Date of Birth : Mar 8th 1976
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.
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.