Chris Klein opens up on battle with alcoholism
March 29th, 2012
12:38 PM ET

Chris Klein opens up on battle with alcoholism

Actor Chris Klein is speaking out on an illness that nearly cost him his life - alcoholism.

The “American Pie” star tells People magazine that had he not checked himself into rehab in 2010, there’s a very real possibility he would have checked out completely.

"I would have died,” the 33-year-old admits. “I think about that every single day."

Klein says his troubles began when he first started grappling with fame. "It was nothing short of magic," he says, recalling his hunk status as the breakout star of 1999's "Election" and "American Pie."

Partying led to drinking, which led to two DUI arrests and a jail sentence.

The Illinois-born, Nebraska-raised actor says he knew if he didn’t turn his life around he stood to lose everything - and so he got his act together.

"It got to the point where I was a fragile shadow of the young man that came into this business," he says. "Today, I'm the luckiest guy alive."

Klein says he has now been sober for almost 19 months.

He reprises his role as the Oz in the "American Pie" sequel “American Reunion,” in theaters April 6.


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  1. Debbie

    @ Bastian Avser: Wow! Just Wow! Try the heavy duty aluminum foil next time.

    March 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Alien Overseer

      I was thinking the same, maybe he needs to get an extra roll so he can build foil antennae so E.T. can phone home.
      Either that or he knows where the heavy duty drugs are. Either way the conspiracy theorists are always good for a belly laugh. It's amazing how much people will dig up out of little to nothing in the way of facts to back any of it up. Then again maybe he's trying to tell us something....

      Nope upon further review he's just nuttier than a squirrel turd.

      March 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. be quiet

    wow, if I didn't know any better, I'd say this article was an ad for the latest American Pie piece of garbage movie, thinly veiled as an admission of past substance abuse problems.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • be loud

      Well nothing is unpredictable these days. What would surprise me is if nothing came up about someone that could even be related to a movie or cd release that that person would be part of.

      March 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • be gone

      He's been battling it since at least early 2000 when the first movie had just launched. If he knew they would be making the American Reunion movie this whole time then he missed his true calling as a real deal psychic. Way to use that as an excuse to be a thinly veiled cynical grump though! You must be proud...or did you just not know any better?

      March 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bastian Avser

    VIOLENT WORLD PSYCHIATRY-PSYCHOLOGY REVEALED(mindless mkultra crimes performed by police and psychiatrists/psychologists)

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    REMINDER...MY YOUTUBE ACCOUNT WAS HIJACKED(March 07th, 2012) BY US GOVERNMENT WHILE PRIMARY E-MAIL AS WELL AS BLOGS WERE ALL SHUT DOWN FOR THE SAKE OF CENSORSHIP REGARDING GENOCIDE AGAINST ME PERSONALLY THAT INVOLVED ABDUCTIONS / MK-ULTRA BRAINWASHING / FORCED BRAIN ELECTRODE – CHIP IMPLANTS / HUMAN EXPERIMENTATION / BLACKLISTING / FORCEFUL UNEMPLOYMENT AND ASSASSINATIONS AGAINST WHITE(under "NAZI" lie) CIVILIAN POPULATION TODAY IN 2011/2012 ACROSS THE EUROPE AND NORTHERN AMERICA !!!

    March 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Observer

    *liberal

    March 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Observer

    Leberal s3x is a good thing

    March 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Turtle

    I wonder if he is a Mormon? Sometimes Mormons do stuff. Just sayin'

    March 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    But he doesn't need to drink and drive. If he was a real drunk he would just want to stay home and drink and be left alone.

    March 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Observer

    I have no idea who this guy is, but I wish him the best. Addiction is a tough beast to manage.

    March 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    He shouldn't worry about it. Vodka is good.

    March 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |

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