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AMERICAN REUNION (2012)
ABOUT THE CAST
Release Date: April 6, 2012
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Screenwriter: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R

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CAST INFO

JASON BIGGS (Jim/Executive Producer) previously starred in the American Pie trilogy of films, which caused him to quickly become one of Hollywood's most talked-about young actors after his breakout role in the first film in 1999. The first three films combined to make more than $360 million in the United States alone, and helped cement Biggs as a household face. Biggs will next appear in L!fe Happens, opposite Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson.

Biggs recently appeared on television in CBS' Mad Love, in which he starred opposite Judy Greer and Sarah Chalke. He recently completed production on the feature Grassroots, Stephen Gyllenhaal's directorial debut.

His film credits also include Jersey Girl, written and directed by Kevin Smith, in which he starred alongside Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler; the Woody Allen project Anything Else, opposite Christina Ricci; Prozac Nation, the film adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel's best-selling biography, opposite Ricci; the romantic comedy Saving Silverman, with Jack Black, Steve Zahn and Amanda Peet; the Amy Heckerling film Loser; the romantic comedy Boys and Girls, opposite Freddie Prinze, Jr., and Claire Forlani; Saul Metzstein's black comedy Guy X; the Disney hit Eight Below, an adventure film in which he starred opposite Paul Walker; Over Her Dead Body, a romantic comedy with Paul Rudd and Eva Longoria; and Lionsgate's romantic comedy My Best Friend's Girl, in which he starred opposite Kate Hudson.

Biggs began his career in television on the soap opera As the World Turns, for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Leading Actor in a Drama Series. He also appeared on the shows Drexell's Class and Total Security.

At age 13, he made his Broadway debut, opposite Judd Hirsch, in the critically acclaimed Broadway play Conversations With My Father. His other theater credits include the Broadway production of The Graduate, opposite Kathleen Turner; Boy's Life, a coming-of-age comedy, in which he starred opposite Rhys Coiro, at the Second Stage Theatre; and Daniel Goldfarb's play Modern Orthodox, in which he starred off-Broadway, opposite Craig Bierko and Molly Ringwald.

The native of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, started acting in national commercials and modeling at the age of five. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

ALYSON HANNIGAN (Michelle) has had a widely varied career, captiva­ting audiences in both tele vision and film.

Hannigan stars on the hit CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother. The series centers on a group of best friends in their 20s who are living in New York and searching for love. How I Met Your Mother was nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. Hannigan also starred on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for seven seasons.

Hannigan previously starred in the first three installments of the American Pie series. All three films rank among the top-grossing films ever produced worldwide, with more than $1 billion in revenue.

Hannigan's other big-screen credits include Aaron Seltzer's Date Movie, opposite Fred Willard and Jennifer Coolidge. Spoofing other romantic comedies, the film tells the story of hopeless romantic Julia Jones (Hannigan), who has finally met the man of her dreams, the very British Grant Funckyerdoder (Adam Campbell). However, before they can have their "Big Fat Greek Wedding," they will have to "Meet the Parents," coordinate with "The Wedding Planner" and contend with Grant's friend Andy, a spectacularly beautiful woman who wants to put an end to her "Best Friend's Wedding."

Hannigan made her breakthrough performance at the age of 13 in Richard Benjamin's My Stepmother Is an Alien, opposite Dan Aykroyd and Kim Basinger.

In a story worthy of a movie itself, CHRIS KLEIN (Oz) was discovered in high school in Omaha, Nebraska, by director Alexander Payne. Payne was casting for his cult film Election. A natural talent, Klein won the role of Paul Metzler and charmed audiences as the polite student presidential candidate, opposite Reese Witherspoon. This role catapulted him into fame and scored him his next breakout role as Chris "Oz" Ostreicher in American Pie and its highly successful sequel American Pie 2. It was for this role that Klein was nominated for the Chicago Film Critics Association's Most Promising Actor Award, as well as for two Teen Choice Awards.

Klein went on to star in the teen hit Here on Earth, with Leelee Sobieski, which nabbed him the Young Hollywood Award for Superstar of Tomorrow—Male. His career continued to flourish with roles in blockbuster films such as We Were Soldiers and Just Friends, which showcased his range for both drama and comedy. His other notable film credits include John McTiernan's Rollerball; 20 th Century Fox's comedy Say It Isn't So, opposite Heather Graham, which was produced by the Farrelly brothers; and the independent film The United States of Leland, with Kevin Spacey, Ryan Gosling and Don Cheadle. His movies have grossed more than $900 million at the box office.

