Chris Klein
Klein in March 2012
Frederick Christopher Klein

(1979-03-14) March 14, 1979 (age 44)[1]
Years active1999–present
Known forThe American Pie films (1999–2012)
Laina Rose Thyfault
(m. 2015)

Frederick Christopher Klein[2] (born March 14, 1979) is an American actor who is best known for playing Paul Metzler in Election, Chris "Oz" Ostreicher in the American Pie comedy teen films, the serial killer Cicada on The Flash and most recently as Bill Townsend in the Netflix series Sweet Magnolias.

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.[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.


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 steady 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).

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]

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 Frederick Easton was born July 23, 2016.[13] The couple also have a daughter Isla Rose, who was born May 26, 2018.[14]

Klein was arrested for drunk driving on February 5, 2005, in San Diego County[15] and again in Los Angeles on June 16, 2010.[16] 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 addiction alone."[17]


Year Title Role Notes
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
2005 Tilt-A-Whirl Customer #2 Short film
2005 Just Friends Dusty Dinkleman
2005 The Long Weekend Cooper Waxman
2006 American Dreamz William Williams
2006 Lenexa, 1 Mile Andy 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
2019 Benchwarmers 2 Ben McGrath
Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Electric Playground Episode: "Episode #8.5"
2006 American Dad! Gary/Rick (voice) Episode: "With Friends Like Steve's"
2007 The Valley of Light Noah Television movie
2008 Welcome to The Captain Marty Tanner 5 episodes
2010 The Good Guys Dep. Chief George Jenkins Episode: "Partners"
2011–2014 Wilfred Drew Recurring role, 15 episodes
2012 Franklin & Bash Tommy Dale Episode: "650 to SLC"
2012 Raising Hope Brad Episode: "What Up, Bro?"
2012 TRON: Uprising Dash (voice) 3 episodes
2015 Motive Brad Calgrove Episode: "Pilot Error"
2015 Damaged Sam Luck Lifetime television movie
2016 Idiotsitter Himself/DJ Doghead Episode: "Fumigation"
2016 The Grinder Benji Episode: "Genesis"
2018–2019 The Flash Orlin Dwyer / Cicada Main role (season 5), 16 episodes
2020–Present Sweet Magnolias Bill Townsend Main role, Netflix

Awards and nominations

Chicago Film Critics Association

Teen Choice Awards

Young Hollywood Awards


  1. ^ "'American Pie's' Chris Klein, wife Laina are expecting their first child". Los Angeles Times. 15 March 2016. Archived from the original on November 3, 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  2. ^ "'American Pie' star Klein to be arraigned". Usatoday.Com. 2005-04-14. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  3. ^ "Bergen". Chicago Tribune. 2001-08-01. Retrieved 2020-06-20.
  4. ^ "Rollerball (2002)". Box Office Mojo.
  5. ^ Jeff Sneider (7 January 2014). "Chris Klein, Victoria Summer to Star in WWI Thriller 'The Uberkanone' (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  6. ^ Jerrica Tisdale (15 February 2014). "Kaley Cuoco Plays Author in New Romantic Comedy with Chris Klein". Web Pro News. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  7. ^ Romano, Nick (21 July 2018). "The Flash season 5 casts American Pie's Chris Klein as the next big bad". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (22 July 2018). "'The Flash' Casts Chris Klein As Season 5 Villain Cicada – Comic-Con". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Katie Holmes and Chris Klein Split Up". 2005-03-03. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  10. ^ "American Pie Star Chris Klein Weds Laina Rose Thyfault in Montana". People. August 9, 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  11. ^ Marquina, Sierra. "Chris Klein, Wife Laina Rose Thyfault Welcome First Child — See the Adorable Photos!". Us Weekly. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  12. ^ Harrison, Lily (March 15, 2016). "Chris Klein Is Expecting His First Child With Wife Laina Rose Thyfault". E! Online. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "Chris Klein Welcomes Son". E! Online. July 27, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  14. ^ "Chris Klein and Wife Laina Welcome Second Child, Daughter Isla Rose". 2018-05-29. Retrieved 2022-08-10.
  15. ^ "Chris Klein Faces Drunk-Driving Charge". 13 April 2005. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  16. ^ "'American Pie' Actor Chris Klein Arrested on DUI Charge." Los Angeles Times. June 16, 2010.
  17. ^ Garcia, Jennifer (21 June 2010). "Chris Klein Checks Into Rehab". Retrieved 20 June 2020.