PROFILE
Name:
Eddie Kaye Thomas
Birth Date:
1980/10/31
Birth Place:
New York City, New York
Height:
6' (1.83 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role in ďAmerican PieĒ (1999)
BIOGRAPHY
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American Pie

Background:

Starting out as a stage actor at age 7, Eddie Kaye Thomas made his Broadway debut at age 12 in John Guare's "Four Baboons Adoring the Sun," and followed it up with a Broadway revival of "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1997-1998), starring Natalie Portman. His off-Broadway appearances include roles in “Talking Pictures” at the Signature Theater, “La Miseria” at LaMama, and the Brooklyn Shakespeare production of “Richard III” and “Hounded and Possessed” at the Wings Theatre Company.

The talented actor rose to national prominence for his role of down-to-earth Paul Finch in the summer hit teen sex comedy “American Pie” (1999) and the sequels "American Pie 2" (2001) and "American Wedding" (2003). He also played Rosenberg in "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004) and "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" (2008). Thomas was also credited for his roles in the films "Illtown" (1996), "The Rage: Carrie 2" (1999), "Black and White" (1999), "Drop Back Ten" (2000), "More Dogs Than Bones" (2000), "Freddy Got Fingered" (2001), "Stolen Summer" (2002), "Taboo" (2002), "Winter Break" (2003), "Dirty Love" (2005), "Neo Ned" (2005), "Fifty Pills" (2006), "Kettle of Fish" (2006), "Blind Dating" (2006), "On the Road with Judas" (2007), "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" (2008), and "Venus & Vegas" (2009).

On the small screen, this 6' tall, thin actor with auburn hair has starred in Disney's “Off Centre” (as Mike Platt; 2001-2002), “’Til Death" (as Jeff Woodcock; 2006-2008), and the animated "American Dad" (voice of Barry; 2005-2009). He also guest starred in such TV series as "Are You Afraid of the Dark," "Felicity," "Law & Order," "The X Files," "The Twilight Zone," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Conan O'Brien.”


Leaf

Childhood and Family:

“I think it's awesome. It's kinda like there's always a party going on anyway. You don't have to plan your birthday too much because the whole world's having a party.” Eddie Kaye Thomas (on his birthday falling on Halloween)

Born in New York City on October 31, 1980, Eddie Kaye Thomas, nicknamed “Leaf,” was trained at the Professional Children's School, in New York, New York. He would graduate from the school as a veteran of the Broadway stage.

A keen and talented soccer player, Eddie has been scouted by MLS club D.C. United since the age of 16. 2 weeks after his 22nd birthday, he was offered a professional contract, which he declined in favor of his acting career. He is a fan of the San Jose Earthquakes and has held a season ticket since he turned 20 in the year 2000.

Eddie divides his time between Los Angeles and New York. He is good friends with “American Pie” costar Chris Klein.


Harold & Kumar

Career:

At the age of 7, New York City-born Eddie Kaye Thomas began his acting career appearing off-Broadway in “Richard III,” “Talking Pictures,” and “La Miseria.” In 1992, at age 12, he made his Broadway debut with Kimberly Brown in John Guare's “Four Baboons Adoring the Sun,” in the understudy role of Wayne, and was featured as Third Man and an understudy in a Broadway staging of “The Diary of Anne Frank” (December 4, 1997 - June 14, 1998), which starred Natalie Portman.

Thomas first appeared onscreen in a 1994 episode of "Are You Afraid of the Dark" and auditioned for the part of Ethan Embry in “A Far Off Place” (1993). In between 1996 and 1999, he guest starred in the TV series “Law & Order” and "Felicity" (as a video store clerk). He also made his early film appearances in Nick Gomez's hard-hitting New York City-set drug fable "Illtown" (1996; as Young Flaco), Noah Baumbach's New York-set "Mr. Jealousy" (1997), and "Harvest" (1998).

1999 saw Thomas as the unpopular Arnie in the teen horror thriller "The Rage: Carrie 2." He received his first big break as Paul Finch, one of a group of friends who tries to lose their virginity before graduation, in the summer hit teen sex comedy movie, “American Pie.” He reprised the role in the sequels “American Pie 2” (2001) and “American Wedding” (2003).

On the bachelor party scene in "American Wedding," Thomas admitted, “It was really tough. There was all these breasts flying around and bootie shaking and all these women were naked running around, but I did it because I care about the movie.”

Meanwhile, Thomas also did TV commercials for Nike and Snickers and 311's "Flowing" music video.

Entering the new millennium, Thomas had a featured role in James Toback's "Black and White" and was seen in "Drop Back Ten" and "More Dogs Than Bones." He also starred in The WB mid-season replacement high school-set sitcom, “Brutally Normal” and guest starred in "The X Files."

Thomas returned to series TV as a costar on The WB comedy series “Off Centre” (2001-2002), playing Mike Platt. He also played Jeff Woodcock in the TV series “’Til Death" (2006-2008) and voiced Barry (2005-2009) in the animated TV show "American Dad!" Additionally, he was spotted as a guest in an episode of "The Twilight Zone," "Miss Match," "Wonderfalls," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and appeared in the TV movies "Weekends" (2004), "Spellbound" (2007), and "Nature of the Beast" (2007). During this time, in May 2002, Thomas also returned to the stage to play Rock in Mike Leigh's "Smelling a Rat" at the Samuel Beckett Theater in New York City. In December 2005, he played "CB" in the off-Broadway play "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" at the Century Center for the Performing Arts, in New York.

As for his film work, Thomas was cast in "Freddy Got Fingered" (2001; with Tom Green), "Stolen Summer" (2002), "Taboo" (2002), "Sweet Friggin' Daisies" (2002), "Winter Break" (2003), "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004), John Mallory Asher's “Dirty Love” (2005; opposite Jenny McCarthy), "Neo Ned" (2005), "Wasted" (2006), "Fifty Pills" (2006), "Kettle of Fish" (2006), "Blind Dating" (2006; costarred with Jane Seymour ), and "On the Road with Judas" (2007).

Moviegoers recently saw Thomas as Rosenberg in the comedy "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" (2008), as Jesus in "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" (2008), and Alex in "Venus & Vegas" (2009). Next, TV viewers can catch Thomas in the made-for-television movies "Good Behavior" and "How to Make It in America."

“Never, ever give up. It's a business built on rejection and rejection is just one step closer to acceptance.” Eddie Kaye Thomas (advice to kids who want to become actors)


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'American Pie' Star SWAT Team Swarms House Alleged Knife Threat
SP_COP - April 17, 2013 - www.tmz.com
"American Pie" star Eddie Kaye Thomas -- who played Finch in the movies -- just called the police, claiming a female houseguest threatened to kill him with a knife ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ...
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