Erik von Detten

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Erik von Detten
BornErik Thomas von Detten
(1982-10-03) October 3, 1982 (age 31)
San Diego, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1991 – present
 
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Erik von Detten
BornErik Thomas von Detten
(1982-10-03) October 3, 1982 (age 31)
San Diego, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1991 – present

Erik Thomas von Detten (born October 3, 1982) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in Escape to Witch Mountain, Toy Story, Brink!, The Princess Diaries, Complete Savages, and So Weird.

Personal life[edit]

Von Detten was born in San Diego, California. He is the son of Susan von Detten (née Farber), a photographer,[1] and Volker von Detten. His father is an immigrant from Munich, Germany.[2] His mother, who is American-born, is of half Russian Jewish and half English ancestry.[3] He has three sisters, Dolly, Britta, and Andrea, and a brother, Timothy.[4]

Career[edit]

One of von Detten's earliest roles was Nicholas Alamain on the daytime soap opera Days of our Lives from 1992 until 1993. Nicholas was revealed to be the secret son of Lawrence Alamain (Michael Sabatino) and Carly Manning (Crystal Chappell), two of the show's major characters. As a result von Detten was heavily involved in some of the show's main storylines, despite only being 10 years old at the time. Perhaps the most notable storyline during von Detten's time on the soap was Nicholas' accidental killing of his father's lover Lisanne Gardner, who had been attempting to blackmail Lawrence over the secret of Nicholas's parentage.

In 1995, when he was 13, provided the voice of the villainous toy-destroyer Sid Phillips in the hit movie Toy Story. In 1996 Von Detten starred in the Abc family original movie, Christmas everyday. He starred as Wally Cleaver in the 1997 movie Leave It to Beaver and also starred as the title character in the Disney Channel original movie Brink! in 1998. Von Detten has also appeared in a theatrical release as the jerk Josh Bryant in The Princess Diaries in 2001. In addition, he has made several television appearances in shows like Dinotopia (2002), the first celebrity edition of the ABC reality show The Mole, the third season's Celebrity Mole Hawaii (2003), in which he was runner-up, as well as Disney Channel's So Weird, and Fox's Malcolm in the Middle. Von Detten has also played the part of Chris Savage in the short-lived sitcom Complete Savages. In 2007, he made his stage debut in the children's play The Christmas Princess[5] in Santa Monica. In 2009, he was featured in the music video "Wanted" by pop singer Jessie James. In 2010, he made a brief cameo appearance in Toy Story 3 reprising his role as Sid Phillips, who is now a garbageman in his 20s. However, he has no actual dialogue in the movie, as he is only heard singing heavy metal guitar riffs on his MP3 Player.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1991All I Want for ChristmasChoir
1995Top DogMatthew Swanson
1995Toy StorySid (voice)
1996AmandaKelsey Farnsworth
1997HerculesBoy #1 (voice)
1997Leave It to BeaverWallace 'Wally' Cleaver
1998Brink!Andy Brinker
1999TarzanFlynt (voice)
2001Princess Diaries, TheThe Princess DiariesJosh Bryant
2001Recess: School's OutErwin Lawson / Captain Brad (voice)
2001Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third StreetErwin Lawson (voice)Video
2002American GirlKenton
2003National Lampoon's Barely LegalDeacon
2003Recess: All Growed DownErwin Lawson (voice)Video
2005SmileChris
2010Toy Story 3Sid (voice)
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1992-1993Days of our LivesNicholas Alamain55 episodes
1993Night SinsNicholas AlamainTV movie
1994In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & MadnessOlder JohnTV movie
1994Aaahh!!! Real MonstersVic (voice)Episode: "The Switching Hour"
1995Season of Hope, AA Season of HopeTyler HackettTV movie
1995Kidnapped: In the Line of DutySam HoneycuttTV movie
1995Escape to Witch MountainDannyTV movie
1995ERBen LarkinEpisode: "Hell and High Water"
1996Stranger to Love, AA Stranger to LoveJustinTV movie
1996Life with Louie(voice)Episode: "Summer of My Discontent"
1996Mr. RhodesMiloEpisode: "Pilot"
19967th HeavenRandyEpisode: "Halloween"
1996Christmas Every DayBilly JacksonTV movie
1997Toy Story TreatsSid (voice)Episode: "Woody's Nightmares"
1997Things That Go BumpChristianTV movie
1997MeegoTrip ParkerEpisode: "Pilot"
1997-2001RecessErwin Lawson (voice)9 episodes
1998You WishJeff CollinsEpisode: "Bride and Prejudice"
1998Brink!Andy 'Brink' BrinkerTV movie
1998Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild ThornberrysAdolescent Jaguar (voice)Episode: "Temple of Eliza"
1999Replacing DadDrewTV movie
1999-2000Odd Man OutAndrew Whitney13 episodes
1999-2001So WeirdClu BellMain role
2000As Told by GingerKid #2 (voice)Episode: "The Right Stuff"
2001Raising DadBrad SingerEpisode: "The Drama Club"
2001Legend of Tarzan, TheThe Legend of TarzanFlynt (voice)4 episodes
2002Do OverGary RossEpisode: "Valentine's Day Dance"
2002-2003DinotopiaKarl Scott11 episodes
2003Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDrew LamerlyEpisode: "Privilege"
2003CharmedNewspaper Reporter (uncredited)Episode: "Baby's First Demon"
20048 Simple RulesErikEpisode: "C.J.'s Party"
2004-2005Complete SavagesChris Savage10 episodes
2005Malcolm in the MiddleBradEpisode: "Secret Boyfriend"
2006Brandy & Mr. Whiskers(voice)Episode: "Dog Play Afternoon"
2007Girl, PositiveJasonTV movie
2007Avatar: The Last AirbenderChan (voice)Episode: "The Beach"
2008BonesEd DekkerEpisode: "Player Under Pressure"
2009Family Guy(voice)Episode: "Peter's Progress"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Susan Von Detten
  2. ^ According to chat interview, circa January/February 2000
  3. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/erik-von-detten
  4. ^ Sansing, Dina (2003). "the way to his heart?" (JPG). Seventeen. p. 120. Retrieved 2006-09-08. 
  5. ^ http://www.abouttheartists.com/productions/37357

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