Brendan Fraser is an American-Canadian actor who has worked in both film and television. His career began in 1988, and he has since enjoyed huge success as an actor. As a result of his work in the entertainment industry, it is now estimated that this man has a net worth of $25 million. Here is how Brendan Fraser got so wealthy.
Fraser’s Early Life
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 3, 1968, Brendan Fraser is the son of Canadian parents and he has three older brothers. Although he is originally from Indiana, he was raised in various locations across the United States as the family moved often. They also spent some time living in Canada, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Fraser attended a private boarding school in Toronto called Upper Canada College ad then studied at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. He graduated from the latter in 1990. He then went to a small acting school in New York City and had intended to study for a Master of Fine Arts. However, after visiting Hollywood, he decided to move there to pursue a career in the film industry.
Brendan Fraser’s Career
Although Brendan Fraser began his career in 1988, it was a few years before his career took off. In 1988, he played the friend of murder victim Rodney Mark Peterson in a re-enactment in ‘America’s Most Wanted’. He then didn’t make his film debut until 1991 when he had a small role in ‘Dogfight’. IN the same year, he also had small roles in three television films.
The following year, Fraser got his first lead role in a film when he played a caveman in ‘Encino Man’. Also in 1992, he had a role in ‘School Ties’. He then played Monty Kessler in ‘With Honors’ and Steve Nebraska in ‘The Scout, both of which were released in 1994. The same year, he co-starred in ‘Airheads’ with Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler. Between 1995 and 1997, he had roles in films including ‘Now and Then’, ‘The Twilight of the Golds’, and ‘The Passion of Darkly Noon’.
His big break came in 1997 when Fraser landed the role of George in ‘George of the Jungle’. This led to him landing roles in commercially successful films, the most successful of which were ‘The Mummy’ in 1999 and its 2001 sequel ‘The Mummy Returns’. Fraser also had roles in many movies that were not as commercially successful at the box office. These included ‘Dudley Do-Right’, Bedazzled’, ‘Monkeybone’, ‘Gods and Monsters’, and ‘Blast from the Past’. He also ventured into some voice work, as he provided a voice for the animation ‘Big Bug Man’. Unfortunately, this film was not released.
Things took an upward turn in 2002 when he starred in the political drama ‘The Quiet American’ alongside Michael Caine. Two years later, he was part of the cast of ‘Crash’, which won an Academy Award. Although he had always appeared in television series alongside his television work, Fraser’s career between 2004 and 2006 predominantly focused on television work. During this time, he made guest appearances on several animated shows, such as ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘King of the Hill’. He also made a guest appearance in ‘Scrubs’. Fraser became the first American-born actor to receive the honor of being inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2006.
After taking a break from the film industry, Fraser returned in 2008 when he resumed his role form ‘The Mummy’ in the second sequel ‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’. This was a good year in his career as he also starred in ‘Inkheart’ and ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’. While he had been away from working in films, Fraser’s career had taken another turn as he had appeared in theater productions. The first of these was a West End production of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, in which he played Brick. He received many excellent reviews for his performance.
Fraser returned to the stage in 2010 for the Broadway production of ‘Elling’. Unfortunately, this production was not as successful, and production was closed after just nine performances. This was related to the negative reviews that the show had received. Fraser then returned to film with a role in the 2010 comedy film ‘Furry Vengeance. This film was widely panned by critics and led to Fraser getting new representation. His first role under new management was in the 2010 independent film ‘Whole Lotta Sole. The next role that Fraser planned to play was William Tell in ‘The Legend of William Tell’. After filming was delayed, Fraser sued the producer for loss of promised earning, and the producer countersued claiming that he was assaulted by Fraser.
Since 2013, Brandon Fraser has had several smaller film roles. Some of the films in which he has appeared in recent years include ‘Pawn Shop Chronicles’ and ‘Line of Descent’. Fraser has also continued to work in television, with recent series including ‘The Affair’, ‘Trust’, ‘Titans’, and ‘Doom Patrol’.
Brendan Fraser’s Net Worth
Due to his successful career in the entertainment industry, Brendan Fraser is now a very wealthy man. According to The Richest, Brendan Fraser’s net worth is $25 million. As he is still active in film and television, it is likely that his personal net worth will grow in the future.
His Personal Life
In his personal life, Brendan Fraser was married to actress Afton Smith and they have three sons together. He met Smith at Winona Ryder’s house in 1993, and they married in 1998. Their first son Griffin Arthur was born in 2002, followed by Holden Fletcher in 2004, and then Leland Francis in 2006. In April 2007, the couple sold their Beverley Hills home for $3 million. In the same year, the couple announced their intention to divorce. Now, Brendan Fraser lives in Bedford, New York.