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8 November 1978 |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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.
O'Donnell was born in Sydney to an English mother and an Australian father of Irish descent 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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). 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.
|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|
|What We Do Is Secret||Chris Ashford|
|It's a Mall World||Dennis||TV mini-series|
|Noise||Experienced Car Thief|
|It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Jan||Episode: "Mac & Charlie Die: Part 2"|
|Sons of Anarchy||Lowell Harland||4 episodes|
|2009||Paul Blart: Mall Cop||Veck Sims|
|FlashForward||Ned Ned||Episode: "Black Swan"|
|Taking Chances||Digger Morris|
|2010||The Runaways||Rodney Bingenheimer|
|When in Rome||Priest (Father Dino)|
|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|