Charlie Schlatter

Charles Thomas Schlatter (born May 1, 1966) is an American actor and voice actor, who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is best known as the titular lead in the Ferris Bueller TV series, for playing Dr. Jesse Travis, the student of Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke), in the CBS series Diagnosis: Murder and for starring in the big screen comedy 18 Again!, opposite George Burns. Since the early 2000s, he has been primarily a voice actor.

Charlie Schlatter
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Schlatter in 2016
Charles Thomas Schlatter

(1966-05-01) May 1, 1966 (age 54)
Other namesCharlie Schlotter
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1987–present
Known forDiagnosis: Murder
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil
Colleen Gunderson
(m. 1994)

Early lifeEdit

Schlatter was born in Englewood, New Jersey. Growing up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, he got his start in acting at the borough's Memorial Junior High School.[1] He reportedly only auditioned for the school play Oliver! to impress a girl. He received the lead part of Oliver Twist.

Schlatter attended Ithaca College. He later earned a B.F.A. in musical theater. He starred in numerous school plays and became a skilled musician, playing guitar, drums and piano. He also began writing songs.


Schlatter was spotted by a casting director during a performance in 1987, and asked to audition for the Michael J. Fox drama Bright Lights, Big City. This led to his first film appearance, as the younger brother of Fox's character.

Schlatter starred in 1988's Heartbreak Hotel (directed by Chris Columbus) where his character kidnaps Elvis Presley in an effort to make his mother (Tuesday Weld) happy. His most highly acclaimed role in an American film was in 1988 comedy 18 Again!. His 18-year-old character swaps body and mind with his 81-year-old grandfather, played by George Burns. His work in this film was described as "displaying enormous range and extraordinary skill as an actor in his comedic starring role,"[2]

Schlatter also starred in Australian romance The Delinquents (1989) opposite Kylie Minogue. In 1990, he was cast in the role of Ferris Bueller for NBC's sitcom Ferris Bueller alongside Jennifer Aniston, based on the John Hughes film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.[2] In 1992, he co-starred in Sunset Heat with Michael Paré, Dennis Hopper and Adam Ant. In 1994, he appeared in Police Academy: Mission to Moscow as Cadet Kyle Connors.

In late 1995, Schlatter began his role as Dr. Travis on the television series Diagnosis: Murder, opposite iconic comedian, actor and singer/dancer Dick Van Dyke, who was impressed with this relatively unknown television actor being his lifelong fan. His character was introduced as a comic relief character in the third season after Scott Baio's character moved to Colorado, and never returned. He remained on the show for the next six seasons, until the series was cancelled in 2001. During the series, he also wrote the episode "A Resting Place." After the series' ending, he and Van Dyke are still very good friends, and continues to visit him, Schlatter's wife Colleen and their three children.[3] He also was one of the participants at his acting mentor's 90th Birthday Party on December 13, 2015, at Disneyland, in Anaheim, California. Schlatter also said in a 2017 interview on, if he is still friends with the then 91-year-old Van Dyke: "Yeah, I know! I probably owe him a call or he probably owes me a call ... I don't know! It's been a little while. No, he's the best!" [4]

In early 2007, he appeared in the films Out at the Wedding and Resurrection Mary.

In 2014, Schlatter appeared as a guest star in the NCIS season 11 episode "Shooter," playing Lorne Davis. In 2015, he became the narrator for truTV's video clip series Top Funniest starting in season 3.


Since the early 1990s, Schlatter would begin voicing characters in many series. Among his roles were Griff in Sonic the Hedgehog, The Flash in Superman: The Animated Series, The Flash in The Batman and Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts,[5] Jimmy Two-Shoes in the pilot of Jimmy Two-Shoes, Kevin Levin in Ben 10 (not to be confused with Michael Reisz's portrayal in the character's debut), Hawk in A.T.O.M., Tommy Cadle in Pet Alien, Chris Kirkman in Random! Cartoons (a character he would later voice in the pilot of Bravest Warriors), Cameron in Bratz, the title character in Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil and Doctor Mindbender, Wild Bill and Lift-Ticket in G.I. Joe: Renegades.

