In a story worthy of a movie itself, Frederick Christopher “Chris” Klein was discovered in his Omaha, Nebraska high school by director Alexander Payne. Payne was casting for his cult film Election. A natural talent, Chris won the role of ‘Paul Metzler’ and charmed as the polite student president candidate opposite Reese Witherspoon. This role catapulted him into fame and scored him his next breakout role as ‘Chris “Oz” Ostreicher’ in American Pie and the highly successful sequel American Pie 2. It was for this role that Chris was nominated for the Chicago Film Critics Association's Most Promising Actor, as well as for two Teen Choice Awards. In 2012, he reprised his iconic role in the final installment of the franchise, American Reunion, which grossed $235 million dollars worldwide.
Chris starred in the teen hit Here On Earth with Leelee Sobieski, nabbing him the “Male Superstar of Tomorrow” Young Hollywood Award. His career continued to flourish with roles in blockbuster films such as When We Were Soldiers and Just Friends, which showcased his range for both drama and comedic flair. Other notable film credits include John McTiernan's Rollerball, 20th Century Fox's comedy Say It Isn't So opposite Heather Graham which was produced by the Farrelly Brothers, and independent film The United States of Leland, with Kevin Spacey, Ryan Gosling and Don Cheadle. His movies have grossed over $1.9 billion dollars at the box office.
Chris has continued his work on the small screen as well, with guest roles on the television shows Welcome to the Captain, Franklin and Bash, Raising Hope, and is currently shooting his third season of Wilfred, working alongside Day Zero costar, Elijah Wood. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his German shepherd, Chief.