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Brendan Fraser's Wife Afton Accused Ex-husband of Fraud After He Tried to Reduce Alimony

Rodolfo Vieira
Oct 26, 2021
01:30 P.M.
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Actor Brendan Fraser, best known for “The Mummy” trilogy, was married to actress Afton Smith for nearly ten years. Their divorce has been financially difficult for Brendan, who was accused of fraud by Smith.

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Born on December 3, 1968, Brendan has been an active member of the entertainment industry since 1991, when he made his film debut on “Dogfight.” His first leading role came one year later in the comedy movie “Encino Man.”

Over the years, his career kept improving, and he continued landing parts in different projects both on TV and on the big screen, including “Fallen Angels,” “The Scout,” and “Mrs. Winterbourne.”

Brendan Fraser and Afton Smith at the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California | Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images via Getty Images

Brendan Fraser and Afton Smith at the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California | Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images via Getty Images

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THE MUMMY

His most memorable, and most beloved, role to this day, however, is that of Rick O’Connell in “The Mummy” trilogy, where he worked alongside Rachel Weisz. He reprised played Rick in 1999, 2001, and finally 2008.

One could say that "The Mummy" franchise was the peak of Fraser's career, who is yet to achieve the same amount of success that he did all those years back, and it is not due to the lack of effort.

Brendan Fraser at Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas | Photo: Getty Images

Brendan Fraser at Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas | Photo: Getty Images

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FRASER AND SMITH'S ROMANCE

As per his romantic life, Fraser met actress Afton Smith while attending a barbecue at Winona Ryder’s home in 1993, and the two immediately hit it off and eventually tied the knot.

A New York native, born in 1967, Smith shares 3 children with the actor - Griffin Arthur, 18, Holden Fletcher, 16, and Leland Francis, 15. All of them live with their mother in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Brendan Fraser and Afton Smith during Opening Night Exhibition Of Photographs By Brendan Fraser at 24th Street Theatre in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Brendan Fraser and Afton Smith during Opening Night Exhibition Of Photographs By Brendan Fraser at 24th Street Theatre in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

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ADVOCATING FOR THEIR SON

Their eldest child, Griffin, was diagnosed with autism, and he is the reason why his parents never miss a chance to raise awareness for the disease. Smith even published a book dedicated to him titled "Point to Happy: For Children on the Autism Spectrum."

Unfortunately, not many other details are known regarding their children as the couple highly values their privacy and choose to keep their lives and affairs away from the public eyes.

Brendan Frase with Afton, and sons Holden and Griffin at the Universal Studios in Universal City, California | Photo: Getty Images

Brendan Frase with Afton, and sons Holden and Griffin at the Universal Studios in Universal City, California | Photo: Getty Images

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The same can be said about Fraser and Smith's relationship, with the only thing publicly available is that the two had the opportunity to work together in the 1997 film, “George of the Jungle” in 1997.

Even though the role of Afton Smith on “George of the Jungle” was not as significant as she would have liked, it is probably one of the most famous ones she has had so far. Brendan, on the other hand, was the main character of the film.

Brendan Fraser and Afton Smith on June 15, 2005 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Brendan Fraser and Afton Smith on June 15, 2005 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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SMITH’S CAREER

Smith hasn't had a career as fulfilling as her ex-husband's, with her minor role in "George of the Jungle" being her most famous. Aside from that, she has also starred in “Less Than Zero,” “Reality Bites,” and “A Reason to Believe.”

Her participation in “Fried Green Tomatoes” is also one to remember as she portrayed Leona Threadgoode, one of the members of the main family, having worked next to Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, and Mary Stuart Masterson.

Brendan Fraser and Afton Smith on April 26, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Brendan Fraser and Afton Smith on April 26, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

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DIVORCE AND FRAUD

Fraser and Smith decided to call it quits in 2007, with the news being shared by the actor's publicist, who pointed out that, despite their split, the two continued to "maintain a close and caring friendship.”

The actor got emotional when he was told that he still has a lot of fans who love him.

As aforementioned, although they have shared custody, their children live with Smith, and Fraser was ordered to pay a total of $900,000 a year in child support. Sadly, his financial stability took a heavy hit.

Brendan Fraser and wife Afton Smith on October 23, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Brendan Fraser and wife Afton Smith on October 23, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

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Although he was able to pay the agreed amount for the first few years, mostly thanks to his participation in films such as “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Furry Vengeance,” and “Stand-Off," he hit a financial wall.

In 2013, Fraser's attorney filed a request for his alimony to be reduced as he couldn’t pay the annual obligation of $900,000 due to a severe back injury that he suffered while trying to move a tree that fell on his home during Hurricane Sandy.

Brendan Fraser and Afton Smith on October 23, 2003 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Brendan Fraser and Afton Smith on October 23, 2003 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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According to his legal representatives, his injury could impact his movie earnings potential as he was advised not to perform his own stunts, which would significantly reduce the number of roles he could land.

Smith, however, did not consider it a valid excuse and accused her ex-husband of fraud, claiming that he was hiding $9 million in film contracts when they settled the divorce back in February 2009.

Brendan Fraser at the "No Sudden Move" at  2021 Tribeca Festival at The Battery in New York City | Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage via Getty Images

Brendan Fraser at the "No Sudden Move" at 2021 Tribeca Festival at The Battery in New York City | Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage via Getty Images

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AWAY FROM THE SPOTLIGHT

Fraser spent some time away from the spotlight, landing a few roles in shows such as "The Affair," "Nightcap," "Trust" and "Condor." While he was still active, it was not the type of stardom that he was used to.

However, the actor seems to be slowly rising back to the top as he has managed to get a lot more roles as of late, with his most relevant one being in DC's "Doom Patrol," where he portrays Cliff Steele/Robotman.

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Fraser, who is also expected to star in the upcoming films "The Whale," "Killers of the Flower Moon" and “Behind the Curtain of Night,” recently got emotional during an interview on Tik Tok with cosplayer Lindley Key.

When Key told him that he still has a lot of fans who love him, root for him, and are anxiously waiting to see what he does next, Fraser took a sip of water before tipping his cowboy hat and saying: "Shucks, ma'am."

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