Whatever Happened to Freddie Prinze Jr.?

Jul 8, 2015 at 4:19 pm |
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Young Freddie Prinze Jr.

(Photo by Murray Close/Dimension Films via Online USA)

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.

Freddie Prinze

Freddie Prinze (senior) committed suicide in 1977 (Photo by NBC Television/Getty Images)

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.

Freddie Prinze Jr.

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

 

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!

 

Check out what a handsome fox Freddie Prinze Jr. grew up to be! Can you believe he’s almost 40?