The All That Dad: Freddie Prinze Jr. Returns to T.V.
Jr.’s father, Freddie Prinze, was an actor and comedian best known for his starring role in the sitcom, Chico and the Man from 1974 until his tragic death in 1977. The show tackled issues such as alcoholism, immigration and race relations in 1970s East L.A.
He famously changed his name from Frederick Karl Pruetzel to Freddie Prinze and introduced himself to audiences as “Hunga-rican” (part Hungarian, part Puerto Rican), playing up his Latinx heritage to benefit his career. While his mother was of Puerto Rican descent, his dad was actually German, not Hungarian. But, I totally get that sounds mas chistoso.
Freddie Prinze Jr. reportedly speaks Spanish and honors his father by embracing his Puerto Rican roots passed down by his paternal grandmother. In summary: he counts as my first Latinx crush and he’s back!
Variety announced Prinze Jr., named one of “People” magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000, recently signed on to film the Nancy Drew pilot with the CW and is set to play Carson Drew, Nancy’s dad.