Chris Klein (actor)
Chris Klein in March 2012
|Born||Frederick Christopher Klein
March 14, 1979
Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.
Klein was born and raised in Hinsdale, Illinois. His mother, Terese (née Bergen), is a kindergarten teacher, and his father, Fred Klein, is an engineer. Klein was the second of three children. His older sister Debbie was born in 1978, and his younger brother was born in 1982. As a child, Klein had his first on stage experience by singing “This Little Light of Mine” in a community theater at the Sheraton Convention Center in Chicago. He lived in the town for thirteen years before his family moved to Omaha, Nebraska. At Millard West High School in Omaha, Klein acted in his high school's performance of West Side Story, played cornerback and linebacker for the football team, and swam on the Millard West Swim Team. In his senior year, Klein was offered his first professional acting job by director Alexander Payne, who was scouting Omaha, his hometown, as a potential filming location for the film Election. He attended Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas.
After auditioning for Election, Payne chose Klein and they began filming. In April 1999, the film was released to positive reviews. Soon after, Klein found a steady amount of work in the film industry while briefly attending TCU, where he studied theater and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He was next seen in American Pie, which opened on July 9, 1999, and was a box office success. Klein reprised his American Pie role in American Pie 2 and American Reunion, but was not in the third installment, American Wedding, reportedly due to scheduling conflicts. In 2002, Klein had a role in the Mel Gibson Vietnam War film, We Were Soldiers. In 2002, Klein starred in the 2002 remake of the film Rollerball, but the film was a massive critical and financial failure. Klein has also appeared in several teen movies, including Just Friends (2005), American Dreamz (2006), and the upcoming crime drama Street Life (2015).
Klein was arrested for drunk driving on February 5, 2005 in San Diego County. Klein was arrested again in Los Angeles, California on June 16, 2010, for driving while drunk. On June 21, 2010, it was announced that Klein had checked into the Cirque Lodge to begin a 30-day alcohol addiction program. Klein's publicist explained that "after recent events, Chris was forced to take a clear look at a problem he has been trying to deal with himself for years. He understands now that he cannot beat this disease alone."
|1999||American Pie||Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher|
|2000||Here on Earth||Kelvin 'Kelley' Morse|
|2001||Say It Isn't So||Gilbert Noble|
|2001||American Pie 2||Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher|
|2002||We Were Soldiers||2nd Lt. Jack Geoghegan|
|2003||The United States of Leland||Allen Harris|
|2005||Tilt-A-Whirl||Customer #2||Short film|
|2005||Just Friends||Dusty Dinkleman|
|2005||The Long Weekend||Cooper|
|2006||American Dreamz||William Williams|
|2006||Lenexa, 1 Mile||Andy Lausier|
|2007||The Good Life||Tad|
|2007||Day Zero||George Rifkin|
|2007||New York City Serenade||Ray|
|2008||Hank and Mike||Conrad Hubriss|
|2009||Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li||Charlie Nash|
|2009||The Six Wives of Henry Lefay||Stevie|
|2009||Play Dead||Ronnie Reno||Direct-to-video|
|2009||Caught in the Crossfire||Briggs|
|2012||The Wild Bunch||John (Mary's Dad)||Voice role, In production|
|2012||American Reunion||Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher|
|2015||Street Life||Mr. Gardner||Unconfirmed|
|2002||The Electric Playground||Episode: "Episode #8.5"|
|2006||American Dad!||Gary/Rick||Voice role
1 episode, With Friends Like Steve's
|2007||The Valley of Light||Noah||CBS Television movie|
|2008||Welcome to The Captain||Marty Tanner||5 episodes|
|2010||The Good Guys||Dep. Chief George Jenkins||1 episode|
|2012||Franklin and Bash||Tommy Dale||Season 2, episode 10|
|2012||Raising Hope||Brad||Season 3, Episode 6|
Awards and nominations
- 2000: Nominated, "Most Promising Actor" – American Pie
- 2000: Nominated, "Choice Breakout Performance" – American Pie
- 2000: Nominated, "Choice Liar" – American Pie
- Young Hollywood Awards
- 2001: Won, "Male Superstar of Tomorrow"
- USATODAY.com - 'American Pie' star Klein to be arraigned
- Chris Klein Biography (1979-)
- "Rollerball (2002)". Box Office Mojo.
- "Katie Holmes and Chris Klein Split Up
- "Chris Klein Faces Drunk-Driving Charge" Los Angeles Times. April 13, 2005.
- "'American Pie' Actor Chris Klein Arrested on DUI Charge." Los Angeles Times. June 16, 2010.
- "Chris Klein Checks Into Rehab" People. June 21, 2010.