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What the Hell Happened to Freddie Prinze Jr?

Freddie Prinze Jr.

Freddie Prinze Jr.

For a brief time in the late 20th century, Freddie Prinze Jr. was a teen heartthrob.  He followed up a hit horror franchise with a sleeper romantic comedy and a science fiction movie that was expected to spawn a series of sequels.  After a string of you-oriented rom-coms, Prinze married one of his co-stars and seemingly rode off into the sunset.

What the hell happened?

Freddie Prinze Sr. - Chico and the Man 1974-1978

Freddie Prinze Sr. – Chico and the Man 1974-1978

Freddie Prinze Jr. was the only son of stand-up comedian and TV star, Freddy Prinze Sr.  Prinze Sr. was best-known for starring in the hit sitcom Chico and the Man.  The comedian struggled with depression and substance abuse throughout his career.  In 1975, he married Freddie Prinze Jr.’s mother and his son was born the following year.  In 1976, a few months after Prinze Jr. was born, Prinze Sr. was arrested for driving under the influence.  Following the arrest, his wife filed for divorce.

Freddie Prinze Sr.

Freddie Prinze Sr.

After a phone call from his ex-wife, Prinze Sr. was visited by his business manager.  While his manager was visiting, Prinze Sr. shot himself in the head.  He was rushed to the hospital but the wound proved fatal.

Prinze Jr. has not spoken publicly about his father’s death for most of his time in the public spotlight.  He discussed it at length for the first time in Kevin Pollak’s documentary, Misery Loves Comedy.  According to Pollak:

I’d known Freddie from his first star-making turn in She’s All That, but I knew this sweet wonderful kid. There was a part of me that knew I had to ask him if he was ready to talk about his dad on camera for the first time, but there was also a big part of me that wanted to protect him while he was doing it.

Freddie Prinze Jr. - Family Matters - 1995

Freddie Prinze Jr. – Family Matters – 1995

Prinze made his acting debut playing a high school student in an episode of the ABC sit-com, Family Matters.  Prinze’s character attends a gun drive but refuses to hand over his gun without some kind of compensation.

Freddie Prinze Jr - ABC Afterschool Specials: Too Soon for Jeff - 1996

Freddie Prinze Jr – ABC Afterschool Specials: Too Soon for Jeff – 1996

Next, Prinze starred opposite Jessica Alba in the ABC Afterschool Special, Too Soon for Jeff.  Prinze played a teen father who isn’t prepared for the responsibilities that come with raising a child.

Freddie Prinze Jr - To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday - 1996

Freddie Prinze Jr – To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday – 1996

Later that year, Prinze made his movie debut in the drama, To Gillian on Her 27th Birthday.

Peter Gallagher starred as a husband stricken by the death of his wife played by Michelle Pfeiffer.  He decides to move to the beach to be closer to his late wife who died at sea but doesn’t realize he has been neglecting his teenage daughter played by Claire Daines.

The movie was panned by critics and bombed at the box office.

Next: The House of Yes and I Know What You Did Last Summer

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Posted on April 30, 2015, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actor and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 99 Comments.

  1. This series never fails to educate. I have to confess being largely ignorant of this person’s career. Back in the day I was a fan of his late dad, Freddie Prinze, along with every other girl in the US living in a household with a working TV. We watched “Chico” for one and only one reason. His untimely death sent shock waves through our school. Over the years I noticed, now and then, that Freddie Jr. had an acting career. But I’ve just not seen the vast majority of his screen appearances. well, as you said, he appears to have carved out his own space, and it works for him and his family, so good for him!

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  2. This sounds funny, but I felt an article about this guy on the way; I think when his name was mentioned here in another article recently I thought, “Oh yeah, I can see ol’ Freddie Prinze Jr. His guy had a period from 1998-2003 in which it seemed like he would arrive, but he never went to the top.
    When he was still relatively hot, the person I was briefly married to had/has a son that resembles him facially (he’s an actor too, to this day. He’s on stage).

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  3. Yeah, the studio really botched the whole “Last Summer” title deal. Here’s a quick solve: “I Know What You Did That Summer”.

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  4. I was a huge fan of ‘She’s All That’. It arrived in cinemas when I was 17, at a time when the teen romance movie had personal resonance for me and I had (to be honest still have) a huge crush on Rachael Leigh Cook. And I don’t care how cheesy it is, the descending the staircase scene is iconic.

    (Also we got ‘Not Another Teen Movie’ out of the deal so that is a plus.)

    Also ‘Head Over Heels’ is harmless fun.

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    • I have actually only seen 4 of Prinze’s movies: I Know What You Did Last Summer, She’s All That, Scooby Doo and Scooby Doo 2. The Scooby Doo movies were pretty terrible. The other two were okay for what they were. Not Another Teen Movie (which a lot of people would consider a negative rather than a plus) was filmed at the exact same high school as She’s All That.

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      • Heh, well I know I’m in a minority admitting to like ‘She’s All That’ but in fairness to the film, its genre (teen romcom) was fairly moribund in the late 90s. I can only really think of ‘Clueless’ as an immediate predecessor. I won’t even begin to pretend to ‘She’s All That’ was better than ‘Clueless’ but in a period when teen movies were almost completely, suffocatingly dominated by horror (like ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ to pick a completely random example) I think it was fresher than it gets credit for. I do accept it probably means more to a specific age group.

        Its been years since I saw it but ‘Head Over Heels’ is actually a Monica Potter film, not a Freddie Prinze Jnr film. I mean he has a large part but he is the love interest to her protagonist.

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        • “Clueless” likely popularized or created the sub-genre during the late ’90s-early 2000s of taking classic literature and modernizing it for a young audience. “Clueless” was based on Jane Austen’s “Emma”. “She’s All That” was based on “Pygmalion”, which was previously adapted into “My Fair Lady”.

          And then there’s “10 Things I Hate About You”, which was based on “Taming of the Shrew”, “Whatever It Takes”, which was based on “Cyrano de Bergerac”, “Get Over It”, which based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” . Anyway, you get my point.

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        • Yes, good point. I think these movies had the right idea: they worked with the source material with a light touch. If you could see the parallels, great, but if you didn’t, they still worked (in general; I haven’t seen all these movies!).

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        • “Cruel Intentions” (which was previously filmed as “Dangerous Liaisons”) starring FBJ’s wife, Sarah Michelle Geller also falls into the late ’90s trend of taking classic literature and adapting it for a teen audience.

          http://offscreen.com/view/cruel_intentions

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        • I would put also “Can’t Hardly Wait” (featuring FBJ’s “I Know What You Did…” cohort, Jennifer Love Hewitt) among the ’90s, light, teen romcom boom. It wasn’t exactly based on classic literature like similar movies of the time (“Can’t Hardly Wait” plays more like a ’90s variant of “American Graffiti”), but you can argue that it along w/ “Clueless”, “She’s All That”, and “Ten Things I Hate About You” could go on the Mt. Rushmore of ’90s (at least for the latter part of the decade) teen movies.

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        • You might need another face on that mountain! The movie “Drive Me Crazy” is actually one of my favorite movies of all time. Yes, I think it’s really that good.

