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Chris Klein

Chris Klein
Image credit: Chris Klein: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.com; American Pie: Universal

What ''American Pie'''s Chris Klein has been up to

AGE 24

'PIE' CHARACTER Chris ''Oz'' Ostreicher, the popular jock who loses his virginity to galpal Heather (Mena Suvari) on ''Pie'''s prom night. (Klein doesn't appear in ''Wedding.'')

CLAIM TO FAME Klein was an Omaha high school student when he was cast as...an Omaha high school student, in 1999's sleeper comedy ''Election.'' ''American Pie'' led to the decidedly less funny ''Say It Isn't So'' and ''Here on Earth.''

WHAT'S NEXT Even with the success of ''Pie,'' Klein is still best known for his role as Katie Holmes' real-life boyfriend. Next up is ''The United States of Leland,'' with Kevin Spacey and Don Cheadle (Sept. 12). Passing on ''American Wedding'' is a risk that could pay off -- if Klein can hold his own in ''Leland'' with two of Hollywood's best dramatic actors.

CAREER RATING C+

Originally posted Jul 24, 2003