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Also Known As: Frederick Christopher Klein Died:
Born: March 14, 1979 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hinsdale, Illinois, USA Profession: actor

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With his all-American good looks and clean-cut image, Chris Klein rode the wave of the fin de siècle teen movie explosion, but had trouble sustaining an acting career as an adult. Discovered at his Omaha high school by director Alexander Payne for the Reese Witherspoon hit, "Election" (1999), Klein charmed as the polite student president candidate. He catapulted to fame with a lead role in the smash teen sex comedy "American Pie" (1999) and its sequel, starring as a sensitive jock in the vein of Keanu Reeves, to whom he was often compared. Klein struggled to keep his momentum going with roles in box office disappointments like "Rollerball" (2002) and "American Dreamz" (2006), but showed a spikier comedic edge with a rare villainous turn in "Just Friends" (2005). Famous for his relationship with actress Katie Holmes, the demise of their engagement dovetailed with the controversial whirlwind courtship of Holmes by mega-movie star Tom Cruise, with Klein finding himself mentioned more frequently in relation to their coupling than as a celebrity in his own right. Plagued by a stalled career and several PR speed bumps - DUI arrests, notorious interviews, a leaked "Mamma Mia!" (2008) audition tape - Klein...

With his all-American good looks and clean-cut image, Chris Klein rode the wave of the fin de siècle teen movie explosion, but had trouble sustaining an acting career as an adult. Discovered at his Omaha high school by director Alexander Payne for the Reese Witherspoon hit, "Election" (1999), Klein charmed as the polite student president candidate. He catapulted to fame with a lead role in the smash teen sex comedy "American Pie" (1999) and its sequel, starring as a sensitive jock in the vein of Keanu Reeves, to whom he was often compared. Klein struggled to keep his momentum going with roles in box office disappointments like "Rollerball" (2002) and "American Dreamz" (2006), but showed a spikier comedic edge with a rare villainous turn in "Just Friends" (2005). Famous for his relationship with actress Katie Holmes, the demise of their engagement dovetailed with the controversial whirlwind courtship of Holmes by mega-movie star Tom Cruise, with Klein finding himself mentioned more frequently in relation to their coupling than as a celebrity in his own right. Plagued by a stalled career and several PR speed bumps - DUI arrests, notorious interviews, a leaked "Mamma Mia!" (2008) audition tape - Klein had trouble adjusting to life as an adult working actor after his meteoric rise as a teen star.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Wild Bunch, The (2016)
2.
 American Reunion (2012)
4.
 Hank and Mike (2007)
6.
 Good Life, The (2007)
7.
 Valley of Light (2007)
8.
 Day Zero (2007)
9.
 American Dreamz (2006)
10.
 Lenexa, 1 Mile (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Born and raised in Chicago, IL
1991:
Moved with family from Chicago to Nebraska
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Spotted during his senior year by director Alexander Payne, who was scouting locations for the film "Election"
1999:
Made film debut as class president candidate Paul Metzler in Alexander Payne's dark comedy "Election"
1999:
Played Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher in the ensemble teen comedy "American Pie"
2000:
Appeared opposite Leelee Sobieski in the love story "Here on Earth"
2001:
Played a sweet-natured guy who falls in love with a woman he mistakenly comes to think is his sister in "Say It Isn't So"
2001:
Reprised role of Oz for "American Pie 2"
2002:
Played the lead role in a remake of "Rollerball"
2002:
Appeared in the Vietnam-era drama "We Were Soldiers"
2004:
Co-starred with Ryan Gosling in "The United States of Leland"
2005:
Cast in director Roger Kumble's romantic comedy "Just Friends" with Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart
2006:
Played Mandy Moore's devoted, dopey boyfriend in Paul Weitz' "American Dreamz"
2009:
Co-starred in the action film "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li"
2012:
Reprised role of Oz along with original cast in "American Reunion"
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Education

Texas Christian University: Fort Worth , Texas -
Millard West High School: Omaha , Nebraska - 1997

Notes

"He's just so not jaded. He has a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm for what he's doing, and it's nice to be around that."---"Say It Isn't So" co-star Heather Graham quoted in Us Weekly, April 2, 2001.

"Who am I to disrespect my parents? ... I love my family. I love my life. Rebel against what? What sits before you here is 50 percent my mother and 50 percent my father, and all the ideas and everything that they've instilled in me and all the values they've instilled in me. How dare I disrespect them for creating me and loving me? It just doesn't ring true. I mean, I could be way off, but it's worked for me so far."---Klein on why he has never gone through a rebellious stage, to Us Weekly, April 2, 2001.

Klein was voted Most Likely to be Famous in high school

On Febrary 5, 2005, Chris Klein was charged with two misdemeanor DUIs, driving under the influence and for driving while having a measurable blood-alcohol level of .20, more than twice the California limit of .08; plead guilty to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge, fined $1,800 and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service.

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companion:
Katie Holmes. Actor. Dating as of January 2000; engaged as of December 2003.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Fred Klein. Engineer. Born c. 1951.
mother:
Terri Klein. Kindergarten teacher. Born c. 1950.
sister:
Debbie Klein. Born c. 1978.
brother:
Tim Klein. Born c. 1982.
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