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      • I don’t think that it’s that hard to feel that FPJ became “box office poison” after a while. What I mean is that if he’s starring in a movie, then the chances are that it’s going to suck (at least w/ professional critics). Even he’s more noteworthy or popular films in “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “She’s All That” have been ripe for parody (i.e. the first “Scary Movie” and “Not Another Teen Movie”).

        FPJ seems to be one of those actors who was kind of at the right place at the right time. He was also more or less, really a star by association. He’s father was a hot young stand-up comedian turned sitcom star, who died tragically. He’s future wife is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. “I Know What You Did Last Summer” benefited from being apart of the late ’90s post-modern slasher movie boom that “Scream” started. “She’s All That” benefited from being apart of the late ’90s teen movie renaissance (teen movies that also functioned as romantic comedies usually) that “Clueless” started. And “Scooby Doo” was of course based on a classic Hanna-Barbara cartoon.

        I think part of FPJ’s problem besides his datable acting range is that he didn’t have a lot of male fans (if that makes sense). What I mean is that FPJ has kind of a doe-eyed look about him. Thus, it (while it may make him look like a sensitive or sincere romantic type) would be kind of hard to take him seriously as a macho, tough guy. I guess he kind of attempted that w/ “Wing Commander”, but even that didn’t connect w/ the critics and/or audiences. So at the end of the day, once he had gotten too old to really make movies for a teen/young adult (female) demographic, FPJ didn’t have a whole lot else to fall back on.

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        • Kind of agree. I don’t like the term “box office poison” because I think it is overused. There are really very few actors who will drive audiences away from a movie they otherwise would want to see. I don’t think Prinze qualified as box office poison. But he was close. As you point out, guys didn’t like him. He was like the acting equivalent of a boy band. For a short time, girls squealed over how cute he was. Guys resented him if anything. There’s a reason Sam Raimi was so harsh in his comments about not wanting him for Spider-man. But teenage girls grow out of that phase pretty quickly or move on to the next screen crush. And Prinze hadn’t done anything to get beyond that audience. So that was pretty much it for him.

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        • I think that is well put Lebeau, that he was like the screen equivalent of a boy band; interestingly enough, boy bands like N*SYNC and The Backstreet Boys were picking up steam right around the time Freddie Prinze Jr. became a strong presence in films.

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    • I was a little older than you when She’s All That came out but I also liked it, and like you I still have an RLC crush. It’s a fairly formulaic rom-com (high school subgenre), but it’s likable and has a few mildly subversive moments.

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      • I’ll always remember Rachel Leigh Cook in that Partnership for a Drug-Free America commercial in the mid 1990’s, when she wreaks the kitchen. I still think of her as “angry frying pan girl”. I feel it’s the best anti-drug commercial I’ve ever seen.

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      • I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (1997):
        http://www.cinefilestv.blogspot.com/2015/07/i-know-what-you-did-last-summer-1997.html

        Directed By: Jim Gillespie
        Written By: Kevin Williamson
        Based on the book by: Lois Duncan
        Cinematography By: Denis Crossan
        Editor: Steve Mirkovich

        Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Johnny Galecki, Anne Heche, Muse Watson, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras

        Adaptation of Lois Duncan’s thriller about four teenagers trying to cover up a hit-and-run. Love Hewitt plays Julie, a high school senior who goes trip with her friends and accidently hits a fisherman. They think he is dead and dump him into the waters. But later they get a strange letter that says “I know what you did last summer.”

        This was screenwriter Kevin Williamson’s next scripted film after the phenomenon of SCREAM that helped catapult not only the teen slasher genre to great heights and inspire a new interest in horror films. Breathing in a new oasis of interest back into the horror genre as a whole, but also focusing on a teen audience by having it star actual made teen stars like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Neve Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Who became stars on teen friendly television shows. Though interestingly gellar was the only one to continue in the genre outside of whatever franchise she was in. These films usually made the actresses into bonafide movie stars.

        Kevin Williamson wrote this script before SCREAM, but was unable to sell it. Following the big screen success of his next screenplay, SCREAM, Columbia Pictures immediately bought I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER.

        I Will admit to seeing this film in theaters 3 times. I was such a fan of it, though i will admit I was more of a fan of the film SCREAM as I told everyone I knew to go see that film when I think came out. This film seemed more disposable and common. It’s entertaining and at times tries to be a kind of frantic character study as how the events changed and shaped the characters really except for Freddie Prinze jr’s character. Who is the same before and after the incidents. Don’t know if it is the script or him who seems to have limited range. Then against hat might just be a simple way of making him into one of the more obvious suspects once the killing begins.

        That is one of the weaknesses of the film. Most of not all of the supporting characters are either suspects or victims no grey areas here. Even Brigitte Wilson-Sampras seems more like she will be intergal to the plot, but ends up being another suspect. It seems like her role was edited down as her presence seems to hint at more going on for her character in the story. in the end It doesn’t matter and maybe that was the directors intention. I also don’t know of it was the budget or the directors aim to kind of reinforce this malevolence in such a small town setting. As the film seems like brake pains to remind you this is no major city bit a small fishing town. The kills are the requisite surprising, violent only once truly thrilling as some seem more basic stage direction and Johnny Gaelecki’s character dispatch seems staged more like dressing as there is no real reason for his dispatch other then eliminating him as a suspect. Only we know though the characters don’t. Though allows The audience to push suspicion another character.

        One of the cliches that starts here for Jennifer love Hewitt is that for her beauty and sparkly personality. This film begins the trademark of all her outfits having ample cleavage that distracts or attracts more of the male audience. Who might focus on that more teen audience Anyhing else and of course it works here in a teen film and is part of the plot and character even in HEARTBREAKERS, but it seems to have followed her even into shows like GHOST WHISPERER and THE CLIENT LIST where she is more noted for her assets rather then her talents which she does have. What was smart in her career is that though she wishes she would have shown them at least once in a role on film so they could have been immortalized while she was young. I believe it was smart she never did as this is what keeps some fans coming back. The imagination of them or their own ideal where as if they were revealed. There they are could be better, could be worse, could not measure up. Either way to the myth, the legend that only a few have been witness to in her private life.

        Melissa Joan Hart turned down the role of Julie James.

        I can admit as Sarah Michelle gellar was in peril. Party of me wanted to scream out and tell her to use some of her BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER fighting moves to defend herself in all honesty it felt the same way when she was in SCREAM 2. Here she kind of steals the show as a former beauty queen who is almost a forgotten memory in her despair.

        While the film tries to stay as inventive as SCREAM. The film is smart to play by the rules in it’s own perimeters and still manages to provide some scares.

        It’s still a treat to watch not as strong as I remember it to be, but one of the better slashers. That manages to stay clean and not be as exploitive.

        Kind of wish they would return to the scream queen roots. As I miss Jennifer Love Hewitt on screen.

