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Chris Wylde is the stage name of an American actor and comedian who was born on August 22, 1976 in Hackettstown, New Jersey as Christopher Scott Noll.

Early Life[]

Chris was raised in Belvidere, New Jersey and moved to Verona, New Jersey when he was seven.[1] Both his parents are United Methodist ministers.

When Chris was 10 years old he attended the Saint Thomas Choir School in Manhattan, the only boarding choir school in North America. While there he sang with the St. Thomas Boys Choir and Carly Simon on the song "Let the River Run", which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the film Working Girl. The song also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song-Motion Picture (1989), as well as a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture (1989).

After moving to Allendale, New Jersey, he attended the Northern Highlands Regional High School from 1990 to 1994, where he starred in many plays and musicals.[1] While there, he infamously broke into the school's TV studio and broadcast a pirate television signal on the local Public-access television station.

In the summer of 1993, Wylde attended the New Jersey Governor's School of the Arts.

From 1994 to 1998 he attended American University in Washington, D.C. and received a Bachelor's Degree in Theater - Performance. He starred in several plays and musicals as well as the improvisational comedy troupe "Mission: IMPROV-able". He hosted his own late-night talk show Midnight with Chris Noll on the student-run campus television station ATV. Midnight still holds the record as the longest running comedy program in the station's history.



While living in Washington D.C. and attending A.U. he starred in the PBS series Standard Deviants.

After graduating college Chris moved to Hollywood. He was quickly cast as Barry on Strip Mall on Comedy Central. After that show wrapped he created, wrote, produced, and starred in The Chris Wylde Show Starring Chris Wylde on Comedy Central. He hosted the game show Taboo based on the popular board game and starred in Filmfakers on AMC. On Filmfakers, Chris reunited with his Strip Mall cast mate Allison Dunbar (The Sopranos).

Chris guest-starred on a memorable 2002 episode of Trading Spaces and in 2007 was voted their Funniest Home Owner ever.

In 2005 Chris pranked American Idol, posing as a rapping nanny. His antics made it all the way to the judges and on the air. VH1 named it one of the 40 Greatest Pranks in TV History.

Chris was the top center square for a week on Hollywood Squares, played Ricky for multiple episodes on General Hospital, and guest-starred on sitcoms, Just Shoot Me!, Watching Ellie, Jonas L.A. as wacky radio deejay Mad Man Marty in the Morning, Pair of Kings as Two Peg the Pirate with two peg legs, Good Luck Charlie as shop teacher Mr. Rourke and fast food magnate Corporal Kwikee, and A.N.T. Farm as Mr. Marceau the science teacher/loudest man in the world.

In 2005, Chris hosted the Discovery Health Channel show "Is Your House Out to Get You?" He delivers important and serious messages about the common dangers in the home from appliances, electricity, toxic mold and more in a lighthearted and fun way.

Chris Wylde created and executive-produced the series Dad Camp on VH1.


While in D.C., Chris starred as Woof in Hair, alongside Tracie Thoms. The show was initially supposed to have a 6 week run of 4 shows a week at the Studio Theater but sold-out so quickly they added "extensions" and ended up performing 8 shows a week for 6 months. Hair would go on to win the Helen Hayes Award for Best Resident Musical. Chris performed with the cast at the Kennedy Center.

Chris Wylde's first role, after graduating and moving to Hollywood, was starring as Lucio in William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, at the Morgan Wixson Theater on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica, California. He starred alongside Henry Dittman who still remains one of his closest friends.


Wylde's first film role was in Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys playing Jason, the birthday boy. His scene was also the big screen debut of actor Jon Hamm. Wylde was cast alongside Johnny Knoxville in a memorable scene from Coyote Ugly which appeared in the film's trailer and commercials. Both Space Cowboys and Coyote Ugly opened in theaters on the same day, August 4, 2000. Wylde's other films include: All's Faire in Love, Evolution, Fred: The Movie, Joe Dirt, My Date With Drew, My First Mister, The Revenant, and The Ten.

In 2009 Chris Wylde was named Best Actor at the New York City Horror Film Festival for his work in "The Revenant". He shared this award with co-star David Anders.

Stage name[]

When Chris joined the Screen Actors' Guild, there already was a Chris Noll on the membership rolls, so he became Chris Wylde. He asked his brother, Dave Noll, for advice on what to call himself, and Dave was sitting under a movie poster for the film Wild Things at his VH1 office. I had to think of a new name right on the spot. So I went through a whole list of names, like family names. My middle name is Scott. Scott Noll, didn't like it. Chris Scott—Nee. If I wanted to keep my real name, I would have had to be C. S. Noll or Christopher Scott Noll which just sucks. For a comic to have a name that's so long is just ridiculous, you know? So I went through this whole family list, and I finally found a name I like, which was my grandfather's middle name, which was his mother's maiden name, and it was Sands. I was like, "Chris Sands, cool; I sound like a Vegas lounge singer guy." That was taken too. I was like, Jesus Christ! I'm on the phone with my brother trying to decide my future name, and he's got this big movie poster for Wild Things, cause he's a known pedophile. So he was like, how about Chris Wild? Chris Wild, I thought it was kinda corny. So I was saying Chris Wild and the woman was like, "OK, how do you want to spell that?" I was just like I don't want to do it Wild, so I'll do it Wyld, and then I realized that is Chris Wyld [rhymes with guild], so I said throw an "e" on it and that's the story of the Hollywood phony you see before you today, Chris Wylde. It was definitely weird. It totally took a while to get used to.[2]

Personal Life[]

Chris was married on October 10, 2009 in Greenville, South Carolina. The ceremony was both United Methodist and Hindu.

Chris' wife gave birth to their son Kiran on October 17, 2010. Kiran means "beam of light" or "sun rays" in Sanskrit.