Christian Slater

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Christian Slater

Slater in 2004
BornChristian Michael Leonard Slater
(1969-08-18) August 18, 1969 (age 43)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Ryan Haddon (2000–2007; divorced; 2 children)
 
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Christian Slater

Slater in 2004
BornChristian Michael Leonard Slater
(1969-08-18) August 18, 1969 (age 43)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Ryan Haddon (2000–2007; divorced; 2 children)

Christian Michael Leonard Slater (born August 18, 1969) is an American actor. He made his film debut with a small role in The Postman Always Rings Twice before playing a leading role in the 1985 film The Legend of Billie Jean. He then played a monk's apprentice alongside Sean Connery in The Name of the Rose before gaining wider recognition for his breakthrough role in the cult film Heathers.

In the 1990s, Slater starred in many successful big budget films including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Broken Arrow, and Hard Rain. He was also featured in the cult film True Romance. Since 2000, Slater has combined work in the film business with television, including appearances in The West Wing and Alias and starring in Breaking In. Slater was married to Ryan Haddon between 2000 and 2005, and they had two children together. Slater has had widely publicized brushes with the law, including being sentenced to three months in jail for assault in 1997.

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Early life

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

Career

Early career

Following a run on the ABC soap opera Ryan's Hope, Slater 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, despite gaining a cult following. His career improved with his role in The Name of the Rose in 1986 alongside Sean Connery.[4] 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).

Slater's career rose to new heights when he played the dark character J.D. in the 1989 film Heathers alongside Winona Ryder. Heathers was billed as the teen film of the late '80s. Slater beat out many other actors such as Brad Pitt for the part and his performance drew comparison with a young Jack Nicholson.[4] After Heathers, Slater became a major heartthrob and 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.

Box office success

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 spectacular commercial success, taking US$390 million worldwide, and Slater became one of the major A-list stars of the 90s.[5] With Slater being a big Star Trek fan, he accepted a minor role in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, shortly after playing Charlie Luciano in the crime drama Mobsters.[4] The following year he starred in the action comedy Kuffs, another successful film which garnered him many positive reviews.

In 1993, Slater tried to expand his film genre, playing opposite Marisa Tomei in Untamed Heart and playing Clarence Worley in the Quentin Tarantino penned cult classic True Romance, which received many rave reviews.[4] In review of True Romance Roger Ebert awarded the movie 3 stars out of 4 and commented, 'the energy and style of the movie are exhilarating. Christian Slater has the kind of cocky recklessness the movie needs.'[6]

The part as the interviewer in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) came about after his friend River Phoenix, who originally had the role, died.[4] Slater subsequently donated his earnings from the film to Phoenix's favorite charities.[4] Slater played Riley Hale in the big budget John Woo film Broken Arrow (1996), which also starred John Travolta, before appearing in 1998 in Hard Rain alongside Morgan Freeman. The same year he also starred in the popular comedy opus Very Bad Things opposite Cameron Diaz.

Since 2000

After his highly publicised brushes with the law, Slater's standing as a major movie star began to fade[citation needed]. Since 2000 Slater has mixed TV work with leading roles in mainly lower budget films along with supporting roles in a few mainstream productions, appearing in the successful The West Wing and Alias TV productions, but also being part of Hollywood films including Bobby and 3000 Miles to Graceland.[4] He has also worked as a voice-over artist in productions, including the character of 'Pip' 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.[7] 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 lasted two seasons. Slater co-starred in another film with Ving Rhames, Soldiers of Fortune (2012), and in the Sylvester Stallone action thriller Bullet to the Head (2013), directed by Walter Hill.

Personal life

In 2000, Slater married Ryan Haddon, the daughter of '70s model Dayle Haddon. The couple have two children, Jaden Christopher (b. 1999) and Eliana Sophia (b. 2001).[4] In 2003, Haddon was arrested for assaulting Slater at a Hard Rock Cafe while on a trip to Las Vegas.[8] Haddon allegedly threw a glass bottle and gashed Slater’s neck open.[9] Haddon was charged with domestic battery, booked at Las Vegas’ Clark County Detention Center, and freed after posting a bond. Afterwards, Slater had to get 20 stitches on his neck.[9][10] They announced a separation over Christmas 2004 while Slater was performing in a stage version of the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in London's West End. They officially separated in 2005 and divorced in 2007.[11]

In 2007, Slater made news for stating that he is still in love with Heathers co-star Winona Ryder.[12] He was once quoted as saying "Work is my hobby, staying sober is my job."[13]

Arrests and convictions

In 1989, Slater was arrested for drunk driving and assault. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail.[4][14]

