Brendan Fraser Shocks Hollywood with Emotional Oscar Win for ‘The Whale’ in 2023
Brendan Fraser is an actor who is both Canadian and American. He has been working in movies for more than 30 years. Fraser has been in some good movies, like “The Mummy” trilogy and “Crash,” but he has never been nominated for an Oscar.
But In 2023,
Brendan Frasher was on the red carpet at the Oscars in 2023. Brendan Fraser won the Oscar for best actor on Sunday for his role in the movie “The Whale.” He did so with tears in his eyes.
He started his speech by thanking the film’s director, Darren Aronofsky, “for giving me a creative lifeline.”
Fraser was nominated in the same category as Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), Paul Mescal (“Aftersun”), Austin Butler (“Elvis”), and Bill Nighy (“Living”).
Fraser said that “only whales can swim at the depth” of his co-star Hong Chau in a speech full of nautical references.
Fraser talked about his 30-year career in Hollywood and said, “There were parts of my journey that I didn’t understand until they were over.”
At the end of his emotional speech, he thanked his children and his “best first mate,” his partner Jeanne Moore. His eyes were red.
Fraser has had a great awards season. He also won a SAG Award and a Critics’ Choice Award for his role in “The Whale.” His best actor trophy is the cherry on top.
Quick Facts About the Brendan Fraser
|Parents||Carol Mary (sales counselor) and Peter Fraser (former journalist and Canadian foreign service officer for the Government Office of Tourism)|
|Mother’s Maiden Name||Genereux|
|Maternal Uncle||George Genereux (only Canadian to win a gold medal in the 1952 Summer Olympics, at the Olympic Trap)|
|Siblings||Three older brothers: Kevin, Regan, and Sean|
|Ancestry||Irish, Scottish, German, Czech, and French-Canadian|
|Citizenship||Dual Canadian and American|
|Childhood residences||Eureka, California; Seattle, Washington; Ottawa, Ontario; the Netherlands; and Switzerland|
|Education||Upper Canada College (a private boarding school in Toronto); Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle)|
|Interest in acting||Developed after attending his first professional theatre show in the West End while on vacation in London, England|
|Planned education||Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Southern Methodist University (did not complete due to decision to work in film after arriving in Hollywood)|
How Did Brendan Fraser Become a Famous Actor?
Fraser’s first role on TV was as a friend of a murder victim in a reenactment of an episode of “America’s Most Wanted” from 1998. In 1992, he got his first leading role in “Encino Man,” which he did with Pauly Shore and Sean Astin. That same year, he was also in the sports drama “School Ties.” Brendan was in “With Honors,” “The Scout,” “Airheads,” and “In the Army Now” with Pauly Shore in 1994. In 1997, he played the title role in “George of the Jungle,” which made $174.4 million at the box office.
After “George of the Jungle,” he made “Gods and Monsters” in 1998, “Dudley Do-Right” in 1999, and “The Mummy,” which made $416.4 million at the box office and had two sequels that made $435 million and $403.4 million, respectively. Fraser then acted in “Bedazzled” (2000), “The Quiet American” (2002), “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” (2003), “Crash” (2004), “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (2008), “Inkheart,” and several other movies before taking a break from movies in 2014.
Brendan is best known for his work in movies, but he has also been in many TV shows, such as “The Simpsons” (1998), “King of the Hill” (2000 and 2005), “Scrubs” (2002 and 2004), and “The Affair” (2016–2017). He also did the voice of Robotman in “Titans” (2018) and “Doom Patrol,” which came out in 2019. Fraser will play a billionaire futurist in a 10-part Swedish series called “Professionals,” which will air in 2020.
Brendan has also been successful on stage. In 2001, he played Brick in a London production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and got great reviews. He has also been an executive producer on several of his movies, including “The Last Time” (2006), “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (which made $244.2 million at the box office), “Furry Vengeance” (2010), and “Stand Off” (2012).