Eric Christian Olsen

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Eric Christian Olsen
Eric Christian Olsen - Monte-Carlo Television Festival (cropped).jpg
Olsen in 2013
Born(1977-05-31) May 31, 1977 (age 37)
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Sarah Wright (m. 2012)
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Eric Christian Olsen
Eric Christian Olsen - Monte-Carlo Television Festival (cropped).jpg
Olsen in 2013
Born(1977-05-31) May 31, 1977 (age 37)
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Sarah Wright (m. 2012)

Eric Christian Olsen (born May 31, 1977) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his portrayals of Detective Marty Deeks on the CBS television series NCIS: Los Angeles, and of Austin in the film Not Another Teen Movie.

Early life[edit]

Olsen was born in Eugene, Oregon, the son of Jeanne (née Donstad), a non-denominational chaplain, and Paul V. Olsen, a professor of English and head track and cross country coach of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.[1][2][3] He is of Norwegian descent.[4] Olsen spent most of his childhood in Bettendorf, Iowa and attended Bettendorf Middle and High School, where he pursued interests such as sports, Japanese, and Chinese.[5] In addition to many local theatre performances, Olsen trained in improv with ComedySportz Quad Cities and later joined the cast.


Olsen's first starring role was the titular role in the 1999 TV movie Arthur's Quest, soon after he gave an Emmy submitted portrayal of a dying burn victim on NBC's ER. His next role was a small one in HBO's Black Cat Run. Eric soon landed a starring role in the Fox TV series Get Real, playing Cameron Green. The series lasted for a year before Eric made his transition onto the big screen when he played Ben Affleck's gunner in Pearl Harbor, that was quickly followed by a leading role as Austin "The Cocky Blond Guy" in the teen send up feature film Not Another Teen Movie.

Olsen next played Jake in the teen comedy The Hot Chick. In 2003 he won the role of Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, the prequel to the hit movie Dumb and Dumber. Olsen followed that up by playing opposite Chris Evans for a second time in Cellular. He starred in the yet to be released Mojave and then joined the final season of Fox's Tru Calling. He claimed three highly contrasting roles in 2006 and 2007 with the release of Beerfest, License to Wed and Zach Braff's The Last Kiss.

Olsen co-starred as Sully in the Fox sitcom The Loop. Olsen had four other projects in 2008 and continues to reside in Malibu, CA.

Olsen appeared on Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's streaming video website Funny or Die, with a small series of segments featuring a character called Perry Hilton, an obvious parody of Paris Hilton. He starred in the 2011 science-fiction horror film The Thing.[6]

Olsen portrays Detective Marty Deeks on the CBS show NCIS: Los Angeles. His character appeared in two episodes of season one before joining the cast as a series regular in the second season.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Olsen has been in a relationship with actress Sarah Wright since 2007, and they became engaged in October 2011.[8] They were married near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on June 23, 2012.[9] Their first child, a boy, Wyatt Oliver, was born August 16, 2013.[10]

Olsen's older brother David is his stunt double on NCIS: Los Angeles.


1997Beyond Belief: Fact or FictionAdamSeason 1 Episode 2: "The Viewing, The Subway, Kid in the Closet, Justice is Served & The Tractor"
1998Black Cat RunGas Station AttendantTV movie (as Eric Olsen)
1999Arthur's QuestArtie/King ArthurTV movie
1999TurksKevin WilliamsEpisode: "Friends & Strangers"
1999ERTravis MitchellEpisode: "Responsible Parties"
1999–2000Get RealCameron Green22 episodes (main cast)
2000Lessons LearnedJackTV movie
2001Mean People SuckNickShort
2001Ruling ClassBill OlszewskiTV movie
2001Pearl HarborGunner
2001SmallvilleYoung Harry BollstonEpisode: "Hourglass"
2001Not Another Teen MovieAustin
2002Local BoysRandy Dobson
2002The Hot ChickJake
200224John MasonEpisode: "Day 2: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m."
2003Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met LloydLloyd Christmas
2004CellularChad Thompson
2004Death ValleyJosh{original title: Mojave}
2005Tru CallingJensen Ritchie5 Episodes
2006The Last KissKenny
2006–2007The LoopSully Sullivan17 episodes (main cast)
2007License to WedCarlisle
2007The ComebacksForeign Exchange Student
2007The HillMatt O'BrienTV movie
2007Write & WrongJason 'Krueger' LangdonTV movie
2008Sunshine CleaningRandy Clever
2008Eagle EyeCraig Bolston
2008–2009Brothers & SistersKyle DeWitt6 episodes
2009Fired UpNick Brady
2009The Six Wives of Henry LefayLloyd Wiggins
2009–2010CommunityVaughn Miller4 episodes
2010The Back-Up PlanClive Bennett
2010-2012Hero FactoryWilliam FurnoTrials of Furno - Breakout Part 2
2010–presentNCIS: Los AngelesMarty Deeks(recurring, first season; main cast, season 2–)
2010–2012Kick Buttowski: Suburban DaredevilWadeRecurring character
2011The ThingAdam Finch
2012Celeste and Jesse ForeverSteve Tucker


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