Seann William Scott

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With his boyish good looks and a knack for sarcasm, actor Seann William Scott found his niche as a comedic smart-aleck in his first major film role. Plucked from virtual obscurity, Scott was perfectly cast as Steven Stifler, the jerky friend everyone loved to hate in the teen sex-comedy hit "American Pie" (1999). Along with most of his fellow castmates, the young actor quickly appeared in a slew of youth-oriented film fare, including the …
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July 12, 1977

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With his boyish good looks and a knack for sarcasm, actor Seann William Scott found his niche as a comedic smart-aleck in his first major film role. Plucked from virtual obscurity, Scott was perfectly cast as Steven Stifler, the jerky friend everyone loved to hate in the teen sex-comedy hit "American Pie" (1999). Along with most of his fellow castmates, the young actor quickly appeared in a slew of youth-oriented film fare, including the slacker comedy "Dude, Where's My Car?" (2000), co-starring Ashton Kutcher, and two successful "American Pie" sequels. Scott began branching out into action-adventure territory - all the while maintaining his signature wise guy persona - in such projects as "Bulletproof Monk" (2003) and "The Rundown" (2003), pairing him with co-stars like Chow Yun-Fat and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, respectively. Movies like the big screen adaptation of "The Dukes of Hazzard" (2005) made the most of Scott's athleticism and comic chops, although increasing misfires like the dysfunctional family-comedy "Mr. Woodcock" (2007) failed to find an audience. With moderately well-received comedies like "Role Models" (2008) overshadowed by such high-profile bombs as "Cop Out" (2010), the actor found himself going back to the well once more in "American Reunion" (2012). Handsome, funny and talented, Scott possessed all the tools necessary for a lengthy career as one of Hollywood's more versatile comedic stars.

Seann William Scott was born on Oct. 3, 1976. He was the youngest of seven kids in his small Minnesota town, but set his sights on Hollywood after taking a part time job at a movie theater turned him into a film fanatic. He moved to Los Angeles following his high school graduation and immediately hit the audition circuit, where his buff bod and chiseled features got him cast in an Aerosmith video and in sitcom guest roles like "Unhappily Ever After" (The WB, 1995-99). But the 21-year-old actor's youthful looks proved to be his ticket to stardom during the era's teen film boom, with Scott making his big screen breakthrough in the popular teen sex comedy "American Pie" (1999). He played a crass, loutish senior whose luck with the ladies and constant taunting of his less fortunate peers leads the group to resolve to lose their virginity before graduation. He excelled as the bad guy, playing the despicable part with aplomb, skillfully handling his character's overconfidence and the appropriately graceless ways he reacted to his comeuppance. Scott followed up with a sweetly awkward, much more likable high school class clown in "Final Destination" (2000) a harrowing tale of plane crash survival.

Graduating on to college roles, Scott co-starred as one of a group of college friends who embark on a "Road Trip" (2000) to Texas in an attempt to retrieve an incriminating videotape before it falls into the wrong hands. In a sort of a handsome version of Beavis and Butthead or Cheech and Chong, he joined Ashton Kutcher in the comedy "Dude, Where's My Car?" (2000) - a film as unambitious as its heroes but consistently amusing enough to develop a cult following. Scott was given a much-expanded role in the not-as-funny sequel "American Pie 2" (2001) and built on his college humor reputation by goofing his way through writer-director Kevin Smith's "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001). He showed considerable leading man charm as an "Alfie"esque scoundrel in producer Lawrence Bender's otherwise unimpressive indie, "Stark Raving Mad" (2002) before wrapping up the "American Pie" franchise with "American Wedding" (2003), which chronicled his character's final maturation. The film did not do his talent justice and tanked with viewers.

Scott's popularity with the 18-34 demographic was confirmed when he and Justin Timberlake co-hosted the 2003 MTV Movie Awards, the pair of handsome goofballs parodying the year's films in a wildly popular broadcast. Scott tried on the mantle of action hero when he joined Chow Yun Fat in "Bulletproof Monk" (2003), one-half of a comic odd couple whose mission is to protect a powerful ancient scroll that holds the key to unlimited power. But Scott's star power outside the "American Pie" franchise was finally proven when he co-starred opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the hit action-comedy-buddy flick "The Rundown" (2003) as the irritating but innocent quarry of the bounty hunter muscleman. Scott teamed with Johnny Knoxville to play a modern day incarnation of Bo and Luke Duke in the occasionally amusing big screen version of "The Dukes of Hazzard" (2005), though both actors were overshadowed by the hype surrounding the acting debut of singer Jessica Simpson in her "Daisy Duke" shorts.

In a successful crossover to milder family entertainment, Scott voiced Crash, a cocky, loudmouthed possum in "Ice Age: The Meltdown" (2006), the successful sequel to the animated family hit "Ice Age" (2002). He also starred in the comic drama "Train Wreck: My Life as an Idiot" (2007) based on the memoir of a barely functional comedian battling ADD, dyslexia, Tourette's syndrome and alcoholism. Scott skillfully painted a funny, self-deprecating and desperately lost character, but his promising performance was only seen by festival crowds. He was back to the low-brow comedies with "Mr. Woodcock" (2007), starring as a twenty-something author returning to his home town to find his widowed mother (Susan Sarandon) is engaged to marry the gym teacher (Billy Bob Thornton) whose sadistic exploits where the bane of his adolescent existence. Naturally, he tries to stop the pending nuptials only to have his plans go awry.

Still searching for that project that would take him to the next stage of his still young career, Scott surely shared the disappointment of all involved when eccentric writer-director Richard Kelly's sprawling, apocalyptic "Southland Tales" (2007) met with disdain from the vast majority of critics and went virtually unseen in its limited release. He was in good company opposite John C. Reilly as one of two supermarket employees willing to do whatever it takes to land "The Promotion" (2008), then paired with Paul Rudd for a raunchy display of how not to be a mentor in "Role Models" (2008). As under-seen as each of those respectable efforts might have been, his third project that year, "Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach" (2008), deservedly went straight-to-DVD. The following year was comprised by more animation voice work in the sequel "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" (2009) and the '50s sci-fi spoof "Planet 51" (2009). A return to form as a wisecracking trouble-maker opposite Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan in the Kevin Smith-directed buddy comedy "Cop Out" (2010), unfortunately went nowhere at the box office.

In March of 2011, Scott entered an unspecified rehab facility for what was described by his representatives as "a proactive treatment to address health and personal issues." He reportedly left the unnamed facility one month later after completing his program. Scott returned to screens the next year as the "Goon" (2012), a nice, but dimwitted enforcer on a minor league hockey team. And nearly a full decade after what many had assumed to be the final entry in the franchise, the actor once more assumed the role of Stifler for "American Reunion" (2012). As the titled suggested, the original cast - among them Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein and Tara Reid - were brought back together for the class of '99's 10th reunion, with tawdry hi-jinks and romantic misunderstandings sure to follow.

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