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 for playing Dr. Jesse Travis, the resident 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 1990s, he has been primarily a voice actor.
Schlatter in 2016
Charles Thomas Schlatter
May 1, 1966
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
|Other names||Charlie Schlotter|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
|Known for||Diagnosis: Murder|
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
Colleen Gunderson (m. 1994)
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. 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".
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. 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 singer, actor and dancer, Dick Van Dyke, who was impressed with this relatively unknown television actor, by being a lifelong fan of his. 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. He was also 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 Acast.com, 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!" He also said, "Again, you know, he was never that guy, cause a lot of people would say, 'What advice do you use?' He never sat you down, and said, 'This is how is going to be; blah, blah, blah, this is; you just learn from listening. You know, everyday was a school time and you would go to school and you would learn by watching him; and the 1 thing that I learned, the most was, how to have joy, how to still love what you're doing at that age, you know, and to have the longevity and to figure out what matters and what doesn't matter, on what to complain about and what not to complain about and how is it? It's a job, in particular, those like this 9 to 5, who would 'get in' and 'get out.' I mean, he loved what he was doing, but never really worried about the thing that he couldn't change, everyday was kinda like slurs, wannabe prayers. But, yeah, I think watching him, in action, as an actor, he tried to borrow things from everybody, just has a human being, you know, 'Hey, I really like this guy, wish I could be more like that!' And so, he tried to be more like that; and in his acting takes, he tried to relax, how to breathe, how to whatever; and just how to be present and to be emotionally available, quicker. That's 1 thing I learned from him, too, I mean, listen, he's a comic genius, but the stuff that he did, was heartfelt stuff... was just really I mean, at times it was a goofy, hokey show, but, there were beautiful moments in that show, as well, and Dick is responsible for a lot of those. Again, he was just 100% present and emotionally available, at all times. 'You know, give me a moment, I need to get here, emotionally.' Just was always ready, was always ready; and me now (as an actor), 'You know, places or whatever!' That's my time to say, 'I need to be here, I need to tap into whatever it is to be emotionally available for every other actor, and whoever he asked, whoever has been a guest-star on that show has walked away, either (with a great story or great feeling); from working with Dick Van Dyke. He was so supportive and so wonderful and never disappointed; you know, that's the 1 thing to do. He's the real deal, the real article, he is the best, so selfless and here's a quick, little story: When I was auditioning for this show, there I was in the room with Dick and the producers; and goes, 'You look so familiar, Charlie, have we met before?' because he said, 'You look so familiar, are you sure we haven't met before?' And I go, 'Dude, you're Dick Van Dyke! If we met, I totally would've remember. I'm not lying to you! We did not meet!' And he said, 'I guess you're right!'"
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 The Batman and Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts, 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 also voiced Timmy 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".
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.
|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|
|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|
|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"|
|1991||Captain Planet and the Planeteers||Hoggish Greedly, Jr.||Ep. "Smog Hog"|
|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"|
|2001||Rugrats||Talent Show Host||Ep. "Dil Saver/Cooking with Phil & Lil/Piece of Cake"|
|2003||Clifford the Big Red Dog||Frank Williams||Ep. "Led Astray/Wedding Bell Blues"|
|2004||Jackie Chan Adventures||Rocko||Ep. "Dragon Scouts"|
|Evil Con Carne||Tony, Trooper #3|
|2005||Pet Alien||Tommy Cadle, Clinton|
|Loonatics Unleashed||Ace Bunny, Toby the Pizza Boy|
|2006–07||Codename: Kids Next Door||Numbuh 20,000|
|Ben 10||Kevin Levin, Devlin Levin|
|2007–08||The Batman||The Flash|
|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|
|Bravest Warriors||Chris Kirkman||Pilot only|
|Jimmy Two-Shoes||Jimmy Two-Shoes|
|2010–11||G.I. Joe: Renegades||Doctor Mindbender, Wild Bill, Lift-Ticket|
|2010–12||Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil||Kick Buttowski|
|2011||Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||Tack, Plumber #3||Ep. "Basic Training"|
|2013||Winx Club||Timmy||Nickelodeon version|
|Curious George||Sam, Store Clerk||Ep. "Where's the Firedog?/Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye"|
|2014||The Boondocks||Plastic Surgeon, Cameraman||Ep. "Granddad Dates a Kardashian"|
|2015||Transformers: Robots in Disguise||Vertebreak||Ep. "Some Body, Any Body"|
|2016–17||Justice League Action||The Flash|
|2016–18||The Loud House||Various|
|2017||Avengers Assemble||Howard Stark (Young)||Ep. "New Year's Resolution"|
|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|
|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|
|Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes||Tim Drake / Robin, The Flash, Damian Wayne|
|2013||The Wonderful 101||Wonder Red, Arthur Wedgewood|
|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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- "Influencer Insider Animated Actor Charlie Schlatter". What'sUpUSANA.com. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
- "Episode 161: Charlie Schlatter". Acast.com. February 11, 2017. Archived from the original on March 8, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts (film). 2015.
- Itzkoff, Dave (2010-06-24). "'Futurama'-Rama: Welcome Back to the World of Tomorrow - NYTimes.com". Artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- Ken P. (2005-09-22). "IGN Interviews Billy West - TV Feature at IGN". Uk.tv.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- Traveller's Tales. Lego Dimensions. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Closing credits, 4:45 in, Voiceover Talent.
- "Jennifer Aniston Had a "Brief, Torrid Romance" With Her Ferris Bueller Show Costar Charlie Schlatter in 1990". US Magazine. Retrieved April 28, 2014.