The Squid and the Whale
American actor Owen Kline, the eldest child of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, gained praise for portraying Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney's 12 year old son, Frank Berkman, on the Noah Baumbach critically successful film “The Squid and the Whale” (2005), for which he also took home an Online Film Critics Society Award and a Gotham Award as well as nominations at the Young Artist, Chicago Film Critics Association, and Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards. He previously appeared with his father in “The Anniversary Party” and “Life as a House” (both 2001).
According to Time Magazine, Young Kline makes graphic novels, and can play Bob Dylan songs on the ukulele. The magazine also describes that he can play drums and draws comics. In The New York magazine article “Anything Pink Rocks” (March 26, 2007), he is reported as a “young modern” and client of an East Village punk rock clothing, Trash and Vaudeville.
Childhood and Family:
Owen Joseph Kline was born on October 14, 1991, in New York City, New York, to celebrity parents the Academy Award- and Tony Award winning actor Kevin Kline (born October 24, 1947) and actress Phoebe Cates (born July 16, 1963). He has a younger sister named Greta Kline (born on March 21, 1994). His famous relatives include the late producer/director Joseph Cates (his grandfather), producer/director Gilbert Cates (his granduncle) and actor Gil Cates Jr. (his second cousin). Owen is known with the nickname Okay. He suffers from juvenile diabetes.
The Anniversary Party
Owen Kline made his feature film acting debut in “The Anniversary Party” (2001), a comedy/drama helmed, written, produced by, and starring Alan Cummings and family friend Jennifer Jason Leigh. He played Jack, the son of Cal and Sophia Gold (played by his real life parents), in the film, which won a 2001 National Board of Reviews for Special Recognition for “For excellence in filmmaking” and was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay and Best Supporting Male (John C. Reilly). In addition to acting, Owen also wrote and performed the song “I Recognize Love” for the soundtrack. Later that same year, he landed an uncredited part as Young Sam on videotape in Irwin Winkler's drama/romance film, “Life as a House,” starring his father.
In 2005, Owen was cast in the lead role of Frank Berkman, the younger son of Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney, on the drama film “The Squid and the Whale,” a role given to him at the suggestion of Leigh, the then girlfriend of director/writer Noah Baumbach. Produced by Wes Anderson, the film enjoyed critical acclaim, and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay and three Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. It also received Directing Award and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, not to mention Grand Jury nomination at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and six Independent Spirit nominations, among other awards and nominations. At the box office, the film grossed over 11 million against its $1.5 million budget. For his promising acting, Owen picked up a Gotham for Best Ensemble Cast, an Online Film Critics Society for Best Breakthrough Performance, a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor, a Chicago Film Critics Association nomination for Most Promising Performer and Broadcast Film Critics Association's Critics Choice nomination for Best Young Actor.
Gotham: Best Ensemble Cast , “The Squid and the Whale,” 2005
Online Film Critics Society (OFCS): Best Breakthrough Performance, “The Squid and the Whale,” 2006