Chris O’Donnell is an American-born actor and former fashion model. His acting career dates back to the 1990s when he starred in films such as Scent of a Woman, The Three Musketeers and Circle of Friends. He also appeared in 2 of the initial Batman film series Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
The actor has also recorded other notable film credits in recent times including the 2008 action-thriller box-office hit Max Payne. On the small screen, Chris O’Donnell is best known for his lead role as Special Agent G. Callen on the action TV series NCIS: Los Angeles, a spin-off of the hit series NCIS.
Who Is Chris O’Donnell?
The Hollywood star was born Christopher Eugene O’Donnell on June 26, 1970. He had his high school education at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. For college, he attended Boston College where he bagged a degree in marketing. He started modeling at age 13 and was also featured in diverse TV commercials. He eventually got a chance at acting after featuring in a McDonald’s commercial alongside basketball star Michael Jordan.
O’Donnell marked his acting debut on a 1986 episode of the TV series Jack and Mike. He had his first feature film role as Chris Macauley in the comedy-drama film Men Don’t Leave (1990). This was followed by roles in the box-office hit comedy Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), School Ties (1992) as well as the drama film Scent of a Woman (1992) opposite Al Pacino. He also starred in The Three Musketeers (1993), Circle of Friends (1995), In Love and War (1996), The Bachelor (1999) and the highly successful thriller film Vertical Limit (2000). The talented actor also featured in 2 installments of the initial Batman film series Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997).
Chris O’Donnell returned to the small screen in 2004 when he recorded a guest role in the final season of the legal drama series The Practice. He recorded a recurring role in the hit medical series Grey’s Anatomy (2005–06) and also featured in the TV miniseries The Company (2007). While his profile as a TV actor continued to soar, the talented actor also featured in several films including Kinsey (2004), Max Payne (2008) and the comedy flick Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008).
O’Donnell landed his biggest TV role yet in 2009 when he was cast as Special Agent G. Callen, the lead character in the long-running action series NCIS: Los Angeles (2009–present). His performance earned him a People’s Choice Award nomination in 2017 for Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor. NCIS: Los Angeles hit the one decade mark in 2018 as its tenth season premiered on September 30, 2018.
Chris O’Donnell was born in Winnetka, Illinois to Julie and William Charles O’Donnell, Sr. He was raised alongside 6 older siblings; 2 brothers and 4 sisters in a Roman Catholic home and has remained true to the faith. O’Donnell gave Hollywood a glimpse of 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 of over 2 decades Caroline Fentress. She is a 1995 graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and currently works as an elementary school teacher. The couple tied the knot 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 on July 11, 2003, a son named Charles McHugh O’Donnell. Their fourth child was born on March 24, 2006, a son named Finley O’Donnell. The couple welcomed their youngest child on December 10, 2007, a daughter named Maeve Frances O’Donnell.
Is He Gay?
Chris O’Donnell’s sexual preference has never been in doubt going by his clear-cut relationship history. Prior to his marriage which began in 1997, he had a brief romance with Hollywood A-lister Reese Witherspoon. It is pretty obvious that this Hollywood star is into women and he has also not made any assertions to suggest otherwise.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Chris O’Donnell stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm) and maintains a trim physique with a body weight of 75 kg (165.5 lb). Among his distinctive features are his sharp blue eyes and his blond hair. Now in his late 40s, O’Donnell has maintained his charming youthful looks which first endeared him to TV and movie audiences.