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.