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(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 â€˜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
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.
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