Brendan Fraser's Wife
Afton Smith is an author and former actress who is more well-known as the wife of actor Brendan Fraser, whom she married in 1998 after several years of dating. She had roles in such films as “Fried Green Tomatoes” (1991), “Reality Bites” (1994) and Fraser's “George of the Jungle” (1997) and in 2004, she released a book called “Hollywood Picks the Classics: A Guide for the Beginner & the Aficionado.”
Smith and her husband have three sons together.
Childhood and Family:
Afton Smith was born on December 3, 1967, in Northport, Long Island, New York.
In October 1997, Afton was engaged to actor Brendan Fraser (born on December 3, 1968), after having dated for four years. They eventually married on September 27, 1998 in Los Angeles. On September 17, 2002, Afton gave birth to her first child, son Griffin Arthur, and her second son, Holden Fletcher followed on August 16, 2004. Her third son, Leland, was born May 2, 2006 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.
Afton Smith is also known with the name Afton Fraser.
Hollywood Picks the Classics
Afton Smith made her feature film acting debut in “Less Than Zero” (1987), a crime/drama starring Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr. and James Spader. She, however, did not appear in another film until 1991's “Pyrates.” a comedy/romance directed and written by Noah Stern and starring Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. She played Kim and Marti, respectively.
Later in 1991, Smith had a small role in “Fried Green Tomatoes,” a drama film adapted from Fannie Flagg's novel, “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.” Directed by Jon Avnet and co-written by Flagg and Carol Sobieski, the film received generally positive reviews from critics and was nominated for two Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Tandy) and three Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical, among other honors. It had a total worldwide gross of more than $119 million. Other cast of the film included Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker.
Smith next played Janine in actor Ben Stiller's directorial debut, “Reality Bites” (1994), which also starred Stiller, Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke. With screenplay written by Helen Childress, the comedy earned mixed reviews from critics, but was considered a box office success. With budget about $11 million, it grossed over $20 million in North America and over $12 million in the rest of the world for a worldwide total of more than $33 million.
Smith debuted on television as great Looking woman in the episode “Party!!!” (1995) of the UPN short-lived comedy series “Pig Sty,” starring Brian McNamara. She subsequently returned to the wide screen with a small part as Becky in Douglas Tirola's independent drama, “A Reason to Believe” (1995). The film starred Jay Underwood, Allison Smith and Danny Quinn. In 1997, Smith appeared as the friend of Ursula in the Disney film “George of the Jungle,” starring the soon to be husband Brendan Fraser as the title character.
In 2003, Smith made a self-appearance in “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” from Sam Weisman, who directed “George of the Jungle.” It marks her last screen appearance to date.
A year later, Smith published the book “Hollywood Picks the Classics: A Guide for the Beginner & the Aficionado,” a guide for classic movies.