Erik von Detten

Erik Thomas von Detten (born October 3, 1982) is an American former actor and singer.[1] He is known for his roles in Escape to Witch Mountain, Toy Story, Brink!, Meego, The Princess Diaries, Complete Savages, and So Weird.

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Von Detten in 2004
Erik Thomas von Detten

(1982-10-03) October 3, 1982 (age 39)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1991–2012
Angela von Detten
(m. 2018)

Early lifeEdit

Erik Thomas von Detten was born in San Diego, California,[2] the son of Susan von Detten (née Farber), a photographer,[3] and Volker von Detten. He has three sisters, Dolly, Britta and Andrea, and a brother, Timothy.[4] He has German, English, and Russian Jewish ancestry.[5] His family moved to a two-story house in El Segundo, California when he was a young child. In El Segundo, von Detten attended the local public elementary school, and was a member of the Cub Scouts.[citation needed]


One of von Detten's earliest roles was Nicholas Alamain on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1992 until 1993, appearing in 55 episodes.[6] 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.

In 1995, when he was 13, von Detten provided the voice of the villainous toy-tormentor Sid Phillips in Toy Story. He starred in film Christmas Every Day in 1996, played Wally Cleaver in the 1997 film Leave It to Beaver, and in 1998, had the lead as the title character in the Disney Channel original movie Brink!. He followed this up on the television series So Weird , on which he played Clu Bell from 1999 to 2001. Von Detten also appeared in a theatrical release as Josh Bryant in The Princess Diaries in 2001. In addition, he has made several television appearances in shows such as Dinotopia (2002), the first celebrity edition of the ABC reality show The Mole, the third season's Celebrity Mole Hawaii (2003), and Fox's Malcolm in the Middle. Von Detten has also played the part of Chris Savage in the short-lived sitcom Complete Savages.[citation needed]

In 2007, he made his stage debut in the children's play The Christmas Princess[7] 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 before he retired from acting in Toy Story 3 reprising his role as Sid Phillips, who is now a garbageman in his 20s.[6][8]

As of 2018, von Detten worked for Rosland Capital, a precious metals asset management firm.[9] He is now a sales manager at a commodities brokerage firm.

Personal lifeEdit

Von Detten has been married to his wife, a Taiwanese-American real estate agent, since 2018. They have a daughter, Claire Elizabeth (b. 2019), and a son, Thomas Henry (b. 2021).[10][11][12][13][14][15]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 All I Want for Christmas Choir
1995 Top Dog Matthew Swanson
1995 Toy Story Sid Phillips (voice)
1996 Amanda Kelsey Farnsworth
1997 Hercules Boy #1 (voice)
1997 Leave It to Beaver Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver
1998 Brink! Andy 'Brink' Brinker
1999 Tarzan Flynt (voice)
2001 Recess: School's Out Erwin Lawson / Capt. Brad (voice)
2001 The Princess Diaries Josh Bryant
2001 Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street Erwin Lawson (voice) Direct-to-video
2001 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Additional Voices
2002 Tarzan and Jane Flynt (voice) Direct-to-video
2002 American Girl Kenton
2003 National Lampoon's Barely Legal Deacon Lewis
2003 Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade Erwin Lawson (voice) Direct-to-video
2003 Recess: All Growed Down Erwin Lawson (voice) Direct-to-video
2005 Smile Chris
2010 Toy Story 3 Sid Phillips (voice) Final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Days of Our Lives Nicholas Alamain Regular role
1993 Night Sins Nicholas Alamain TV film
1994 In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness Older John TV film
1994 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Vic / Tough Kid (voice) Episode: "The Switching Hour"
1995 A Season of Hope Tyler Hackett TV film
1995 Kidnapped: In the Line of Duty Sam Honeycutt TV film
1995–1997 The Pinocchio Shop Lowham Fox Series regular
78 episodes
1995 Escape to Witch Mountain Danny TV film
1995 ER Ben Larkin Episode: "Hell and High Water"
1996 The Bug Hunt TV film
1996 Life with Louie Additional voices Episode: "Summer of My Discontent"
1996 A Stranger to Love Justin TV film
1996 Mr. Rhodes Milo Episode: "Pilot"
1996 7th Heaven Randy Episode: "Halloween"
1996 Christmas Every Day Billy Jackson TV film
1997 Things That Go Bump Christian TV film
1997 Meego Trip Parker Episode: "Pilot"
1997 Toy Story Treats Sid Phillips (voice) Episode: "Woody's Nightmares"
1997–2000 Recess Erwin Lawson (voice) Recurring role
1998 You Wish Jeff Collins Episode: "Bride and Prejudice"
1998 Brink! Andy 'Brink' Brinker TV film
1998 The Wild Thornberrys Adolescent Jaguar (voice) Episode: "Temple of Eliza"
1999 Replacing Dad Drew TV film
1999–2000 Odd Man Out Andrew Whitney Main role
1999–2001 So Weird Clu Bell Lead Role (seasons 1 & 2); guest role (season 3)
2001 As Told by Ginger Kid #2 (voice) Episode: "The Right Stuff"
2001 Raising Dad Brad Singer Episode: "The Drama Club"
2001 The Legend of Tarzan Flynt (voice) Recurring role
2001-2002 Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat Jet-Jet (voice) Recurring role
2002 Do Over Gary Ross Episode: "Valentine's Day Dance"
2002–2003 Dinotopia Karl Scott Main role
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Drew Lamerly Episode: "Privilege"
2003 Charmed Newspaper Reporter Episode: "Baby's First Demon"
2004 8 Simple Rules Erik Episode: "C.J.'s Party"
2004–2005 Complete Savages Chris Savage Main role
2005 Malcolm in the Middle Brad Episode: "Secret Boyfriend"
2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Additional Voices Episode: "Dog Play Afternoon"
2007 Girl, Positive Jason TV film
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender Chan (voice) Episode: "The Beach"
2008 Bones Ed Dekker Episode: "Player Under Pressure"
2009 Family Guy Shovin' Buddy (voice) Episode: "Peter's Progress"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Animated Storybook: Toy Story Sid Phillips


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