What is the net worth and salary of Freddie Prinze, Jr.?
Freddie Prinze, Jr. is an American actor who has a net worth of $30 million. This is a combined net worth with his wife since 2002, Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Freddie Prinze Jr. was once one of the most popular stars of the late 90s after appearing in many teen movies. He continued to appear in various films over the next few years, but slowly stepped away from the limelight to pursue a more low-key lifestyle. He was once considered a “teenage heartthrob” and gained considerable media attention for his relationship with Sarah Michelle Gellar, whom he would later marry. Outside of his film career, Freddie Prinze Jr. appeared in a number of television shows and established a career as a voice actor.
Frederick James Prinze Jr. was born on March 8, 1976 in Los Angeles, California. His father was Freddie Prinze, an actor-comedian who became famous for the lead role in the sitcom Chico and the Man . Just one year after the birth of his son, Freddie Prinze shot himself with a gun after a long battle with depression. Although the death was initially ruled a suicide, subsequent legal proceedings determined it to be an accidental death, based in part on Prinze’s use of medication. This allowed his families to collect a sizeable life insurance.
Freddie Prinze Jr. was raised in a Catholic household in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While growing up, Freddie Prinze Jr. learned to speak Spanish as a result of his Puerto Rican grandmother’s influence on his upbringing. After graduating high school in 1994, Freddie Prinze Jr. immediately moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
Prinze’s first major role was in an episode of Family Matters in 1995. He worked continuously for the next few years, booking roles in various films and TV shows. His first big film role was in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, which was released in 1996. Freddie Prinze Jr. then followed with more prominent roles, establishing a name for himself in films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and the 1998 sequel, Still Know What You Did Last Summer .
However, Freddie Prinze Jr.’s real breakthrough came in romantic comedy She’s All That , which was released in 1999. This was his first starring role and turned him into a major star overnight. The film became one of the most popular teen films of all time and topped the box office charts. It also managed to earn $63 million during its run, to somewhat mixed reviews from critics.
Unfortunately, Freddie Prinze Jr. had trouble replicating this success in the following years. He directed the 1999 science fiction film Wing Commander , which was a massive critical and commercial failure. Although the film had a hefty budget of $30 million, it only managed to earn $11 million at the box office. Although his next film, Down to You , started strong at the box office, the same story played out in the end. Critics panned the film and as the weeks passed it became clear that Down to You will not win back the budget of 35 million lei. When the dust cleared, the film had earned just $24.4 million. Negative reviews hurt Prinze’s next effort,Boys and girls . The film also failed to earn its budget, grossing only $25.8 million on a $35 million budget.
Even if Head Over Heels since 2001 had a much smaller budget of $14 million, the romantic comedy failed to recoup that amount at the box office. Summer Catch was the next film and was once again under budget at the box office, grossing just under $20 million on a $34 million budget. Because all of these films actually lost money at the box office, Freddie Prinze Jr.’s career took a major hit from which he never really recovered.
However, he returned in the next few years with Scooby Doo kid-friendly, in 2002. It also appeared in sequels, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed . Unlike his previous films, these two projects became major box office hits, earning over $350 million cumulatively. After Scooby Doo Prinze has appeared in various TV shows including Friends, Boston Legal and George Lopez . He was also given his own sitcom which was simply titled Freddie . Unfortunately, the series was canceled after just one season.
In the mid-2000s, Freddie Prinze Jr. began to establish himself as a voice actor. His first major voice role was in the animated film Shark Bait and continued with Happily N’Ever After alongside his wife, who also lent her voice to the film. He also worked as a voice actor on the animated film Delgo but it turned out to be one of the worst box office flops of all time.
However, Freddie Prinze Jr. continued his voice acting career and lent his voice to the film Kim Possible: A Snitch in Time . Apart from a recurring role in the eighth season of 24 most of his career involved voice roles in video games such as Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age 3: Inquisition. He also gained notoriety for voicing the character of Kanan Jarrus in the Disney series Star Wars Rebels .
Relationship with Sarah Michelle Gellar
Freddie Prinze Jr. met Sarah Michelle Gellar in 1997 when they both starred in the film I Know What You Did Last Summer . They dated for five years before tying the knot in 2002. In 2009, they had their first child together. They added another child to their family in 2012. Freddie Prinze Jr. lives with his family in Los Angeles.
In 2001, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar bought a home in Bel-Air for $2.45 million. The sprawling 7,600 square foot property has French doors and a shaded area. In 2014, they listed the property for $5.45 million. In 2013, Gellar and Prinze Jr. spent $6.1 million on a new property in Mandeville Canyon, Los Angeles. The three-story, 7,138-square-foot mansion was built in 2006. It wasn’t until about 6 months later that the couple put the property back on the market with a listed price of $7.9 million.