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Also Known As: Christopher Eugene O'Donnell Died:
Born: June 26, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Winnetka, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, model

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Golden Globe nominated actor Chris O'Donnell was deemed the next "golden boy" of Hollywood following his breakout supporting role opposite a particularly crusty Al Pacino in "Scent of a Woman" (1992). He held his own with unexpected strength, and because of this performance, went on to enjoy a steady film career playing clean-cut, regular-guys-turned-heroes who fought to save people in courtrooms and from dangerous mountainsides. Among his more famous "hero" roles was that of comic book character Robin; first opposite Val Kilmer in "Batman Forever" (1995) and then alongside George Clooney in the dismal, franchise-halting sequel, "Batman & Robin" (1997). In the new millennium, O'Donnell's flagging film career gave way to stability as a dramatic TV actor on "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, 2009- ), where his sturdy, everyman quality found a warm reception among primetime audiences.

Golden Globe nominated actor Chris O'Donnell was deemed the next "golden boy" of Hollywood following his breakout supporting role opposite a particularly crusty Al Pacino in "Scent of a Woman" (1992). He held his own with unexpected strength, and because of this performance, went on to enjoy a steady film career playing clean-cut, regular-guys-turned-heroes who fought to save people in courtrooms and from dangerous mountainsides. Among his more famous "hero" roles was that of comic book character Robin; first opposite Val Kilmer in "Batman Forever" (1995) and then alongside George Clooney in the dismal, franchise-halting sequel, "Batman & Robin" (1997). In the new millennium, O'Donnell's flagging film career gave way to stability as a dramatic TV actor on "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, 2009- ), where his sturdy, everyman quality found a warm reception among primetime audiences.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Little Help, A (2010)
3.
 Max Payne (2008)
5.
 Sisters, The (2005)
6.
 Kinsey (2004) Wardell Pomeroy
7.
 29 Palms (2003) The Hitman
8.
 Vertical Limit (2000) Peter Garrett
9.
 Bachelor, The (1999) Jimmy Shannon
10.
 Cookie's Fortune (1999) Jason Brown
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Milestones close milestones

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Grew up in Winnetka, Illinois near Chicago's north shore
1983:
Began modeling and appearing in local TV commercials
1986:
Professional acting debut in an episode of the ABC series, "Jack and Mike"
1988:
Film debut, playing Jessica Lange's teenage son in "Men Don't Leave"
1990:
Second collaboration with Jessica Lange, "Blue Sky" (released theatrically in 1994)
1992:
Joined an all-star cast in "School Ties"
1992:
Played a prep schooler who takes a job spending time with a blind military man (Al Pacino) in "Scent of a Woman"
1995:
Played the romantic lead opposite Minnie Driver in "Circle of Friends"
1995:
Cast as Robin opposite Val Kilmer's Batman in Joel Schumacher's "Batman Forever"
1996:
Offered a fine turn in an adaptation of John Grisham's "The Chamber"
1996:
Portrayed a young Ernest Hemingway in the fact based story "In Love and War"
1997:
Formed production company, George Street Pictures; entered into producing agreement with Warner Bros.
1997:
Reprised Robin, opposite George Clooney's Batman in Schumacher's critically panned "Batman & Robin"
:
Took hiatus from film acting, reportedly turning down a role in "Men in Black" (1997)
1999:
Returned to acting in Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune"
1999:
Executive producing debut, "The Bachelor"; also starred
1999:
TV debut as executive producer, "The Miracle on the 17th Green" (CBS)
2000:
Starred in the action adventure "Vertical Limit"
2001:
Appeared in Arthur Miller's "The Man Who Had All the Luck" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; reprised role on Broadway in 2002
2003:
Had a recurring role on the ABC drama, "The Practice"
2004:
Portayed researcher Wardell Pomeroy in "Kinsey" opposite Liam Neeson as Alfred Kinsey
2006:
Guest-starred as Meredith's love interest, veterinarian Finn Dandridge on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"
2006:
Played the lead in the limited TNT series, "The Company"
2008:
Played Abigail Breslin's father in the family film, "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl"
2009:
Cast as Special Agent G. Callen in the spin-off series, "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS)
2010:
Starred in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to the 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"
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Education

