BRENDAN FRASER (D.J. Drake) is a versatile actor with a unique talent for tapping into the humane and often lighthearted nature of his characters.
Fraser most recently co-starred with Oscar nominee Michael Caine in Phillip Noyce's critically acclaimed The Quiet American, based on Graham Green's 1955 thriller of the same name. In the film, Fraser is an idealistic American aid worker who becomes embroiled in a tempestuous love triangle in 1952 Saigon.
In early 2001, Fraser re-teamed with director Stephen Sommers for Universal Pictures' blockbuster The Mummy Returns. Fraser reprised his role as the French Foreign Legion soldier Rick O'Connell in the sequel to the 1999 hit The Mummy and is reunited with his co-stars Rachel Weisz, John Hannah and Arnold Vosloo.
Also in 2001, Fraser appeared at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London in the hit West End production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Directed by Tony Award winner Anthony Page, Fraser played the role of 'Brick' opposite Frances O'Connor as Maggie Pollitt and Ned Beatty as Big Daddy. This production will soon move to Broadway with a different cast.
Stephen Sommers' 1999 smash hit action/horror adventure The Mummy cemented Fraser's reputation as a major film presence. His thoughtful and understated performance that same year in Bill Condon's Academy Award-winning Gods and Monsters gained Fraser widespread critical notices. Starring Sir Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave, the film is set in the golden days of Hollywood and chronicles the controversial life and death of Frankenstein director James Whale.
Fraser's other recent film credits include Harold Ramis' Bedazzled, co-starring Elizabeth Hurley and Frances O'Connor, Henry O. Selick's Monkey Bone and Hugh Wilson's Blast From the Past with Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek. He then re-teamed with Wilson as the title character in the live-action Dudley Do-Right with Sarah Jessica Parker and Alfred Molina.
In 1997, Fraser won hearts both young and old around the world in the title role of the smash hit George of the Jungle, directed by Sam Weisman and co-starring Leslie Mann, based on the popular and subversively comic 1960's Tarzan spoof cartoons created by Jay Ward. That same year his performance in Jim Robinson's romantic comedy Still Breathing earned him the Best Actor prize at the 1997 Seattle Film Festival.
In addition to his acerbic-witted role starring opposite Shirley MacLaine in Richard Benjamin's Mrs. Winterbourne, Brendan is also noted for his performances in Les Mayfield's Encino Man; Robert Mandel's School Ties; Alek Keshishian's With Honors; Michael Lehmann's Airheads; Michael Ritchie's The Scout and his critically acclaimed performance in Showtime's The Twilight of the Golds.
For his work on the stage, Brendan received high praise for his performance as the anxious writer in John Patrick Shanley's Four Dogs and a Bone at the Geffen Playhouse in which he co-starred with Martin Short, Parker Posey, and Elizabeth Perkins for director Lawrence Kasdan.
Born in Indianapolis and raised in Europe and Canada, Fraser has been dedicated to honing his craft since the early age of 12, when he began attending theater while his family visited in London on holidays. He attended high school at Toronto's Upper Canada College and received a B.F.A. in acting from the Actor's Conservatory, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
Fraser currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Afton, and their son.