Frederick Christopher Klein is an American actor and director best recognized for his roles as Paul Metzler in Election (2002), Chris “Oz” Ostreicher in the American Pie comedy teen flicks, the serial killer Cicada on The Flash, and most recently as Bill Townsend on Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias.
He was born on March 14, 1979, in Hinsdale, Illinois, United States. He is 42 years old as of 2022. Chris Klein Parents, Sweet Magnolias Actor: What We Know So Far.
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Klein was raised in Brookfield, Illinois. He is of German, Irish, and English descent. His mother, Terese, is a kindergarten teacher, and his father, Fred Klein, is an engineer.
Klein was the second of three children. His older sister, Debbie, was born in 1978 and his younger brother, Timothy, was born in 1982.
Klein’s first on stage experience came when he was seven years old, and he sang This Little Light of Mine in a community theater at the Sheraton Convention Center in Chicago.
Klein lived in the town for thirteen years before moving to Omaha, Nebraska. 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 at Millard West High School in Omaha.
Chris Klein Early Career Explored
Klein was cast in Payne’s first professional acting job, Election, when he was 17 years old. Paynemore was scouting Omaha, his home town, as a potential filming location for the film.
Klein is a native of Omaha and attended Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth. In 2014, Klein was cast as an American airman in the Damien Lay film The Uberkanone.
With Kaley Cuoco, he starred in the independent comedy Authors Anonymous in 2014. Klein has been cast as Cicada, the main adversary of the fifth season of superhero television series The Flash (2018).
Chris Klein Wife & Personal Life Explored
Klein began dating actress Katie Holmes in January 2000. Around Christmas of 2003, the pair got engaged. In March 2005, the engagement was called off and their relationship ended.
In 2011, Klein met Laina Rose Thyfault, a travel agent, through a mutual contact’s wedding. They became engaged in December 2014 after three years of dating and married in August 2015 in Montana, eight months after that.
Klein announced on Twitter in March 2016 that he was expecting his first child with his wife. In March 2016, Klein revealed in a tweet that he and his wife were expecting their first child together. Their son was born in 2016. They also have a daughter who was born in 2018.
On February 5, 2005, Klein was arrested for drunk driving in San Diego County and again on June 16, 2010 in Los Angeles.
On June 21, 2010, it was reported that Klein had checked into the Cirque Lodge to begin a 30-day alcohol addiction treatment program.
According to his publicist, “After recent events, Chris realized he would need help from others if he wanted to beat this illness. He now understands that he can’t cure it all by himself.”