Chris Klein (actor)

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Chris Klein
File:Chris Klein 2012.jpg
Chris Klein in March 2012
Born Frederick Christopher Klein
(1979-03-14) March 14, 1979 (age 39)
Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Laina Rose Thyfault (m. 2015)

Frederick Christopher "Chris" Klein[1] (born March 14, 1979) is an American actor who is best known for playing Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher in the American Pie comedy teen films.

Early life

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.[2][3] 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.


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Klein at an American Pie reunion

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, 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. In 2002, Klein starred in the 2002 remake of the film Rollerball, but the film was a massive critical and financial failure.[4] Klein has also appeared in several teen movies, including Just Friends (2005), American Dreamz (2006).

In 2014, Klein was cast as an American pilot in the Damien Lay film The Uberkanone.[5] He co-starred in the 2014 comedy indie film Authors Anonymous with Kaley Cuoco.[6]

Personal life

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.[7] On August 9, 2015, Klein married Laina Rose Thyfault, a travel agent, in Montana.[8]

Klein was arrested for drunk driving on February 5, 2005 in San Diego County.[9] and again in Los Angeles, California on June 16, 2010.[10] 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."[11]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Election Paul Metzler
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 Rollerball Jonathan Cross
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
Year Title Role Notes
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

Awards and nominations

Chicago Film Critics Association
  • 2000: Nominated, "Most Promising Actor" – American Pie
Teen Choice Awards
  • 2000: Nominated, "Choice Breakout Performance" – American Pie
  • 2000: Nominated, "Choice Liar" – American Pie
Young Hollywood Awards
  • 2001: Won, "Male Superstar of Tomorrow"


  1. - 'American Pie' star Klein to be arraigned
  2. Chris Klein Biography (1979-)
  4. "Rollerball (2002)". Box Office Mojo.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Jeff Sneider (7 January 2014). "Chris Klein, Victoria Summer to Star in WWI Thriller 'The Uberkanone' (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved 18 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Jerrica Tisdale (15 February 2014). "Kaley Cuoco Plays Author in New Romantic Comedy with Chris Klein". Web Pro News. Retrieved 4 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Katie Holmes and Chris Klein Split Up
  8. "American Pie Star Chris Klein Weds Laina Rose Thyfault in Montana". People. August 9, 2015. Retrieved August 9, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Chris Klein Faces Drunk-Driving Charge" Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2005.
  10. "'American Pie' Actor Chris Klein Arrested on DUI Charge." Los Angeles Times. June 16, 2010.
  11. "Chris Klein Checks Into Rehab" People. June 21, 2010.

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