Breckin Meyer

Breckin Meyer

Meyer at the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego
Born Breckin Erin Meyer
(1974-05-07) May 7, 1974
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor, comedian, writer, producer, drummer
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Deborah Kaplan (m. 2001)
Children 2

Breckin Erin Meyer[1] (born May 7, 1974) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, writer, producer and drummer known for roles in films such as Clueless, Road Trip, Rat Race and the Garfield series.

Early life

Meyer was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Dorothy Ann (née Vial), a travel agent and former microbiologist, and Christopher William Meyer, a management consultant.[2] He has lived in California, Texas, West Virginia, and New Jersey. He has an older brother, Frank, and a younger brother, Adam. Meyer attended elementary school with Drew Barrymore (and was apparently her first kiss)[3] and also attended Beverly Hills High School.[4] Through his elementary school, he came into contact with Barrymore's agent, who signed Meyer. As a child, he was mostly seen in television advertisements. He also slept in a closed coffin for several years in high school.[5]


Meyer played several roles as a druggie, starting with his debut in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), in which he was dispatched in a video game. His breakthrough screen role was in the teen hit Clueless (1995) as the skateboarding stoner. Meyer offered similar characterizations in The Craft and John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. (both 1996). He played the best friend of an Olympic hopeful in the biopic Prefontaine (1997) and as a high-school student yearning to leave his hometown in Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998).

In 54 (also 1998), a look at life in the famous '70s nightspot Studio 54, the actor was cast as a busboy married to the coat check girl (Salma Hayek) and pursued by a bartender (Ryan Phillippe). Meyer is close friends with Phillippe, with whom he and Seth Green share a production company.

Meyer would subsequently appear in films including Go (1999) and The Insider (1999) before graduating to a full-fledged leading role in the DreamWorks hit Road Trip (2000), in which he again played a character travelling cross country, a college student hoping desperately to retrieve a videotape of himself having sex with another girl, which was accidentally mailed to his long-distance girlfriend. Road Trip marked the first indication that Meyer's well-developed slacker sidekick persona had matured and could be tweaked to make him a full-fledged leading man.

Meyer in February 2007

He was reteamed with Amy Smart in yet another racing cross country film, this time as part of the multi-plot ensemble of Rat Race (2001), a sort-of homage to the all-star screwball chase films of the 1960s, such as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Meyer put in a winning supporting turn as Meg Ryan's character's brother in the whimsical fantasy-comedy Kate & Leopold (2001). Meyer also took on the role of Jon, the hapless owner of the famed comic book cat in the film adaptation of Garfield (2004).

He also starred in Blue State with Anna Paquin in which he plays a passionately liberal guy on the campaign trail for John Kerry in the 2004 elections. He drunkenly pledges to move to Canada if Bush wins the election, and on his journey meets a mysterious young woman, played by Paquin. Meyer costars with Matthew McConaughey in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). He also plays the rich antagonist in the music video "100 Little Curses" by Street Sweeper Social Club (2009).

Meyer was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on "Robot Chicken: Star Wars", and regularly does voice work on Robot Chicken. He also supplied the voice for the adolescent Joseph Gribble on the animated series King of the Hill. Meyer starred on the Adult Swim series Titan Maximum.

Meyer is also a musician, playing drums in the punk band The Street Walkin' Cheetahs and with Tom Morello's The Nightwatchman, as well as Ben Harper, Cypress Hill, Slash and Perry Farrell at L.A.'s Hotel Café.

Meyer is the drummer for Tom Morello's alter ego The Nightwatchman's back-up band The Freedom Fighter Orchestra. Meyer toured with Morello on The Nightwatchman's 2008 Justice Tour. He appears in Street Sweeper Social Club's video for "100 Little Curses"[6] and "Promenade".

Personal life

Meyer married screenwriter and film director Deborah Kaplan on October 14, 2001 and has two daughters with her, Caitlin and Clover.[7][8]

His brother, Frank Meyer, is a staffer and producer of Fresh Ink Online at[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Camp Cucamonga Cody
1991 Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Spencer
1995 Clueless Travis Birkenstock
Payback Jim's Son
1996 Craft, TheThe Craft Mitt
Escape from L.A. Surfer
1997 Prefontaine Pat Tyson
Touch Greg Czarnicki
1998 Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Keller Coleman
Can't Hardly Wait Walter, Lovebürger Lead Singer Uncredited
54 Greg Randazzo
1999 Go Tiny
Insider, TheThe Insider Sharon's Son
Tail Lights Fade Cole
2000 Road Trip Josh Parker
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Marco
Rat Race Nick Schaffer
Kate & Leopold Charlie McKay
2002 Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio Pinocchio Voice acting; Razzie: Worst Actor[10]
2004 Garfield: The Movie Jon Arbuckle
Blast Jamal
2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded Ray Peyton
Rebound Tim Fink
2006 Caffeine Dylan
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Jon Arbuckle
Ted's MBA Ted Meyers Also known as Corporate Affairs
2007 Blue State John Logue
2008 Stag Night Tony
2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Paul Mead
2012 Geezers! Breckin
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Potato Head Kids Spud Voice acting
1988 Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder Years Gary Cosey Episode: "The Heart of Darkness"
1995 The Home Court Mike Solomon
2000–2009 King of the Hill Joseph Gribble Voice acting
2001 Inside Schwartz Adam Schwartz
2003 Married to the Kellys Tom Wagner
2005–present Robot Chicken Various Characters Voice acting, producer, writer
2008 House Brandon Episode: "Adverse Events"
Heroes Frack Episode: "The Eclipse"
Phineas and Ferb Lil Voice acting
2009 Party Down Michael
Titan Maximum Commander Palmer Voice acting
2011–2014 Franklin & Bash Jared Franklin Lead role
2012–2014 Men at Work Creator, writer
2016 Second Chance Wally
2016 Family Guy S&M Guy Voice acting


  1. According to the State of Minnesota. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002. Searchable at
  2. Breckin Meyer Biography (1974-)
  3. according to an extra on the 50 First Dates DVD
  4. Breckin Meyer Biography - Yahoo! Movies Archived March 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. according to an interview on Conan, retrieved 24 September 2014
  6. "New video from Street Sweeper Social Club for "100 Little Curses"". 18 June 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  7. Breckin and Keaton Meyer: Tennis for Two!
  8. Breckin Meyer and wife split up
  9. "G4's Frank Meyer Interviews His Brother Breckin Meyer".
  10. Wilson, John. "The 23rd Annual RAZZIE "Winners"". The Razzies. Retrieved 18 March 2016.

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