May. 31st, 1977
Eugene, Oregon, USA
Eric Christian Olsen's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - The Back-up Plan
2009 - The Six Wives of Henry Lefay
2009 - Fired Up!
2008 - Eagle Eye
2008 - Sunshine Cleaning
2007 - The Comebacks
2007 - License To Wed
2006 - The Last Kiss
2006 - Beerfest
2004 - Cellular
2003 - Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
2002 - The Hot Chick
2001 - Not Another Teen Movie
2001 - Pearl Harbor
Guest TV Roles
Young Harry Bollston
(segment "The Viewing")
Olsen was born in Eugene, Oregon, the son of Jeanne, a non-denominational chaplain, and Paul V. Olsen, a professor of English and head track and cross country coach of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He spent most of his childhood in Bettendorf, Iowa and attended Bettendorf Middle and High School, where he pursued interests such as sports and Japanese. In addition to many local theatre performances, Olsen trained in improv with ComedySportz Quad Cities and later joined the cast.
- Has an older brother
- He had a principal role in nearly every high school play and musical for 4 years and even some of the high school plays when he was in elementary school.
- Was a highly regarded hockey player in high school and a pre-med student at Pepperdine University.
- He did a sketch playing "Perry Hilton" as a parody of 'Paris Hilton' (qv)'s infamous sex tape on 'Will Ferrell' (qv)'s website, funnyordie.com.
- His first acting job was in a Whitey's ice cream parlor TV commercial.
- He attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan his first year out of high school and left to pursue his acting career.
- His brother is his stunt double.
- His senior year (1995), he was a staff writer for the Bettendorf High School's monthly newspaper, "The Growl."