Chris Klein (actor)

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Chris Klein
Chris Klein 2012.jpg
Chris Klein in March 2012
BornFrederick Christopher Klein
(1979-03-14) March 14, 1979 (age 35)
Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1999–present
 
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Chris Klein
Chris Klein 2012.jpg
Chris Klein in March 2012
BornFrederick Christopher Klein
(1979-03-14) March 14, 1979 (age 35)
Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1999–present

Frederick Christopher "Chris" Klein[1] (born March 14, 1979) is an American actor who is best known for playing Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher in the American Pie films.

Early life[edit]

Klein was born and raised in Hinsdale, Illinois. His mother, Terese (née Bergen), is a kindergarten teacher, and his father, Fred Klein, is an engineer.[2][3] Klein was the second of three children. His older sister Debbie was born in 1978, and his younger brother was born in 1982. As a child, Klein had his first on stage experience by singing This Little Light of Mine in a community theater at the Sheraton Convention Center in Chicago. He lived in the town for thirteen years before his family moved to Omaha, Nebraska. At Millard West High School in Omaha, Klein acted in his high school's performance of West Side Story, played cornerback and linebacker for the football team, and swam on the Millard West Swim Team. In his senior year, Klein was offered his first professional acting job by director Alexander Payne, who was scouting Omaha, his hometown, as a potential filming location for the film Election. He attended Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas.

Career[edit]

After auditioning for Election, Payne chose Klein and they began filming. The film was released in April 1999 to positive reviews. Soon after, Klein found a steady amount of work in the film industry while briefly attending TCU, where he studied theater and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He was next seen in American Pie, which opened on July 9, 1999, and was a box office success. Klein reprised his American Pie role in American Pie 2 and American Reunion, but was not in the third installment, American Wedding, reportedly due to scheduling conflicts. In 2002, Klein had a role in the Mel Gibson Vietnam War film, We Were Soldiers. In 2002, Klein starred in the 2002 remake of the film Rollerball, but the film was a massive critical and financial failure.[4] Klein has also appeared in several teen movies, including Just Friends (2005), American Dreamz (2006).

In 2014, Klein was cast as an American pilot in the Damien Lay film The Uberkanone.[5] He co-starred in the 2014 comedy indie film Authors Anonymous with Kaley Cuoco.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2000, Klein and actress Katie Holmes began dating. The couple became engaged around Christmas of 2003. The couple called off the engagement and ended their relationship in March 2005.[7]

Klein was arrested for drunk driving on February 5, 2005 in San Diego County.[8] Klein was arrested again in Los Angeles, California on June 16, 2010, for driving while drunk.[9] On June 21, 2010, it was announced that Klein had checked into the Cirque Lodge to begin a 30-day alcohol addiction program. Klein's publicist explained that "after recent events, Chris was forced to take a clear look at a problem he has been trying to deal with himself for years. He understands now that he cannot beat this disease alone."[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1999ElectionPaul Metzler
1999American PieChris 'Oz' Ostreicher
2000Here on EarthKelvin 'Kelley' Morse
2001Say It Isn't SoGilbert Noble
2001American Pie 2Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher
2002RollerballJonathan Cross
2002We Were Soldiers2nd Lt. Jack Geoghegan
2003The United States of LelandAllen Harris
2005Tilt-A-WhirlCustomer #2Short film
2005Just FriendsDusty Dinkleman
2005The Long WeekendCooper
2006American DreamzWilliam Williams
2006Lenexa, 1 MileAndy Lausier
2007The Good LifeTad
2007Day ZeroGeorge Rifkin
2007New York City SerenadeRay
2008Hank and MikeConrad Hubriss
2009Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-LiCharlie Nash
2009The Six Wives of Henry LefayStevie
2009Play DeadRonnie RenoDirect-to-video
2009Caught in the CrossfireBriggs
2012The Wild BunchJohn (Mary's Dad)Voice role, In production
2012American ReunionChris 'Oz' Ostreicher
2014Authors AnonymousHenry Obert
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2002The Electric PlaygroundEpisode: "Episode #8.5"
2006American Dad!Gary/Rick (voice)Episode: With Friends Like Steve's
2007The Valley of LightNoahTelevision movie
2008Welcome to The CaptainMarty Tanner5 episodes
2010The Good GuysDep. Chief George Jenkins1 episode
2011–presentWilfredDrewRecurring role
2012Franklin and BashTommy DaleSeason 2, episode 10
2012Raising HopeBradSeason 3, Episode 6

Awards and nominations[edit]

Chicago Film Critics Association
Teen Choice Awards
Young Hollywood Awards

References[edit]

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