Actor Jason Biggs displayed a solid comic timing and likable underdog presence with his 1999 breakthrough role in the teen summer comedy "American Pie" that led to comparisons with offbeat comic turned box office draw Adam Sandler, his short dark hair and vaguely startled expression making the likeness all the more apparent. Starting out as a child actor at age five, the New Jersey native appeared in the 1991 Seattle run and early Broadway previews of Herb Gardner's award-winning "Conversations With My Father" before scoring a regular role as difficult student Willie Trancus for a partial season of the Dabney Coleman vehicle "Drexell's Class" (Fox, 1991) at age 13. That same year he made his film debut with a small role in the psychodrama "The Boy Who Cried Bitch." In 1994, Biggs took on the role of troubled teen Pete Wendall on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns," his performance earning him a Daytime Emmy nomination. A recurring role on the short-lived "Total Security" (ABC, 1997) followed, but despite his healthy number of credits, the actor was still a virtual unknown when cast in "American Pie." Biggs would gain notice for his portrayal of one of four friends desperate to lose their virginity before graduation in the Weitz brothers' modern retread of a 1980s favorite, the teen sex comedy. His questionable treatment of dessert food inspired the cheeky title, with the memorable scene featured in a racy trailer that grabbed the attention of many a wily teenager, insuring a good bit of summer business. The film was a rousing box office success, and more surprisingly, the equal parts raunchy and heartfelt film was generally praised by critics. Biggs gave an impressive performance, realistically and humorously evincing adolescent awkwardness.