Klein has continued his work on the small screen as well, with guest roles on the television shows Welcome to the Captain, The Good Guys and Franklin & Bash, and he had a multi-episode arc on the FX comedy Wilfred, in which he worked alongside his Day Zero co-star Elijah Wood. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with his German shepherd, Chief.

"You nailed it, kid." That phrase, uttered in the span of about a second at the premiere of American Pie, confirmed the suspicion THOMAS IAN NICHOLAS (Kevin) had cautiously entertained since he started his career at the age of six: He was on to something special.

Nicholas began his career in acting the way that most kids learn how to swim—by being thrown into the deep end. At the age of six, he moved to Los Angeles with his mother, an aspiring actress who found her niche as a casting director. A resourceful woman, she would fill roles in any way possible, even by casting herself in as many as four extra roles in one feature when necessary. She eventually ran into a wall when a call came on a Sunday night for the role of an altar boy: She hired her son for the role.

That day of work was a revelation for Nicholas, who, despite the fact that he still had his baby teeth, was already feeling a sense of purpose in his life. After the film wrapped, he informed his mother that he wanted to be an actor, and Scott Grimes' mother gave them the name of an agent. Weeks later, after countless hours spent memorizing a lengthy monologue, he marched into the agent's office for his interview and was signed immediately.

That's how, within a year of his first acting role, Nicholas found himself on the set of Who's the Boss?, playing a young Tony Danza. It was an experience full of memories and, most importantly for a young boy, Alyssa Milano.

At age 12, Nicholas embarked on a series of feature films and hit television shows that would shape his career, including the now-classic Rookie of the Year, A Kid in King Arthur's Court and Party of Five, in which he had a recurring role. However, the by-products of acting wouldn't be thrust upon him until he was booked at the age of 17 for the role of Kevin Myers. The American Pie empire had begun.

That gig would make him one of the most recognizable faces of his generation, as the boy next door whom everyone loved and trusted—and who, as Tara Reid's on-screen boyfriend, would become the envy of hormonally challenged teens.

The notoriety was all well and good—no one can complain about being successful in his or her chosen field. However, it wasn't his new high profile that excited Nicholas; it was the recognition from his peers: the ones who noticed that he wasn't just reciting lines, but also exploring his character from the inside out.

With the American Pie movies as a springboard, Nicholas was able to land other exciting roles, in films such as the Roger Avary-directed The Rules of Attraction, Halloween: Resurrection, National Lampoon's Cattle Call and Stealing Sinatra, opposite everyone from Tyra Banks to William H. Macy. He has worked on hit TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy and Medium. He also made his debut as a writer and director in L.A. D.J., on which he learned a new appreciation for everyone involved behind the camera in a feature film.

A lifelong musician as well, Nicholas released his debut solo album, "Without Warning," in January 2008. Co-written by rock legends Bruce Kulick (KISS), Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction) and Dan Lavery (Tonic), the album is a radio-friendly collection of pop/rock tunes that toe the line between Switchfoot's melodic rock and John Mayer's pop-crooner sensibilities. His follow-up album, "Heroes Are Human," was released in June of 2010. His upcoming 2012 release features the song "My Generation," which is included on the American Reunion soundtrack.

In the past two years alone, Nicholas has been busy acting in independent films such as Please Give, Sherman's Way, Let the Game Begin, The Bridge to Nowhere and Life Is Hot in Cracktown. Nicholas jumped behind the camera again to produce and star in the fantasy film Fading of the Cries. His upcoming releases include The Chicago 8 and Delivering the Goods.

Best known for her role in the 1999 hit comedy American Pie, actress TARA REID (Vicky) is famous for playing the infamous "blonde vixen."

Reid's first major film role came in 1998, playing Bunny Lebowski, opposite Jeff Bridges, in The Big Lebowski. She then appeared in the teen horror film Urban Legend, also released in 1998.

Raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey, with her three siblings, Reid began her acting career at the tender age of six. After showing an exceptional gift for acting, she was enrolled by her parents in the Professional Children's School in New York City.

Reidbegan her career by appearing in many television commercials for products such as Jell-O, McDonald's and Crayola. In 1995, she broke into television drama, landing a recurring role as Ashley on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives.

In 1999, Reid appeared in Cruel Intentions. The same year, American Pie hit the big screen, which catapulted her career to the next level. In 2000, she starred in director Robert Altman's Dr. T & the Women, opposite Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Laura Dern and Liv Tyler. She also appeared in Just Visiting, with Christina Applegate, Jean Reno and Christian Clavier. In 2001, she starred in Josie and the Pussycats and the blockbuster hit American Pie 2. In 2002, she starred in National Lampoon's Van Wilder, opposite Ryan Reynolds, playing his love interest. Three years later, Reid starred in My Boss's Daughter, opposite Ashton Kutcher. From 2003 to 2005, she guest-starred in the NBC hit comedy Scrubs. In 2007, she starred in the comedy If I Had Known I Was a Genius, with Whoopi Goldberg and Sharon Stone. In 2011, she starred in The Big Lebowski 2.

