Chris O’Donnell is an American-born actor and former fashion model. His acting career dates back to the 1990s when he appeared in films such as The Scent of a Woman, The Three Musketeers, and Circle of Friends. He also starred in 2 of the first Batman film series Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
The actor has also made other notable film credits recently, including the 2008 action-thriller box office hit Max Payne. On the small screen, Chris O’Donnell is best known for his starring role as Special Agent G. Callen in the action television series NCIS: Los Angeles, a spin-off of the hit series NCIS.
Who Is Chris O’Donnell?
The Hollywood star was born on June 26, 1970, as Christopher Eugene O’Donnell. He received his high school education at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. For college, he attended Boston College, where he earned a degree in marketing. At the age of 13, he started modeling and was also featured in several TV commercials. After appearing in a McDonald’s commercial alongside basketball star Michael Jordan, he finally got the chance to act.
O’Donnell made his acting debut in 1986 in an episode of the television series Jack and Mike. He had his first role in a feature film as Chris Macauley in the comedy-drama film Men Don’t Leave (1990). This was followed by roles in the box office comedy Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), School Ties (1992), and the drama film Scent of a Woman (1992) opposite Al Pacino. Further leading roles he played in The Three Musketeers (1993), Circle of Friends (1995), In Love and War (1996), The Bachelor (1999), and the very successful thriller film Vertical Limit (2000). The talented actor also starred in 2 parts of the first Batman movie series Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997).
Chris O’Donnell returned to the small screen in 2004 when he took a guest role in the last season of the legal drama series The Practice. He took a recurring role in the hit medical series Grey’s Anatomy (2005-06) and also appeared in the TV mini-series The Company (2007). As his profile as a television actor continued to grow, the talented actor also appeared in several films, including Kinsey (2004), Max Payne (2008), and the comedy flick Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008).
O’Donnell’s biggest TV role to date came in 2009 when he was cast as Special Agent G. Callen, the main character in the long-running action series NCIS: Los Angeles (since 2009). His performance earned him a nomination for the People’s Choice Award in 2017 as a favorite actor for TV crime thrillers. NCIS: Los Angeles reached the mark of a decade in 2018 when its tenth season premiered on September 30, 2018.
Chris O’Donnell was born in Winnetka, Illinois, the son of Julie and William Charles O’Donnell Sr. He grew up with 6 older siblings, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters, in a Roman Catholic home and remained true to the faith. O’Donnell gave Hollywood an insight into his amazingly large family when he unveiled his star on the Walk of Fame on March 5, 2015.
Chris O’Donnell is married to his wife Caroline Fentress, who is over 2 decades old. She is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida (1995), and currently works as a primary school teacher. The couple formed the union on April 19, 1997, and they have 5 children together. Their first daughter, Lily O’Donnell, was born on September 3, 1999.
Their first son Christopher Eugene “Chip” O’Donnell was born on October 24, 2000. The couple welcomed their third child, a son named Charles McHugh O’Donnell, on July 11, 2003. Their fourth child was born on March 24, 2006, a son named Finley O’Donnell. The couple welcomed their youngest child, a daughter named Maeve Frances O’Donnell, on December 10, 2007.
Is He Gay?
Chris O’Donnell’s sexual preference was never in doubt due to his clear relationship history. Before his marriage, which began in 1997, he had a brief romance with Hollywood A-Lister Reese Witherspoon. It’s pretty obvious that this Hollywood star has a thing for women, and he hasn’t made any claims that would suggest otherwise.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Chris O’Donnell stands at a height of 178 cm (5 feet 10 inches) and has a slender build with a bodyweight of 75 kg (165.5 lb). His distinctive features include his sharp blue eyes and blond hair. O’Donnell is now in his late 40s and has retained his charming, youthful appearance that initially made him popular with television and movie audiences.