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Chris O'Donnell Biography

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Chris O’Donnell ’92 made his motion picture debut in 1990, while a student majoring in marketing at Boston College, with a critically acclaimed performance as Jessica Lange’s rebellious son in the Paul Brickman feature, MEN DON’T LEAVE. He followed with a memorable cameo in Jon Avnets Academy Award nominated FRIED GREEN TOMATOES.

In 1993, O’Donnell was nominated for a Golden Globe and won the Chicago Film Critics Award for his starring role opposite Al Pacino in the multiple Academy Award winners, SCENT OF A WOMAN, directed by Marty Brest. He then played the swashbuckling "D’Artagnan" in THE THREE MUSKETEERS, for which he was named the NATO/ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow in 1994.

O’Donnell then starred in the romantic comedy sleeper, CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, and won over audiences worldwide with his stand-out performance as "Robin" in the highest grossing film of 1995, BATMAN FOREVER.

He went on to star in the dark legal thriller, THE CHAMBER, and Lord Richard Attenborough’s period romance, IN LOVE AND WAR, before reprising his role as the daredevil acrobat and fledgling super-hero in the 1997 hit, BATMAN & ROBIN. In 1999, O’Donnell co-starred in Robert Altman’s critically-acclaimed comedy COOKIE’S FORTUNE opposite an impressive ensemble cast that included Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler and Charles Dutton. This film opened the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

O’Donnell was last seen on film in Columbia Pictures action-thriller VERTICAL LIMIT directed by Martin Campbell. Prior to that, O’Donnell recently starred in the romantic comedy THE BACHELOR opposite Renee Zellweger, which was produced by his company George Street Pictures in association with New Line Cinema.

In April 2002, Chris O’Donnell made his Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s "The Man Who Had All the Luck," directed by Scott Ellis.

O’Donnell resides in Los Angeles and Chicago with his wife Caroline (sister of his BC roommate), daughter Lily and son Christopher, Jr.