Brendan James Fraser (born December 3, 1968) is an American-Canadian actor. Fraser was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Canadians Carol Mary (née Genereux) and Peter Fraser.

His mother was a sales counselor, and his father was a former journalist who worked as a Canadian foreign service officer for the Government Office of Tourism. His maternal uncle, George Genereux, was the only Canadian to win a gold medal in the 1952 Summer Olympics, at the 'Olympic Trap'.

He has three older brothers: Kevin, Regan, and Sean. He has Irish, Scottish, German, Czech, and French-Canadian ancestry. He holds dual American and Canadian citizenship. Fraser's family moved often during his childhood, living in Eureka, California; Seattle, Washington; Ottawa, Ontario; the Netherlands; and Switzerland.

He is best known for playing 'Rick O'Connell' in 'The Mummy' trilogy (1999, 2001, 2008), as well as for leading roles in numerous comedy and fantasy films. Fraser speaks fluent French, and serves on the board of directors for FilmAid International.

The stunts Fraser performed in his action roles eventually required him to undergo several surgeries over a period of seven years, including a partial knee replacement, a laminectomy, and vocal cord surgery.

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