In 1994, he was arrested when he tried to board a commercial plane with a gun in his luggage.[14] He was sentenced to community service.[15]

In 1997, Slater was convicted of assaulting his then-girlfriend, Michelle Jonas, and a police officer while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.[4][14] He spent over 100 days in a rehabilitation facility while out on bail and then was sentenced to a three-month term in jail followed by three months in a residential rehab center.[3]

On May 24, 2005, Slater was arrested in Manhattan, New York, after he allegedly sexually harassed a woman on the street.[16] A video of Slater being arrested was recorded and shown on television. Slater was charged with third degree sexual abuse and was held at the 19th precinct in Manhattan.[16][17] However, Slater denied the charge.[17]

Charity work

Slater has been a supporter of several charities, including 21st Century Leaders, Global Green and Whatever It Takes,[18] Slater appeared in an educational video on behalf of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 charity for AIDS awareness.[19] He has also worked to promote humanitarian work in South Africa.[20] In 1994, Slater donated his paycheck from the film Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles to River Phoenix’s favorite charities.[1] Slater had taken a role in the film planned to be filled by Phoenix after the latter died in 1993. In early May 2009, Slater visited wounded and recovering soldiers of Walter Reed Army Medical Center for the USO.[1] On December 10, 2009, Christian Slater visited Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he contributed work for the television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The episode aired on March 21, 2010.[21]

Awards

Slater won the MTV Movie Award in 1993 for "Most Desirable Male" and "Best Kiss" with Marisa Tomei in the film Untamed Heart.[22] In 2001, he won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for The Contender.[3] He also won the Golden Slate for "Best Male Performance" for Very Bad Things.

Filmography

Slater at the premiere of Bobby, Toronto Film Festival 2006
List of film credits
YearTitleRoleNotes
1981Postman Always Rings Twice, TheThe Postman Always Rings Twice
1985Legend of Billie Jean, TheThe Legend of Billie JeanBinx
1986TwistedMark Collins
1986Name of the Rose, TheThe Name of the RoseAdso of Melk
1988Tucker: The Man and His DreamPreston Tucker, Jr.
1989Beyond the StarsEric Michaels
1989Wizard, TheThe WizardNick Woods
1989HeathersJ.D.
1989Gleaming the CubeBrian Kelly
1990Tales From The Darkside: The MovieAndySegment: Lot 249
1990Pump Up The VolumeMark Hunter
1990Young Guns IIDave Rudabaugh
1991Robin Hood: Prince of ThievesWill Scarlett
1991MobstersCharlie "Lucky" Luciano
1991Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryExcelsior Communications Officer
1992KuffsGeorge Kuffs
1992FernGully: The Last RainforestPipsVoice
1993Untamed HeartAdam
1993True RomanceClarence Worley
1994Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire ChroniclesDaniel Molloy
1994Jimmy HollywoodWilliam
1995Murder in the FirstJames Stamphill
1996Bed of RosesLewis Farrell
1996Broken ArrowCaptain Riley Hale
1997Austin Powers: International Man Of MysteryEasily Fooled Security GuardUncredited
1997Julian PoJulian Po
1997BasilJohn MannionCo-Producer
1998Hard RainTomCo-Producer
1998Very Bad ThingsRobert BoydExecutive Producer
1999Love StinksEddieUncredited
2000Contender, TheThe ContenderReginald Webster
2001Who Is Cletis Tout?Trevor Allen Finch
20013000 Miles to GracelandHanson
2002Hard CashThomas Taylor
2002WindtalkersSgt. Pete "Ox" Henderson
2002Prehistoric PlanetNarratorVoice
2003Dinosaur PlanetNarratorVoice
2003Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, TheThe Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy GeniusJet FusionVoice
2003Masked and AnonymousCrew Guy #1
2004Churchill: The Hollywood YearsWinston Churchill
2004Confessor, TheThe ConfessorDaniel Clemens
2004PursuedVincent Palmer
2005Alone in the DarkEdward Carnby
2005MindhuntersJ.D. Reston
2005Deal, TheThe DealTom HansonExecutive Producer
2006Crossing the LineHimselfDocumentary
2006BobbyDaryl Timmons
2006Hollow Man 2Michael Griffin/Hollow Man
2007He Was a Quiet ManBob Maconel
2007SlipstreamRay / Matt Dodds / Patrolman #2
2007Ten Commandments, TheThe Ten CommandmentsMosesVoice
2008Love Lies BleedingPollen
2008IgorDoctor Schadenfreude's IgorVoice
2009Dolan's CadillacJimmy Dolan
2009Lies & IllusionsWes Wilson
2011SacrificeFather Porter
2011Soldiers of FortuneCraig Mackenzie
2011The River MurdersAgent Vuckovitch
2011Guns, Girls and GamblingJohn Smith
2012PlaybackFrank Lyons
2012El GringoLieutenant West
2012Dawn Rider (remake)"Cincinnati" John MasonIMDB
2012Assassin's BulletRobertSofia (original title)
2012Rites of PassageDelgado
2013Bullet to the HeadMarcus Baptiste
2013The Power of FewClyde
List of television credits
YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Tales From The DarksideJody TolliverEpisode: "A Case of the Stubborns"
1985Ryan's HopeD. J. LaSalle6 episodes
1986Crime StoryTeen BoyEpisode: "Old Friends, Dead Ends"
1986Equalizer, TheThe EqualizerMichael WinslowEpisode: "Joy Ride"
1988L.A. LawAndy PrescottEpisode: "Fetus Completus"
1991Saturday Night LiveHimself/Host1 Episode
19931993 MTV Video Music AwardsHimself/Host
1993Saturday Night LiveHimself/HostSecond time hosting
2002AliasNeil Caplan2 episodes
2002The West WingLt. Cmdr. Jack Reese3 episodes
2003–2005Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, TheThe Adventures of Jimmy NeutronJet FusionVoice, 2 episodes
2005–2008Robot ChickenVariousVoice, 4 episodes
2006My Name is EarlWoody1 episode
2008My Own Worst EnemyEdward Albright / Henry Spivey9 episodes
2009Un-broke: What You Need To Know About MoneyTelevision special
2009Forgotten, TheThe ForgottenAlex Donovan17 episodes
2009Curb Your EnthusiasmHimself1 episode
2010The OfficeHimself1 episode
2011–2012Breaking InOz20 episodes
2011EntourageHimself1 episode
2012Phineas and FerbPaul the Delivery Guy1 episode

