter, Lovebürger Lead SingerUncredited
199854Greg Randazzo
1999Insider, TheThe InsiderSharon's Son
1999Tail Lights FadeCole
2000Road TripJosh Parker
2001Josie and the PussycatsMarco
2001Rat RaceNick Schaffer
2001Kate & LeopoldCharlie McKay
2002Roberto Benigni's PinocchioPinocchioVoice acting; Razzie: Worst Actor[citation needed]
2004Garfield: The MovieJon Arbuckle
2005Herbie: Fully LoadedRay Peyton
2005ReboundTim Fink
2006Garfield: A Tale of Two KittiesJon Arbuckle
2006Ted's MBATed MeyersAlso known as Corporate Affairs
2007Blue StateJohn Logue
2008Stag NightTony
2009Ghosts of Girlfriends PastPaul Mead
1986Potato Head KidsSpudVoice acting
1988Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder YearsGary CoseyEpisode: "The Heart of Darkness"
1995The Home CourtMike Solomon
2000–2009King of The HillJoseph GribbleVoice acting
2001Inside SchwartzAdam Schwartz
2003Married to the KellysTom Wagner
2005–presentRobot ChickenVarious CharactersVoice acting, producer, writer
2008HouseBrandonEpisode: "Adverse Events"
2008Phineas and FerbLilVoice acting
2009Party DownMichael
2009Titan MaximumCommander PalmerVoice acting
2011–2014Franklin & BashJared FranklinLead role
2012–2014Men at WorkCreator, writer


  1. ^ According to the State of Minnesota. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002. Searchable at
  2. ^ Breckin Meyer Biography (1974-)
  3. ^ according to an extra on the 50 First Dates DVD
  4. ^ Breckin Meyer Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  5. ^ according to an interview on Conan, retrieved 24 September 2014
  6. ^ [1] Retrieved 2009-17-04
  7. ^ Breckin and Caitlin Meyer: Tennis for Two!
  8. ^ Breckin Meyer and wife split up
  9. ^ "G4's Frank Meyer Interviews His Brother Breckin Meyer". 

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