Freddie Prinze Jr. - Rotten Tomatoes

Freddie Prinze Jr.

Highest Rated:   62% The House of Yes (1997)
Lowest Rated:   3% Down to You (2000)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, California, USA
With his doe eyes and April-fresh skin, Freddie Prinze Jr. seemed a natural leader of the late-'90s Hollywood teen invasion. Noted as much for his looks as for his acting, Prinze has proven to have a natural appeal that has endured him to legions of fans.The beginning of Prinze's life was a turbulent one, as his father, the actor Freddie Prinze (best known for his starring role on NBC's Chico and the Man) committed suicide when the younger Prinze was only ten months old. Born in Los Angeles on March 8, 1976, Prinze moved with his mother to Albuquerque, NM, shortly after his father's death. Growing up in New Mexico, Prinze was a poor student who decided to follow in his father's celluloid footsteps. After his high-school graduation in 1994, Prinze took off for Los Angeles with little money and few prospects. However, he soon found work in Hollywood, first appearing in various television shows, including an episode of Family Matters and a few afterschool specials.The actor first broke into film as Claire Danes' boyfriend in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996). The part was a small one, but helped Prinze to secure his next and more sizeable role in The House of Yes (1997), a wicked little black comedy that starred Parker Posey as Prinze's deliciously unstable sister. The film's release was mainly limited to art houses, unlike Prinze's next film, I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). The film was a huge commercial, if not critical, success that propelled Prinze into, if not the limelight, then the hearts of many girls and more than a few boys everywhere. Following this triumph, Prinze went on to do a couple of forgettable films before the 1998 sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. The combined impact of that film and the success of Prinze's next major project, She's All That, gave the actor even greater fame and caused least one writer to dub him the next Leonardo Di Caprio. Unfortunately, Prinze's following endeavor, Wing Commander (1999), proved to be an unmitigated disappointment, serving to illustrate the extreme fluctuations of success in Hollywood. Prinze's growing popularity, however, seemed to survive relatively unscathed, judging by the slew of websites erected in his name.If there was any question that the actor's popularity was waning in the wake of Wing Commander's lackluster performance, that doubt would soon be confirmed with hard numbers, as a triple threat of romantic comedies unceremoniously removed the teen-crowd superstar crown from Prinze's head. The cookie-cutter offerings Down to You and Boys and Girls (the latter of which reteamed him with She's All That director Robert Iscove) attempted to posit Prinze as a collegiate heartthrob, but both films' mix of moony romance with gross-out gags did little to attract moviegoers of any age. Anticipation for his next starring role, alongside Jessica Biel and Matthew Lillard in 2001's Summer Catch, was understandably low; the film was even saddled with a late-August release, traditionally reserved by studios as a "dumping ground" for unpromising product. As it turned out, Summer Catch's mixed reviews proved more forgiving than its paltry $19 million take.Prinze's next project brought him out of the romantic comedy trend and into the doghouse, or at least the Mystery Machine. Re-teaming with his usual foil Lillard and starring -- yet again -- opposite his longtime love interest Sarah Michelle Gellar, Prinze took on the role of Fred in the live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo in 2002. Though almost universally panned by critics, the film reversed Prinze's dwindling status as a box-office draw by appealing to a demographic he'd yet to conquer: preteens. Not one to look a gift franchise in the mouth, Prinze signed on for another installment, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, and took nearly two years off between the blockbusters as he tied the knot with Gellar.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
$5.8k 2014
12% Delgo
  • Delgo
$0.6M 2008
25% Jack and Jill vs. the World
  • Jack
  • Executive Producer
2008
8% New York City Serenade
  • Owen
2007
45% Brooklyn Rules
  • Michael Turner Jr.
$0.3M 2007
4% Happily N'ever After
  • Rick
$151.9M 2006
No Score Yet Shark Bait
  • Pi
2006
No Score Yet East L.A. Marine: The Untold True Story of Guy Gabaldon
  • Narrator
2006
No Score Yet Shooting Gallery
  • Jericho Hudson
  • Producer
2005
22% Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
  • Fred JonesFred
$84.1M 2004
No Score Yet Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time
  • Future Jim and Tim
2003
30% Scooby-Doo
  • Fred
$153.3M 2002
8% Summer Catch
  • Ryan Dunne
$19.1M 2001
10% Head over Heels
  • Jim Winston/Bob Smouthe
$9.9M 2001
11% Boys and Girls
  • Ryan Williams
2000
3% Down to You
  • Alfred `Al' Connelly
2000
17% Sparkler
  • Brad
1999
10% Wing Commander
  • Christopher `Maverick' Blair
1999
39% She's All That
  • Zach
1999
No Score Yet Money Kings
  • Tony
1998
7% I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Ray Bronson
1998
No Score Yet Vig
  • Actor
1998
35% I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Ray Bronson
1997
62% The House of Yes
  • Anthony
1997
No Score Yet Hostage High
  • Aaron
1997
14% To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
  • Joey
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% Star Wars Rebels
2014
  • Voice
  • Actor
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet First Impressions with Dana Carvey
2016
  • Appearing
  • Host
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Danny Beck
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
90% Psych
2006-2014
  • Dennis
  • 2010
88% 24
2001-2014
  • Cole Ortiz
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet George Lopez
2002-2007
  • Freddie Moreno
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Donny Crane
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 2000

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