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Christian Michael Leonard Slater (born August 18, 1969) is an American actor, voice actor, and producer. He made his film debut with a leading role in The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) and gained wider recognition for his breakthrough role as Jason “J.D.” Dean, a sociopathic high school student, in the satire Heathers (1988). He has received critical acclaim for his title-role in the USA Network television series Mr. Robot (2015–present), for which he earned the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2016, with additional nominations in 2017 and 2018.

Christian Slater
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Slater at South by Southwest 2016
Born
Christian Michael Leonard Slater

(1969-08-18) August 18, 1969 (age 50)
ResidenceMiami, Florida, U.S
New York City, New York, U.S
OccupationActor, voice actor, producer
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)
Ryan Haddon
(m. 2000; div. 2007)

Brittany Lopez
(m. 2013)
Children3

Born in New York City to a theatrical family, Slater made his first television debut at the age of eight on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. He attended the Dalton School, the Professional Children's School, and the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. In the 1990s, Slater starred in a number of big-budget films, including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Interview with the Vampire (1994), FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), Broken Arrow (1996), and Hard Rain (1998) as well as cult films like Pump Up the Volume (1990) and True Romance (1993). Since 2000, Slater has combined work in film and television including roles in Bobby (2006), Breaking In (2011), Nymphomaniac (2013), The Wife (2017) and The Public (2018). He has also done voice-work and theatrical roles during the same time period.

Early lifeEdit

Slater was born in New York City in 1969, the son of Michael Hawkins (born Thomas Knight Slater), an actor also known as Michael Gainsborough, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), an acting agent turned casting executive and producer.[1][2] He has a maternal half-brother, Ryan Slater, who also became an actor.[3] His great-uncle was radio personality Bill Slater.[4] He attended the Dalton School, the Professional Children's School and the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.[3]

CareerEdit

1977–1989: Early successEdit

Slater started acting from an early age. His first television role was at the age of eight on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live.[5] Following a run on Ryan's Hope, he made his Broadway debut as the lisping Winthrop Paroo opposite Dick Van Dyke in the 1980 revival of The Music Man.[1] Additional Broadway credits include Copperfield, Merlin, Macbeth, Side Man, and The Glass Menagerie. In addition he has performed in London's West End in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Swimming With Sharks.

Slater made his big screen debut in 1985's The Legend of Billie Jean, playing Billie Jean's brother Binx. Though expected to be a big hit, the film fell short at the box office. It has gained a cult following. His career improved with his role in The Name of the Rose (1986) alongside Sean Connery.[6] Slater played Connery's apprentice monk while they investigated a series of murders at a Benedictine abbey. Slater followed this by playing Junior Tucker in Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), Gleaming the Cube (1989) and Beyond the Stars (1989).

At the age of 20, Slater played the dark character J.D. in the 1989 film Heathers alongside Winona Ryder. Heathers was billed as the teen film of 1989. (It was later adapted as a musical in 2014, and was highly successful.) Slater beat out many other actors such as Brad Pitt for the part, and his performance drew comparison with a young Jack Nicholson.[6] After Heathers, Slater had offers to play more troubled youths, including as a rebellious teen in Pump Up the Volume (1990) and a wild gunman in Young Guns II (1990), in which Slater acted alongside Emilio Estevez and Kiefer Sutherland.

1990–1999: Box office successEdit

In 1991, Slater was cast as Will Scarlett in the Hollywood big budget production of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves alongside Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman and Alan Rickman. The film was a commercial success, taking US$390 million worldwide, and Slater became one of the major A-list stars of the 1990s.[7] With Slater being a big Star Trek fan, he accepted a cameo role in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, shortly after playing Charlie Luciano in the crime drama Mobsters.[6] The following year he starred in Kuffs. In 1993, Slater tried to expand his film genre, playing opposite Marisa Tomei in Untamed Heart and playing Clarence Worley in True Romance, written by Quentin Tarantino, which received many rave reviews.[6] In his review of True Romance, Roger Ebert awarded the movie 3 stars out of 4 and said, "the energy and style of the movie are exhilarating. Christian Slater has the kind of cocky recklessness the movie needs."[8]

He gained the role of the interviewer in Interview with the Vampire (1994) after the death of his friend River Phoenix, who was originally cast.[6] Slater subsequently donated his earnings from the film to Phoenix's favorite charities.[6] Slater played the character of Lewis in the romance film Bed of Roses in 1996 opposite Mary Stuart Masterson. Slater played Riley Hale in the big-budget John Woo film Broken Arrow (1996), which also starred John Travolta. In 1998 Slater appeared in Hard Rain alongside Morgan Freeman. The same year he also starred in the comedy Very Bad Things opposite Cameron Diaz.

