Freddie James Prinze Jr. (born March 8, 1976) 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 Sr., was also an actor, best known for his starring role on the '70s sitcom Chico and the Man.
- I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) as Ray Bronson
- I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) as Ray Bronson
- Wing Commander (1998) as Christopher Blair
- She's All That (1999) as Zack Siler
- Scooby-Doo (2002) as Fred Jones
- Boston Legal (2003 — 2004) as Donny Crane
- Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) as Fred Jones
- Freddie (2005 — 2006)
- Happily N'Ever After (2006) as Rick (voice)
- WWE Raw (2008 — 2009) as himself (also writer)
- 24 (2010) as Cole Ortiz
- Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (2012) as James Vega
- Mass Effect 3 (2012) as James Vega
- Witches of East End (2013) as Leo Wingate
- Bones (2013) as Danny Beck
- Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) as Iron Bull (voice)
- Star Wars Rebels (2014 — 2018) as Kanan Jarrus (voice)
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.
- Nice Guy:
- Watch his Twitch streams or even join the chatroom during a livestream. He enjoys talking to the chat while he plays.
- Likewise in his interviews and on Twitter. He even used to roleplay with a group of Star Wars roleplayers when Rebels first started.
- He's confessed that he won't play League of Legends because he's going to be obsessed with his role as a healer, which is healing people, just like he was in World of Warcraft and Overwatch.
- He has built authentic, real internet friendships (to the "ask about each other's families" level, as he puts it) with some of the people who began as merely fans, usually over discussions of some common interest — cooking, martial arts, and video games being the easiest way for this to happen. And these friendships can get pretty deep. One time, when one of his "Twitter friends" went silent due to suffering a sudden massive stroke, Prinze didn't sleep for nearly two days, waiting for word that the friend was going to make it out okay.
- 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:
- 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.
- Retired Badass: He's retired from live-action roles to be a familyman, but he's also trained in martial arts, so don't even try to mess with him.
- 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.
- What Could Have Been:
- He was almost TOM for Toonami, though it hasn't been specified if this was for the first TOM (who ended up being played by Sonny Strait) or the subsequent TOM incarnations (which Steve Blum ended playing).
- For Punisher: War Zone, according to the director, he auditioned for the part of Jigsaw and was apparently quite good but the executives told her not to cast him when they had to MAKE the director see him for an audition.