Freddie was born on March 8th, 1976, in Los Angeles, California and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His father, Freddie Prinze Sr., was an actor who was best known for his role on the television show Chico and the Man. Unfortunately, his father committed suicide when Freddie Jr. was only 10 months old, and he never really had the opportunity to get to know him. Still, the father's legacy lived on through the son, and from a very early age Freddie Jr. showed an interest in make-believe and acting.
He attended La Cueva High School but was a less than stellar student who always had his head in the clouds. He always showed an interest in drama however, and he became a member of both the Albuquerque Children's Theater and the Duo Drama Company at a young age. He soon began auditioning for television roles when he finally finished high school in 1994.
Freddie moved out to Los Angeles in that same year. His first little step towards an acting career came with a guest spot on Family Matters. More guest spots, After School Specials and television movies followed. An attractive young star with a dark appeal, he was tailormade for boyfriend roles and bully roles.
Prinze made his big screen debut in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, a moderately successful film scribed by David Kelly (Ally McBeal, The Practice) and starring the writer's wife, Michelle Pfeiffer. In the film, Prinze plays the boyfriend of Peter Gallagher and Michelle Pfeiffer's onscreen daughter, Claire Danes. Freddie's role was small, but it introduced him into a whole new showbiz world.
Prinze landed in Hollywood at just the right time. The industry was prepping for a surge in teen-oriented programming which would be touched off by Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. By landing a role in the latter and its sequel, he was catapulted to stardom. Freddie's role in the films has proven fortunate, as they have given the visibility that is necessary for any wannabe star.
With his slasher film roles in the bag, Prinze next showed his comedic abilities in She's All That, the fun, much loved, and surprisingly successful sleeper hit of the Spring of 99. Opposite Rachel Leigh Cook, he melted hearts and amused audiences.
Freddie got a taste of real life in Hollywood when his film Wing Commander, co-starring Matthew Lillard, tanked at the box office. With Wing Commander, came many more. He landed with leading roles in "Down To You", "Head Over Heels", "Boys and Girls", and "Summer Catch". Trained in several forms of martial arts, Freddie certainly has the discipline and dedication needed to bounce back and overcome obstacles.
Off screen, Prinze is the husband of actress Sarah Michelle Gellar. The couple tied the knot in Jalisco, Mexico, South of Puerto Vallarta on September 1st 2002. They now live together in Los Angeles.
Prinze is certainly beloved of both press and people: he is Most Beautiful, Most Eligible, and Best Dressed, and his webshrines and fan clubs are legion. Prinze, who once couldn't afford college, now commands $2 million per picture.
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The She's All That star is "all that" himself. With a face the camera loves, a down-to-earth attitude, and hard-working ways, Prinze is set to be a Hollywood fixture – a famous name offspring who's truly a star in his own right.… Expand
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