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Christian Michael Leonard Slater (born August 18, 1969) is an American actor who has starred in films such as Heathers, Kuffs, True Romance, He Was a Quiet Man, Broken Arrow, The Legend of Billie Jean and Pump Up The Volume.

Early life

Slater was born in New York Citymarker of English and Irish descent, the son of Mary Jo Slater (née Lauden), a casting executive and producer, and Michael Hawkins ( Thomas Knight Slater), an actor who is also known as Michael Gainsborough. Slater has a maternal half-brother, Ryan Slater, who is also an actor. Slater attended the Dalton Schoolmarker, the Professional Children's School and the Fiorello H.marker LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Artsmarker.


Following a run on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, Slater made his Broadwaymarker debut as the lisping Winthrop Paroo opposite Dick Van Dyke in the 1980 revival of The Music Man. Additional Broadway credits include Copperfield, Merlin, Macbeth, Side Man, and The Glass Menagerie. In addition he has performed in London's West Endmarker in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Swimming With Sharks.Slater made his big screen debut in 1985's film The Legend of Billie Jean, and had significant roles in the 1986 mystery film The Name of the Rose, the 1989 dark comedy Heathers and Skateboarding flick Gleaming The Cube, and the 1990 teen film Pump Up the Volume. His most notable roles from the '90s include the role of outlaws "Arkansas" Dave Rudabaugh in 1990's Young Guns II and Clarence Worley in 1993's True Romance. He also voiced the character John Watson a.k.a. "Wonko the Sane" in BBC Radio 4's production of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Christian Slater has signed on to join The Forgotten, ABC's new crime drama from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The show premiered on Tuesday, September 22 (leading out of the Dancing with the Stars results show). The Forgotten revolves around the Forgotten Network, a team of amateur sleuths who work on cases involving unidentified victims.

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). As of early 2005, they separated. He divides his time between New York City and Los Angeles and he owns a home in London. In 2007, Slater made news for stating that he is still in love with Heathers co-star Winona Ryder.

Slater was arrested on charges of third degree sexual abuse on May 31, 2005. A woman claimed that Slater grabbed her buttocks on a Manhattanmarker street. During his arrest, Slater said, "I didn't do anything. This is bullshit!"

He was once quoted as saying "Work is my hobby, staying sober is my job."

He has been erroneously thought to be related to Helen Slater. In addition to their shared surname, the myth is further fueled by their portrayal of sister and brother in The Legend of Billie Jean. Also, the DVD of Supergirl, featuring Helen Slater, included a critic's review which wrongly stated she is his sister.

Charity work

Slater has been a supporter of several charities, including 21st Century Leaders, Global Green and Whatever It Takes, Slater appeared in an educational video on behalf of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 charity for AIDS awareness. He has also worked to promote humanitarian work in South Africa. In 1994, Slater donated his paycheck from the film Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles to River Phoenix’s favorite charities. Slater had taken a role in the film reserved for 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.


Slater won the MTV Movie Award in 1993 for his work in Untamed Heart. In 2001 he won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for The Contender.




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