2000–present: Television roles, Mr. RobotEdit

 
Slater and Rami Malek speaking as part of the Mr. Robot panel during the 2015 PaleyFest.

Since 2000 Slater has mixed TV work with leading roles in mainly lower budget films, along with supporting roles in a few mainstream productions. He appeared in the successful The West Wing and Alias TV series. He was also part of Hollywood films, including Bobby and 3000 Miles to Graceland.[6] He has also worked as a voice-over artist in productions, including the character of 'Pips' in the successful Australian animated film FernGully: The Last Rainforest, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and TV documentaries, including Prehistoric Planet and Dinosaur Planet. Slater also voiced the character John Watson a.k.a. "Wonko the Sane" in BBC Radio 4's production of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.[9]

Slater starred in the television series My Own Worst Enemy in 2008 and The Forgotten in 2009. In 2011 he co-starred in the action film The River Murders, with Ray Liotta and Ving Rhames. Also in 2011, he starred in the television series, Breaking In, which ran for two seasons. Slater co-starred with Ving Rhames in the film Soldiers of Fortune (2012), and in the Sylvester Stallone action thriller Bullet to the Head (2013), directed by Walter Hill. He co-starred in the 2014 television series, Mind Games, which was cancelled after five episodes were aired.[10] He was part of the ensemble in Lars von Trier's controversial film, Nymphomaniac.[11]

In 2015, Slater signed on for his title role in the television series on USA Network called Mr. Robot. Slater plays a computer hacker, "Mr. Robot," who recruits Rami Malek's character, Elliot, into Slater's band of hackers called fsociety. The series premiered on June 24, 2015 and will conclude in 2019 with its fourth season.[12] For his performance, he earned the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2016, with additional nominations in 2017 and 2018.[13]

Prior to beginning his role in Mr. Robot, Slater announced in 2013 that he was developing and making a film based on Will Viharo's 1993 neo-noir novel Love Stories Are Too Violent for Me,[14] the first of three works to feature Vic Valentine. However, the success of Mr. Robot and contracts for additional seasons has delayed his being able to develop his adaptation.[15]

Slater voices the character "Slater" on the FX original series Archer. He also provided the voice of Ushari the Egyptian Cobra in The Lion Guard. He also made a short film for HP called The Wolf, which shows how easily malware can spread on unprotected printers and computers.[16] In 2018, Christian Slater appeared in The Public, the latest film by Emilio Estevez. At the world premiere of the film at the Toronto Film Festival, Slater discussed his role, Josh Davis, with Ikon London Magazine:

"He (Josh Davis) is definitely the character in the movie who represents that side of politics where he is not as open-hearted as you’d like him to be. He is definitely the guy who feels this is all a mess. And he is a law and order politician in this movie. So hopefully, he is the kind of guy you love to hate".[17]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2000, Slater married Ryan Haddon, the daughter of 1970s model Dayle Haddon. They have two children, Jaden Christopher (born 1999) and Eliana Sophia Slater (born 2001).[6] In 2003, Haddon was arrested for assaulting Slater during an argument at a Hard Rock Cafe while on vacation in Las Vegas.[18] Haddon allegedly threw a glass and cut Slater's neck, for which he required 20 stitches. Haddon was charged with domestic battery, booked at Las Vegas' Clark County Detention Center, and freed after posting a bond.[18][19] They announced a separation over Christmas 2004. Slater was living in London at the time, performing in a stage version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The couple officially separated in 2005 and divorced in 2007.[20]

On December 2, 2013, Slater married his girlfriend Brittany Lopez in Florida after three years of dating.[21][22] Slater practices Kempo Karate.[23] On August 16, 2019, their daughter was born.[24]

Slater divides his time between Coconut Grove in Miami, Florida[25] and Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.[26]

Slater has had difficulties with substance abuse and received treatment. At one time he said, "Work is my hobby, staying sober is my job,"[27] After living in recovery, he said in 2009, "Work is my job, and having adventures with my kids. My kids are all-important".[28]

"The illusion of being very cool, that drinking is the hip thing to do and that you'll seem like Clark Gable. You go to a party and have a drink and feel like a superhero when the truth is you're looking rather foolish. Showing up for life 24/7 straight and sober can be tough if you're riddled with insecurities. Actually, the fastest way of knowing who you are is to know who you're not".[28]

