Chris Klein

Actor
With his all-American good looks and clean-cut image, Chris Klein rode the wave of the fin de sicle teen movie explosion, but had trouble sustaining an acting career as an adult. Discovered at his Omaha high school by ... Read more »
Born: 03/13/1979 in Hinsdale, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Damaged 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Authors Anonymous 2014 (Movie)

Henry Obert (Actor)

Lenexa, 1 Mile 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Play Dead 2014 (Movie)

Ronnie Reno (Actor)

The Wild Bunch 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Wilfred 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Reunion 2012 (Movie)

Oz (Actor)

Franklin & Bash 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good Afternoon America 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Raising Hope 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Guys 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Caught in the Crossfire 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

New York City Serenade 2009 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li 2009 (Movie)

Charlie Nash (Actor)

Day Zero 2008 (Movie)

George Rifkin (Actor)

Hank and Mike 2008 (Movie)

Conrad Hubriss (Actor)

Welcome to the Captain 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Valley of Light 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

American Dad 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

American Dreamz 2006 (Movie)

William Williams (Actor)

The Good Life 2006 (Movie)

Tad (Actor)

The Long Weekend 2006 (Movie)

Cooper (Actor)

Just Friends 2005 (Movie)

Dusty Dinkleman (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Punk'd 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The United States of Leland 2004 (Movie)

Allen Harris (Actor)

Rollerball 2002 (Movie)

Jonathan Cross (Actor)

The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

We Were Soldiers 2002 (Movie)

2nd Lieutenant Jack Geoghegan (Actor)

American Pie 2 2001 (Movie)

Oz (Actor)

Making the Movie: American Pie II 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Say It Isn't So 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Say It Isn't So 2001 (Movie)

Gilbert Noble (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Here on Earth 2000 (Movie)

Kelley (Actor)

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

American Pie 1999 (Movie)

Oz (Actor)

Election 1999 (Movie)

Paul Metzler (Actor)
Music (1)

Just Friends 2005 (Movie)

("Jamie Smiles") (Song Performer)

Biography

With his all-American good looks and clean-cut image, Chris Klein rode the wave of the fin de siècle teen movie explosion, but had trouble sustaining an acting career as an adult. Discovered at his Omaha high school by director Alexander Payne for the Reese Witherspoon hit, "Election" (1999), Klein charmed as the polite student president candidate. He catapulted to fame with a lead role in the smash teen sex comedy "American Pie" (1999) and its sequel, starring as a sensitive jock in the vein of Keanu Reeves, to whom he was often compared. Klein struggled to keep his momentum going with roles in box office disappointments like "Rollerball" (2002) and "American Dreamz" (2006), but showed a spikier comedic edge with a rare villainous turn in "Just Friends" (2005). Famous for his relationship with actress Katie Holmes, the demise of their engagement dovetailed with the controversial whirlwind courtship of Holmes by mega-movie star Tom Cruise, with Klein finding himself mentioned more frequently in relation to their coupling than as a celebrity in his own right. Plagued by a stalled career and several PR speed bumps - DUI arrests, notorious interviews, a leaked "Mamma Mia!" (2008) audition tape - Klein had trouble adjusting to life as an adult working actor after his meteoric rise as a teen star.

Relationships

Lindly Gardner

Companion
Briefly dated in 2006 no longer together

Ginnifer Goodwin Actor

Companion
Together from 2006-2008

Katie Holmes Actor

Companion
Began dating in January 2000 Announced engagement in December 2003 Announced split on March 4, 2005

Fred Klein

Father

Terri Klein

Mother

Tim Klein

Brother
Born c. 1982

Debbie Klein

Sister
Born c. 1978

EDUCATION

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth , Texas
Completed only two semesters

Millard West High School

Omaha , Nebraska 1997
Acted in high school productions and played quarterback and linebacker for the football team

Milestones

2012

Reprised role of Oz along with original cast in "American Reunion"

2009

Co-starred in the action film "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li"

2006

Played Mandy Moore's devoted, dopey boyfriend in Paul Weitz' "American Dreamz"

2005

Cast in director Roger Kumble's romantic comedy "Just Friends" with Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart

2004

Co-starred with Ryan Gosling in "The United States of Leland"

2002

Played the lead role in a remake of "Rollerball"

2002

Appeared in the Vietnam-era drama "We Were Soldiers"

2001

Played a sweet-natured guy who falls in love with a woman he mistakenly comes to think is his sister in "Say It Isn't So"

2001

Reprised role of Oz for "American Pie 2"

2000

Appeared opposite Leelee Sobieski in the love story "Here on Earth"

1999

Made film debut as class president candidate Paul Metzler in Alexander Payne's dark comedy "Election"

1999

Played Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher in the ensemble teen comedy "American Pie"

1991

Moved with family from Chicago to Nebraska

Spotted during his senior year by director Alexander Payne, who was scouting locations for the film "Election"

Born and raised in Chicago, IL

Bonus Trivia

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Klein was voted Most Likely to be Famous in high school.

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"He's just so not jaded. He has a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm for what he's doing, and it's nice to be around that." – Klein's "Say It Isn't So" co-star Heather Graham to Us Weekly, April 2, 2001

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"Who am I to disrespect my parents? I love my family. I love my life. Rebel against what? What sits before you here is 50 percent my mother and 50 percent my father, and all the ideas and everything that they've instilled in me and all the values they've instilled in me. How dare I disrespect them for creating me and loving me? It just doesn't ring true. I mean, I could be way off, but it's worked for me so far." – Klein on why he has never gone through a rebellious stage, to Us Weekly, April 2, 2001

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On Feb. 5, 2005, Klein was charged with two misdemeanor DUIs – driving under the influence and driving while having a measurable blood-alcohol level of .20 – more than twice the California limit of .08. The actor plead guilty to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge, was fined $1,800 and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service.

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Klein on portraying the clueless golden boy in "Election" (1999): "To be honest, at the time I was eighteen, and I didn't find the script all that funny. So playing someone slow was kind of an easy thing to do." – from Premiere magazine, May 2006

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On June 16, 2010, Klein was arrested a second time on suspicion of DUI. Law enforcement sources said his blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit of .08. The actor was still under probation from his 2005 arrest. Days after his arrest, Klein voluntarily checked himself into rehab at Utah's Cirque Lodge.

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