Chris Klein (actor)

Frederick Christopher "Chris" Klein (born March 14 1979) is an American movie actor. He is perhaps best known for his American Pie role, in which he played Chris "Oz" Ostreicher.


Early life

Klein was born and raised in Hinsdale, Illinois, the son of Terry, a kindergarten teacher, and Fred Klein, an engineer. 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, Klein acted in his high school's performance of West Side Story, and played quarterback and linebacker for the football 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.


After auditioning for the film, Payne chose Klein and they began filming. In April 1999, the film was released to positive reviews. Soon after, Klein found a steady amount of work in the film industry while briefly attending Texas Christian University, where he studied theater and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He was next seen in American Pie, which opened on July 9, 1999, and was a box office success. Klein has subsequently appeared in several films catering to teenage audiences, with the most recent including Just Friends (2005) and American Dreamz (2006).

Personal life

In January 2000, Klein and actress Katie Holmes began dating. He proposed to her in 2004, but the two broke off the engagement in early 2005. In 2006, he was linked to Lindly Gardner. Currently, he is romantically linked with actress Ginnifer Goodwin though both deny any relationship outside of friendship.

In Season 3 of Punk'd, Klein was the focus of a prank which involved being told that his home was being detained due to a terrorist attack. Despite seeing cameramen and audio specialists in his home, Klein remained ignorant to the set-up and ducked for cover when told to do so.


Year Film Role Other notes
1999 Election Paul Metzler
American Pie Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher
2000 Here on Earth Kelvin 'Kelley' Morse
2001 Say It Isn't So Gilbert Noble
American Pie 2 Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher
2002 Rollerball Jonathan Cross
We Were Soldiers 2nd Lt. Jack Geoghegan
2003 The United States of Leland Allen Harris
2005 Tilt-A-Whirl Customer#2 Short film
Just Friends Dusty Lee Dinkleman
2006 The Long Weekend Cooper
American Dreamz William Williams
Lenexa, 1 Mile Andy Lausier
2007 The Good Life Tad
Day Zero George Rifkin
New York City Serenade Actor
2008 Hank and Mike Conrad Hubriss
2009 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Charlie Nash
Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Electric Playground Episode: 8.5
2006 American Dad! Gary/Rick Voice Role
Episode: With Friends Like Steve's
2007 The Captain Marty Tanner
The Valley of Light Noah CBS TV-Movie

Awards & 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"


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