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Originally posted 04/06/2012 06:00AM
Chris Klein contacted a movie theater in his publicist's home town of Birmingham, Ala., and arranged a special screening for 50 of her closest friends and family of his new movie, American Reunion. Oh, and the actor, of course, picked up the tab, as well.
"He wanted to surprise her and show his appreciation to a community of people who have supported her and her family while they have been traveling to promote the film," says a source close to the actor.
– Jennifer Garcia
Originally posted 04/05/2012 02:30PM
A decade after Chris Klein found success in films like Election and American Pie, his family and friends knew the actor had a problem with alcohol. But they weren't the only ones: His dog, German shepherd Chief, realized it too.
"He would get agitated that the alcohol was coming out, and I will be forever grateful to him for that," Klein tells PEOPLE.
"He began to recognize the behavior shift in me when [I drank] alcohol and his behavior would change. Anybody that has a meaningful relationship with a dog will understand that the disappointment that I saw in his eyes, [it was] insurmountable."
Originally posted 03/28/2012 05:00PM
Chris Klein became an overnight heartthrob after starring in Election and the 1999 breakout hit American Pie.
"It was nothing short of magic," says the actor, of his early stardom – something he quickly learned wouldn't last forever.
Klein slid into a battle with alcoholism that nearly cost him his career – and his life.
"I would have died, and I think about that every single day," the actor, 33, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive new interview.
Originally posted 04/18/2011 08:00AM
Chris Klein, known for his role as Chris "Oz" Ostreicher in the American Pie franchise, has officially signed on Universal's American Reunion, the actor's rep, Jaime Primak, confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
The deal for the much-anticipated reunion film was recently finalized, and Klein, 32, is "very excited to reunite with the original cast," says Primak.
He joins other Pie alums Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy and the most recently announced addition, Alyson Hannigan.
Originally posted 03/15/2011 11:00AM
Coming this summer to TV – actor Chris Klein!
Following two alcohol-related arrests, jail time and an extended stay in rehab, the actor has signed on to a multi-episode arc on the FX comedy Wilfred, his rep Jaime Primak tells PEOPLE.
Based on an Australian sitcom of the same name, the show stars Elijah Wood, who plays Ryan. Klein will play the love interest of Jenna, Ryan's neighbor, played by actress Fiona Gubelmann.
The show is set to premiere in June.
As for the actor's state of mind, a friend tells PEOPLE: "He's doing fantastic and is really excited to get back to work."
Originally posted 10/25/2010 11:40AM
Following two alcohol-related arrests, four days in jail and a two-month stay in rehab, Chris Klein is back to doing what he loves – acting.
The American Pie actor, 31, is currently on location shooting Fox's The Good Guys, staring Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford.
Klein is set to guest star on the police comedy's season finale.
"He's doing fantastic," says a close friend. "He loves comedy and these guys are all fantastic."
Originally posted 09/03/2010 12:55PM
Chris Klein has owned up to his mistakes.
The actor has served 96 hours behind bars on his own accord for his second drunk-driving arrest and has also completed two months in a live-in rehab facility.
Klein, 31, personally appeared Friday in a Van Nuys, Calif., court where he pleaded no contest to DUI and was sentenced to four years' probation, fines and an 18-month alcohol education class.
"I apologize for my wrongdoing and I really appreciate that the court gave me the opportunity to prove how seriously I took all of this," Klein told Judge David B. Gelfound.
Originally posted 07/29/2010 09:00AM
Following his second DUI arrest, actor Chris Klein voluntarily checked into a treatment facility, and after more than 30 days, has decided to extend his stay, according to his rep.
"Chris, along with his support team, has decided to extend his treatment. He is doing fantastic and is optimistic about his future. He thanks everyone for their continued support," his rep Jaime Primak tells PEOPLE.
While the duration of Klein's treatment is unknown, he will remain at the Cirque Lodge in Utah, where he has been since June 21.
Originally posted 06/28/2010 02:15PM
Chris Klein is facing a mandatory sentence of four days in jail if he's convicted of his second DUI offense, the L.A. City Attorney's office announced Monday.
Klein, 31, has been formally charged for driving under the influence with a prior conviction and driving with a .08 blood alcohol level or higher. He was previously convicted in 2005.
The American Pie actor was arrested on June 16 after he was spotted weaving between traffic lanes around 3 a.m. The actor's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, police said.
Originally posted 06/21/2010 09:00AM
Following his second alcohol-related arrest, actor Chris Klein has voluntarily checked himself into rehab.
"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 can not beat this disease alone," his rep Jaime Primak tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "He thanks everyone for their support as he takes all the necessary steps to deal with his addiction and asks for privacy while doing so."
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