        You pretty much know what is going to happen. It’s fun for an exercise of the genre and with the usual results

        Now i won’t deny that what certainly helps the teenage male demographic other then violence is that this is the beginning of Jennifer Love Hewitt showcasing an abundance of skin and wearing flattering, revealing tops in lot’s of her roles. Which unfortunately kind of followed her most of her career as it seems while a good actress. What most focused on and how she was marketed was mainly due to the cleavage and I unfortunately for audiences never went nude or topless in any role though always seemed a possibility.

        The film is unrelated to Lois Duncan’s young adult novel. Though with a similar title imam sure helped build an audience who were fans of the book.

        Lois Duncan has stated openly that she hates the movie, because the filmmakers turned her book into a slasher film. She especially detested it in the wake of her 18-year-old daughter’s murder in 1989.

        The film was criticized as being a SCREAM clone which Isn’t that surprising considering it was written by the same screenwriter KEVIN WILLIAMSON. Though I think it is a lazy comparison as yes he creates a world where characters are usually young hyper intelligent and talkative with snapping dialogue and usually get caught up in horrific events with many film and pop culture references. Though in scream there was more of a meta dark comedy. Here while sown times funny the film plays more like a slasher film including the cliches and the fake scares. That seem more dramatic and desperate for the characters. So of course it will seem similar as it plays to the same sensibilities to a point. It also seemed to not only bring horror back as a genre but specifically the slasher genre. That can easily become labeled more of a thriller. I believe it all depends on body count, levels of violence (which this film has a more relaxed example rather then extreme) and main storyline. (After all is it just murders for murders sake. Some kind of revenge tale underneath, or does it revolve around an initial killing. Is it supernatural?) this film has great thriller elements that seem more organic then dreamed up as set pieces. Which sometimes can take one out of the film completely.

        I will say the second half of the movie is more solid as that is where most of the violence and scares come into play. The first half is more story and a killing here or there to remind you what type of film it is, until finally the killer seems to have had enough of playtime and now it is time to get to work. While setting up a believe or slice of small town life. As it gets better since the characters supposed psychological toll from the accident and what they did after seems plausible, but hardly believable to the degree that supposedly it placed on them individually.

        Max’s Murder was added in re-shoots. It was decided that the killer, who remained mostly in shadows for the first half of the film, worked on a suspense level; but never provided a tangible threat to the main characters. The murder was then filmed to show the audience that, indeed, this character was a deadly threat to the four leads.

        I can admit that for me scream and this film became a gateway drug into a horror obsession as before these films I was more squeamish and had seen a few. More on television in edited versions then the basic rated R cuts. So I kicked around the genre. The. After seeing how these films made me feel I. A theater the rushing emotions and the way they affected you. I wanted to keep having that feeling and be that enchanted by a film so that is what made me seek the genre out more.

        This is a solid little film that seems like it was a bit misjudged by it’s obvious marketing angle to teens. While the film serves them more as an spectacle. It doesn’t mean older audience members or fans of the genre wouldn’t enjoy it. Even if not one of the sterling examples, it is one of the better ones. That is smart yet nor as comedic and has more heart. Maybe not as well made and scary as some others like SCREAM, but it earns and deserves it’s respect.

        I mean the hit show PRETTY LITTLE LIARS has been running on a similar type premise for many seasons.

        Aside from the characters names and the teens hitting someone with their car, the plot is almost completely different for the original novel. In the novel they did not hit a fisherman but a young boy who was the brother of one of Helen’s new friends. In addition, No one dies in the book. Barry is shot with a gun but survives and Julie comes to a close encounter and was almost choked by Collie, the boys brother, but Ray hits him with a club.

        The film originally had a different ending, where Julie James is chatting with Ray online, she gets the pool party invitation, and then another person starts a chat with her typing in, “I still know.” Then the killer jumps out on her. This ending was used as a teaser trailer for the sequel.

        GRADE: B-

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  5. Prinze makes the list of WatchMojo’s Top 10 Actors Who Walked Away from Fame

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  6. Great article, as always!

    I saw “She’s All That” again last year. That’s a pretty good movie! The dad’s answers to Jeopardy questions are laugh-out-loud hilarious. RLC is very good. FPJ is good too. Oh, Matthew Lillard is hilarious. There are just a bunch of things that add up to a fun flick.

    OK, now it’s time for the Rachel Leigh Cook WTTH. She seemed set to be a star with “Josie and the Pussycats” (underrated), and then… zilcho. She is super cute and a very good actress. I guess her window of opportunity for playing young and hot chicks is over, but I do wish to know WTTH…

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    • Cook will definitely be showing up here eventually. I feel like there was a generation of actors in the late nineties/early aughts that just disappeared. Maybe there were too many of them and they became interchangeable. But off the top of my head, I don’t think any of them have gone on to big screen success.

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      • I guess people like FPJ were part of the “Kevin Williamson/WB Network Pack” (if you want to make a Brat Pack analogy).

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      • There was a sizable cohort of actors associated with one or more of 1) mid/late 90s TV shows with a teen orientation, many of them on the WB network, 2) the spate of horror films inspired by the success of Scream, and 3) teen rom-coms like Clueless/She’s All That/10 Things I Hate About You. I can think of a very few who have, arguable, had really successful film careers. Heath Ledger definitely had the start of a really big career going before his death, and Mila Kunis is at least a medium-level star. And Michelle Williams is definitely a very-respected actress even if she isn’t a really big box office star. Maybe a couple more, but not many.

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        • That’s what I mean. People talk about how the Brat Pack disappeared in 1990. But really, they fared a lot better than the CW/Scream/She’s All That/10 Things/American Pie crowd.

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        • Yeah, no kidding; the brat pack group have all had some type of success outside that umbrella, while the late 1990’s/early 200’s group has basically vanished (where’s Marla Sokoloff?).

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        • I think you covered the people who had success away from that late 1990’s- early 2000’s bubble; maybe we can add Aaron Paul and James Franco?

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        • I’ve never really associated James Franco with the crowd I was talking about, although checking his filmography I see he did do one teen rom-com (the forgettable “Whatever It Takes”). There were certainly actors who are close contemporaries of Prinze/Cook/Sarah Michelle Gellar/Jennifer Love Hewitt/etc. who have been very successful–but they didn’t follow the teen TV show/high school rom-com/hip horror film path. In the late 1990s Reese Witherspoon, for example, was mostly doing edgy films like Freeway, Election, etc. Jessica Chastain (who is actually younger than Witherspoon) hadn’t even started working in the industry–she was doing stage work and going to Juilliard. And so on…

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        • Fair enough with James Franco (he’s probably more with the “freaks and Geeks” crowd anyway) and yeah, Reese Witherspoon is a totally different category, especially since she was in films as a kid back in the early 1990’s (such as “The Man in the Moon”).
          Jessica Chastain is in a category all to herself as well, since her film career began after this late 1990’s/early 2000’s young actor boon.

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        • James Franco was also in “Never Been Kissed” (I think it was his first major film role) w/ Drew Barrymore and past WTHHT subject Leelee Sobieski, which also falls into the post-“Clueless”, ’90s teen rom-com boom.

