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Chris Klein



Possessing the sort of apple-cheeked, translucent-skinned All-American wholesomeness that has made him a natural for the pretty-boy jock roles which began his career, Chris Klein started a minor sensation after appearing in only two films. The actor was born in Hinsdale (Chicago), Illinois on March 14, 1979. After spending the first 13 years of his life there, he moved with his family to Nebraska. It was while he was in high school that Klein was discovered by director Alexander Payne, who was busy casting his upcoming film, Election (1999). Klein won the role of Paul Metzler in Payne's film, which opened to enthusiastic reviews. As Paul, Klein played the dim but sweet football player persuaded by Matthew Broderick's Jim McAllister to run against the unopposed Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) in the school's student council election. Klein played a similar character in his next film, the 1999 summer smash American Pie. As Chris "Oz" Ostreicher, Klein was again seen as a sweetly dim high-school jock, who, rather than wanting to win an election, channeled his energies toward losing his virginity. The success of the film was great enough to lead Klein to drop out of Texas Christian University (where he had been a freshman) to follow an acting career that had certainly gotten off to a serendipitous beginning. His days as a youthful and fresh-faced gentle jock numbered, 2002 found Klein substantially roughing it up with his action debut in director John McTiernan's much delayed and critically panned Rollerball. That same year he was in the indie drama The United States of Leland. He continued to work steadily in projects such as Just Friends, American Dreamz, and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. In 2011 he was cast in the American remake of the odd Australian sitcom Wilfred, and he answered the call when the Pie gang got back together for 2012's American Reunion. Klein later had guest spots on shows like Idiotsitter and The Grinder.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Game of Aces
  • Actor
  • Producer
2016
No Score Yet Damaged
  • Sam Luck
2015
7% Authors Anonymous
  • Henry Obert
2014
43% American Reunion
  • Oz
2012
No Score Yet Only God Could Hear Me
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Six Wives of Henry Lefay
  • Stevie
2010
No Score Yet Caught in the Crossfire
  • Briggs
2010
6% Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
  • Charlie
2009
No Score Yet Play Dead
  • Ronnie Reno
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet Hank and Mike
  • Conrad Hubriss
2008
8% New York City Serenade
  • Ray
2007
24% Day Zero
  • George Rifkin
2007
No Score Yet The Valley of Light
  • Noah Locke
2007
20% The Good Life
  • Tad
2007
No Score Yet The Long Weekend
  • Cooper Waxman
2006
41% American Dreamz
  • William Williams
2006
No Score Yet Full Count
  • Andy Lausier
2006
42% Just Friends
  • Dusty
2005
34% The United States of Leland
  • Allen Harris
2004
63% We Were Soldiers
  • Geoghegan
2002
3% Rollerball
  • Jonathan Cross
2002
52% American Pie 2
  • Oz
2001
9% Say It Isn't So
  • Gilly
2001
17% Here on Earth
  • Kelly
2000
60% American Pie
  • Oz
1999
92% Election
  • Paul Metzler
1999

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
93% The Grinder
2015-2016
  • Benji
No Score Yet Punk'd
2003-2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
75% Wilfred
2011-2014
  • Drew
67% The Good Guys
2010
  • George Gluck
91% Raising Hope
2010-2014
  • Brad
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Franklin & Bash
2011-2014
  • Actor

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