A tall, thin, freckled, redheaded player, Chris Owen carved out a niche in the late 1990s teen movie boom as a memorable young character actor, most often portraying quirky roles. Owen got his start on television, and debuted with a 1993 guest role on the odd CBS drama "Picket Fences," playing the son of a frog obsessed burglary suspect (Michael Jeter). That same year he was featured in an episode of ABC's teen-themed sitcom "Boy Meets World." The actor marked his film debut in 1994, appearing in "It Runs in the Family" starring Kieran Culkin. He could next be seen on the big screen with a role as a young cadet in "Major Payne" (1995), a comedy following a wacky Special Forces US Marine (Damon Wayans) who leads a junior ROTC group during a spell of peacetime unemployment. More substantial was Owen's co-starring turn in that year's "Angus," giving an effective performance as the geeky best friend of the tormented title character. A smaller role in the Farley/Spade vehicle comedy "Black Sheep" followed in 1996.
The actor went on to more television work, guest starring on the short-lived high school set series "The Faculty" (ABC) and "Social Studies" (UPN) in 1997, and taking a recurring stint on The WB's highly rated family drama "7th Heaven." He returned to the big screen in 1998 with featured parts in the rodeo-set "The Ride" and the high-school graduation night comedy "Can't Hardly Wait," portraying a stealthy kleptomaniac who relieves the hosting home of dozens of items in a mostly silent performance. He followed up with a role in the 1999 teen comedy "She's All That," playing a bully whose torturous tactics against diminutive Simon (Kieran Culkin) are foisted back upon him by the valiant Zack (Freddie Prinze Jr) in a memorably vile scene. Not long after, the actor was impressive in a much different part, as the social outcast math whiz best friend of aspiring astronaut Homer Hickman in the acclaimed biopic "October Sky." Owen was featured later that year as 'The Sherminator', an unlikely Casanova out to impress his friends in the successful teen sex romp "American Pie"--he also reprised the role for the 2001 sequel.
Off the success of the "Pie" films, Owen was soon cast in a string of youth-oriented and/or rauch-minded comedies, including Brian Robbins' wrestling comedy "Ready to Rumble" (2000)--opposite Ahmet Zappa and David Arquette as a dedicated fan of professional wrestling-- and the college comedies "Going Greek" (2001), "Van Wilder" (2001), "A Midsummer Night's Rave" (2002) and "National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze" (2003). Continuing his association with the Lampoon brand, Owen co-starred with Will Friedle in "National Lampoon's Gold Diggers" (2004) as a pair of clueless con artists who hope to make a fortune by marrying a pair of Beverly Hills matrons.
Cast (Feature Film)
Guest starred on episodes of "Picket Fences" (CBS) and "Boy Meets World" (ABC)
Made film debut with an appearance in the comedy feature "It Runs in the Family"
Played a young cadet in the military school comedy "Major Payne"
Co-starred in "Angus" as the geeky best friend of the title high-schooler
Appeared in the Chris Farley/David Spade comedy vehicle "Black Sheep"
Guest starred on episodes of "7th Heaven" (The WB), "The Faculty" (ABC) and "Social Studies" (UPN)
Had a supporting role in the rodeo-themed family feature "The Ride"
Played a kleptomaniac ravaging a high school graduation party in the teen comedy "Can't Hardly Wait"
Portrayed a bully with especially nauseating tactics in "She's All That," a teen take on "Pygmalion"
Co-starred as the math whiz best friend to future astronaut Homer Hickman in the 1950s-set biopic "October Sky"
Had a featured role as 'The Sherminator' an unlikely young Casanova in the teen sex romp "American Pie"
Acted in the teen movie parody-themed introductions on the 1999 MTV Movie Awards
Co-starred with David Arquette and Ahmet Zappa in "Ready to Rumble"
Revised role as Chuck Sherman in "American Pie 2"
Played a Suicidal Freshman in "National Lampoon's Van Wilder"
Co-starred in "National Lampoon's Gold Diggers"
Reprised role of 'The Sherminator' in "American Pie 4: Band Camp," a direct-to-video spinoff to the American Pie trilogy
Co-starred in Stephen King's "The Mist"