Canada’s Walk of Fame is a series of maple leaf-like stars that are embedded in the sidewalks of Toronto, and it features the accomplishments of different renowned accomplished professionals in their respective fields. But who was the first American to get a spot on Canada’s Walk of Fame?
Brendan Fraser was the first American-born actor to be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in March 2006. He became famous for his works in The Mummy series and George of the Jungle.
Who is Brendan Fraser?
Brendan James Fraser was born to Canadian parents in Indianapolis, Indiana, on December 3, 1968. He was the fourth born and the youngest among his siblings. His father was a dual American-Canadian citizen and worked as a tourism executive. Their family often relocated because of his father’s field of work.
Fraser attended Canada College Preparatory School in Toronto, Canada, where he graduated in 1987 and returned to the US for College. Acting started to be appealing to the young Fraser after visiting London during a family holiday in his childhood, watching a show in the West End theater district. He began performing in Seattle as a young teenager, working with the Laughing Horse Summer Theater.
Fraser first appeared in Dogfight in 1991. He only had a small stint as an actor. After the said film, his career as an actor started taking off and was soon followed by more films like Encino Man, a 1992 comedy film. Fraser played one of the leading roles as Link and was nominated as Most Promising Actor in the 1993 Chicago Film Critics Association awards. It was the same year he appeared in the film School Ties.
Fraser also appeared in films like Airheads (1994), George of the Jungle (1997), Dudley Do-Right (1999), and a franchise of the famous movie series, The Mummy (1999). (Source: Canada’s Walk of Fame)
What Was The Impact Of George Of The Jungle In His Career?
The Disney family and comedy film adaptation of the classic television series George of the Jungle was shown in 1997, was a successful movie that starred Fraser as the lead role, George. He was 29 then. This marked the peak of his career. (Source: Nine)
Why Did Brendan Fraiser Stop Acting?
Amidst his fame and glory in the 90s to early 2000s, Fraser suddenly disappeared from the limelight, and many people wondered why.
In one of his interviews with GQ magazine in 2018, one of the leading American international men’s magazines in America, he claimed to have been blacklisted in Hollywood. He alleged that he was sexually assaulted by one of the former presidents of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, HFPA, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2003, which led to his depression. (Source: Nine)
Where Is Brendan Fraser Now?
Fraser is 53 years old and paving his way back into the limelight. He appeared in one of the newly made films, Killers of the Flower Moon, produced and directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Eric Roth.
Another well anticipated psychological drama movie, The Whale, where he will be playing the lead role, Charlie, a 272 kg middle-aged gay man trying to reconcile with his estranged teen daughter after leaving his family for his lover while his health deteriorates. (Source: Nine)