PROFILE
Name:
Christian Oliver
Birth Date:
1972/3/3
Birth Place:
Celle, Germany
Nationality:
German
Famous for:
His role in the long-running NBC sitcom "Saved by the Bell: The New Class,"
BIOGRAPHY
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Valkyrie

Background:

"I love this. I love what I’m doing. I love the business and I love the people that are involved in it. It doesn’t mean all of them, there are a lot of egos and a lot of negativity, but I’ve been fortunate to work with those few highlights that has showed me it can be amazing even on a level with the George Clooney’s and people that are keeping it real and keeping it fun and keeping it passionate and are in it for the right reasons and I want to be in it for the right reasons. Hopefully just create some more opportunities and inspire others to do the same. It’s a team sport. You can’t fight this by yourself. You have to fight it with everyone around you." Christian Oliver

Starting out as a model, German native Christian Oliver switched to acting and has appeared in the films "The Baby-Sitters Club" (1995), "The Good German" (2006), "Speed Racer" (2008), and "Valkyrie" (2008). On television, he costarred in the TV series "Saved by the Bell: The New Class" (as Brian Keller; 1994) and "Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei" (as Jan Richter; 2003-2004). He also guest starred in "Sliders," "V.I.P.," "Undressed," and "The Comeback."

Next, Oliver will team up with Tippi Hedren and Brian Baumgartner in a horror feature film that he is also producing, "The House of Good and Evil."


Germany

Childhood and Family:

Born in Celle, Germany, on March 3, 1972, Christian Oliver grew up in Frankfurt am Main before eventually relocating to the United States to work as a model. Currently, he lives in Los Angeles, California.


Speed Racer

Career:

Hailing from Germany, Christian Oliver entered show business as a model before eventually switching to acting following a performance in the play "Candide." He made his American debut in the long running NBC sitcom "Saved by the Bell: The New Class," playing Brian Keller during season 2 (1994). Oliver then became the host for a German T.V. show called "Star Club LA" from 1995 to 1996, during which time he also appeared in his first film, "The Baby-Sitters Club" (1995; starring Schuyler Fisk and Rachael Leigh Cook). In the family movie based on the children book series of the same name by Ann M. Martin, he portrayed Luca.

Returning to his home country in Germany, Oliver appeared in two German TV series, "First Love - Die große Liebe," and "Rosamunde Pilcher." He also costarred in the German TV movie "Götterdämmerung - Morgen stirbt Berlin" (1999) and played the lead role in the German kickboxing movie "Romantic Fighter" (1999). American audiences could catch Oliver in an episode of the television series "Sliders" and "V.I.P."

Entering the new millennium, Oliver provided his voice to the video game "Medal of Honor: Underground" and starred as the wealthy and famous Daniel in Felix O. Adlon's independent drama film "Eat Your Heart Out." He followed it up with roles in the films "Kept" (2001), a thriller starring Cal Bartlett and Sondra Currie, "Ablaze" (2001), a action movie featuring John Bradley, Tom Arnold, and Ice-T, and "A Light in the Forest" (2002), a Christmas movie costarring Lindsay Wagner, Danielle Nicolet, and Martin Klebba. On the small screen, he could be seen in MTV's anthology series "Undressed" and in a German TV movie called "Schlaf mit meinem Mann" (2001). From 2003 to 2004, Oliver starred as Jan Richter in the long-running, popular German television series "Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei" (aka "Alarm for Cobra 11 - The Motorway Police"). About the show, he recalled, "It’s a badass show. It’s really fun. I would do anything to have that kind of show on NBC. It’s still on. It’s the longest running show in Europe in Germany. Over 10 years, sold all over the world. It’s like ‘Chips’ on the Autobahn. Its two cops chasing bad people, drug dealer, pusher, anything and I was one of the cops taking them all down. It was amazing. It was really fun; a lot of stunts, a lot of explosions. It was like '24.’"

After leaving the show, Oliver was cast in Jonathan Schwartz's straight-to-video released comedy "Frostbite" (2005; starring Peter Jason, Traci Lords, Adam Grimes, and Phil Morris), Philip Chidel's dramatic thriller "Subject Two" (2006), and Steven Soderbergh's feature film adaptation of the novel by Joseph Kanon, "The Good German" (2006; starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, and Tobey Maguire). He also portrayed Snake Oiler, a racer of the Hydro-Cell team, in The Wachowski Brothers' live action film adaptation of the 1960s Japanese anime series, "Speed Racer" (2008), alongside Emile Hirsch and Christina Ricci. On his role in the movie, he explained, "His name is Snake Oiler and like the name already says, he is a whack job; a fun, fun snake oiler kind of guy who is head of the Hydra-Cell team. In the original cartoon, he was the head of the Acrobatic team. So basically, I have my own little crew and want to be the best racer in the world. I think of myself as the best racer in the world and I want to take down anybody who gets in my way. That’s exactly what I do and I do it well."

Oliver subsequently appeared in the British TV movie based on Alan Hunter's book, "George Gently: Bomber's Moon" (2008; starring Martin Shaw in the title role) and the German television movie "Immer Wirbel um Marie" (2008). Also that year, he supported Tom Cruise in Bryan Singer's historical thriller film set in Nazi Germany during World War II, "Valkyrie," which depicts the July 20, 1944, plot by German army officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

Oliver recently costarred with Seamus Dever, Evan Helmuth, and Jonathan Murphy in Sean Doyle's comedy movie, "Ready or Not" (2009), which he also produced and co-wrote. He is currently filming a TV movie called "Tribute," a romantic mystery in which he will star opposite Brittany Murphy, and a horror feature film that he also produced, "The House of Good and Evil," alongside Tippi Hedren and Brian Baumgartner. Oliver is also the head of the production company Chabofilms.

"For me, personally, I always need to be challenged. In the sense that if I get to play like, I don’t even want to go there, but if you put me in a typecast clean machine, I can dial it in anytime, but make sure you pay me. Other than that I’m looking for something to be challenged. It doesn’t matter what it pays, who is involved, I want to work with people that are all very passionate about what they are doing and that passion comes for me when I’m putting a foot into territory that I’m not familiar with, that I’m not really secure. I get a little insecure, I get scared and I like that. I like to explore. You have to. If you don’t take any risks, not just in this business, in life I think, where are you going to get all your kicks and thrills? I want to grow as an actor and I want to grow as a person and all these parts and projects have not only done something for my career, but also as a human being and I’ve met amazing people. That’s all that matters. Going from Steven Soderberg, the Wachowski’s, Bryan Singer, the last two movies were people who have never been behind a camera before, never directed anything before. So it doesn’t matter in that sense. I want to feel the heat. I want to feel the passion. I want to be a part of it. I want to be challenged." Christian Oliver


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