University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
Loyola Academy: Willmette , Illinois - 1988
Boston College: Boston , Massachusetts - 1994

Notes

"Aged 29, his career is back in the ascendancy. More camp than swashbuckling, as his two Batman outings proved, he's an unconvincing action hero. As comedy movies get grosser, O'Donnell is a reassuring comedic figure who, unlike Jim Carrey, can actually charm a member of the opposite sex rather than blow raspberries at her." --From "Chris O'Donnell" by Akin Ojumu in The Observer, July 25, 1999.

"What makes Chris so funny is that he does his scenes with a straight face. He wasn't trying hard to convince us he was funny." --director Robert Altman on working with O'Donnell in "Cookie's Fortune" (1999), from The Chicago Sun-Times, April 4, 1999.

"Sometimes people think that I'm not serious about the business. I love doing it as much as anybody else, and I want to do it forever. But I am not going to say it's the most important thing in my life. It never will be. I didn't want to work, work, work and then realize, all of a sudden, that we've got a couple of kids and we never had the chance to travel together, to be young and married and having fun." --Chris O'Donnell quoted in US, May 1999

O'Donnell confessed his addictions to Jane Granahl of The San Francisco Examiner (December 20, 1998): "I have a SERIOUS caffeine habit. And golf. I played 36 holes yesterday on my day off."

"The terrible scandal about Chris O'Donnell is that there is no terrible dark scandal." --Joel Schumacher to Los Angeles, June 1997.

"It frustrates [the press] that I have this clean-cut image. It's not normal for an actor to be like this, I guess. But I'm not trying to create an image. I'm just being myself." --Chris O'Donnell quoted in The Chicago Tribune, June 15, 1997.

"I don't think I realized how fortunate I was at the time to be afforded that opportunity with these legendary pros, these famous people. I didn't know how lucky I was . . . " --O'Donnell on working with the likes of such actors as Jessica Lange, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway, quoted in Empire, July 1997.

"I was ambitious at a pretty young age. I was really organized. I had some head shots made, and I had files set up. I was really into it. I had my dad's briefcase when I was 10 years old, trying to be a little businessman. I saw my dad go to work every day, and it was exciting." --O'Donnell quoted in US, November 1996.

". . . it's certainly my experience with every other actor, director, screenwriter or anybody else I've ever met in Hollywood that it's mainly driven by a need that has to be filled--that's where the energy is coming from. I don't see that in [Chris] at all. I think he could become an announcer for the Chicago Cubs and be just as happy. He doesn't seem as if he is driven, and yet my logic tells me that you don't wind up in the position he's in without driving for something." --"Scent of a Woman" director James Foley quoted in US, November 1996.

"He and I would get so livid with each other in the funniest of ways because I'm the biggest hippie and he's the biggest yuppie. We were the ultimate yin and yang. I'd be, like, taking my Polaroids of the clouds and the butterflies, and he'd be, like, talking scholastic issues and economic problems in the world. He's the realist and I'm the idealist. And I think people like Chris need a bit of the shake-up of the hippie and I think the hippie needs a bit of the shake-up of the yuppie." --"Mad Love" co-star Drew Barrymore to US, November 1996.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Reese Witherspoon. Actor. Reportedly dated briefly.
wife:
Caroline Fentress. Teacher. Born c. 1972; sister of O'Donnell's college roommate; together since c. 1993; married on April 19, 1997.

Family close complete family listing

father:
William O'Donnell Sr. Radio station manager, former stockbroker.
mother:
Julie O'Donnell. Real estate agent.
daughter:
Lily Anne O'Donnell. Born on September 3, 1999 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
son:
Christopher Eugene O'Donnell Jr. Born on October 24, 2000.
son:
Charles McHugh O'Donnell. Born on July 11, 2003 in Los Angeles, California.
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