Brendan Fraser seemed to be a rising star in the late 1990s, but for some reason that never came to be.
With his 1994 hit Airheads we remember marveling in his comedic ability along side Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi.
For a short period of time, Fraser became the most popular movie star in the world.
His rise in the box office was stimulated by a surprising success of the 1997 Christmas release of George Of The Jungle. No one predicted the level of success Disney would have with this 90s flick. With a $55 million investment in the movie, it tripled its budget earning just shy of $175 million in the global box office.
Critically, George Of The Jungle was as delight for the whole family that played on the repeat joke of George continually swinging into trees. But then again, its leading man could sell it.
Fraser proved that he had a kind of easy charm that made a movie star successful.
And George Of The Jungle was just the beginning for Fraser.
He showed that he was a versitle actor with his amazing performance in 1998 opposite Sir Ian McKellen in Gods & Monsters. He followed that by a charming performance in the romantic comedy Blast From The Past.
This was when his first summer blockbuster and changed his entire career.