In October 2009, O'Donnell was honored with the prestigious Caritas Award for his exemplary service to the community. Throughout the years, he has hosted and supported events which helped raise funds for Saint John's Child and Family Development Center and other charity organizations.
When he was still a teen, O'Donnell appeared as a counter boy in a McDonald's commercial where he was serving Michael Jordan.
O'Donnell is of paternal Irish and maternal German descent. He was raised as a devout Catholic.
In 1999, Chris acted as an executive producer for the made-for-TV movie Miracle on the 17th Green. He was also a producer for Y2K that year.
Film and TV Movie Credits:
• Max Payne (2008) as Jason Colvin
• Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) as Jack Kittredge
• The Sisters (2005) as David Turzin
• Men Don't Leave (1990) as Chris Macauley
If he didn't turn out to be an actor, O'Donnell would probably be working in Wall Street. He always had an interest in finance.
O'Donnell was the voice behind the character Craig Willmore in the video game The X-Files.
In 2001, Chris portrayed David Beeves in The Man Who Had All the Luck for the Williamstown Theatre Festival at Adams Memorial Theatre in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The following year, he played the same character at American Airlines Arena in New York City.
Awards & Nominations:
• 1993 (W) - Most Promising Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, Scent of a Woman
• 1993 (N) - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Golden Globe Awards, Scent of a Woman
• 1994 - Male Star of Tomorrow, ShoWest Award, Three Musketeers
• 1998 (W) - Favorite Supporting Actor - Sci-Fi, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Batman & Robin
Chris is 5' 10" (178 cm) tall. He has light brown hair and blue eyes.
Chris was voted "Most Likely To Run Off And Join The Circus" by his class at Loyola Academy.
His hobby is collecting Baseball Cards.
His favorite movie is It's a Wonderful Life. His favorite sports team is the Chicago Bulls.
He is listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1992" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 44.
On April 19, 1997, Chris married Caroline Fentress, an elementary school teacher. They have five children together: Lily Anne (b. Sep 3, 1999), Christopher Eugene, Jr. (b.Oct 24, 2000), Charles McHugh (b. Jul 11, 2003), Finley (b. Mar 24, 2006), and Maeve Frances (b. Dec 10, 2007).
Chris' personal stunt double is stuntman Jim McConnell (1996 - present).
Chris made his television debut on Jack and Mike in 1986.
Chris O'Donnell: (on doing "NCIS Los Angeles") I had been interested in doing television just as a general idea. I think it's an exciting format. There's some great stuff being done. On a personal basis, it worked well for me, too, the idea of being in one city. I've got five kids now, which is a reality of my life that I had to consider. I gotta work. I've got a lot of mouths to feed and they eat a lot.
Chris O'Donnell: I like being busy to set an example for my kids. I came out of college and was working nonstop. Then I stopped for a while and had a bunch of kids. Then all of a sudden I'm sitting at home and my kids are looking at me like, 'What are you doing?' I'm like, 'I don't know what I'm doing. I think I'm ready to get back to work.' I've been real busy the last couple of years and it feels really good.
Chris O'Donnell: When you're labeled as a young-leading-man type, there can be a huge success for a little while. But there's so many of them and you can be gone so quick.... It's really frustrating to think: How long is this going to last? That's why you've got to know what the most important things in your life are and let them be the most important things.
Chris O'Donnell: Because I'm married and have kids, I feel like I sometimes get pegged as a choirboy or something, but I wouldn't exactly describe myself that way.
Chris O'Donnell: I don't get surprised very often to be honest. I'm the kind of person who you couldn't throw a surprise party for because I'd figure it out.
Chris O'Donnell: I used to always think 17 was the best age, but boy there's new stuff that creeps up all the time.
Chris O'Donnell: It's the most amazing feeling to hold your child in your arms.
Chris O'Donnell: (comparing the experiences of making the Batman Movies): When I made Batman Forever, I felt like I was making a movie. When I made Batman & Robin, I felt like I was making a toy commercial.
Chris O'Donnell: I don't like woman with hairy armpits. I think it's disgusting. I don't think it's ladylike. I don't think it's feminine. I don't like it. I think it's gross.
Chris O'Donnell: My buddies love being at a bar with me and having people notice me, because it's a way for them to start chatting up the girls.
Chris O'Donnell: I was very ambitious at a young age, and I knew whatever I did I was gonna work real hard and do well, and it just so happened it worked out this way.
Chris O'Donnell: (on his acting career comeback; in a 2007 interview) In this business, if you take too long, the landscape changes. So the opportunities that were there when I decided to take a break weren't there when I came back. It's like, Wait a second - what happened here? It was a real learning experience. I've paid my dues, I will tell you that.
Chris O'Donnell: (talking about the Batman films) Some day my kids are going to watch these and say to themselves 'That's daddy'!