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        • Also, if you include these names in consideration from the previous you may include Ryan Gosling (A former Mickey Mouse Musketeer, lead star of “Young Hercules” and former guest star of “Are You Affraid in the Dark”), Joseph Gordon-Levitt and perhaps Anne Hathaway (“Get Real”)

          But agree, few names can survive from that generation. This reminds me a 1999 Vanity Fair cover. Only Penelope Cruz fits with the succesful career as an international star, albeit Paul Walker and Wes Bentley have a mention

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        • Joesph Gordon-Levitt crossed my mind, but since he was first known from the successful “Third Rock From the Sun” series (Unrelated: I like the song of the same title by Joe Diffie), I ruled him out.

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        • Yeah, he was in 10 Things. But mostly he was that kid from Third Rock. He had the good sense not to peak too soon.

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        • There’s certainly actors who are about the same age as Prinze who are successful now. But there aren’t many who were stars (or even rising stars) back then who are still doing well today. Some of them are working. Gellar is doing better than a lot of them. But most of them faded from the spotlight pretty quickly.

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        • ’90s Brat Pack:
          http://www.freddieprinzejr.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=616#

          In my opinion, I think that the ”cast” of this generation could be:

          Freddie Prinze Jr.
          Sarah Michelle Gellar
          Ryan Phillippe
          Jennifer Love Hewitt
          Resse Witherspoon
          Breckin Meyer
          Alicia Silverstone
          Neve Campbell
          Melissa Joan Hart
          Jerry O’Connell

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    • “Josie and the Pussycats” is one of those movies that looking back, was probably a victim of poor marketing. It was a movie ripping the late ’90s early 2k’s to shreds pop culture, and they marketed it directly to the people they made fun of and not to the non-mainstream music fans.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0236348/reviews-165

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      • I have to agree, since that film had an edge to it. I’m pretty fond of it actually (even got my fiance at the time a “Josie and the Pussycat” ears headband).

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    • 12 Ridiculously Sexist Movie Scenes That Prove Hollywood Hates Women:
      http://whatculture.com/film/12-ridiculously-sexist-movie-scenes-that-prove-hollywood-hates-women.php/6

      Laney’s Makeover – She’s All That

      The Scene: Zach (Freddie Prinze. Jr) employs the help of his sister Mac (Anna Paquin) to give local weirdo Laney (Rachel Leigh Cook) a makeover, ditching her glasses, ponytail and paint-covered overalls for a shorter, sleeker haircut, contact lenses and an undeniably gorgeous, form-fitting dress.

      Why It’s Sexist: She’s All That may be a modern take on both Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, but that doesn’t mean it’s not sexist in its own right. Zach is only really interested in Laney to win a bet…until he finds out that with a few alterations, she’s actually pretty hot, at which point he miraculously reforms his ways and appears to have a genuine interest in her.

      The audience is supposed to feel gratified by their getting together at the end, but in honesty, the message here seems to be: ditch a solid chunk of your individuality and focus more on your appearance than anything, because that’s how you get the cute jock douche you’re horrendously ill-suited for.

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  7. I always have a soft spot for the movie “She’s All That”, as I was big on the rom com genere as a teen. I remember seeing it in theaters 2-3 times. I remember the girls in middle school lusting over FPJ around this time. Granted he wasn’t that great of an actor, but I’ll always consider myself a fan of he just happened to star in movies that I liked. I thought he played Freddie very well in Scooby Doo tho. Underrated performance

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  8. Sarah Michelle Gellar:
    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/9296356-sarah-michelle-gellar

    She was gorgeous in Cruel Intentions. That film is a little guilty pleasure of mine and of course she did nicely in Buffy. Soon after it went off the air I read that she was taking Freddie’s surname and trying for a baby. Now I guess she’s a Republican stay at home mom?

    And Freddie’s looks are gone too. He used to be very cute.
    —Anonymous
    reply 8
    06/09/2010

    I have some vague memory after Buffy ended of Freddie making some comment about how Sarah was ‘too good’ for TV now, which, coming from her co-star in the Scooby-Doo films, I think cheesed a lot of people in TV off.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if either she took his ‘advice’ or his comments worked against her.
    —Anonymous
    reply 9
    06/09/2010

    She was on one of the best shows of all time playing one of the most (now) iconic characters of all-time.
    She’s not into stunts. She’s not controversial. She married Freddie Prinze Jr. the dullest actor alive. She just does NOTHING to stay in the public’s mind.
    After some strong choices (I Know …, Scream 2, Cruel Intentions, The Grudge), she went the “young actress career killer” route – the ROMANTIC COMEDY. Once an actress goes down this path, few survive (see Kate Hudson) and SMG was just another casualty.
    —Anonymous
    reply 81
    04/09/2011

    How did Freddie Prinze Jr go from being so hot to so ugly, so quickly?
    —Anonymous
    reply 95

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  9. What is Freddie Prinze Jr. Doing Now? What Happened to Freddie Prinze Jr.?

    http://gazettereview.com/2015/06/freddie-prinze-jr-now-update/

    For a period of about ten years, Freddie Prinze, Jr. was the guy all the teen girls wanted to see and the guy all the teen boys wanted to be. The crowned prince of teen flicks first rose to prominence with I Know What You Did Last Summer and then starred in a seemingly never-ending series of romantic comedies, teen dramas, and live-action remakes. The young star’s movie success did come to an end though, and by 2008, he had stopped making movies altogether. What happened to the boyishly handsome Prinze and where did he go?

    Prinze was the first and only son of Freddie Prinze, Sr., acclaimed Chicano stand-up comedian and actor. The star of the mid-seventies sitcom Chico and the Man, Prinze Sr. famously committed suicide when his son was still an infant. Prinze, Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps after high school, pursuing acting in his native city of Los Angeles. He found a few small roles on TV shows and TV movies before his natural charm and good looks attracted the attention of Columbia Pictures, who cast him in the horror movie I Know What You Did Last Summer.

    Starring alongside other rising teen stars including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Jennifer Love Hewitt, who was already famous as the young lead of Party of Five, Prinze achieved name recognition on his very first film outing as the movie was incredibly successful at the box office. The slasher film features the teenage cast being stalked by a killer who knows their dark secret, and it spawned two direct sequels and any number of copycats. Prinze and Hewitt also starred in the sequel released the following year. The two movies together grossed almost $200 million and opened many doors for the young Prinze.

    Prinze would go on to make a series of teen comedies and dramas in the following years. In 1999, he starred alongside it-girl Rachael Leigh Cook in She’s All That, a modern adaptation of the classic musical My Fair Lady. In the film, Prinze picks the most ugly, unpopular girl in his high school to prove to his friends that his influence can make anybody hip, well-liked, and attractive. The film was a smash hit in the teen romantic comedy genre. The same year, Prinze lead the cast of the film adaptation Wing Commander, based on the successful video game series of the same name. Drawing from science fiction epics and space operas like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Ender’s Game, the film was about human star fighters warring against a cat-like humanoid species bent on our destruction. The film was heavily panned and lost millions of dollars. It marked the first major failure for Freddie Prinze Jr.

