A muscular, darkly handsome actor who defies easy categorization, Brendan Fraser has an enviable versatility that has allowed him to be equally convincing in comedies, dramas, and adventure films alike. The son of a Canadian tourism executive, Fraser was born in Indianapolis on December 3rd, 1968. Thanks to his father's job, Fraser and his family led a fairly peripatetic existence, living in locales as varied as Ottawa, London, Rome, and Seattle. During his time in London, Fraser became interested in theatre and eventually enrolled in Seattle's Cornish Institute for training. After an early appearance in 'Dogfight' (1991), Fraser got his break in 1992's 'Encino Man' as a Stone-Age man unfrozen in modern-day California. He went on to gain audience prominence in diverse roles such as a Jewish football player in an all-WASP environment in 'School Ties' (1992), a grunged-out musician in 'Airheads' (1994), a Harvard student who loses his thesis in 'With Honors' (1994), and a quirky baseball phenom in 'The Scout' (1994). Fraser has been quoted in one magazine article as saying that he seeks out roles combining 'silliness and sexiness'. His work during the second half of the 1990s certainly reflected this. Particular highlights were 'George of the Jungle' (1997) a witty satire of jungle adventure films, 'Gods and Monsters' (1998) the acclaimed rendering of the last days of director James Whale, for which Fraser earned particular praise in his role as Whale's strapping gardener, the romantic comedy 'Blast from the Past' (1999), and a big-budget re-make of 'The Mummy' (1999) that effectively showcased Fraser as a hero well-suited to old-school adventure.
by Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide