Freddie Prinze, Jr.

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Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle Gellar by David Shankbone.jpg
Prinze and Sarah Michelle Gellar at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 29, 2007
BornFreddie James Prinze, Jr.
(1976-03-08) March 8, 1976 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Sarah Michelle Gellar (m. 2002)
ParentsFreddie Prinze
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Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle Gellar by David Shankbone.jpg
Prinze and Sarah Michelle Gellar at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 29, 2007
BornFreddie James Prinze, Jr.
(1976-03-08) March 8, 1976 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Sarah Michelle Gellar (m. 2002)
ParentsFreddie Prinze

Freddie James Prinze, Jr. (born March 8, 1976) 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, Freddie and 24. He is married to actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, and currently works for WWE as a producer and director.

Early life[edit]

Prinze was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the only child of Kathy Elaine Cochran (née Barber), a real estate agent, and Freddie Prinze, an actor and comedian[1] who committed suicide in 1977, a year after he was born. Prinze's father was of Puerto Rican and German[2] descent, while his mother is of English, Irish and Native American ancestry.[3] Prinze grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was raised Roman Catholic,[4][5] and embraces his Puerto Rican heritage.[6][7] He speaks Spanish.[7] He showed an interest in acting from an early age.[citation needed] After graduating in 1994, Prinze moved to Los Angeles to audition for television roles.[8]


Television and film[edit]

Prinze was cast in a guest role on the ABC TV series Family Matters in 1995. He then appeared on 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 and his first leading role, the romantic comedy She's All That (1999), was very successful at the box office, grossing $63 million[9] in the United States.

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[10] and had moderate box office success.[11] In 2000, he was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World".

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 originally auditioned for Jigsaw in Punisher: War Zone, but was not given the part at the decision of Lionsgate Studios.[12] In 2010, Prinze guest starred on Psych as Dennis, a grade school friend of Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster.

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

World Wrestling Entertainment (2008–2009)[edit]

Prinze is a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was shown 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,[13] and had created an official profile on WWE's "Universe" blog community where he would regularly write his thoughts on the current going-ons 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 contributing to weekly television and pay-per-view program[14] for the SmackDown brand.[15] It was later reported on February 22, 2009 that Prinze and WWE parted ways.


In March 2009, it was announced that Prinze had signed on to star as Bradley, aka Ultimatum in the ABC show No Heroics, a US remake of the British show of the same name.[16][17][18] 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.

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.[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, who all detested Orton and proceeded to give him a hard time during the match.

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.[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 the character Lieutenant James Vega in Mass Effect 3.[23] He returned to the role of James Vega again for the animated feature film Mass Effect: Paragon Lost.

Personal life[edit]

Prinze was involved in a long-term relationship with General Hospital Star Kimberly McCullough for several years prior to marrying his wife, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar. Prinze married 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),[24] started dating in 2000 and were engaged in April 2001. In 2007, for their fifth year of marriage, Gellar legally changed her name to Sarah Michelle Prinze.[25][26] The couple have two children, a daughter named Charlotte Grace Prinze, who was born on September 19, 2009,[27] and a son, Rocky James Prinze, born in September 19, 2012.[28][29]