    Prinze had little more success with the string of romantic comedies that followed: Down to You, Boys and Girls, Head Over Heels, and Summer Catch. Each of these four films holds a 10% critical approval rating or worse on review aggregator sites like Rotten Tomatoes and each film lost money at the box office. Prinze was quickly developing a bad reputation in Hollywood that he would need to repair or outgrow as his teen years came to an end.

    The two live-action remakes of Scooby-Doo that came out in the early 2000’s brought a moderate amount of success back to Prinze, who starred as team leader Fred. The first big budget Warner Brothers Scooby-Doo film, which featured a computer animated Scooby, was a hit with kids and at the Teen Choice Awards, grossing almost $300 million at the box office. It featured the reuniting of the “gang” from the classic cartoons, who piled into the Mystery Machine to solve a crime at a horror resort called Spooky Island. The first Scooby-Doo film also reunited Prinze with former I Know What You Did Last Summer starlet Sarah Michelle Gellar, whose fame as Buffy the Vampire Slayer now eclipsed Prinze’s career struggles completely. The two were wed shortly after the film was released. Prinze, Gellar, and their costars returned for the similarly successful sequel.

    Despite Prinze’s financial and romantic success with the Scooby-Doo films however, his performances were considered poor, and his career never saw another hit. Prinze appeared in a couple smaller films, like New York City Serenade and Jack and Jill vs. the World, and he leant his voice to several animated features. One of these animated features, Delgo, was a stunning critical and commercial flop. Widely considered a record holder for the worst opening for a film of its size, it had an estimated viewership average as low as two viewers per screening. Delgo is also generally considered the lowest-grossing computer-animated film of all time. More importantly, it marked the final nail in Prinze’s film career coffin.

    Since Delgo’s record setting failure, Prinze has made a few TV cameo appearances and has become involved with world of professional wrestling, as an announcer and creative consultant. While has relationship with WWE has been sporadic and tumultuous, Prinze has twice fought in the ring, and he contributed regularly as producer, director, and writer until 2012. Most recently, Prinze has lent his voice to a new Star Wars animated series, Star Wars Rebels, that began airing in late 2014. Prinze reports that he has long been a fan of the Star Wars universe. Ironically for a man who was so well-known for his good looks, live action appearances do not appear to be in the former teen idol’s future. Let’s not feel too bad for the guy though; he’s still happily married to Sarah Michelle Gellar. The two former teen superstars have two children: a daughter and a son. In 2015, Gellar cheerfully announced the coming release of Prinze’s first cookbook, proving that when life closes a door, it opens a kitchen window.

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  10. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO FREDDIE PRINZE JR.?

    http://www.pressroomvip.com/whatever-happened-to-freddie-prinze-jr/

    Freddie Prinze Jr. was the ultimate celebrity jock boyfriend of the late 90s. He saved the day in the high school horror flick classic I Know What You Did Last Summer, fulfilled every marginalized teen’s fantasies in She’s All That, and melted teenage hearts with scorching temperatures in Summer Catch. Freddie Prinze Jr. proved to us that not all jocks were unattainable jerks, and that some of them even had a heart of gold. He became the exception to the rules of high school hierarchy, and we loved him for that. But whatever happened to our perennial high school sweetheart?

    Believe it or not, Prinze’s first big role was a guest appearance on 90s classic Family Matters. In the episode Laura Winslow hosts a gun drive in an attempt to cleanse the community of its firearms, but Prinze holds onto his gat rather than giving it away for free. It didn’t take long for Prinze’s dashing good looks to catch-hold, but truth be told, the entertainment industry ran in the Prinze family. The late Freddie Prinze (senior) was a famous actor/comedian who unfortunately committed suicide in 1977, only a year after his son was born.

    It wasn’t until 97’s I Know What You Did Last Summer that FPJ really became solidified as a certified, crushable hottie. That jet-black hair, those perfect dimples, the way he knocked the murderer off of that fishing boat to save Jennifer Love Hewitt (too bad he wasn’t able to save his future wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar, who died earlier in the script — Sorry girl!) The subsequent sequel did equally well for Freddie, and then he obtained his first leading role in the romantic comedy She’s All That — which ensconced him as a teen-box office hit, scoring him a series of mediocre hits like Wing Commander, Head Over Heels and Summer Catch. But aside from the Scooby-Doo live action films, which he co-starred in with wife Sarah Michelle Gellar, Prinze Jr. never seemed to quite move his career to the next level. He was stuck in high school – at least in terms of his casting type. By 2008 his box-office success slowed to a full stop.

    Surprisingly, Freddie Prinze Jr. made a sidestep over into the world of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Prinze has acted as a creative consultant, announcer, writer and producer during his tumultuous period with the WWE — and he has even fought in the ring twice! However, Freddie’s since had spinal surgery — so hopefully he’ll think twice before body slamming in spandex. Though it seems he’s taken a liking the the world of MMA.

    Now a daddy of two, Charlotte, 5, and Rocky, 11, we wish Freddie would play the leading man that we always wanted him to be. But not all teen celebrities need to graduate into Leonardo DiCaprios.

    If you find yourself missing your favorite teenage heartthrob, Freddie’s a frequenter of Twitter, and maintains a consistent social presence. He’s definitely into the geek scene and cosplay, for all of you gamers out there, if you’re looking for a fun role model.

    We love to keep tabs on FPJ through his wife’s Instagram account. He’s definitely still a stud (future silver foxes of America!) and from the looks of things, the family seems as happy as can be.

    In 2015, Gellar also announced the forthcoming release his own Prinze family cookbook – so it turns out life is just as sweet!

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    • Re: Actors whose careers you would have thought would have been bigger

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      I know he and Sarah Michelle made an admirable conscious decision to put parenthood first, but I always thought Freddie Prinze Jr. could have been a superstar had he wanted. I think both their careers sort of took a backseat, honestly.
      This is funny. Just a few hours ago Scooby Doo came on the TV and my wife and I were discussing the careers of both of them. And I basically said that they pretty much had a family and that was that for Freddie at least. SMG has had like 3 TV shows since Buffy, and done some moderately successful films (that horror movie, Veronica Decides to Die, Suburban Girl, etc.) Freddie is on NCIS or one of those shows, rocking salt and pepper hair.

      I don’t see any world where Freddie Prinze becomes a superstar though. Another wooden actor really just reading lines and playing Freddy Prinze. Though a reasonable comp for him would be Keanu Reeves and that dude made a ****load of money so I guess it’s possible.

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  11. Cast Of She’s All That: How Much Are They Worth Now?

    http://www.fame10.com/entertainment/cast-of-shes-all-that-how-much-are-they-worth/6/

    Freddie Prinze, Jr.

    Estimated Net Worth: $19 million. Before starring as the top-tier popular teen, Zack Siler, Freddie Prinze Jr. had just co-starred in I Know What You Did Last Summer and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. His hacky sack performing part further established him as one of the biggest teen throbs in the 90s. He kept busy with guest parts on shows like Friends and Fraiser before working on Freddie and Boston Legal. He’s continued to stay active and all of his work has helped him build an estimated fortune of $19 million.

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  12. Nostalgia Critic: Scooby-Doo (2002)

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  13. The Spoony Experiment: Wing Commander (1999)

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  14. Nostalgia Chick: She’s All That (1999)

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  15. Freddie Prinze Jr. on the guy Vince McMahon is most psycho about

    http://officialfan.proboards.com/thread/537515/freddie-prinze-vince-most-psycho?page=1

    Source: Talk Is Jericho

    According to Prinze, he had to work very hard to gain the respect of WWE talent when he first began working as a writer for the company.

    “I was very straight forward and humble to the point that just about every guy on the roster thought I was full of s–t. And MVP hated me when I started there because he just thought I was some Hollywood bulls–t guy. I remember the first time I saw [John] Cena, who couldn’t stand me [from] the first day I was there. He called me Ashton Kutcher every day for, like, three months. And then, finally, like, month four or five, I don’t remember how far down the road it was, one of my guys cut an amazing promo in the ring and as soon as he finished, I took my headset off and I was sitting there next to Vince [and McMahon said], ‘ah, good job’, which is the best complement he gives, and John goes, ‘hey, I’m glad you’re here’ and I was like, ‘oh, okay. Right on.’ I didn’t want to sell too much because I was t going to give it to him!”

    Prinze compared the WWE roster to a child’s toy chest and he said that, ultimately, McMahon is a big kid who is very protective of his toys, but this protectiveness is from a place of love.

    “I don’t mean this in a bad way. I mean this in a very positive way. [The WWE Universe]’s Vince’s toy box. He’s a big kid. He opens up the toy box, he pulls out the toys he likes to play with most at that time, and those ones get great stories and they get great titles and he cares a lot about them. I’m not saying he treats them like toys. I’m painting the Toy Story 2 analogy.”

    In Prinze’s view, McMahon was most protective of Kane’s dialogue.

    “[McMahon] is so psycho with Kane, like, he’s more sensitive with Kane’s dialogue than anyone in the company. It used to frustrate me to no end. Just a word, like, if you write the word, ‘destroy’, [McMahon would say], ‘Kane would never say ‘destroy’, Freddie! He would say ‘eviscerate”. And it wasn’t him trying to be psycho.” Prinze continued, “when I was there, he had kid gloves with Kane and if you put a ‘the’ in the wrong place, it was like a kid saying, ‘don’t play with my toy like that! I said be gentle!'”

    During the podcast, Prinze was quick to defend WWE and its writers, saying that a lot of good ideas and storylines never see the light of day because Broadcast Standards and Practices are too restrictive.

    “Censors suck. They just suck and I know WWE is in control, but they still have a buyer and that buyer is USA [Network]. And USA has Standards and Practices and censors and you cannot do what wrestling did in its golden age, where it was say whatever you want on the camera mic, it doesn’t matter. Like, you can’t do that. You will get fined on a weekly basis,” Prinze stated. “Like, [USA Network] need wrestling. It rates higher than their other shows. But they’re the boss and when they say, ‘you can’t do this’, you really can’t do that.”

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    • Let ’90s Heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr. Explain How An Idea Makes It To WWE TV

      http://uproxx.com/prowrestling/freddie-prinze-jr-wwe-creative/

      People who grew up in the 1990s remember Freddie Prinze, Jr., as the star of seminal, generational classics like Wing Commander, Head Over Heels and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. WWE diehards know him as the subject of that, “yes, Freddie Prinze Jr., the actor once had a WWE job, no, seriously” conversation that pops up every few years. If you weren’t aware, yes, Freddie Prinze Jr., the actor once had a WWE job (no, seriously) as a member of the creative team in 2008 and 2009. The guy from Summer Catch, yes.

      With WrestleMania approaching, GQ sat down with The Prinze to ask him about his time with WWE, his thoughts on the current product, and how ideas make it from the creative team to TV. The short answer? “Not very well.”

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  16. 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Freddie Prinze Jr.

    http://www.fame10.com/entertainment/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-freddie-prinze-jr/

    Back in the late ’90s and early 2000’s there was no bigger heartthrob then Freddie Prinze Jr. He was tall and handsome and had fans swooning, not to mention he was charming and funny in every single role, so it wasn’t surprising he was in film after film with a lot of success. Lately, he has stayed out of the spotlight as he focuses on being a dad to his two children with Sarah Michelle Gellar, and we have to be honest, we miss him! There is still so much to know about the charming star, so check out 10 things you didn’t know about Freddie Prinze Jr.

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  17. Freddie Prinze Jr. to host Dana Carvey’s First Impressions USA reality competition

    http://tvline.com/2016/04/01/freddie-prinze-jr-first-impressions-host-usa-network/

    Prinze will emcee the aspiring impressionists show. Carvey will serve as “expert-in-residence.”

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  18. I’m not sure if they killed their career but rather just stayed under the radar, but Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle Gellar pretty much just stopped being in “good” movies after they got married.

    (They got married in 2002, Buffy ended in 03)

    However, I will say Freddie Prinze Jr’s voice acting for Iron Bull in Dragon Age Inquisition was kickass. His “Lets play ” that he streamed before the game came out was hilarious.

    “Why do you play a female character” F: “Do you wanna stare a dudes ass or a chicks ass ?”(Or along those lines)

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  19. Freddie Prinze Jr. : What the hell happened?

    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/16778155-freddie-prinze-jr.-what-the-hell-happened-

    Anyone else seen the promos for his new show with Dana Carvey? He looks horrible! He just turned 40 but looks 20 years older. Did he have cancer or something? Is Sarah Michelle feeding off his life force? Not to mention the fact he’s been reduced to hosting a gimmicky game show on a basic cable channel.
    —Jesus God in Heaven, why’d you have to kill such hot snatch?
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  20. 8 Forgotten Actors From The Early 2000s

    http://www.fame10.com/entertainment/8-forgotten-actors-from-the-early-2000s/

    Freddie Prinze Jr.

    Freddie Prinze Jr. was in a string of movies in the late ’90s and early 2000s, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, She’s All That, Summer Catch and Scooby-Doo before he suddenly disappeared. Since then, he’s been in a handful of movies and several TV shows, but his career has more or less fizzled, probably by choice. He’s currently lending his voice to Kanan Jarrus on the animated TV series, Star Wars Rebels.

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  21. Why Hollywood won’t cast Freddie Prinze Jr. anymore

    http://www.looper.com/13781/hollywood-wont-cast-freddie-prinze-jr-anymore/

    Why Hollywood won’t cast Freddie Prinze Jr. anymore

    For about about five years around the turn of the century, actor Freddie Prinze Jr. was everywhere. Then, all of a sudden, he just…wasn’t. What happened?

    He made a series of flops

    Prinze was the marquee name in Wing Commander (1999), but unfortunately, the movie was a critical and commercial bomb. It earned less than half of its $30 million budget at the box office and earned a Metascore of 21 out of a possible 100. Prinze fared slightly better with rom-coms Down To You (2000) and Boys And Girls (2000). Though critically panned, those at least made a profit. His bad luck returned with Head Over Heels (2001) and Summer Catch (2001), which were loathed by critics and general audiences.

    A movie review in The New York Times  in 2000 described Prinze as an actor who “specializes in anodyne romantic comedies with defiantly forgettable titles.” Speaking about Boys and Girls, the paper said Prinze’s “natural demeanor is so pleasant and untroubled that…the idea that his character could be at all troubled, lonely or neurotic is a conceit the movie can’t possibly sustain.”

    He starred in one of the biggest bombs ever

    It’s unfair to pin the failure of Delgo (2008) solely on Prinze, who voiced the title character. The computer-animated adventure movie was such a disaster that it actually broke records—and if there’s anything movie producers remember, it’s numbers. Delgo was stuck in development hell starting in 2001 and was finally released in 2008. It earned less than $600,000 of its $40 million budget. It’s the lowest box office gross ever for a computer-animated film, and it held the record for the lowest opening weekend in box office history until, four years later, when The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012) claimed the cursed title. Unfortunately for Prinze, this bomb was a feature film career ender.

    His hit roles haven’t aged well

    While She’s All That (1999) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1999) were massive successes in their day, ask yourself: how many times have you gone back and watched them as an adult? That’s what we thought. Illustrious and long-lived cinematic careers are not made by ugly duckling stories and teen slasher flicks. Prinze seemed to be typecast as the popular guy or the local hunk. Either he never chose to or never got the chance to experiment with indies, dramas, or smaller roles that could have expanded his horizons and catalyzed more prestigious opportunities.

    TV didn’t work out

    Prinze had the titular role in Freddie from 2005 to 2006, but the sitcom was canceled after just 22 episodes. He landed a bit part in Boston Legal from 2004 to 2006 and did a few TV movies, such as Atlanta (2007) and No Heroics (2009). In 2010, Prinze nabbed the role of Cole Ortiz in 24, but even that didn’t end well. He said co-star Kiefer Sutherland was, well, the worst, telling ABC News, “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.” Prinze also noted that he had to take off his shoes to film with the comparatively diminutive Sutherland, griping, “Just put the guy on an apple box or don’t hire me next time. You know I’m 6 feet and he’s 5’4.” Prinze eventually returned to TV for short stints on series including The Witches Of East End in 2013 and Bones in 2013 and 2014.

    He battled health issues

    In 2014, Prinze underwent surgery on his spine. Though the exact nature of his procedure and his health issues up to that point remain unclear, E! Online reports that he’d spoken about “disc issues” in the past and told WWE wrestler Dolph Ziggler that he was having “Cena surgery.” (In 2008, wrestler John Cena had surgery to remove a large disk fragment compression on his spinal cord.) Prinze chronicled his recovery, which included pain pills and physical therapy, on Twitter.

    He keeps a low profile

    Think fast: when is the last time you saw a paparazzi photo of Prinze? It’s cool, we’ll wait. While it’s awesome that Prinze is able to keep his private life separate from his professional one, in the age of tabloid media and a 24-hour news cycle, keeping a low profile can be deadly to one’s career. (The Kardashians are photographed daily despite never actually doing anything—it keeps them relevant.) Prinze does participate in social media, but he still needs to mix and mingle a bit—at least take a stroll now and then through LAX for the cameras.

    What’s next?

    In recent years, Prinze has kept himself busy with voice acting on Star Wars Rebels and in video games, such as Disney Infinity 3.0. He’s also appeared in professional wrestling spots, which he seemed to enjoy. He told ABC News, “I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE…he was cool and tall.”

    In late 2015, Prinze’s wife of 13 years, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, announced that the dimpled hunk is slated to release his own cookbook in 2016. The tome, Back To The Kitchen, will feature a foreword from Gellar, and should help Prinze get back to his roots. He told E! News, “I have been cooking longer than I’ve been acting—in fact, if I hadn’t made it as an actor, I’d probably be a chef today. I was actually enrolled in culinary school when I landed my first role, opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Claire Danes in To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday (1996).” His cookbook will hit shelves everywhere in June 2016.

    Prinze will also serve as the host of USA Network’s First Impressions with Dana Carvey, a competition show featuring celebrity impersonators battling for the top spot. Guests will include Kevin Nealon and Steve Carell. The show is scheduled to premiere May 10, 2016.

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  22. Nostalgia Critic – Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

    Scooby and the gang are back and the Critic is back to rip it to shreds!

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  23. Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts On: The Scooby-Doo Movies

    Were these ghostly letdowns the worst, or were there actually some funny moments in them?

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  24. Movie Trivia Schmoedown Special Episode – Freddie Prinze Jr. vs. Sam Witwer

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  25. Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Sarah Michelle Gellar Anymore

    http://www.looper.com/25763/hollywood-wont-cast-sarah-michelle-gellar-anymore/

    Sarah Michelle Gellar was on a roll in the late ’90s, but lately her career seems to have sputtered out. She was once in command of both the big and small screens, but nowadays her most consistent work seems to be within the world of TV animation voice-overs. Why has she had so much trouble maintaining the spotlight?

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    • Re: Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Sarah Michelle Gellar Anymore

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      The truth is she’s simply not that great of an actress.

      She was perfect for Buffy–something about the role just clicked with her and she ran with it. She deserves all the accolades she gets for it.

      But outside the show, she falters. She doesn’t have a great range. All of her performances in films contain mannerisms and facial expressions she used on Buffy, especially her way of showing fear, which is basically her looking constipated. Her crying scenes are also very similar.

      To make matters worse, her voice is just off-putting and automatically puts her out of the running for many roles. It’s high and nasally and unfortunately it makes taking her seriously in some roles hard to do.

      She has many instances of overwrought performances, especially when she’s whimpering and trying too hard to display intense emotions and it comes off very much like a person trying to act. It feels like you’re watching Sarah Michelle Gellar play a character–you never lose yourself in the project and forget for a second that you’re seeing Sarah Michelle Gellar be (insert role here).

      Her performance in Southland Tales was just awful, for one. Ditto with The Grudge–she basically had like two expressions the entire time.

      She had spunk when she started out on Buffy, and she was young and beautiful. Those things worked in her favor. But she was never in the leagues of other young actresses the public took seriously, then and now. Comparing her talent to Jennifer Lawrence at the same age is no contest. Hell, Lindsay Lohan has a train-wreck career but she carried films like Mean Girls, at age 17, better than Gellar could have.

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      • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118276/board/flat/261774441?d=261788014#261788014

        People like Michelle Williams, Melissa McCarthy, Keri Russell, David Boreanez, Kristen Bell, Joshua Jackson, Lauren Graham, Kristen Ritter, Alyson Hannigan, even Blake Lively went on to have at least solid careers, and all their big breaks came from WB/CW/UPN. There are plenty of people who originated/got their breaks from those networks that are still getting steady work even if they don’t have well-established careers. So, I don’t entirely buy the WB thing. I do think the WB/CW puts more of a premium on looks than talent, which afterwards frequently hurt the performers who have so much more of the former than the latter.

        Ultimately, so much about Hollywood is luck. Most actors don’t go on to have big careers after their breakthrough roles. So, Gellar is hardly unique. People also have to remember that ‘Buffy’ was a hit. It was hardly Friends popular. Gellar did make the mistake of taking some silly roles and not really seeking work when she was at her peak of popularity. You have to strike while the iron is hot, especially when you’re young.

        I will admit that though Gellar had some brilliant moments on this show I don’t think she’s anywhere near a great actress. ‘Buffy’ was a perfect role for her, but even within this show she had some sketchy moments, particularly in the last couple seasons. The skills she did use to have seem to have dried up a bit. She doesn’t appear as attentive and alert of an actress as she used to be. She often comes off dour most of the time I see her now.

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    • Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Sarah Michelle Gellar Anymore

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  26. 10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘She’s All That’

    http://www.fame10.com/entertainment/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-shes-all-that/?streamview=all

    The Zack Charm

    She’s All That was supposed to look a whole different until the film’s director, Robert Iscove, finally met Freddie Prinze Jr. who was cast as Zack Siler. “I finally met with Freddie for an audition. Harvey [Weinstein] was pushing so hard on Freddie after meeting with him and him being so charming,” Iscove revealed. “So, then my thing was to say, ‘OK, so the way Zack is written right now, how does Zack become worthy of Laney?’ Because he’s a jerk. Initially it’s these two guys making a bet, and they’re kind of misogynistic at the beginning. And Freddie’s charming. So all of the stuff about being accepted to every school and putting all the letters away and all the problems with his father and the performance art thing…those all came into the script after I had met Freddie.”

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    • Episode 120 – She’s All That

      http://www.whmpodcast.com/2013/07/episode-120-shes-all-that.html

      In this week’s episode, the gang goes back to high school with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachel Leigh Cook in the 1999 teen snooze, She’s All That! How is Freddie Prinze Jr. having to decide between all the Ivy League schools? How come Kevin Pollak doesn’t do any impressions? And how much slang can Paul Walker possibly make up? Plus: Resident Matthew Lillard expert, Sean Weiner, drops by to plug the new film from Private Cabin and talks about the launch of a new IndieGoGo effort for the film that kicks off August 1st.

      She’s All That stars Rachel Leigh Cook, Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker and Kevin Pollak; directed by Robert Iscove. For maximum enjoyment, be sure to go back and listen to our episode on Iscove’s Boys and Girls!

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  27. Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Matthew Lillard Anymore

    http://www.looper.com/28053/hollywood-wont-cast-matthew-lillard-anymore/

    Matthew Lillard was among the most promising young actors in the late ’90s, but his career trajectory seemed to hit a snag before he could become a full on A-lister. Although the Scream star hasn’t disappeared from the spotlight altogether, he’s definitely seen more than his share of professional setbacks. How and why did Lillard’s star fall so fast?

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    • Yeah, I saw a lot of Matthew Lillard in the 1990’s, with “Serial Mom”, “Hackers”, and “Scream”, but then after 1998’s “SLC Punk!”, it seemed things went pretty quiet with him (I know about “Summer Catch”, but still…).

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    • Why You Don’t Hear from Matthew Lillard Anymore

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  28. Star Wars Movie Trivia Schmoedown: Freddie Prinze Jr. & Sam Witwer vs. John Campea & Ken Napzok

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  29. iam wondering though was Freddie right about kefier being a jerk.

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  30. here is interview Freddie did just after 24 saying kefeir was great to work with now 6 years later kefier was a jerk ?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQcr3Gw4apk

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    • Well, looking at the context of when the interview took place and the fact that this was more of a press junket kind of deal, I’d see why Freddie Prinze Jr. would have only good things to say at this point. It seems that what he said later were his REAL feelings.

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  31. pressjunket or not he could have said it early in the interview. its weird it took him years to say kefier was a jerk . why did he wait years to say kefier was a jerk.producers of set don’t recall kefier being a jerk . I think prinze is jealous because kefier had a much better career then prinze.

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    • Yeah, but it would seem to be pretty unprofessional to me for him to air his grievances like that early on, plus it would damage his chance for a recurring role. Maybe Kiefer Sutherland didn’t do anything directly to him, but Prinze Jr. just didn’t like the way he went about things, and after having some time away from it all, said something about it. Sometimes it takes decades before these behind the scenes situations get an honest treatment, and most of the time those answers come in the form of a book deal.

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  32. the producers said kefier was not acting unprofessional inal on set and if he was he would been fired. prinze said 24 was awful experience so I don’t think he would care if it would damage his reccuring role . he says everyone thinks same way of keifer well several other 24 cast members also jumped to keifer defense.

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    • Google Keiffer Sutherland jerk. There are stories out there. I have read stories aboug his dad too.

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    • Time has passed though, but at the time Prinze Jr. was still probably interested in keeping his role, which is dated around the time of that interview. What I also think is that Prinze Jr. ended up not liking the Hollywood game too much; it could be because his career didn’t work out the way he wanted, or even if it had, maybe he still might have gotten sick of it.
      As for Kiefer Sutherland, I can’t speak much about his behavior on-set, but I have heard that he’s considered a bit of a bad boy.

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  33. he had a bit of drinking problem but he overcame that. lebeau you told me to google cusack was a jerk too. if you type in any actors write is a jerk you will get stories. iam sure if I type in Freddie prinze is a jerk ill get stories too I have not heard anything about his dad I do not know much about donalds life. I think Freddie wanted some attention since his career derailed . keifer had a much more impressive career then Freddie. all Freddie can do is the confident teen. keifer has depth

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  34. iam sure if u you google actors then write jerk not all the stories are true. we can not believe every negative thing we hear about every actor. even if kefier had a reputation for being diffuclt to work with several producers of 24 came to his defense so Freddie could be lying. there are sources that say Freddie was upset people wanted kefier autograph but no one approached him . who knows it that’s true

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    • My theory is that you almost have to be a narcissist to believe in yourself enough to become a movie star. Odds are, most of these guys would annoy the living crap out of you if you had to deal with them. I don’t necessarily believe all these stories. I also don’t care if they are jerks or not. My assumption is they probably are.

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  35. Hollywood is a cutthroat business you have to have some narcissism. when you became this business in Hollywood its hard to have a bit of an ego iam sure every actor has a bit of one. I am sure some of these actors where humble when they started but when they become famous seeing everything come easy to them seeing countless of people kiss their ass will give anyone a bit of an ego. some actors are capable of keeping it in check some are hot.

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  36. I guess if one is addicted to success but also insecure, they could come off like a jerk, even though I can understand it, as they are kind of compelled to be that way, as life lead them into that direction. What’s worse are those who, no matter what station or education, are jerks right off the jump.

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  37. I would say kefier had better career then Freddie. freedie was a blip in the radar flavour of the month while keifer had constantly been working he even acted in some classics. years from now more people will remember kefier then Freddie

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  38. THE GOSSIP LIFE 12/08

    https://goo.gl/d9cFie

    We may have the reserve Rock on our hands. This B-list television actor is a HUGE fan of professional wrestling and although he likes his acting, he’s always wanted to try wrestling on a full time basis. ‘I don’t think it’ll ever happen,’ says the source, ‘but it’s something he talks constantly about.’ Freddie Prinze Jr.

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