In 2008, Reid launched her clothing line, Mantra. Her designs are made with a goal in mind—to have women feel super sexy and comfortable—and each piece contains a specially beaded piece always containing the eye of protection.

Reid currently resides in Los Angeles.

SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT (Stifler/Executive Producer), a native of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, was discovered at a talent com petition in Los Angeles and has become one of Hollywood's most prolific actors working today. Scott has starred in blockbuster comedies such as Universal Pictures' billion-dollar-grossing American Pie franchise, the feature-film version of the popular'80s television series The Dukes of Hazzard, Road Trip and the smash-hit comedy Dude, Where's My Car?, opposite Ashton Kutcher.

Scott starred in the hockey comedy Goon, opposite Liev Schreiber, Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill. The feature premiered to critical acclaim at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Scott will also be seen in a the Farrelly-produced series of shorts, Movie 43, in which he stars opposite Johnny Knoxville, for director Brett Ratner. The film is scheduled for release next spring. He will also reprise his role as the voice of Crash in Ice Age: Continental Drift, which is scheduled for release this summer. Scott was recently seen in the Warner Bros. comedy Cop Out, starring opposite Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, for director Kevin Smith. He also starred in Universal Pictures' Role Models, in which he and Paul Rudd played two energy drink salesmen who trash the company truck and are court-ordered to enroll in a Big Brother program. He also lent his voice to the animated feature Planet 51, with Dwayne Johnson and Jessica Biel.

Scott's other film credits include Richard Kelly's Southland Tales; Universal's hit action-adventure film The Rundown, in which he starred opposite Dwayne Johnson; MGM's Bulletproof Monk, with Chow Yun­Fat; New Line Cinema's thriller Final Destination; the DreamWorks sci-fi comedy Evolution, directed by Ivan Reitman and co-starring Julianne Moore, David Duchovny and Orlando Jones; and Miramax's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and the hit comedy Old School, opposite Will Ferrell, in which he made unforgettable cameos. Scott also starred in the dramedy film The Promotion, opposite John C. Reilly, and Mr. Woodcock, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon.

Actress MENA SUVARI (Heather) is perhaps best known for her breakout role in the Academy-Award ® winning film American Beauty, for which she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture. Suvari also won a Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance—Female for her genuine and confident portrayal of Angela Hayes, the object of Kevin Spacey's desire in the iconic film directed by Sam Mendes. Suvari followed that with a turn in the celebrated comedy American Pie (for which she won a Young Hollywood Award for Best Ensemble Cast), with additional film credits that include Nicolas Cage's directorial debut, Sonny, opposite James Franco; Jonas Åkerlund's Spun; Amy Heckerling's Loser; Sugar & Spice; American Pie 2; The Musketeer; Gregg Araki's Nowhere; Factory Girl; Rumor Has It...; Domino; Beauty Shop; and Trauma, opposite Colin Firth.

Suvari reteamed with American Beauty writer Alan Ball for a recurring role on the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under. Having modeled in her teens, she was tapped to be the face of a global campaign for Lancôme and was photographed by the late Richard Avedon for Harry Winston's 2005 winter advertising campaign. Suvari garnered some of the best reviews of her career in the independent films Stuck, opposite Stephen Rea; The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, opposite Sienna Miller and Peter Sarsgaard; and The Garden of Eden, a film based on Ernest Hemingway's posthumously published last novel, alongside Jack Huston. Suvari completely threw herself into the complex character of Catherine, even shaving her head for the role.

Suvari was recently seen in a recurring role on the FX Network's hit television show American Horror Story.

Suvari resides in Los Angeles and is a longtime supporter and activist for the esteemed African relief organization AMREF.

EDDIE KAYE THOMAS (Finch) is emerging as one of today's most sought- after actors. To date, Thomas has appeared in Broadway shows, hit films and celebrated television series. He is most well-known for creating the acclaimed role of Finch in the American Pie franchise. Thomas' diverse body of work is proof he is a force to be reckoned with.

Thomas recently com pleted shooting the feature Code Name: Geronimo, opposite Kathleen Robertson, Anson Mount, Cam Gigandet, Freddy Rodríguez and William Fichtner. The film tells the story of the takedown of Osama Bin Laden from the point of view of the Navy SEALs.

