Freddie Prinze, Jr.

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Freddie Prinze, Jr.
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Prinze at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 29, 2007
BornFreddie James Prinze, Jr.
(1976-03-08) March 8, 1976 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Sarah Michelle Gellar (m. 2002)
ParentsFreddie James Prinze, Sr.
Kathy Elaine Barber
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Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Freddie Prinze Jr by David Shankbone.jpg
Prinze at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 29, 2007
BornFreddie James Prinze, Jr.
(1976-03-08) March 8, 1976 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Sarah Michelle Gellar (m. 2002)
ParentsFreddie James Prinze, Sr.
Kathy Elaine Barber

Freddie James Prinze, Jr. (/ˈprɪnz/; born March 8, 1976)[1] 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 (2002), Freddie (2005–06) and 24 (2010). He is married to actress Sarah Michelle Gellar and currently works for WWE as a producer and director.

Early life[edit]

Freddie James Prinze Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the only child of actor-comedian Freddie James Prinze Sr. and real estate agent Kathy Elaine Barber.[1] Freddie Sr. committed suicide by shooting himself in 1977, a year after Freddie Jr. was born. Prinze grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was raised Roman Catholic,[2][3] and embraces his Puerto Rican heritage (his paternal grandmother was Puerto Rican),[4][5] and he speaks Spanish.[5] After graduating from high school in 1994, Prinze moved to Los Angeles to audition for television roles.[6][7]


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 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. In his first leading role, the romantic comedy She's All That (1999), he was very successful at the box office. The film 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 generally disliked by critics[9] and had moderate box office success.[10]

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 auditioned for Jigsaw in Punisher: War Zone, but was not given the part at the decision of Lionsgate Studios.[11] In 2010, Prinze guest starred on Psych as Dennis, a grade school friend of Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster.[citation needed]

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 fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) 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 instead cast as a series regular for the eighth season of the television show 24, where he played, Cole Ortiz, a new CTU operative.[citation needed]

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.[18] 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.[citation needed]

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.[19] 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.[20][21]

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.[22] He returned to the role of James Vega again for the animated feature film Mass Effect: Paragon Lost. In 2014, it was announced he had joined the cast of Star Wars Rebels as the voice of Kanan, one of the last surviving Jedi knights.[23] In 2014, Prinze voiced The Iron Bull, a Qunari mercenary, in the critically acclaimed role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Prinze married actress Sarah Michelle 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),[25] started dating in 2000 and were engaged in April 2001. Gellar and Prinze have two children together: daughter Charlotte Grace Prinze (born in September 2009),[26] and son Rocky James Prinze (born in September 2012).[27] The family lives in Los Angeles.[28]


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
2007Happily N'Ever AfterRickVoice
2007Brooklyn RulesMichael
2007New York City SerenadeOwen
2008Jack and Jill vs. the WorldJack
2012Mass Effect: Paragon LostLieutenant James VegaVoice
1995Family MattersTough Guy1 episode
1996ABC Afterschool SpecialJeffEpisode: "Too Soon for Jeff"
1997Detention: The Siege at Johnson HighAaron SullivanTV movie
1998Money KingsTonyTV movie
2002FrasierMikeEpisode: Juvenilia
2002FriendsSandy1 episode
2002-2003The Jamie Kennedy ExperimentHimself2 episodes
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
2009No HeroicsBradley / UltimatiumUnsold pilot
201024Cole Ortiz24 episodes
2010PsychDennis1 episode
2012Happy ValleyNoahTV movie
2013–2014BonesDanny Beck2 episodes
2013Witches of East EndLeo Wingate2 episodes
2014-presentStar Wars RebelsKanan Jarrus[29]
Video games
2012Mass Effect 3Lieutenant James Vega
2014Dragon Age: InquisitionIron Bull

Awards and nominations[edit]

1996Golden Globe AwardsMr. Golden GlobeWon
1998Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - HorrorI Know What You Did Last SummerNominated
1999Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Comedy ActorShe's All That
Alma AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Feature Film in a Crossover RollI Still Know What You Did Last SummerNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Chemistry for Sexiest Love Scene (Shared with Rachael Leigh Cook)She's All ThatWon
MTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen Duo (Shared with Rachael Leigh Cook)Nominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Comedy ActorDown to YouWon
Choice Chemistry (Shared with Julia Stiles)Nominated
2000Alma AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Feature FilmShe's All That
Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - Comedy/Romance
Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Movie CoupleWon
2002Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Comedy ActorScooby DooNominated
Choice Chemistry (Shared with Sarah Michelle Gellar)
Golden Raspberry AwardWorst Supporting Actor

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Associated, Press (February 10, 2009). "Prinze brings his family values to ‘Freddie’". Early Today. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hispanic - September 2005 - Cover Story". Hispanic Magazine. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Jacobs, Jay S. (2007-05-12). "Freddie Prinze, Jr. & Mena Suvari". Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. is Freddie Moreno on Freddie". Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  7. ^ joeyguse (2010-11-27). "The Tragic Side of Comedy- Freddie Prinze". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  8. ^ She's All That (1999) - Box office / business
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  10. ^ "Freddie Prinze, Jr.". Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Punisher: War Zone, episode #20 of How Did This Get Made? on Earwolf". 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  12. ^ ""The Dirt Sheet" - June 6, 2008". Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  13. ^ "Prinze Jr. Joins WWE Creative Team" (Press release). World Wrestling Entertainment. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins The Cast Of No Heroics". 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  16. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. to Star in No Heroics U.S. Remake". Film Junk. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  17. ^ "US TV - News - Freddie Prinze Jr cast in 'No Heroics'". Digital Spy. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  18. ^ "> WWE > Big star leaves WWE's creative team". Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  19. ^ "Various News: Big Brother Star Offered TNA Deal, Freddie Prinze, Jr. Back With WWE, More". October 13, 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  20. ^ " - Page not found". WWE. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  21. ^ LeAnne Gendreau (2012-09-27). "Vince McMahon, Freddie Prinze Jr. Get Political With Potty Humor". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  22. ^ "Mass Effect 3 - James Vega Featurette". Gametrailers. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  23. ^ "New STAR WARS REBELS Video Introduces Kanan, the 'Cowboy Jedi'". 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  24. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. Voicing Dragon Age: Inquisition". Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. -Articles". Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ "Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. have a new baby boy", Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2012.
  29. ^ "Spark of Rebellion". Star Wars Rebels. October 3, 2014. Event occurs at 43:07. Disney Channel.

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