Ncis: los an­ge­les

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 15 DECEMBER -

christo­pher eu­gene o’don­nell is best known to en­ter­tain­ment fans as robin in two bat­man movies (1995’s bat­man for­ever and bat­man & robin in 1997). but th­ese days, we pre­fer him as agent g callen, lead star in ncis: los an­ge­les (2009-cur­rent). here’s all you need to know about the 44-year-old ac­tor… he was born in illi­nois to julie ann rohs von brecht and wil­liam o’don­nell sr, who worked at a lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion. he’s got two older brothers and four older sis­ters. chris worked with bas­ket­ball icon michael jor­dan in 1983 when he started do­ing tv com­mer­cials for brands like mcdon­ald’s. his first tv role was in 1986 on jack & mike (1986-1987) and he made his bigscreen de­but in 1990 drama men don’t leave, op­po­site jessica lange of amer­i­can hor­ror story (2011-cur­rent) fame. he earned his bach­e­lor of sci­ence de­gree in 1991 at bos­ton col­lege and chris ad­mit­ted in an in­ter­view that if he wasn’t an ac­tor, he’d have gone into fi­nance and worked on wall street. the ac­tor’s been mar­ried to teacher caro­line fen­tress since 1997 and they have five kids. be­fore that, chris dated both drew bar­ry­more (1994-1995) and reese wither­spoon in 1995. ru­mour has it os­car-win­ner al pa­cino told chris to “never date an ac­tress”. who did he beat to the role of robin? alan cum­ming (eli gold on the good wife, 2009-cur­rent), christian bale (bat­man in the dark knight tril­ogy, 2005-2012) and leonardo dicaprio. and how did he out­shine leo? the pro­duc­ers asked kids who’d win in a fight and they said chris, so he nabbed the gig. is chris a del­i­cate diva? well, for a guy who’s fa­mous for ac­tion roles, he has a per­sonal stunt­man. what­ever project he’s work­ing on, jim mccon­nell does all the tricky stunt­work for him.

chris o’don­nell’s swapped be­ing a movie su­per­hero for a crime fighter in la.

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