Eric Christian Olsen

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Eric Christian Olsen
Eric Christian Olsen - Monte-Carlo Television Festival (cropped).jpg
Olsen in 2013
Eric Christian Olsen

(1977-05-31) May 31, 1977 (age 42)
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1997–present
Sarah Wright (m. 2012)

Eric Christian Olsen (born May 31, 1977) is an American actor and producer. He is known for his portrayals of Detective Marty Deeks on the CBS television series NCIS: Los Angeles, and of Austin in the film Not Another Teen Movie.

Early life[edit]

Olsen was born in Eugene, Oregon, the son of Jeanne (née Donstad), a non-denominational chaplain, and Paul V. Olsen, a professor of English, and head track and cross country coach of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.[1][2][3] He has an older brother, David, who acts as his stunt double; David is married to actress Daniela Ruah.[4] Olsen is of Norwegian descent.[5] Olsen spent most of his childhood in Bettendorf, Iowa and attended Bettendorf Middle and High School, where he pursued interests such as sports, Japanese, and Chinese.[6] In addition to many local theatre performances, Olsen trained in improv with ComedySportz Quad Cities and later joined the cast.


Olsen's first starring role was the titular role in the 1999 TV movie Arthur's Quest, soon after he gave an Emmy submitted portrayal of a dying burn victim on NBC's ER. His next role was a small one in HBO's Black Cat Run. Eric soon landed a starring role in the Fox TV series Get Real, playing Cameron Green. The series lasted for a year before Eric made his transition onto the big screen when he played Ben Affleck's gunner in Pearl Harbor, that was quickly followed by a leading role as Austin "The Cocky Blond Guy" in the teen send up feature film Not Another Teen Movie.

Olsen next played Jake in the teen comedy The Hot Chick. In 2003, he won the role of Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, the prequel to the hit movie Dumb and Dumber. Olsen followed that up by playing opposite Chris Evans for a second time in Cellular. He starred in the yet to be released Mojave and then joined the final season of Fox's Tru Calling. He claimed three highly contrasting roles in 2006 and 2007 with the release of Beerfest, License to Wed and Zach Braff's The Last Kiss.

Olsen co-starred as Sully in the Fox sitcom The Loop. Olsen had four other projects in 2008 and continues to reside in Malibu, California.

Olsen appeared on Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's streaming video website Funny or Die, with a small series of segments featuring a character called Perry Hilton, a parody of Paris Hilton. He starred in the 2011 science-fiction horror film The Thing.[7]

Olsen portrays Detective Marty Deeks on the CBS show NCIS: Los Angeles. His character appeared in two episodes of season one before joining the cast as a series regular in the second season.[8]

He is a part of the cast of Mortal Enemy Audio Book by Nicholas Ryan Howard from 2018.[9]

Olsen is a producer of a short film "Bald" from 2014 and executive producer of a documentary "Andy Irons: Kissed by God" from 2018.[10][11]. He has his own production company Cloud Nine Productions. In 2019 he started his first show as an executive producer picked up in production for Hulu called "Woke".[12]

Personal life[edit]

Olsen became engaged to actress Sarah Wright in October 2011.[13] They were married near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on June 23, 2012.[14] Their first child, a son, Wyatt Oliver Olsen was born on August 16, 2013 and their second child, a daughter, Esmé Olivia Olsen was born on August 9, 2016.[15][16][17] Olsen and Wright were featured in a 2015 episode of the HGTV series House Hunters buying a vacation home near Jackson Hole.[18] Olsen works with the charity Hats Off for Cancer as an Honorary Board Member and Spokesperson, featured on their Public Service Announcement video.[19][20]. He and his wife Sarah are members of Board of Directors of Environmental Media Awards.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Mean People Suck Nick Short film
2001 Pearl Harbor Gunner
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Austin
2002 Local Boys Randy Dobson
2002 The Hot Chick Jake
2003 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Lloyd Christmas
2004 Cellular Chad Thompson
2004 Death Valley Josh
2006 Beerfest Gunther
2006 The Last Kiss Kenny
2007 License to Wed Carlisle Myers
2007 The Comebacks Foreign Exchange Student
2008 Sunshine Cleaning Randy Clever
2008 Eagle Eye Craig Bolston
2009 Fired Up Nick Brady
2009 The Six Wives of Henry Lefay Lloyd Wiggins
2010 The Back-Up Plan Clive Bennett
2011 The Thing Adam Finch
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Steve Tucker
2014 Warning Labels Thad Short film
2015 Band of Robbers Sid Sawyer
2016 The Relationtrip Chippy (voice)
2017 Sun Dogs Thad
2017 Battle of the Sexes Lornie Kuhle
2019 The Place of No Words


