Chris Klein, 31, best known for his role as the sensitive jock, “Oz”, in the first two American Pie movies, found himself arrested in the early morning hours, Wednesday under suspicion of DUI. It has since been confirmed by the California Highway Patrol that his blood alcohol was close to triple the legal limit. The legal limit in California is .08. He was released on $25,000 bail. Klein was traveling with his dog at the time of the incident, which had to be picked up by a friend.
This is Klein’s second DUI violation (2005 was his first one) and under California law he will be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device in his vehicles. This is a device that requires the driver to blow into it and then the driver’s blood alcohol level is measured. The vehicle will not start if the level is over the legal limit.
Being known mostly as the “American Pie” actor, there is little known about Chris Klein, the actor. He doesn’t even have his own website like most celebrities do, or fan dedicated sites. Hailing from Nebraska via Illinois, Chris is the middle of three children. Taking up acting in high school, he shot to stardom first in the movie, “Election” with Reese Witherspoon before peaking in his career as Chris ‘Oz’ Ostreicher in “American Pie” and “American Pie 2”. Since then, Klein’s career has been better known for the people he has dated as opposed to any television or movie career. He famously dated Katie Holmes for 5 years before Tom Cruise ever came into the picture, and then moved on to Ginnifer Goodwin of “Big Love” fame. They have since ended their relationship as well.
According to the IMDB website, Klein has appeared in numerous little known roles since American Pie 2 was released in 2001. Some other films include “Rollerball” with LL Cool J, “Just Friends” with Ryan Reynolds and “The United States of Leland” with Ryan Gosling. Most recently, Klein just finished filming “Caught in the Crossfire” with 50 Cent.
Even more recent than completing a film with 50 Cent, however, is the leaked (or possibly released) tape for Klein’s Mama Mia audition. For 3 ½ long minutes, you get to hear the vocal stylings of Chris Klein wailing through ABBA’s “Lay All Your Love On Me”. Klein was busted for his latest DUI while driving his 1999 Chevy Blazer, not a traditional choice of vehicles for successful celebrities. You have to wonder if the tape of his failed “Mama Mia” audition was leaked by Klein on purpose to generate some buzz for his declining, or barely existent acting career. After all, he has been reduced to roles in such movies as “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li”. Seems like a long fall from his successful American Pie days.
So who is Chris Klein? Looks like he’s the “American Pie” actor with “Mama Mia” audition tape guy added to his resume. For a guy with such promise after “Election” and “American Pie”, he has certainly fallen from grace.