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Christopher Eugene O'Donnell (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor and former model. He played Charlie Sims in '' Scent of a Woman'', Chris Reece in ''
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in '' Kinsey''. O'Donnell stars as special Agent G. Callen on the
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crime drama television series '' NCIS: Los Angeles'', a spin-off of ''
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Early life

O'Donnell was born in
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, 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
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and
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descent. O'Donnell was raised in a
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family and attended Catholic schools. He graduated from
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in
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in 1988. O'Donnell then attended
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and graduated with a
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in marketing in 1992. O'Donnell began modeling at the age of 13.


Career

O'Donnell was discovered when he was cast in a
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commercial, in which he served
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. His first television role was an appearance on the series ''Jack and Mike'' in 1986. At the age of 17, he landed a role in the movie ''
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'', with
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. In the early 1990s, he was in many successful movies including ''
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'' (1991), ''
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'' (1992) and '' Scent of a Woman'' (1992) with
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(receiving a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, which he lost to
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for ''
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''). He was named one of the 12 Promising New Actors of 1992 in John Willis's ''Screen World'', Vol. 44. After the success of '' Blue Sky'' (1994) and '' Circle of Friends'' (1995), O'Donnell co-starred with Drew Barrymore in the movie ''Mad Love (1995 film), Mad Love'' (1995), then went on to play Dick Grayson/Robin in ''
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'', in which Drew Barrymore also made an appearance. He reportedly was part of a field of candidates that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Toby Stephens, and Scott Speedman. Producers narrowed their choices to DiCaprio and O'Donnell. At a comic book convention, they asked a group of 11-year-old boys, the target audience, which actor could win a fistfight. After the boys overwhelmingly declared O'Donnell the winner, he was ultimately given the role. O'Donnell was said to be 20th Century Fox's favorite choice to play Jack Dawson in ''Titanic (1997 film), Titanic'', but DiCaprio ended up with the role. O'Donnell followed with a starring role in 1996's ''The Chamber (1996 film), The Chamber'', based on the John Grisham novel. He subsequently reprised his role as Robin in 1997's '' Batman & Robin''. Although it was a box-office success, the movie was critically panned and O'Donnell himself called it a low point in his career. He was considered for the lead role in ''Spider-Man (2002 film), Spider-Man'', when the project was in development with James Cameron directing in 1996. Tobey Maguire was ultimately cast. O'Donnell did not appear in another movie for two years. He was the producers' original choice for the role of James Darrell Edwards III/Agent J in ''Men in Black (1997 film), Men in Black'' (1997), but, after turning it down because he thought the character would be too similar to his role in ''Batman Forever'', the role went to Will Smith. The
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film ''Cookie's Fortune'', ''The Bachelor (1999 film), The Bachelor'' (1999) and ''
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'' (2000) were only moderately successful. Following ''
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'', a four-year hiatus led some to believe ''Batman & Robin'' had damaged O'Donnell's career. However, he came back in 2004 with the widely praised '' Kinsey''. He also appeared in the 2004 episode of ''Two and a Half Men'' entitled "An Old Flame With A New Wick." O'Donnell took a lead role in the Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Network television series ''Head Cases'' in 2005. The show was the first of the fall 2005 season to be canceled, and only two episodes were aired. He was subsequently cast as veterinarian Finn Dandridge on the American Broadcasting Company, ABC medical drama ''Grey's Anatomy''. O'Donnell featured prominently in the TNT (U.S. TV network), TNT miniseries ''The Company (TV miniseries), The Company'' as CIA case officer Jack McAuliffe, a character who progressed from spoonfed Yale elitist to jaded, post-Cold War cynic. In 2008 he appeared in ''Kit Kittredge: An American Girl'' as Kit Kittredge, the titular character's father Jack Kittredge, and in ''Max Payne (film), Max Payne'' as Jason Colvin. Since 2009, O'Donnell has starred in '' NCIS: Los Angeles'', a spinoff of ''
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'', as G. Callen, an NCIS Special Agent in charge of the Office of Special Projects Team stationed in Los Angeles.
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describes Callen as "a chameleon who transforms himself into whomever he needs to be to infiltrate the criminal underworld." In 2010, O'Donnell appeared in the sequel to the 2001 movie ''Cats & Dogs'', ''Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, The Revenge of Kitty Galore''.


Personal life

O'Donnell married Caroline Fentress in April 1997 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Washington, D.C.. They have five children. O'Donnell is a practising
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. O'Donnell's brother, John, founded the clothing company johnnie-O. According to ''Rolling Stone'', O'Donnell has acrophobia.


Filmography


Film


Television


References


External links

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Feature article on O'Donnell in June 2008 issue of ''Men's Vogue''
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