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Adam 1 episode: "The Viewing, The Subway, Kid in the Closet, Justice is Served & The Tractor"
1998 Black Cat Run Gas Station Attendant TV Movie - Credited as Eric Olsen
1999 Arthur's Quest Artie/King Arthur TV Movie
1999 Turks Kevin Williams Episode: "Friends & Strangers"
1999 ER Travis Mitchell Episode: "Responsible Parties"
1999–2000 Get Real Cameron Green Main cast - 22 episodes
2000 Lessons Learned Jack TV Movie
2001 Ruling Class Bill Olszewski TV Movie
2001 Smallville Young Harry Bollston Episode: "Hourglass"
2001 Marilyn Manson: Tainted Love Austin Video short
2002 24 John Mason Episode: "Day 2: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m."
2005 Tru Calling Jensen Ritchie 5 episodes
2006–07 The Loop Sully Sullivan Main cast
17 episodes
2007 Not Another High School Show Mason Atkins TV Movie
2007 The Hill Matt O'Brien TV Movie
2007 Write & Wrong Jason 'Krueger' Langdon TV Movie
2008 Yes We Can Eric Christian Olsen Video Short
2008–09 Brothers & Sisters Kyle DeWitt 6 episodes
2009–10 Community Vaughn Miller 4 episodes
2010 Neighbors from Hell Wayne (voice) 3 episodes
2010 Lego Hero Factory: Rise of the Rookies William Furno Voice
Television Film
2011 Lego Hero Factory: Savage Planet William Furno Voice
Television Film
2010–present NCIS: Los Angeles LAPD Detective Marty Deeks Recurring cast; (season 1)
Main cast; (season 2–present)
2010–12 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Wade Recurring character
2010 - 2012 Hero Factory William Furno 07 Episodes
2015 House Hunters Himself Appeared in an episode with his wife Sarah and mother Jeanne looking for a vacation home in the Jackson Hole area
2015 Geeks Who Drink Himself Episode: Eric Christian Olsen vs. Scott Porter
2016 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Rock / Whale / Additional Voices 02 Episodes
2017 Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television Eric Christian Olsen Season 1, 2 episodes
2018 Robot Chicken Martin Brody / Basil of Baker Street / Logan 5 Episode: "Things Look Bad for the Streepster"


  1. ^ "Eric Christian Olsen Biography (1977?-)". 1977-05-31. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  2. ^ "Coach Paul V. Olsen - Augustana College". Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  3. ^ Archived 2013-10-14 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "'NCIS: LA' Stars Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah on Densi: Could There Be Wedding Bells?".
  5. ^ "Eric Christian Olsen On Set Interview THE THING". 8 October 2010.
  6. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2014-03-12. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  7. ^ Creepy, Uncle (2010-06-15). "Finally We Know When We Can See The Thing!". Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  8. ^ "NCIS: Los Angeles Promotes Eric Christian Olsen to Series Regular". TV Guide.
  9. ^ "Mortal Enemy Book the Audio Experience".
  10. ^ "Bald movie".
  11. ^ "Andy Irons Kissed by God". August 31, 2018.
  12. ^ "'Woke' Comedy Starring Lamorne Morris Picked Up To Series By Hulu". August 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "Actor Olsen Is Engaged". ContactMusic. October 25, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  14. ^ Monica Rizzo (June 25, 2012). "Eric Christian Olsen Marries Sarah Wright". Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  15. ^ Rizzo, Monica (26 August 2013). "Eric Christian Olsen and Sarah Wright Welcome Son Wyatt Oliver". People. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  16. ^ "Eric Christian Olsen & Sarah Wright Olsen Expecting Baby No. 2". E! Online. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  17. ^ "Eric Christian and Sarah Wright Olsen Welcome Daughter". Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  18. ^ "'NCIS: LA' Star Eric Christian Olsen and Wife Sarah Wright Hunt for Homes on HGTV".
  19. ^ "Hats Off For Cancer Board of Directors". Hats Off For Cancer. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  20. ^ "Hats Off For Cancer PSA". YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  21. ^ "Board of Directors of Environmental Media Awards". Board of Directors. Retrieved October 13, 2019.

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