Schlatter was initially considered for the role of Philip J. Fry in Futurama,[6] but Billy West got the role due to a casting change.[7]

Schlatter was unable to reprise the role of The Flash in Justice League and was replaced by Michael Rosenbaum.

Schlatter also voiced Timmy, Gantlos, Jason Queen, Thoren and Hagen in the Nickelodeon version of Winx Club. He guest starred on The Loud House as Dr. Feinstein in the episode "A Novel Idea" and as the DJ on the episode "Dance, Dance Resolution."

Video gamesEdit

Schlatter was the voice of Major Raikov in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater as well as Raiden in the short film Metal Gear Raiden: Snake Eraser included on the second disk of the Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence game. He voiced Specter, the villain in the game Ape Escape 3. In 2012, he also voiced Finn in the game Sorcery.

In 2004, Schlatter voiced Aatius Vedrix, Lucius Vulso, Tarakh, Steward Daedakovoon, Znink Flatzazzle and Dunn Coldbrow in EverQuest II. He recently voiced Robin and reprised his role as The Flash in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and Lego Dimensions. He also voiced the main protagonist Wonder-Red in The Wonderful 101.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Schlatter dated Jennifer Aniston in 1990, during the shooting of the Ferris Bueller television series.[9] He married Colleen Gunderson in 1994 and they have two daughters and a son.



List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Bright Lights, Big City Michael
18 Again! David Watson / Jack Watson
Heartbreak Hotel Johnny Wolfe
1989 The Delinquents Brownie Hansen
1990–91 Ferris Bueller Ferris Bueller 13 episodes
1991 All-American Murder Artie Logan
1992 Stormy Weathers Squirrel Television film
Sunset Heat David
1994 Police Academy: Mission to Moscow Cadet Kyle Connors
Silk Stalkings Junior Ballantine Episode: "Where There's a Will"
1995 Too Something Jeffrey Episode: "Pilot"
1995–2001 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Jesse Travis 137 episodes
1996 Ed Buddy
1997, 2002 Touched by an Angel Kevin Greeley 2 episodes
2003 White Rush Jay Gelb
2004 Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls Mike Saunders Television film
2007 Out at the Wedding Jonathan
Resurrection Mary Detective Richards
2013 Southland Howard Episode: "Bleed Out"
2014 NCIS Lorne Davis Episode: "Shooter"
2015 TruTV Top Funniest Narrator Season 3
2016 Goliath Clerk Wilson Episode: "Pride and Prejudice"
2017 Feud Monte Westmore Episode: "Abandoned!"
Shameless Dr. Dick Episode: "Occupy Fiona"


