10 Things You Didn’t Know About NCIS: LA Star Chris O’Donnell
8. Early Life
Christopher Eugene O’Donnell was born on June 26, 1970 in Winnetka, Illinois, to William Charles O’Donnell Sr. and Julie Ann Rohs von Brecht. Growing up, Chris was the youngest of seven children with four sisters and two brothers. Although he had an interest in acting early, he was diligent at school as well and went on to attend Loyola Academy from which he graduated in 1988 and then attended Boston College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marketing.
7. Getting Started
At only 13 years old, O’Donnell began modeling but his big break came when he was cast in a McDonald’s commercial as the person serving Michael Jordan. His first big on-screen role was in 1986 on the series Jack and Mike, and he landed his first movie role at the age of 17 when he won the role of Chris Macauley in 1990’s Men Don’t Leave. After that, it didn’t take long for O’Donnell to become one of Hollywood’s most prominent young stars as he went on to star in Fried Green Tomatoes, School Ties, Scent of a Woman and The Three Musketeers from 1991-1993.