Christopher Aaron “Shield” E. Shields, better known as Chris Shields or sometimes called Alex Sheriffs. He was born in the U.S. On 22 January 1978 in Westfield, Michigan, USA. His birth name was Michael Wroblewskiy, he later decided to change it to Chris.
In 2004, he married Anna Marie Jankowicz, and they have two children together named Max Joseph Jankowicz-Shields and Emma Nicole (Shield) Shields. His parents are Jewish, but they were not related to him very well. The family lived with aunts and uncles. Shields lived with them most of his childhood life until the age of 14 when he moved with them to their home in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
At this time, his father left the family and started living separately. Chris grew up with several extended family members who supported him and helped him reach his goals at school. At the same time, his mother stayed on to take care of their two younger siblings as she could not keep going back to work due to having three young children and getting pregnant during the entire process of raising them.
After moving into her first house when he was 15, the family moved again, this time to Chicago where they now stay. It was here that Chris made many friends that went on to become influential people in show business, such as Don Cheadle who also happens to be one of Chris’ best friends in the movie world.
Unfortunately for Chris, he had no other options than following his biological father’s footsteps and leaving Illinois for New York City, which he did in 1988. However, Chris eventually met his wife who became part of what he calls his second family. Their relationship took off after being matched by another person in college and got to know each other even through classes. This happened between 1986-1989 when they initially started dating.
Chris Shields Career
In 1989, Chris starred in a television film, A Ghost Story. Then he began working on various TV series and films. This included playing the lead role in 1993’s Live Free Or Die Hard, starring Brad Pitt, and then going on to star alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Sylvester Stallone’s hit action comedy franchise Stallion.
While making those shows with Brad Pitt was great fun, the friendship didn’t end there. Even though Brad Pitt and Chris shared scenes in both films, neither liked the other and never actually spoke to each other while shooting scenes together. They kept in touch by writing letters and speaking on the phone all through 1994-1997, before starting filming on their the next year.
While doing so, Chris played William “Big Daddy” Campbell in Big Daddy & Dave (1996), this character was based on Brad Pitt’s real-life ex-boyfriend Dave Franco, who Chris said was like a brother figure to him. It wasn’t long until they started filming together again under the direction of director Rob Cohen.
The pair started working again in 1999 which would be when Chris’ acting career truly kicked off. They appeared in some popular movies including Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, My Cousin Vinny, Two Kinds, and One Direction… And Harry Potter!
In 2003, Chris released his debut solo album titled Chris Shields Is Your Man. His new music is about relationships and finding yourself and meeting someone special. The lyrics tell stories like “When you’re alone when your heart is broken, and you don’t want to be alone.”
He talks about breaking free and feeling confident and safe and how people can relate to those feelings with ease. Another song he wrote is titled Love You Baby which speaks about wanting the right man or woman to love you forever. Other songs include I’ve Got What I Want – For Me Alone, When I’m Gone – To All the Boys I Used to Be Loved By, etc.
Also featured in this album is another member of Chris’ former crew known as Johnny Patella’s Brother Joe. With over 10 million albums sold in 2007, Chris lives comfortably in today’s entertainment scene. His latest appearance came in 2019 by appearing with actor James Woods on the cover of Billboard Magazine, which he created.
While creating the cover, Chris revealed that he once wanted to give away money for every single cent spent on promoting his book. That way he can afford all his clothing and trips around the country from coast to coast. Since that day, he has continued spreading awareness about his book and more recently has made appearances on social media platforms including Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Reddit.
Career Roles and Achievements
Chris began his television debut in 1992 with a guest appearance in Dr. Strangelove in honor of General Stanley McChrystal, the chief of the joint staff in Iraq. After that, he made his feature film debut in 1996 in the drama movie Night Shift while also playing the villain of the same name.
His supporting roles are countless as he has been in a total of nine sitcoms, two prime-time sitcoms, six movies, ten TV series, and several short-lived specials. He is also known for being behind the camera to create iconic moments for many big studios in the past decades while starring and creating unforgettable storylines.
In 2008, Chris was inducted into the Producers Guild of America Hall of Fame.
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