CHRIS KLEIN first burst onto the screen as Paul Metzler, opposite Reese Witherspoon, and Mathew Broderick in Alexander Payne's Election. The role earned him a Chicago Film Critics nomination as Most Promising Newcomer. The film went on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Independent Spirit Awards for Best Picture and Best Screenplay.
Klein's next film was American Pie, which was a blockbuster at the boxoffice in 1999. The film has gone on be a comedy classic and Klein reprised his role of Oz in American Pie 2 in 2001.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Klein moved to Omaha, Nebraska at 13, appearing in several school productions. It was during his senior year at Millard West High School that he was brought to the attention of Alexander Payne while Payne was scouting locations for Election.
Klein's other starring roles include, Paramount's We Were Soldiers, with Mel Gibson, John McTiernan's Rollerball, Here on Earth, with LeeLee Sobieski and Josh Hartnett, 20th Century Fox's comedy Say It Isn't So opposite Heather Graham, produced by the Farrelly Brothers and The United States of Leland, with Kevin Spacey, Ryan Gosling and Don Cheadle.
On stage, Klein starred in "This is Our Youthâ in London's West End, with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Heather Burns.
Klein recently completed production on "Universal's American Dreamz re-teaming him with American Pie directors Paul and Chris Weitz. He will next be seen starring in the indie film The Long Weekend for director Pat Holden and co-starring Brendan Fehr.
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