For more than a decade after his 1995 debut, Freddie Prinze Jr. was a regular face in the industry; he memorized lines and showed up to movie sets on time. We saw him over and over on red carpets and he defined the phrase ‘the teen-magazine hottie du joor’. He reigned for years as the King of romantic comedies starring in a string of love-themed movies. Prinze lasted for long as a teen icon before age caught up with him and he went silent for a while.
Date of Birth: May 8, 1976
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Freddie Jr. is still a phenomenon in Hollywood but is more of a family man now. The ‘Down To You’ (2000) star never knew his father but made a vow to forever uphold the older Prinze’s comic legacy. According to the ‘She’s All That’ (1999) star, every decision he’s made in the movie industry has been motivated by his late father who was a huge star before he passed on. He has more people now to share his commitment with as he is a devoted husband and hands-on father. Read on to learn all the juicy details about the family of this handsome actor.
Freddie James Prinze Sr (father)
Date of Birth: June 22, 1954
Date of Death: January 29, 1977 (aged 22)
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Freddie James Sr. was the popular actor and comedian who paved the way for modern-day Hispanic entertainers in his days. His face graced the cover of numerous magazines and literally everyone was talking about him. He started off his career quite early and in no time, became a renowned face in the entertainment industry. The funny man Prinze was a comic icon known majorly from his role in the TV show ‘Chico and the Man (1974 – 1978)’.
He was sharp and so spontaneous; many people said he was moving too fast that he never got the chance to think. One of his girlfriends broke up with him in 1972 and that year, Prinze Sr. made his first attempt at suicide but it was unsuccessful. He lived a miserable life with immense fame at such a young age and his addiction to drugs and womanising made things even worse. Freddie was depressed that things had gone beyond control as two days before his suicide; his wife had slapped him a restraining order.
In 1977, Prinze, resolved to find peace, committed suicide by shooting himself with a gun, leaving his wife and 10 month old son to fend for themselves. A note was found seating on his couch ‘I must end it, there’s no hope left…’ Freddie Jr. being the only son, had to take on the responsibility of being the new ‘father’ of the house and he eventually started off in the pursuit of his career in his teenage years after he graduated from high school.
In 2004, Freddie Jr. was broken when he had to accept a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his late genius father.
Kathy Prinze (mother)
Date of Birth: January 28, 1950
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
She was born Katherine Elaine Barber but got married to Prinze and changed her name. Her major occupation was a real estate agent but she was a minor actress known for her role in the documentary about her husband. When her son was 4, she moved him out of the Hollywood environment, partly so he could have normal upbringing than would have been possible in the town that claimed her husband’s life.
After the death of her husband, Kathy pursued that her lover had acted under the influence of drugs when he took his life. She said he was playing with the gun when it fired accidentally. She and her son finally received a huge sum of nearly $1 million to settle assorted malpractice suits against Prinze’s doctors for over-prescribing Quaaludes.
Freddie Prinze Jr. doesn’t have siblings, but there is a chance he has half-siblings from mother side.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (spouse)
Duration of Marriage: September 1, 2002 till present
Date of Birth: April 14, 1977
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Like her husband, Sarah is also a successful female in Hollywood. Her acting debut was in ‘An Invasion of Privacy (1983)’ at the age of four when she was spotted by an agent. She then decided to continue acting and went on to feature in several TV series and commercials. Widespread success came when the ‘All My Children (1970) actress starred in the critically acclaimed series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003) and she became a holder of several Teen awards and nominations.
In 1997, Michelle met with her future heart throb on the set of ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)’ but they did not start dating until a few years later. Two years after their 2000 engagement, both actor were joined in holy matrimony and have remained inseparable ever since. The stars have even been each other’s love interests in a few movies including the Scooby-Doo (2002) film and its reprise. In honour of their fifth anniversary; Gellar changed her surname to Prinze.
Gellar became a “foodpreneur” in October 2015 when she co-founded a food crafting brand that sells baking kits for children.
Charlotte Grace Prinze (daughter with Sarah Michelle Gellar)
Date of Birth: September 19, 2009
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Charlotte is a famous American celebrity kid thanks to the public image of her parents. Who would have thought that Sarah’s role as the vampire slayer could be passed on to her cute daughter? Charlotte is a triple threat with her jiujitsu prowess, rap skills and high taste in fashion. She’s definitely going to a future slayer!
Rocky James Prinze (son with Sarah Michelle Gellar)
Month of Birth: September 2012
Prinze and his wife love their kids so much and enjoy being around them. One of their favourite things is to do family dinners together after cooking together.