Erik von Detten

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Erik Thomas von Detten (born October 3, 1982) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in Escape to Witch Mountain, Toy Story, Brink!, The Princess Diaries, Complete Savages, and So Weird.

Personal life

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


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 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, the third season's 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 2007, he made his stage debut in the children's play The Christmas Princess in Santa Monica. In 2009, he was featured in the music video "Wanted" by pop singer Jessie James. In 2010, he made a brief cameo appearance in Toy Story 3 reprising his role as Sid Phillips. However, he has no actual dialogue in the movie, as he is only heard humming heavy metal gutar riffs.


Year Title Role Notes
1991 All I Want for Christmas Choir
1995 Top Dog Matthew Swanson
1995 Toy Story Sid (voice)
1996 Amanda Kelsey Farnsworth
1997 Hercules Additional Voices
1997 Leave It to Beaver Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver
1999 Tarzan (voice)
1998 Brink! Andy Brinker
2001 ' Josh Bryant
2001 Recess: School's Out Erwin Lawson / Captain Brad (voice)
2001 Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street Erwin Lawson (voice) Video
2002 American Girl Kenton
2003 National Lampoon's Barely Legal Deacon
2003 Recess: All Growed Down Erwin Lawson (voice) Video
2005 Smile Chris
2010 Toy Story 3 Sid (voice)
Year Title Role Notes
1992-1993 Days of our Lives Nicholas Alamain 55 episodes
1993 Night Sins Nicholas Alamain TV movie
1994 In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness Older John TV movie
1994 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Vic (voice) Episode: "The Switching Hour"
1995 ' Tyler Hackett TV movie
1995 Kidnapped: In the Line of Duty Sam Honeycutt TV movie
1995 Escape to Witch Mountain Danny TV movie
1995 ER Ben Larkin Episode: "Hell and High Water"
1996 Toy Story Treats Sid (voice) Episode: "Woody's Nightmares"
1996 ' Justin TV movie
1996 Life with Louie (voice) Episode: "Summer of My Discontent"
1996 Mr. Rhodes Milo Episode: "Pilot"
1996 7th Heaven Randy Episode: "Halloween"
1996 Christmas Every Day Billy Jackson TV movie
1997 Things That Go Bump Christian TV movie
1997 Meego Trip Parker Episode: "Pilot"
1997-2001 Recess Erwin Lawson (voice) 9 episodes
1998 You Wish Jeff Collins Episode: "Bride and Prejudice"
1998 Brink! Andy 'Brink' Brinker TV movie
1998 ' Adolescent Jaguar (voice) Episode: "Temple of Eliza"
1999 Replacing Dad Drew TV movie
1999-2000 Odd Man Out Andrew Whitney 13 episodes
1999-2001 So Weird Clu Bell Main role
2000 As Told by Ginger Kid #2 (voice) Episode: "The Right Stuff"
2001 Raising Dad Brad Singer Episode: "The Drama Club"
2001 ' Flynt (voice) 4 episodes
2002 Do Over Gary Ross Episode: "Valentine's Day Dance"
2002-2003 Dinotopia Karl Scott 11 episodes
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Drew Lamerly Episode: "Privilege"
2003 Charmed Newspaper Reporter (uncredited) Episode: "Baby's First Demon"
2004 8 Simple Rules Erik Episode: "C.J.'s Party"
2004-2005 Complete Savages Chris Savage 10 episodes
2005 Malcolm in the Middle Brad Episode: "Secret Boyfriend"
2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers (voice) Episode: "Dog Play Afternoon"
2007 Girl, Positive Jason TV movie
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender Chan (voice) Episode: "The Beach"
2008 Bones Ed Dekker Episode: "Player Under Pressure"
2009 Family Guy (voice) Episode: "Peter's Progress"

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