Who is Breckin Meyer?
Breckin Erin Meyer is an American actor, voice actor, drummer, writer, and producer. He is best known for performing in films such as ‘Clueless’, ‘Garfield: The Movie’, ‘Rat Race,’ and ‘Road Trip’. He made his big-screen debut with the slasher ‘Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare’ and got his real breakthrough with the blockbuster hit coming-of-age rom-com ‘Clueless.’ His first leading role came with the road-sex-comedy film ‘Road Trip’ that became a huge box-office success. Over the years, Meyer has performed in several notable films, including ‘Rat Race’, ‘The Craft’, 54’, ‘The Insider,’ and ‘Garfield: The Movie’. He has been successful on television both as an actor and voice actor with programs like ‘The Jackie Thomas Show’, ‘The Home Court’ and ‘King of the Hill’ (voice). For over a decade, Meyer has contributed as writer, producer, and voice actor for the stop motion sketch-comedy television series ‘Robot Chicken.’ He earned an Emmy nomination for his writing work on the ‘Robot Chicken: Star Wars’ specials. As a drummer, Meyer remained associated with several musicians and bands, including Tom Morello's ‘The Nightwatchman’.
Childhood & Early Life
Breckin Erin Meyer was born on May 7, 1974, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to travel agent and former microbiologist Dorothy Ann (née Vial), and management consultant Christopher William Meyer. He has two siblings, elder brother Frank and younger brother Adam. Meyer resided in California, West Virginia, Texas and New Jersey.
He and Drew Barrymore attended the same elementary school. It was through this school that he got introduced to Barrymore's agent, who eventually signed him. This helped him appear in several television commercials and the television game show ‘Child's Play’ (1982).
He later studied at the Beverly Hills High School with Branden Williams and Joshua John Miller. Sources also mention that during his high school days Meyer slept in a closed coffin for many years.
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Initial career of Meyer saw him playing voice role of Spud in the animated television series ‘Potato Head Kids’ (1986). He also featured in single episodes of different TV series like ‘The Wonder Years’ (1988) and ‘Chicken Soup’ (1989) and in the made-for-television movie ‘Camp Cucamonga’ (1990).
Meyer made his debut in films with the hit 1991 slasher ‘Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare’. The following year he landed up playing Chas Walker in the ABC aired television sitcom ‘The Jackie Thomas Show’ (1992–93).
He got his big break with the role of skateboarding stoner Travis Birkenstock in the 1995 coming-of-age romcom film ‘Clueless’. The film was not only a huge hit and received generally positive reviews from critics, but is also counted among the best teen films of all time and has since developed a cult following. He portrayed similar roles in two other films in the following year; the supernatural-horror ‘The Craft’ and the post-apocalyptic action flick ‘Escape from L.A.’
Meanwhile he starred as Mike Solomon in the sitcom series ‘The Home Court ‘that aired on NBC from September 30, 1995, to June 22, 1996.
In the ensuing years, Meyer appeared in many other films including in the biopic ‘Prefontaine’ (1997) and the dramas ‘54’ (1998) and ‘The Insider’ (1999) before earning his first full-fledged leading role in the 2000 released road-sex-comedy film ‘Road Trip’. He played Josh Parker in the film that emerged as a sensational hit garnering him widespread attention.
His next notable film was the comedy ‘Rat Race’ (2001), yet another blockbuster hit. Same year he also appeared in the hit romantic-comedy fantasy film ‘Kate & Leopold’ starring Hugh Jackman, Meg Ryan and Liev Schreiber. Other notable films of Meyer include the sports-comedy ‘Herbie: Fully Loaded’ (2005), the romcom ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’ (2009), comedy-drama ‘Changeland.’
Meanwhile, from 2000 to 2009, he essayed the voice role of Joseph Gribble in the animated television sitcom ‘King of the Hill’.
He starred as Adam Schwartz in the NBC aired sitcom ‘Inside Schwartz’ (2001–02). Other television series starring Meyer include ‘Married to the Kellys’ (2003–04) and ‘Franklin & Bash’ (2011–14).
Meyer furthered his fame in voice acting starring as Jon Arbuckle, Garfield's and Odie's owner in the blockbuster hit 2004 live-action/computer-animated musical comedy film ‘Garfield: The Movie’. He later reprised the role in the film’s 2006 sequel titled ‘Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties’, also a blockbuster hit.
Since 2005, he regularly contributes as writer and voice actor portraying various characters in the stop motion sketch comedy television series ‘Robot Chicken’. His writing work for the Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials, where he also voiced as Boba Fett and Admiral Ackbar, earned Meyer an Emmy nomination. He also essayed voice roles in the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special in 2012 and its 2014 and 2015 sequels.
Other voice roles of Meyer include Commander Palmer in the stop motion animated television series ‘Titan Maximum’ (2009) and Dr. Jefferson Boyle in the first-person shooter video game ‘Titanfall 2’ (2016).
He created, wrote and executive produced the sitcom series ‘Men at Work’ that ran on TBS for 3 seasons from May 24, 2012 to March 12, 2014.
A gifted musician, Meyer has played the drums with musicians like Ben Harper, Perry Farrell and Slash; with bands like ‘The Street Walkin' Cheetahs’ and ‘Cypress Hill’; and with Tom Morello's solo project ‘The Nightwatchman’ among others.
Family & Personal Life
On October 14, 2001, he married American screenwriter and film director Deborah Kaplan. Together they have two daughters, Caitlin Willow and Clover. Following several instances of separations, the couple’s marriage finally culminated into divorce, in 2014.
From late 2017, Meyer is romantically associated with American actress Linsey Godfrey.