Happy Birthday 🎉🎂🎈-- Christopher Eugene "Chris" O'Donnell was born June 26, 1970 in Winnetka, Illinois, the son of William Charles O'Donnell, Sr., a general manager of WBBM-AM, and Julie Ann Rohs von Brecht. He is the youngest of seven children, with four sisters and two brothers, and is of German and Irish descent. He was raised in a Roman Catholic family and attended Roman Catholic schools, including Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois for high school, graduating in 1988. He attended Boston College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marketing. He began modeling at the age of 13, and was featured in several commercials.
He resides in Los Angeles and Chicago with his wife Caroline Fentress and his five children.
He made his motion picture debut with a critically acclaimed performance as Jessica Lange’s rebellious son in the Paul Brickman feature "Men Don’t Leave," followed by a memorable cameo in Jon Avnet's Academy Award-nominated "Fried Green Tomatoes," and the romantic drama "Mad Love" opposite Drew Barrymore. In 1993, O’Donnell was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won the Chicago Film Critics Award for his starring role opposite Al Pacino in the multi-Academy Award winning "Scent of a Woman." He then played swashbuckling D’Artagan in "The Three Musketeers," for which he was named the NATO/ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow in 1994. O’Donnell adopted an Irish accent to star in the romantic comedy, "Circle of Friends," and won over audiences with his performance as Robin in "Batman Forever." Other film credits include the independent drama "Max Payne," "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl," "The Sisters," the Golden Globe nominated film "Kinsey," "Vertical Limit", the romantic comedy "The Bachelor" and "Cats and Dogs". Additional film work includes the legal thriller "The Chamber," the period romance "In Love and War" and Robert Altman’s "Cookies’ Fortune". TV credits include the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award nominated mini-series, "The Company," "Grey’s Anatomy," and a guest-starring role in the hit comedy "Two and a Half Men," on the Network. His Broadway credits include a starring role in Arthur Miller’s "The Man Who Had All the Luck."