Chris Klein (actor)
Chris Klein in March 2012
|Born||Frederick Christopher Klein
March 14, 1979
Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.
|Known for||The American Pie films (1999-2012)|
|Spouse(s)||Laina Rose Thyfault (m. 2015)|
Klein was raised in Brookfield, Illinois. He is of German, Irish, and English descent. 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. The film was released in April 1999 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, acting as Christopher Russell Ostreicher, which opened on July 9, 1999, and was a box office success. The following year Klein starred in Here on Earth alongside LeeLee Sobieski and Josh Hartnett (2000). Klein reprised his American Pie role in American Pie 2 (2001) and American Reunion (2012), 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. 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).
In January 2000, Klein and actress Katie Holmes began dating. The couple became engaged around Christmas of 2003. The couple called off the engagement and ended their relationship in March 2005. He dated actress Ginnifer Goodwin for two years until their breakup in 2008. On August 9, 2015, Klein married Laina Rose Thyfault, a travel agent, in Montana. In March 2016, Klein announced in a tweet that he and his wife Thyfault were expecting their first child together.
Klein was arrested for drunk driving on February 5, 2005 in San Diego County. and again in Los Angeles, California on June 16, 2010. 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 Waxman|
|2006||American Dreamz||William Williams|
|2006||Lenexa, 1 Mile||Andy Lausier|
|2007||The Good Life||Tad Tokas|
|2007||Day Zero||George Rifkin|
|2007||New York City Serenade||Ray|
|2007||The Valley of Light||Noah Lark||TV film|
|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|
|2010||Caught in the Crossfire||Briggs|
|2012||The Wild Bunch||John (Mary's Dad)||Voice role, In production|
|2012||American Reunion||Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher|
|2014||Authors Anonymous||Henry Obert|
|2002||The Electric Playground||Episode: "Episode #8.5"|
|2006||American Dad!||Gary/Rick (voice)||Episode: With Friends Like Steve's|
|2007||The Valley of Light||Noah||Television movie|
|2008||Welcome to The Captain||Marty Tanner||5 episodes|
|2010||The Good Guys||Dep. Chief George Jenkins||Episode: "Partners"|
|2011–2014||Wilfred||Drew||Recurring role, 15 episodes|
|2012||Franklin & Bash||Tommy Dale||Episode: "650 to SLC"|
|2012||Raising Hope||Brad||Episode: "What Up, Bro?"|
|2015||Motive||Brad Calgrove||Episode: "Pilot Error"|
|2015||Damaged||Sam Luck||Lifetime television movie|
|2016||Idiotsitter||Himself/DJ Doghead||Episode: "Fumigation"|
|2016||The Grinder||Benji||Episode: "Genesis"|
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.
- Jeff Sneider (7 January 2014). "Chris Klein, Victoria Summer to Star in WWI Thriller ‘The Uberkanone’ (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
- Jerrica Tisdale (15 February 2014). "Kaley Cuoco Plays Author in New Romantic Comedy with Chris Klein". Web Pro News. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- "Katie Holmes and Chris Klein Split Up
- Ginnifer Goodwin and Chris Klein Call It Quits - Breakups. People.com. Retrieved on 2014-06-05.
- "American Pie Star Chris Klein Weds Laina Rose Thyfault in Montana". People. August 9, 2015. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
- Harrison, Lily (March 15, 2016). "Chris Klein Is Expecting His First Child With Wife Laina Rose Thyfault". E! Online. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
- "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.
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