Arrests and convictionsEdit

In 1989, Slater was arrested for drunk driving. He was sentenced to ten days in jail.[6][29] In 1994, he was arrested when he tried to board a commercial plane with a gun in his luggage.[29] He was sentenced to community service.[30] In 1997, Slater was convicted of punching his girlfriend, Michelle Jonas, and assaulting a police officer while under the influence of heroin, cocaine, and alcohol. He had consumed them for two days straight and had little to no sleep.[6][29] He was treated for more than 100 days in a rehabilitation facility while on bail, and then was sentenced to a three-month term in jail, followed by three months in a residential rehab center. He was released from prison after 59 days on the basis of good behavior.[3] On May 24, 2005, Slater was arrested in Manhattan, New York, after he allegedly groped a woman on the street.[31] Slater was charged with third-degree sexual abuse and was held at the 19th precinct in Manhattan.[31][32] The charges were later dropped from lack of evidence and on the condition that Slater keep out of trouble for six months.[33]

Charity workEdit

Slater has been a supporter of several charities, including 21st Century Leaders, Global Green, and Whatever It Takes.[34] Slater appeared in an educational video on behalf of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 charity for AIDS awareness.[35] He has also worked to promote humanitarian work in South Africa.[36] In early May 2009, Slater visited wounded and recovering soldiers of Walter Reed Army Medical Center for the USO.[1] On December 10, 2009, Slater visited Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he contributed work for the television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The episode aired on March 21, 2010.[37]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Pardon Me for Living Virgil Meade
1983 Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story Walt Willey
1985 The Legend of Billie Jean Binx
1986 Twisted Mark Collins
1986 The Name of the Rose Adso of Melk
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream Preston Tucker, Jr.
1988 Heathers Jason "J.D." Dean
1989 Desperate for Love Cliff Petrie
1989 Beyond the Stars Eric Michaels
1989 The Wizard Nick Woods
1989 Gleaming the Cube Brian Kelly
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Andy Smith Segment: "Lot 249"
1990 Pump Up the Volume Mark Hunter
1990 Young Guns II "Arkansas" Dave Rudabaugh
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Will Scarlet
1991 Mobsters Charlie "Lucky" Luciano
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Excelsior Communications Officer
1992 Kuffs George Kuffs
1992 Where the Day Takes You Social Worker Uncredited
1992 FernGully: The Last Rainforest Pips Voice
1993 Untamed Heart Adam
1993 True Romance Clarence Worley
1994 Interview with the Vampire Daniel Molloy
1994 Jimmy Hollywood William
1995 Murder in the First James Stamphill
1996 Bed of Roses Lewis Farrell
1996 Broken Arrow Captain Riley Hale
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Easily Fooled Security Guard Uncredited
1997 Julian Po Julian Po
1997 Basil John Mannion Also co-producer
1998 Hard Rain Tom Also co-producer
1998 Very Bad Things Robert Boyd Also executive producer
2000 The Contender Reginald Webster
2001 Who Is Cletis Tout? Trevor Allen Finch
2001 3000 Miles to Graceland Hanson
2001 Zoolander Himself Cameo
2002 Hard Cash Thomas Taylor
2002 Windtalkers Sgt. Pete "Ox" Henderson
2003 Masked and Anonymous Crew Guy #1
2004 Churchill: The Hollywood Years Winston Churchill
2004 Mindhunters J.D. Reston
2004 The Confessor Daniel Clemens
2005 Alone in the Dark Edward Carnby
2005 The Deal Tom Hanson Also executive producer
2006 Crossing the Line Himself Documentary
2006 Bobby Daryl Timmons
2006 Hollow Man 2 Michael Griffin/Hollow Man Direct-to-DVD
2007 He Was a Quiet Man Bob Maconel
2007 Slipstream Ray / Matt Dodds / Patrolman #2
2007 The Ten Commandments Moses Voice
Direct-to-DVD
2008 Love Lies Bleeding Pollen Direct-to-DVD
2008 Igor Doctor Schadenfreude's Igor Voice
2009 Dolan's Cadillac Jimmy Dolan Direct-to-DVD
2009 Lies & Illusions Wes Wilson Direct-to-DVD
2011 Sacrifice Father Porter Direct-to-DVD
2011 The River Murders Agent Vuckovitch
2011 Guns, Girls and Gambling John Smith/Lee
2011 Without Men Gordon
2012 Playback Frank Lyons
2012 Soldiers of Fortune Craig Mackenzie
2012 El Gringo Lieutenant West
2012 Freaky Deaky Skip Gibbs
2012 Dawn Rider "Cincinnati" John Mason Direct-to-DVD
2012 Rites of Passage Delgado Direct-to-DVD
2012 Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood Governor Bramlette Direct-to-DVD
2012 Back to the Sea Jack Voice
2012 Assassin's Bullet Robert Diggs Direct-to-DVD
2012 Bullet to the Head Marcus Baptiste
2013 The Power of Few Clyde
2013 Stranded Col. Gerard Brauchman Direct-to-DVD
2013 Assassins Run Michael Mason Direct-to-DVD
2013 Nymphomaniac Joe’s father
2014 Ask Me Anything Paul Spooner
2014 Way of the Wicked Henry Direct-to-DVD
2015 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Choozy Doozy Host Uncredited
2015 The Adderall Diaries Hans Reiser
2016 King Cobra Stephen
2017 The Summit Dereck McKinley
2017 Mune: Guardian of the Moon Leeyoon American dub
2017 The Wife Nathanial Bone
2018 The Public Josh Davis
2018 Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Floyd Lawton / Deadshot Voice
Direct-to-DVD

