CHRIS KLEIN (Jonathan Cross) has quickly established himself as one of Hollywood's most sought-after young actors. He was most recently seen in the summer hit American Pie II, reprising his role as Oz from the original American Pie. He will next be seen in the epic Vietnam drama We Were Soldiers opposite Mel Gibson.
Born in Chicago, Klein moved to Omaha, Nebraska, at age 13. Wanting to act since he sang his first solo in the church choir in fourth grade, Klein starred in several school stage productions, including the role of Tony in West Side Story. It was during his senior year at Millard West High School in Omaha that he literally bumped into director Alexander Payne as Payne was scouting Klein's high school as a possible location for Election. After an audition for Payne (and only four weeks into his first semester at Texas Christian University where he was studying dramatic arts), Klein received the offer to star in Election opposite Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. Klein's portrayal of the
dim-whited jock Paul Metzler earned him praise throughout the industry, including a Chicago Film Critics nomination as Most Promising Newcomer.
Klein also starred in Here On Earth with Leelee Sobieski and Josh
Hartnett, and in Say It Isn't So opposite Heather Graham, produced by the Farrelly Brothers.
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