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"Life is not about making dough or how many movies you can make in a year. It's about finding someone that you can share things with."

Freddie James Prinze Jr. (born March 8, 1976 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor, writer, and producer.

Prinze is perhaps best known for starring in a string of youth-oriented films throughout the mid-late '90s, such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, Summer Catch, and She's All That. He also starred in both live-action Scooby-Doo movies as Fred Jones, and Freddie, a sitcom he co-created.

Outside of live-action film and television, Prinze has also done some voiceover work in animated works and video games. Most notably, he portrays James Vega in the Mass Effect universe, Iron Bull in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Kanan Jarrus in Star Wars: Rebels.

Prinze is married to actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, with whom he has two children. They met while filming I Know What You Did Last Summer, and also appeared together (as love interests) in the Scooby Doo films and Rebels (as enemies).


His father, the late Freddie Prinze, was also an actor, best known for his starring role on the '70s sitcom Chico and the Man.

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Freddie Prinze Jr. provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Ambiguously Brown: Prinze is half-Puerto Rican on his father's side and is fluent in Spanish, but many of his roles don't reflect that heritage; justified in that he's fairly white-passing.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father, Freddie Prinze Sr., died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds less than a year after his birth.
  • Happily Married: Fifteen years and counting to Sarah Michelle Gellar though they actually met twenty years ago.
  • Hostility on the Set: He revealed at a Comic-Con that he hated working on 24 and working with Kiefer Sutherland.
    I did 24; it was terrible. I hated every moment of it. Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That's not me talking trash, I'd say it to his face. I think everyone that's worked with him has said that. I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.
  • Lying Creator: To prevent spoilers, during the last season of Star Wars: Rebels, he responded to questions about Kanan's date that Dave Filoni talked to him about what's next for Kanan, which was supposedly very extensive. Turns out he was lying (or possibly didn't mean it in the immediate future), because Kanan ends up dead a couple of episodes later. It was also later revealed that he had been asking Filoni to kill him off for a while already.
  • Old Shame: Averted; he doesn't regret doing the two Scooby-Doo movies. In fact, he embraces it.
    • During one of his streams, a viewer commented that he should play the video game adaptation of the movie. Freddie laughed and responded that he would if it exists (in fact, there are two games on the Game Boy Advance that adapt both movies).
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • To anyone that grew up in the 2000s, he's most well-known for his role as Fred Jones in the first two Scooby-Doo movies.
      • "Hey! Dorky chicks like you [Velma] turn me on too!"
      • "I think Coolsville sucks!"
  • Promoted Fanboy: Prinze is an avid gamer, and (to date) has voiced major roles in two video game franchises. He's also a fan of anime, which is kind of realized in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost and Star Wars: Rebels.
  • Romance on the Set: He met wife Sarah Michelle Gellar while filming I Know What You Did Last Summer, and they played one another's love interest in the Scooby Doo films.
  • Silver Fox: His hair going grey in middle age hasn't undermined his good looks in the slightest.
  • What Could Have Been:


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Velma's Song

Velma does a drunken rendition of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"...only the drinks she consumed were non-alcoholic.

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