Once the golden boy of cinema, Canadian-American actor Brendan Fraser starred in The Mummy trilogy, George of the Jungle, Encino Man and Journey To the Centre of the Earth.
A bankable leading man, Fraser turned his charms to action flicks and goofy comedies while also tapping into a deeper side for dramas Gods and Monsters, The Quiet American and Crash.
Affable and well liked in the industry, by the early 2000s he seemed to have it all – a Beverly Hills mansion, a happy marriage and three young sons. However, his marriage to Afton Smith abruptly ended in divorce in 2007 at the same time his movie stunts began to take a toll, forcing him to undergo a knee replacement, a laminectomy and vocal chord surgery.
Relocating to upstate New York, he failed to appear in any noteworthy movies beyond 2010 drama Extraordinary Measures, co-starring with Harrison Ford. A short-lived 2018 comeback – which pundits dubbed the “Brenaissance” – involving small roles in TV series The Affair, Trust and Titans, resulted in an opportunity to return to the big screen, starring in film noir The Poison Rose with John Travolta and Morgan Freeman.
In 2018, allegations surfaced that Philip Berk – a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – had sexually assaulted the actor during a 2013 luncheon. Fraser claimed that the incident with Berk, his subsequent divorce and the death of his mother, launched him into a depression and that he suffered a backlash within the industry after speaking out against the HFPA, an elderly group of retired journalists who decide the Golden Globes. Talking with GQ magazine, Fraser said he was inspired by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement to go public.
Today Fraser, 51, can be seen/heard in the role of Cliff Steele/Robotman in TV’s Doom Patrol.