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Breckin went to grade school with Drew Barrymore and attended Beverly Hills High School with Alicia Silverstone, Joshua John Miller, and Brandon Williams. It was Drew who introduced Breckin to her agent, after which he started doing commercials and the game show "Child's Play" (1982).
After being accepted to California State University at Northridge, Breckin decided to put school on hold and pursue acting. He has always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher (and may do that in the future). Breckin was the drummer in the Streetwalking Cheetahs (with his brother, Frank), which recorded a demo in 1995. He was the lead vocal on two songs, "Carnival" and "Dave." During 1995-96, the band played about 10 gigs around L.A. The Cheetahs' second album, "OVERDRIVE," and their new album, "Live on KXLU" feature songs written when Breckin was still in the band. These songs include "None of Your Business," "All I Want," "Peppermint," "Thought that Crosses My Mind," and "Turn Me Down." After the Cheetahs, he started his own band, Bellyroom, with Seth Green and Alexander Martin (Dean Martin's grandson). They played a few gigs around L.A. in 1996. Currently, he doesn't play in any band.
Breckin's friends include Josh Holland ("USA High" (1997)) and Seth Green. His best friend is Ryan Phillippe, with whom he starred in 54 (1998). (Visit the original Ryan Phillippe web page.) Breckin is married to Deborah Kaplan, who wrote and directed Can't Hardly Wait (1998) (in which Breckin had a cameo).
Breckin's hobbies include playing drums, video games, and sometimes sports. He's a big fan of Sean Penn, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Richard Dreyfuss. He spends most his free time with Deborah, and also Seth and Ryan.