American Pie's Chris Klein, 41, shocks fans as he looks like a 'grandad'

AMERICAN Pie fans were left shocked when the movie's heartthrob Chris Klein, now in his 40s, appeared on TV.

The actor, famous for playing nice-guy jock Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher in the film, looked very different two decades on from the hit.

But many were obsessed with just how different he looks from his days as a clean-cut hunk – though many insisted his pin-up status was still intact.

One wrote: "Omg. He looks like a grandad."

Another cautioned: "Going from 20s to 30s to 40s is quick."

Others reckoned he was beginning to resemble fellow movie star Kevin Spacey – while several insisted it's been so long since the film aired it would be a miracle if he looked the same.

Chris, who is now 41, shares two children, son Frederick Easton, four, and daughter Isla Rose, two, with wife aina Rose Thyfault.

He appeared on Aussie breakfast TV show Today Extra saying he was "gobsmacked" to be cast as a dad in Netflix's Sweet Magnolias after years playing sons.

Chris explained: "I have to tell you guys, I was a bit gobsmacked when we started this whole thing and there I was playing the dad of the teenagers."

He added with a laugh: "It sure happens fast."

American Pie made stars of its ensemble cast, which included Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan and Tara Reid.

Released in the summer of 1999, the original film celebrated its 20th anniversary last year.

It went on to spawn three spin offs – American Pie 2 in 2001, American Wedding in 2003, and American Reunion in 2012 – plus five straight-to-DVD specials.

Last month, Chris' co-star Tara, now 45, hinted that there is yet another sequel is in the works, insisting: "That franchise will never truly be over."

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