List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes References
1991 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Hoggish Greedly, Jr. Ep. "Smog Hog"
1992 Fish Police Tadpole
1993 Sonic the Hedgehog Griff, Additional Voices
1996 Jumanji Wade Riley, Flint Ep. "Love on the Rocks"
1997 Superman: The Animated Series Wally West / Flash Ep. "Speed Demons" [10]
2001 Rugrats Talent Show Host Ep. "Dil Saver/Cooking with Phil & Lil/Piece of Cake"
Butt-Ugly Martians B-bop-A-Luna
2003 Clifford the Big Red Dog Frank Williams Ep. "Led Astray/Wedding Bell Blues" [10]
2004 Jackie Chan Adventures Rocko Ep. "Dragon Scouts"
Evil Con Carne Tony, Trooper #3 [10]
2005 Pet Alien Tommy Cadle, Clinton
2005–06 Bratz Cameron
2005–07 A.T.O.M. Hawk, Stingfly [10]
Loonatics Unleashed Ace Bunny, Toby the Pizza Boy [10]
2006–07 Codename: Kids Next Door Numbuh 20,000
Ben 10 Kevin Levin, Devlin Levin [10]
2007 Kim Possible Chino [10]
All Grown Up! Jordan (TV Kid), Kirkwood Debater Ep. "What's Love Got to Do With It?" [10]
2007–08 The Batman The Flash [10]
2008 Chowder Dog Citizen, Skeleton Ep. "Schnitzel Quits"
The Life & Times of Tim Additional Voices
2008–09 The Fairly OddParents Various
2008–13 Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices
2009 Random! Cartoons Various [10]
Bravest Warriors Chris Kirkman Pilot only
Jimmy Two-Shoes Jimmy Two-Shoes
2010–11 G.I. Joe: Renegades Doctor Mindbender, Wild Bill, Lift-Ticket [10]
2010–12 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Kick Buttowski [10]
2011 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Tack, Plumber #3 Ep. "Basic Training" [10]
2013 Winx Club Timmy Nickelodeon version [10]
Curious George Sam, Store Clerk Ep. "Where's the Firedog?/Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye"
2014 The Boondocks Bench Kardashian, Cameraman Ep. "Granddad Dates a Kardashian"
2015 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Vertebreak Ep. "Some Body, Any Body" [10]
2016–17 Justice League Action The Flash [10]
2016–18 The Loud House Various [10]
2017 Avengers Assemble Howard Stark (Young) Ep. "New Year's Resolution" [10]
2020 Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? The Flash Ep. "One Minute Mysteries!"


List of voice performances in direct-to-video, feature and television films
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring Chip
2007 Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Timmy Nickelodeon version
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Additional Voices
2011 The Little Engine That Could Major
2013 Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite Barry Allen / Flash, Robin
2014 Dragon Nest: Warriors' Dawn Lambert English version
2015 Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts Barry Allen / Flash
2016 Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants

Video gamesEdit

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role
2004 Shellshock: Nam '67 Deuce
EverQuest II Aatius Vedrix, Lucius Vulso, Tarahk, Steward Daedakovoon, Znink Flatzazzle, Dunn Coldbrow,
Generic Male Froglok Merchant, Generic Male Troll Merchant, Generic Male Halfling Merchant,
Generic Male High Elf, Generic Evil Eye Enemy, Generic Barbarian Enemy
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Major Raikov, Soldier
2005 The Punisher Tom, Crack Dealer, Chop Shop Worker, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, Prisoner
Bratz: Rock Angelz Cameron
Neopets: The Darkest Faerie Heermedjet, Meerouladen, Messenger
2006 Ape Escape Academy Specter
Ape Escape 3
Over the Hedge Milton the Mole
Gothic 3 Additional Voices
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Raikov
2007 Spider-Man 3 Apocalypse Thug, Additional Voices
Ben 10: Protector of Earth Kevin Levin
Bee Movie Game Additional Voices
2008 Kung Fu Panda Rabbit #2, Rabbit #3
Rise of the Argonauts Additional Voices
SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Confrontation Tom Hamilton, VIP #2
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Additional Voices
Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors Rabbit #4, Rat Minion #1
2012 Sorcery Finn
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Tim Drake / Robin, The Flash, Damian Wayne
2013 The Wonderful 101 Wonder-Red, Arthur Wedgewood, Poseman
2014 Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Tim Drake / Robin, The Flash
2015 Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin Kai
Lego Dimensions The Flash, Kai, Darreth
2016 Skylanders: Imaginators Additional Voices


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  3. ^ "Influencer Insider Animated Actor Charlie Schlatter". What' 19 April 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Episode 161: Charlie Schlatter". February 11, 2017. Archived from the original on March 8, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts (film). 2015.
  6. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2010-06-24). "'Futurama'-Rama: Welcome Back to the World of Tomorrow". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
  7. ^ Ken P. (2005-09-22). "IGN Interviews Billy West". IGN. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  8. ^ Traveller's Tales. Lego Dimensions. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Closing credits, 4:45 in, Voiceover Talent.
  9. ^ "Jennifer Aniston Had a "Brief, Torrid Romance" With Her Ferris Bueller Show Costar Charlie Schlatter in 1990". US Magazine. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
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