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Erik von Detten

Erik von Detten, 2004
Born Erik Thomas von Detten
October 3, 1982 (1982-10-03) (age 27)
San Diego, California
Years active 1991 - present

Erik Thomas von Detten (born October 3, 1982) is an American actor. He has appeared in Escape to Witch Mountain (1995), The Princess Diaries (2001) and National Lampoon's Barely Legal (2003) and Toy Story (1995) (voice).


Personal life

Von Detten was born in San Diego, California. His mother, Susan von Detten (née Farber), is an American photographer,[1] and his father, Volker von Detten, is an immigrant from Munich, Germany.[2] He has three sisters, Dolly, Britta, and Andrea, and a brother, Timothy. As of 2003, he had a Dalmatian named Miles.[3]


One of von Detten's earliest roles was Nicholas Alamain on the daytime soap opera Days of our Lives from 1992 until 1993. Nicholas was revealed to be the secret son of Lawrence Alamain (Michael Sabatino) and Carly Manning (Crystal Chappell), two of the show's major characters. As a result von Detten was heavily involved in some of the show's main storylines, despite only being 10 years old at the time. Perhaps the most notable storyline during von Detten's time on the soap was Nicholas' accidental killing of his father's lover Lisanne Gardner, who had been attempting to blackmail Lawrence over the secret of Nicholas's parentage.

At thirteen, he provided the voice of the villainous toy-destroyer Sid Phillips in the hit movie Toy Story. He starred as Wally Cleaver in the 1997 movie Leave It to Beaver and also starred as the title character in the Disney Channel original movie Brink! in 1998. Von Detten has also appeared in a theatrical release as the jerk Josh Bryant in The Princess Diaries (film) in 2001. In addition, he has made several television appearances in shows like Dinotopia (2002), the first celebrity edition of the ABC reality show The Mole, Celebrity Mole Hawaii (2003), in which he was runner-up, as well as Disney Channel's So Weird, and Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle". Von Detten has also played the part of Chris Savage in the short-lived sitcom Complete Savages. In 2009, he was featured in the music video "Wanted" by pop singer Jessie James.


Year Title Role Notes
1991 All I Want for Christmas Choir
1992 Days of Our Lives Nicholas James Alamain #1 1992-1993
1993 Night Sins Nicholas Alamain TV movies
1994 In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness Older John
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Vic 1 episode: "The Switching Hour"
1995 Top Dog Matthew Swanson
A Season of Hope Tyler Hackett TV movies
Kidnapped: In the Line of Duty Sam Honeycutt
Escape to Witch Mountain Danny
ER Ben Larkin 1 episode: "Hell and High Water"
Toy Story Sid (voice)
1996 A Stranger to Love Justin TV movie
Life with Louie (voice) 1 episode: "Summer of My Discontent"
Mr. Rhodes Milo 1 episode: "Pilot"
7th Heaven Randy 1 episode: "Halloween"
Christmas Every Day Billy Jackson TV movie
Amanda Kelsey Farnsworth
1997 Things That Go Bump Christian TV movie
Hercules Additional Voices
Leave It to Beaver Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver
Meego Trip Parker 1 episode: "Pilot"
1998 You Wish Jeff Collins 1 episode: "Bride and Prejudice"
Brink! Andy 'Brink' Brinker TV movie
The Wild Thornberrys Adolescent Jaguar (voice) 1 episode: "Temple of Eliza"
Recess Erwin Lawson 5 episodes (1998-2001)
1999 Replacing Dad Drew TV movie
Tarzan Additional Voices
Odd Man Out Andrew Whitney 13 episodes (1999-2000)
So Weird Clu Bell 19 episodes
2001 1 episode: "Babel"
The Princess Diaries Josh Bryant
Raising Dad Brad Singer 1 episode: "The Drama Club"
The Legend of Tarzan Flynt (voice) 4 episodes
2002 American Girl Kenton
Dinotopia Karl Scott 11 episodes (2002-2003)
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Drew Lamerly 1 episode: "Privilege"
Charmed Newspaper Reporter 1 episode: "Baby's First Demon"
After School Special Deacon
Recess: All Growed Down Erwin Lawson (voice) Video
2004 8 Simple Rules Erik 1 episode: "C.J.'s Party"
Complete Savages Chris Savage 18 episodes (2004-2005)
2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers (voice) 1 episode: "Dog Play Afternoon"
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender Chan (voice) 1 episode: "The Beach"
2008 Bones Ed Dekker 1 episode: "Player Under Pressure"


  1. ^ Susan Von Detten
  2. ^ According to chat interview, circa January/February 2000
  3. ^ Sansing, Dina (2003). "the way to his heart?" (JPG). Seventeen: p. 120. Retrieved 2006-09-08. 

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