1996To Gillian on Her 37th BirthdayJoey Bost
1997The House of YesAnthony Pascal
1997I Know What You Did Last SummerRay Bronson
1998I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
1999She's All ThatZachary "Zack" Siler
1999Wing Commander1st Lt. Christopher Blair
2000Down to YouAlfred "Al" Connelly
2000Boys and GirlsRyan Walker
2001Head Over HeelsJim Winston/Bob Smoot
2001Summer CatchRyan Dunne
2002Scooby-DooFred Jones
2004Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
2005Shooting GalleryJericho Hudson
2006Shark BaitPisces "Pi"Voice
2007Brooklyn RulesMichael
2007Happily N'Ever AfterRickVoice
2007New York City SerenadeOwen
2008Jack and Jill vs. the WorldJack
2012Mass Effect: Paragon LostLieutenant James VegaVoice
1995Family MattersTough Guy1 episode
1997Detention: The Siege at Johnson HighAaron SullivanTV movie
2002FriendsSandy1 episode
2003Kim Possible: A Sitch In TimeAdult Jim & Tim PossibleTV movie
2005–2006FreddieFreddie Moreno22 episodes
2005–2012Robot ChickenFred Jones / Announcer / Diego MarquezVoice
3 episodes
2006George LopezFreddie Moreno1 episode
2006Boston LegalDonny Crane3 episodes
2008–presentWWE RawSpecial Guest Host/Writer, Producer, director2 episodes
201024Cole Ortiz24 episodes
2010PsychDennis1 episode
2013BonesDanny Beck1 episode
2013Witches of East EndLeo Wingate2 episodes
Video games
2012Mass Effect 3Lieutenant James Vega

Awards and nominations[edit]

1999Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Comedy ActorShe's All ThatWon
1999Teen Choice AwardsChoice Chemistry for Sexiest Love Scene (Shared with Rachael Leigh Cook)She's All ThatWon
1999MTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen Duo (Shared with Rachael Leigh Cook)She's All ThatNominated
1999Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Comedy ActorDown to YouWon
1999Teen Choice AwardsChoice Chemistry (Shared with Julia Stiles)Down to YouNominated
2002Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Comedy ActorScooby DooNominated
2002Teen Choice AwardsChoice Chemistry (Shared with Sarah Michelle Gellar)Scooby-DooNominated
2002Golden Raspberry AwardWorst Supporting ActorScooby-DooNominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Freddie, Jr. Prinze Biography (1976-)". Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. - Articles". Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  3. ^ Munoz, Lorenza (1999-01-28). "MOVIES; Growing Into His Own Man". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
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  5. ^ Associated, Press (February 10, 2009). "Prinze brings his family values to ‘Freddie’". Early Today. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Hispanic - September 2005 - Cover Story". Hispanic Magazine. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b Jacobs, Jay S. (2007-05-12). "Freddie Prinze, Jr. & Mena Suvari". Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Freddie Prinze, Jr. is Freddie Moreno on Freddie". Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  9. ^ She's All That (1999) - Box office / business
  10. ^ "". Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
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  12. ^ "Punisher: War Zone, episode #20 of How Did This Get Made? on Earwolf". 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  13. ^ ""The Dirt Sheet" - June 6, 2008". Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  14. ^ "Prinze, Jr. Joins WWE Creative Team" (Press release). World Wrestling Entertainment. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  15. ^ 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. 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." 
  16. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins The Cast Of No Heroics". 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  17. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. to Star in No Heroics U.S. Remake". Film Junk. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  18. ^ "US TV - News - Freddie Prinze Jr cast in 'No Heroics'". Digital Spy. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  19. ^ "> WWE > Big star leaves WWE's creative team". Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  20. ^ "Various News: Big Brother Star Offered TNA Deal, Freddie Prinze, Jr. Back With WWE, More". Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  21. ^ [2]
  22. ^ BY LeAnne Gendreau (2012-09-27). "Vince McMahon, Freddie Prinze Jr. Get Political With Potty Humor". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  23. ^ "Mass Effect 3 - James Vega Featurette". Gametrailers. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  24. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. -Articles". Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  25. ^ Kaplan, Don. FRESH PRINZE: 'BUFFY' TAKES HER HUBBY'S NAME. New York Post. November 16. 2007.
  26. ^ Gellar Takes Prinze's Name. November 16, 2007.
  27. ^ Caplan, David (September 22, 2009). "Sarah Michelle Prinze and Freddie Prinze Jr. Have a Girl!". Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  28. ^ Ravitz, Justin (September 24, 2012). "Exclusive: Sarah Michelle Gellar Welcomes Baby Boy!". US Weekly. Retrieved September 24, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. Name Son Rocky James!". US Weekly. November 17, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 

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