Freddie Prinze Jr.

Freddie Prinze Jr.

Prinze at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 29, 2007
Born Freddie James Prinze Jr
(1976-03-08) March 8, 1976
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Education La Cueva High School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Sarah Michelle Gellar (m. 2002)
Children 2
Parent(s) Freddie James Prinze (deceased)

Freddie James Prinze Jr (/ˈprɪnz/; born March 8, 1976)[1] is an American actor. He starred in several films, such as I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), She's All That (1999), Scooby-Doo (2002), and its sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). Prinze has also had recurring and starring roles in television shows, including Friends (2002), Boston Legal (2004), Freddie (2005–06), but the best known of which is his role as Cole Ortiz on the main cast of the FOX hit espionage thriller 24 (2010). He is currently the voice of Kanan Jarrus in the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.

He is the husband of Sarah Michelle Gellar and worked for WWE as a producer and director.

Early life

Prinze was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the only child of actor-comedian Freddie Prinze and real estate agent Katherine (Kathy) Elaine Barber (née Cochran);[2] b. 1950).[1] On January 29, 1977, Prinze's father died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, less than a year after Prinze was born. Prinze grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was raised Roman Catholic,[3][4] embraces his Hispanic heritage (his paternal grandmother was Puerto Rican),[5][6] and speaks Spanish.[6] After graduating from high school in 1994, Prinze moved to Los Angeles to audition for television roles.[7][8]


Television and film

Prinze was cast in a guest role on the ABC TV series Family Matters in 1995. He then appeared in a few programs and made-for-TV movies, before making his motion picture debut in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday in 1996. In subsequent years, Prinze experienced success with appearances in youth-oriented movies. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and its sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), made him well-known among teenage audiences. In his first leading role, the romantic comedy She's All That (1999), he was very successful at the box office. The film grossed $63 million in the United States.[9]

Subsequently, he had leading roles in Wing Commander (1999), Down to You (2000), Boys and Girls (2000), Head over Heels (2001) and Summer Catch (2001), most of which were generally disliked by critics[10] and had moderate box office success.[11]

In 2002, he played Fred Jones in the live action film version of the popular cartoon, Scooby-Doo, and reprised the role in the 2004 sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, both alongside his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar. He guest starred on the popular NBC show, Friends, as a sensitive male nanny named Sandy on the series' 200th episode. He also appeared as Donny Crane, a character believed to be Denny Crane's son in the ABC legal drama-comedy Boston Legal. Prinze starred in his own television sitcom, titled Freddie. The sitcom is said to depict some actual events from his life, and lasted one season before being canceled in May 2006. He guest starred on George Lopez for a crossover with Freddie. In 2004, Prinze accepted a special award from TV Land on behalf of his late father. He thanked his father's former co-star, Della Reese, for her continued advice and support. In 2006, he lent his voice to the character of Pi in the computer-animated film Shark Bait. Also in 2007, he lent his voice to the character of Rick in Happily N'Ever After along with his wife Gellar, Wallace Shawn, Andy Dick, George Carlin, and Sigourney Weaver. In 2008, he auditioned for Jigsaw in Punisher: War Zone, but was not given the part at the decision of Lionsgate Studios.[12] In 2010, Prinze guest starred on Psych as Dennis, a grade school friend of Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster.

He also voiced Tim and Jim Possible in the Kim Possible movie Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2008–2009)

Prinze is a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was seen on television in attendance at the March 2008 WrestleMania XXIV pay-per-view and its preceding Hall of Fame ceremony. He also made a cameo on an episode of The Dirt Sheet, an online program hosted by wrestlers John Morrison and The Miz,[13] and had created an official profile on WWE's "Universe" blog community where he would regularly write his thoughts about the current goings-on in the world of the WWE. His relationship with the company was furthered when he was hired as a member of the creative staff to contribute to weekly television and pay-per-view programming[14] for the SmackDown brand.[15] It was reported on February 22, 2009 that Prinze and WWE had parted ways.


In March 2009, it was announced that Prinze had signed on to star as Bradley, aka Ultimatum in the ABC show No Heroics, a U.S. remake of the British show of the same name.[16][17][18] The show was not picked up, but Prinze was cast as a series regular for the eighth season of the television show 24, where he played Cole Ortiz, a new CTU operative.[19]

On August 17, Prinze appeared on Raw as a special guest host, where he was assaulted by then WWE Champion Randy Orton after refusing to bail Orton out of his tag team match with John Cena, who was due to challenge him in the upcoming SummerSlam.[20] Prinze later returned to the program and got his payback during Orton's match with Cena against Big Show and Chris Jericho, by setting up a lumberjack match involving Mark Henry, Primo, Evan Bourne, Kofi Kingston, MVP and Jamie Noble.

