Chris Klein (actor)

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Chris Klein in March 2012
Frederick Christopher Klein

(1979-03-14) March 14, 1979 (age 40)
Residence Austin, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active1999–present
Known for The American Pie films (1999–2012)
Laina Rose Thyfault(m. 2015)

Frederick Christopher 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, and (more recently) Orlin Dwyer / Cicada in The Flash .

<i>American Pie</i> (film series) series of teen films

American Pie is a film series, consisting of eight sex comedy films. The first film in the series was released in 1999, by Universal Pictures, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, and gained a cult following amongst young people. The second and third films were released at two-year intervals, whereas the fourth film was released in 2012. A spin-off film series titled American Pie Presents, which includes four direct-to-video films was released from 2005 to 2009.

Teen film is a film genre targeted at teenagers and young adults in which the plot is based upon the special interests of teenagers and young adults, such as coming of age, attempting to fit in, bullying, peer pressure, first love, teen rebellion, conflict with parents, teen angst or alienation. Often these normally serious subject matters are presented in a glossy, stereotyped or trivialized way. For legal reasons, many teenage characters are portrayed by young adults. Some teen films appeal to young males while others appeal to young females.

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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, Timothy, 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.

Brookfield, Illinois Village in Illinois, United States

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Germans citizens or native-born people of Germany; or people of descent to the ethnic and ethnolinguistic group associated with the German language

Germans are a Germanic ethnic group native to Central Europe, who share a common German ancestry, culture and history. German is the shared mother tongue of a substantial majority of ethnic Germans.

Irish people Ethnic group with Celtic and other roots, native to the island of Ireland, with shared history and culture

The Irish are a Celtic nation and ethnic group native to the island of Ireland, who share a common Irish ancestry, identity and culture. Ireland has been inhabited for about 12,500 years according to archaeological studies. For most of Ireland's recorded history, the Irish have been primarily a Gaelic people. Anglo-Normans conquered parts of Ireland in the 12th century, while England's 16th/17th-century (re)conquest and colonisation of Ireland brought a large number of English and Lowland Scots people to parts of the island, especially the north. Today, Ireland is made up of the Republic of Ireland and the smaller Northern Ireland. The people of Northern Ireland hold various national identities including British, Irish, Northern Irish or some combination thereof.


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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 , acting as Christopher Russell Ostreicher, 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 role in American Pie 2 (2001) and American Reunion (2012), but was not in American Wedding reportedly due to scheduling conflicts. In 2002, Klein had a role in the Mel Gibson Vietnam War film We Were Soldiers . 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) and American Dreamz (2006).

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Lambda Chi Alpha North American collegiate fraternity

Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧΑ), commonly known as Lambda Chi, is a college Fraternity in North America, which was founded in 1909. It is one of the largest social fraternities in North America, with more than 280,000 lifetime members and active chapters and colonies at 195 universities. The youngest of the fifteen largest social fraternities, Lambda Chi Alpha has initiated the third highest number of men ever, based on NIC statistics. Lambda Chi's International Headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Its members are referred to as "Lambda Chis", "LCAs", "Lambdas", and "Choppers". It was a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) until October 2015.

<i>American Pie</i> (film) 1999 US comedy film

American Pie is a 1999 American teen sex comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and Chris Weitz, in their directorial film debut. It is the first film in the American Pie theatrical series. The film was a box-office hit and spawned three direct sequels: American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003), and American Reunion (2012). The film concentrates on five best friends who attend East Great Falls High. With the exception of Stifler, the guys make a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation. The title is borrowed from the song of the same name and refers to a scene in the film, in which the protagonist is caught masturbating with a pie after being told that third base feels like "warm apple pie". Writer Adam Herz has stated that the title also refers to the quest of losing one's virginity in high school, which is as "American as apple pie."

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] In 2018, Klein was cast as Cicada, the main villain of the fifth season of superhero television series The Flash . [7] [8]

Comedy is a genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humour. These films are designed to make the audience laugh through amusement and most often work by exaggerating characteristics for humorous effect. Films in this style traditionally have a happy ending. One of the oldest genres in film, some of the very first silent movies were comedies, as slapstick comedy often relies on visual depictions, without requiring sound. When sound films became more prevalent during the 1920s, comedy films took another swing, as laughter could result from burlesque situations but also dialogue.

An independent film, independent movie, indie film or indie movie, is a feature film or short film that is produced outside the major film studio system, in addition to being produced and distributed by independent entertainment companies. Independent films are sometimes distinguishable by their content and style and the way in which the filmmakers' personal artistic vision is realized. Usually, but not always, independent films are made with considerably lower budgets than major studio films.

Kaley Cuoco American film and television actress

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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. [9] Klein met Laina Rose Thyfault, a travel agent, in 2011 at a mutual friend's wedding. They got engaged in December 2014 after three years of dating and married eight months later on August 9, 2015 in Montana. [10] [11] In March 2016, Klein announced in a tweet that he and his wife were expecting their first child together. [12] Their son was born in 2016. [13] The couple also have a daughter, who was born in 2018.

Katie Holmes American actress, model and filmmaker

Kate Noelle Holmes is an American actress, producer, and director. She first achieved fame as Joey Potter on the television series Dawson's Creek (1998–2003).

Montana State of the United States of America

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Klein was arrested for drunk driving on February 5, 2005 in San Diego County [14] and again in Los Angeles on June 16, 2010. [15] 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." [16]

Drunk driving is the act of operating a motor vehicle with the operator's ability to do so impaired as a result of alcohol consumption, or with a blood alcohol level in excess of the legal limit. For drivers 21 years or older, driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher is illegal. For drivers under 21 years old, the legal limit is lower, with state limits ranging from 0.00 to 0.02. Lower BAC limits apply when operating boats, airplanes, or commercial vehicles. Among other names, the criminal offense of drunk driving may be called driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI), operating [a] vehicle under the influence of alcohol (OVI), or operating while impaired (OWI).

San Diego County, California County in California, United States

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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
2005Tilt-A-WhirlCustomer #2 Short film
2005 Just Friends Dusty Dinkleman
2005 The Long Weekend Cooper Waxman
2006 American Dreamz William Williams
2006Lenexa, 1 MileAndy Lausier
2007 The Good Life Tad Tokas
2007 Day Zero George Rifkin
2007 New York City Serenade Ray
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 American Reunion Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher
2014 Authors Anonymous Henry Obert
2016 Game of Aces Jackson Cove
2018 The Competition Calvin Chesney
2019Benchwarmers 2Ben McGrathcompleted
2002 The Electric Playground Episode: "Episode #8.5"
2006 American Dad! Gary/Rick (voice)Episode: "With Friends Like Steve's"
2007The Valley of LightNoah Television movie
2008 Welcome to The Captain Marty Tanner5 episodes
2010 The Good Guys Dep. Chief George JenkinsEpisode: "Partners"
20112014 Wilfred DrewRecurring role, 15 episodes
2012 Franklin & Bash Tommy DaleEpisode: "650 to SLC"
2012 Raising Hope BradEpisode: "What Up, Bro?"
2015MotiveBrad CalgroveEpisode: "Pilot Error"
2015DamagedSam LuckLifetime television movie
2016 Idiotsitter Himself/DJ DogheadEpisode: "Fumigation"
2016 The Grinder BenjiEpisode: "Genesis"
2018–2019 The Flash Orlin Dwyer / Cicada Main role (season 5), 13 episodes

Awards and nominations

Chicago Film Critics Association

Teen Choice Awards

Young Hollywood Awards

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