Thomas was last seen on the big screen reprising his role as Rosenberg in Warner Bros.' A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, the second sequel to the cult film Harold & Kumar.

Thomas took to the stage last fall to star in the off- Broadway play The Submission, at the MCC Theater, directed by Walter Bobbie and written by Jeff Talbott. Thomas starred, alongside Jonathan Groff, Will Rogers and Rutina Wesley, in the role of Pete, the long-suffering boyfriend of loose-cannon Danny, played by Groff.

Thomas has appeared in more than 20 films to date, and he will soon be seen in the independent feature Petunia, opposite Thora Birch and Brittany Snow. His other film credits include Black and White, with Brooke Shields and Robert Downey Jr.; Project Greenlight's Stolen Summer, with Aidan Quinn; Tom Green's Freddy Got Fingered; Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay; Kettle of Fish; Wasted; Venus & Vegas; Fifty Pills; and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Thomas was also featured in On the Road With Judas, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.

Thomas most recently appeared on the small screen in the highly regardedHBO seriesHow toMakeItinAmerica. The series centered around two twentysomethings as they hustled their way through New York City attempting to achieve their version of the American Dream. Thomas portrayed David "Kappo" Kaplan, a successful hedge fund manager, for two seasons.

He can be heard on the small screen as the voice of Barry, a role he has voiced since 2005, in the animated series American Dad!, created by Seth MacFarlane. His other television credits include'Til Death, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Off Centre and Law & Order.

Thomas began his acting career at the age of seven as a stage actor in New York City. He has appeared on Broadway in John Guare's Four Baboons Adoring the Sun and opposite Natalie Portman in The Diary of Anne Frank. Additionally, he has been in off and off-off-Broadway shows with La MaMa Theatre, the Brooklyn Shakespeare

Company, the Wings Theatre Company, Signature Theatre and others. Some of his other theater credits include Second Stage's The Bachelorette, New Group's Smelling a Rat, Dog Sees God and Jack's Precious Moment.

Thomas currently resides in both Los Angeles and New York.

JENNIFER COOLIDGE (Stifler's Mom) is known for her classic roles in many comedy movies and for her guest spots on television. She is best known for playing Stifler's mom, the consummate "MILF," in the American Pie franchise and is also known for her parts in other films, including Hilary Duff's stepmother in A Cinderella Story; Paulette, the manicurist, in Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde; and the voice of Aunt Fanny in the animated feature Robots. She recently wrapped the feature film Austenland, starring opposite Keri Russell.

She has played iconic comic parts in the improv mockumentaries Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration, all directed by Christopher Guest. She also appeared in the 2006 film Date Movie, spoofing Barbra Streisand's Meet the Fockers character. She also scored critical acclaim for her dramatic performance, starring opposite Nicolas Cage, in the Werner Herzog-directed feature Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call—New Orleans, and as the repressed Judith in Gentlemen Broncos.

Coolidge starred in the NBC sitcom Joey, the Friends spin-off, as Joey's agent. She originally starred in an episode of Friends in its final season as Amanda, a tactless and uninhibited wannabe whom Phoebe and Monica try to shake off. Coolidge made one of her first television appearances in the Seinfeld episode "The Masseuse." She also had a recurring role on King of the Hill, as Luanne's beauty school teacher, Miss Kremzer. Coolidge appeared on Thank God You're Here and The Closer, on TNT. She currently reoccurs on The Secret Life of the American Teenager and CBS' 2 Broke Girls and lends her voice to the animated series The Life & Times of Tim and Napoleon Dynamite. She starred in the Lifetime movie Living Proof as a woman suffering from breast cancer.

In 2005, Coolidge was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

EUGENE LEVY (Jim's Dad) has appeared in more than 50 motion pictures, seven of which have topped the $100-million mark. His box-office success in films like Bringing Down the House, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Father of the Bride Part II and Over the Hedge has helped estab lish him as one of Hollywood's most popular comedic character actors. But it was his role of Jim's dad in Universal Pictures' billion-dollar American Pie franchise that cemented his reputation as America's favorite dad.

Teaming up with Christopher Guest, Levy earned critical acclaim for co-writing and co-starring in Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, For Your Consideration and A Mighty Wind. He earned a Grammy Award and a New York Film Critics Circle Award for his work in A Mighty Wind, and Best in Show was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

Levy started his career on the popular late-night comedy series SCTV, for which he won two Emmy Awards for writing. His early films include Splash, Club Paradise, Armed and Dangerous and Multiplicity.

Next up for Levy is the hockey comedy Goon, opposite Jay Baruchel, Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber, and a starring role in the Lionsgate feature film Madea's Witness Protection.


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