Return to WWE (2010–2012)

Prinze returned to WWE on October 1, 2010, in a role as producer and director.[21] On the November 1, 2010 episode of Monday Night RAW, Prinze made an on screen appearance as Vince McMahon's doctor, a dream sequence scene that coincided with Linda McMahon's attempt to win a seat in the Senate for the state of Connecticut.[22][23]

Voice acting

He voiced a pilot in a Vatta's War: Trading in Danger graphic audio book. Prinze voiced the character Lieutenant James Vega in Mass Effect 3.[24] He returned to the role of James Vega again for the animated feature film Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, dubbed by FUNimation. In 2014, it was announced he had joined the cast of Star Wars Rebels as the voice of Kanan, one of the last surviving Jedi knights.[25] In 2014, Prinze voiced The Iron Bull, a Qunari mercenary, in the role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition.[26]


Prinze, a known avid gamer, started streaming a variety of different games and is a partner on

Personal life

Prinze married actress Sarah Michelle Gellar on September 1, 2002, in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, in western Mexico. The couple met several years before, while filming I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997),[27] started dating in 2000 and were engaged in April 2001. They also co-starred in Scooby Doo (2002), and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). Gellar and Prinze have two children together.[28][29]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Joey Bost
1997 The House of Yes Anthony Pascal
1997 Sparkler Brad
1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer Ray Bronson
1998 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Ray Bronson
1999 She's All That Zachary "Zack" Siler
1999 Wing Commander Lt. Christopher Blair
2000 Down to You Alfred "Al" Connelly
2000 Boys and Girls Ryan Walker
2001 Head Over Heels Jim Winston
2001 Summer Catch Ryan Dunne
2002 Scooby-Doo Fred Jones
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Fred Jones
2006 Shark Bait Pisces "Pi" Voice
2006 Happily N'Ever After Rick Voice
2007 Brooklyn Rules Michael Turner
2007 New York City Serenade Owen
2008 Jack and Jill vs. the World Jack
2008 Delgo Delgo Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Family Matters Tough Guydd Episode: "The Gun"
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Jeff Episode: "Too Soon for Jeff"
1997 Detention: The Siege at Johnson High Aaron Sullivan Movie
1998 Vig Tony Movie
2000 Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak Himself Television Special
2002 Frasier Mike (voice) Episode: "Juvenilia"
2002 Friends Sandy Episode: "The One with the Male Nanny"
2003 Kim Possible: A Sitch In Time Future Jim / Future Tim Movie
2006 George Lopez Freddie Moreno Episode: "George Gets Cross Over Freddie"
2005–06 Freddie Freddie Moreno Also producer and writer
22 episodes
2004–06 Boston Legal Donny Crane 3 episodes
2007 Atlanta Eric Movie
2008–09 WWE Raw Himself / Host 2 episodes; also writer
2009 No Heroics Bradley / Ultimatium Movie
2010 24 Cole Ortiz 24 episodes
2010 Psych Dennis Episode: "Not Even Close, Encounters"
2012 Happy Valley Noah Movie
2005; 2011–12 Robot Chicken Fred Jones / Announcer / Diego Marquez (voices) 3 episodes
2013 Witches of East End Leo Wingate 2 episodes
2013–14 Bones Danny Beck 2 episodes
2014–present Star Wars Rebels Kanan Jarrus (voice) 32 episodes and TV movie[30]
2016–present First Impressions Himself


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Shooting Gallery Jericho Hudson Also producer
2012 Mass Effect: Paragon Lost Lieutenant James Vega Voice

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2012–2013 Mass Effect 3 Lieutenant James Vega
2014–2015 Dragon Age: Inquisition Iron Bull
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0[31] Kanan Jarrus

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1996 Golden Globe Awards Mr. Golden Globe Won
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Horror I Know What You Did Last Summer Nominated
1999 Won
1999 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Actor She's All That
Alma Awards Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film in a Crossover Roll I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Chemistry for Sexiest Love Scene (Shared with Rachael Leigh Cook) She's All That Won
MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Duo (Shared with Rachael Leigh Cook) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Actor Down to You Won
Choice Chemistry (Shared with Julia Stiles) Nominated
2000 Alma Awards Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film She's All That
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Comedy/Romance
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Couple Won
2002 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Comedy Actor Scooby Doo Nominated
Choice Chemistry (Shared with Sarah Michelle Gellar)

See also


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  4. Associated, Press (February 10, 2009). "Prinze brings his family values to 'Freddie'". Early Today. Retrieved April 29, 2010.
  5. "Hispanic - September 2005 - Cover Story". Hispanic Magazine. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008.
  6. 1 2 Jacobs, Jay S. (2007-05-12). "Freddie Prinze, Jr. & Mena Suvari". Retrieved 2007-10-12.
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  8. joeyguse (2010-11-27). "The Tragic Side of Comedy- Freddie Prinze". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
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  15. Ross, Jim (2008-07-31). "Give Adamle a Chance... McCain's Former MMA Views Concern me... Smackdown's Closing segment Friday night is a classic... SNME...". JR's Blog. Archived from the original on August 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-02. Freddie Prinze Jr. is going to be involved creatively in the Smackdown brand from what I gather.
  16. "Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins The Cast Of No Heroics". 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  17. "Freddie Prinze Jr. to Star in No Heroics U.S. Remake". Film Junk. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
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  19. "Freddie Prinze Jr. "hated every moment" of 24, disses Kiefer Sutherland".
  20. "WWE > Big star leaves WWE's creative team". Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  21. "Various News: Big Brother Star Offered TNA Deal, Freddie Prinze, Jr. Back With WWE, More". October 13, 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  22. " - Page not found". WWE. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  23. LeAnne Gendreau (2012-09-27). "Vince McMahon, Freddie Prinze Jr. Get Political With Potty Humor". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  24. "Mass Effect 3 - James Vega Featurette". Gametrailers. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  25. "New STAR WARS REBELS Video Introduces Kanan, the 'Cowboy Jedi'". 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
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  28. Hochman, David (September 9, 2013). "Still Crazy: Years after Mork and Buffy, Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar hope to rope us in with a new sitcom". TV Guide. pp.16 - 19.
  29. "Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. have a new baby boy", Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2012.
  30. "Spark of Rebellion". Star Wars Rebels. October 3, 2014. Event occurs at 43:07. Disney Channel.
  31. Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.
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