Chris Klein (March 1979 – )was born and raised in Hinsdale, Illinois. As a child, Klein had his first on stage experience by singing â€œThis Little Light of Mineâ€ in a community theater at the Sheraton Convention Center in Chicago. He lived in Illinois for thirteen years before his family moved to Omaha, Nebraska. At Millard South 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 South 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. In April 1999, the film was released to positive reviews. Soon after, Klein found a steady amount of work in the film industry while attending university. He was next seen in American Pie, which opened on July 9, 1999, and was a box office success. Klein reprised his American Pie role in American Pie 2 and American Reunion. In 2002, Klein had a role in the Mel Gibson Vietnam War film, We Were Soldiers. Klein has also appeared in several teen movies, including Just Friends (2005) and American Dreamz (2006).