Keir O'Donnell

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Keir O'Donnell
Born (1978-11-08) 8 November 1978 (age 37)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present
Website Official website

Keir O'Donnell (born 8 November 1978) is an Australian-born American actor, best known for his roles in the comedy films Wedding Crashers and Paul Blart: Mall Cop as well as numerous television appearances.

Early life[edit]

O'Donnell was born in Sydney to an English mother and an Australian father of Irish descent[citation needed] and grew up in the suburb of St Ives. When he was eight years old, he and his family moved to Harvard, Massachusetts, United States. He has one sibling, a brother, Patrick, who is eighteen months older.[citation needed]

O'Donnell attended high school at The Bromfield School, which has a renowned drama department, and he was involved in numerous productions both on the festival circuit and in community theater.[1] In 1996 he was awarded a Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Acting Scholarship. Upon graduation he joined the first class of the newly created four-year classical theatre acting conservatory at The Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut. The Hartt School of Theatre was established by Malcolm Morrison and Alan Rust (North Carolina School of the Arts). At the Hartt School he performed in numerous plays including Three Sisters, Lysistrata, Twelfth Night, Philadelphia Here I Come, and played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet opposite Hannah Mello. He graduated in 2000 and was accepted to the Hartford Stage Co. Regional Theatre, where he appeared in Macbeth and A Christmas Carol. In early 2001, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue work in film and television. In the fall of 2001 he was cast as a lead in the US premiere of The Man Who Never Yet Saw Woman's Nakedness by Moritz Rinke, at The Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles.[citation needed]

Feature films[edit]

After several student and independent films, O'Donnell landed the role of Todd Cleary in Wedding Crashers. The film went on to become the highest grossing R-Rated comedy of all time. Not long after Crashers, Vince Vaughn invited O'Donnell to join him on the road for his Wild West Comedy Tour, a tour that hit 30 cities in 30 days across the country. O'Donnell would appear on stage with Vaughn as a special guest doing improv skits. The tour was filmed and can be seen as the documentary: Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show.[citation needed]

In 2002, he played the role of Todd Jarvis in the movie Splat!, playing a troubled teen who played paintball to help him succeed. O'Donnell re-teamed with Vaughn for The Break-Up. O'Donnell costarred in the indie comedy Flakes with Zooey Deschanel, which premiered at the 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival. O'Donnell also appeared in Henry Bean's film Noise, which was featured at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival. He appeared as the villain Veck Simms in Paul Blart: Mall Cop and appeared in the 2010 romantic comedy, When in Rome, with Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel. The same year he had a cameo in The Mother of Invention.[2]

Television work[edit]

O'Donnell made guest appearances on Lost, CSI, The Closer, and United States of Tara. He made several appearances on the first season of the FX series Sons of Anarchy. He appeared in an episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, which aired on 2 October 2008. He was part of the ensemble cast of the short-lived ABC documentary-style dramedy, My Generation (2010).[3] In 2011, he had a recurring role on the Showtime series United States of Tara, appearing for the second half of the third season as Evan, Kate's love interest.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Disconnected Son
In Your Face Todd Jarvis
2004 8 Simple Rules Derek Episode: "Mall in the Family"
Starkweather Bob Von Buch
Lost Thomas Episode: "Raised by Another"
2005 Wedding Crashers Todd Cleary
Killer Instinct Chester Episode: "Shake, Rattle, and Roll"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ken Richmond Episode: "Up in Smoke"
The Break-Up Date (Paul)
The Closer Gerald Curtis Episode: "No Good Deed"
Introducing Lennie Rose Harper TV movie
2007 After Sex David
Flakes Stuart
What We Do Is Secret Chris Ashford
It's a Mall World Dennis TV mini-series
Noise Experienced Car Thief
Deadbox Tucker
2008 Bar Starz Dick
Pathology Ben Stravinsky
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Jan Episode: "Mac & Charlie Die: Part 2"
Amusement The Laugh
Sons of Anarchy Lowell Harland 4 episodes
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Veck Sims
FlashForward Ned Ned Episode: "Black Swan"
Civil Higgins
Taking Chances Digger Morris
2010 The Runaways Rodney Bingenheimer
When in Rome Priest (Father Dino)
Complacent Thomas
Ghosts/Aliens Mike Stevens TV movie
Miss Nobody Lj Post Production
The Mother of Invention Tears of a Child Villain Also Associate Producer
My Generation Kenneth Finley
2011 United States of Tara Evan 6 episodes
2013 A Case of You Eliot
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Finney
American Sniper Jeff Kyle
2015 Fargo Ben Schmidt 5 episodes


  1. ^ "archivenew.html". Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Keir O'Donnell at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "ABC Unveils 2010–11 Primetime Schedule". The Futon Critic. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 

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