Celebrity Birthday of the Day – December 3

Y’know, I like Brendan Fraser. Sure, it’s mostly because of his roles in the first Mummy movie, on Scrubs, in Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and in Gods and Monsters – just about all of his other films are, well, pretty dumb – but I feel like he’s always enthusiastic about his work, even if it’s silly. Fraser began acting in college and had originally only planned to visit Los Angeles on his way to attending graduate school, but wound up deciding to stay and work in the movies. His first role was in an America’s Most Wanted reenactment, but the role that drew him into the limelight was his part in the Pauly Shore movie Encino Man. That same year he also appeared opposite two other rising stars – Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – in School Ties, as well as appearing with Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi in Airheads. In 1998, Fraser’s film George of the Jungle turned out to be a bit of a hit, and Fraser started appearing in many comedies following it, including Blast From the Past, Bedazzled and Monkeybone. The Mummy was his biggest commercial success, and spawned two sequels (neither of which I count among his best work). His latest film was the critically panned Furry Vengeance, but in spite of the bad reviews, Fraser continues to work hard in the film industry, with no fewer than six movies set to be released over the next year. Fraser turns 43 today.

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