References

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  2. ^ "Christian Slater Biography (1969–)". Film Reference Website. http://www.filmreference.com/film/71/Christian-Slater.html. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d "Christian Slater Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Yahoo!. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800026672/bio. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
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  6. ^ Roger Ebert (10 September 1993). "True Romance". Chicago Sun Times. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19930910/REVIEWS/309100304/1023. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Slater joining Hitchhiker's play". BBC. April 19, 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/4461153.stm. Retrieved April 1, 2010.
  8. ^ Associated Press. "Slater, wife: An altercation?". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/ryan-haddon.
  9. ^ a b Gary Susman (November 11, 2003). "Very Bad Things". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,540599,00.html.
  10. ^ Associated Press. "Slater, wife: An altercation?". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/ryan-haddon.
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  12. ^ "Christian Slater: I still love Winona Ryder". Now Magazine. August 16, 2007. http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/celebrity-news/241443/christian-slater-i-still-love-winona-ryder/1/. Retrieved September 20, 2010.
  13. ^ "Christian Slater Top Ten Jailbirds". Bravo. http://www.bravo.co.uk/features/jailbirds.php?ssid=6. Retrieved September 20, 2010.
  14. ^ a b c Rogerson, Margaret (December 11, 1997). "Christian Slater jailed for drug assault". London: The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/christian-slater-jailed-for-drug-assault-1288032.html. Retrieved September 20, 2010.
  15. ^ "Christian Slater Biography". Yahoo Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800026672/bio. Retrieved September 20, 2010.
  16. ^ a b Cheryl Bronson (January 21, 2004). "Christian Slater arrested on sexual harassment charge". CNN. http://articles.cnn.com/2005-05-31/entertainment/slater.arrested_1_third-degree-sexual-abuse-actor-christian-slater-three-counts?_s=PM:SHOWBIZ. Retrieved May 31, 2005.
  17. ^ a b "Christian Slater Arrested". CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=698631n.
  18. ^ "Christian Slater's Charity Work, Events and Causes". LookToTheStars.org. http://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/1046-christian-slater.
  19. ^ "Christian Slater for 46664". tm5 Networks. 46664.com. http://www.t5m.com/46664/christian-slater-for-46664.html. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  20. ^ "Brangelina inspired Christian Slater to do more good". Theindian News. http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/brangelina-inspired-christian-slater-to-do-more-good_10012319.html. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
  21. ^ "Slater tackles carpenter role on new house". Hattiesburg American.com. December 11, 2009. http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20091211/NEWS01/912110362. Retrieved December 14, 2009.
  22. ^ "1993 MTV Movie Awards". MTV. July 13, 1993. http://www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards/1993/. Retrieved April 8, 2011.

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