Erik von Detten

Erik von Detten

Erik von Detten, 2004
Born Erik Thomas von Detten
(1982-10-03) October 3, 1982
San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991 – present

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

Erik Thomas von Detten was born in San Diego, California.[1] He is the son of Susan von Detten (née Farber), a photographer,[2] and Volker von Detten. His father is an immigrant from Munich, Germany.[3] He has three sisters, Dolly, Britta, and Andrea, and a brother, Timothy.[4]


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.

In 1995, when he was 13, Von Detten provided the voice of the villainous toy-destroyer Sid Phillips in the hit movie Toy Story. In 1996, he starred in the ABC family original movie Christmas Every Day. 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[5] 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, who is now a garbageman in his 20s.


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 Brinker
1999 Tarzan Flynt (voice)
2001 Princess Diaries, TheThe Princess Diaries Josh Bryant
2001 Recess: School's Out Erwin Lawson / Captain Brad (voice) Video
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 Phillips (voice) Cameo
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 Season of Hope, AA Season of Hope 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 Stranger to Love, AA Stranger to Love 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 Toy Story Treats Sid (voice) Episode: "Woody's Nightmares"
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 Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild Thornberrys 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 Legend of Tarzan, TheThe Legend of Tarzan 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"


  1. "Erik von Detten". MSN. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  2. Susan Von Detten
  3. According to chat interview, circa January/February 2000
  4. Sansing, Dina (2003). "the way to his heart?" (JPG). Seventeen. p. 120. Retrieved 2006-09-08.
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