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1977 One Life to Live Boy in doctor's office 1 episode
1981 Standing Room Only Billy Episode: "Sherlock Holmes"
1984 Tales from the Darkside Jody Tolliver Episode: "A Case of the Stubborns"
1985 Ryan's Hope D. J. LaSalle 6 episodes
1986 Crime Story Teen Boy Episode: "Old Friends, Dead Ends"
1986 The Equalizer Michael Winslow Episode: "Joy Ride"
1988 L.A. Law Andy Prescott Episode: "Fetus Completus"
1991, 1993 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) 2 episodes
1993 1993 MTV Video Music Awards Himself (host) Television special
2002 Alias Neil Caplan 2 episodes
2002 The West Wing Lt. Cmdr. Jack Reese 3 episodes
2003 Dinosaur Planet Narrator (voice) 4 episodes
2003–2005 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Jet Fusion (voice) 2 episodes
2004 Top Gear Himself 1 episode
2005–2012 Robot Chicken Various voices 6 episodes
2006 My Name Is Earl Woody Episode: "Robbed a Stoner Blind"
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Edward Albright / Henry Spivey 9 episodes
2009 The Forgotten Alex Donovan 17 episodes
2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself Episode: "The Hot Towel"
2010 The Office Himself Episode: "Sabre"
2011–2012 Breaking In Oz 20 episodes
2011 Entourage Himself Episode: "Out with a Bang"
2012 Phineas and Ferb Paul (voice) Episode: "Delivery of Destiny"
2013 Out There Johnny Slade (voice) Episode: "Springoween"
2014 Mind Games Ross Edwards 10 episodes
2014 Stan Lee's Mighty 7 Lazer Lord (voice) Pilot
2014–2016 Archer Slater (voice) 10 episodes
2015 Two and a Half Men Himself Episode: "Of Course He's Dead: Part 2"
2015–present Mr. Robot Mr. Robot/Edward Alderson Main cast; also producer
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates The Grim Buccaneer (voice) 2 episodes
2016–2019 The Lion Guard Ushari (voice) 14 episodes
2016–present Milo Murphy's Law Elliot Decker (voice) 9 episodes
2016 Dawn of the Croods Gurg (voice) Episode: "Grug vs. Gurg"
2016–2017 Live with Kelly Himself (guest host) 13 episodes
2017 Jeff & Some Aliens Various voices 2 episodes
2017 Justice League Action Floyd Lawton / Deadshot (voice) Episode: "Double Cross"
2017 Rick and Morty Vance Maximus (voice) Episode: "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender"

StageEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Music Man Winthrop Paroo New York City Center
1981 Copperfield Billy Mowcher August Wilson Theatre
1982 Macbeth Macduff's Son Circle in the Square Theatre
1983 Merlin Young Merlin / Arthur Mark Hellinger Theatre
1984 Landscape of the Body Bert Second Stage Theatre
1999 Side Man Clifford John Golden Theatre
2004–2005 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Randle Patrick "Mac" McMurphy Gielgud Theatre
2005 The Glass Menagerie Tom Wingfield Ethel Barrymore Theatre
2006 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Randle Patrick "Mac" McMurphy Garrick Theatre
2007–2008 Swimming with Sharks Buddy Vaudeville Theatre
2015 Spamalot Sir Galahad The Hollywood Bowl
2017–2018 Glengarry Glen Ross Richard Roma Playhouse Theatre

Awards and nominationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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