Born: August 18, 1969
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Christian Michael Leonard Slater (born August 18, 1969) is an American 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 Dean in Heathers (1988). In the 1990s, Slater starred in many 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). 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 and Mind Games.
Slater currently has the titular role in the USA Network TV series Mr. Robot (2015-), 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.
Slater was born in New York City, 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. Slater has a maternal half-brother, Ryan Slater, who is also an actor. His great-uncle was radio personality Bill Slater. He attended the Dalton School, the Professional Children's School and the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
Slater's first television role was on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live when he was 8 years old. 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. 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 (1986) alongside Sean Connery. 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 1989, which had turned into a hit musical a year later. Slater beat out many other actors such as Brad Pitt for the part and his performance drew comparison with a young Jack Nicholson. 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.
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. 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. 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 the Quentin Tarantino-penned cult classic True Romance, which received many rave reviews. In his 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.'
The part as the interviewer in Interview with the Vampire (1994) came about after his friend River Phoenix, who originally had the role, died. Slater subsequently donated his earnings from the film to Phoenix's favorite charities. Slater also played the character of Lewis in the romance film Bed of Roses in 1996 along with Mary Stuart Masterson. 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 comedy Very Bad Things opposite Cameron Diaz.
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. 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. 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 for 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. He co-starred in the 2014 television series, Mind Games, which was cancelled after only five episodes were aired, and was part of the ensemble in Lars von Trier's controversial Nymphomaniac.
Slater is reportedly developing and making a film based on Will Viharo's 1993 neo-noir novel Love Stories Are Too Violent for Me, the first of three works to feature PI Vic Valentine.
Recently, he has received acclaim for his 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. It has been picked up for a third season.
Slater voices the character "Slater" on the FX original series Archer.
He also made a short film for HP called The Wolf which shows how easy malware can spread on unprotected printers and computers.
In 2000, Slater married Ryan Haddon, the daughter of 1970s model Dayle Haddon. They have two children, Jaden Christopher (born 1999) and Eliana Sophia (born 2001). In 2003, Haddon was arrested for assaulting Slater at a Hard Rock Cafe while on a trip to Las Vegas. Haddon allegedly threw a glass and gashed Slater's neck open 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. 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.
Slater was once quoted as saying "Work is my hobby, staying sober is my job." Christian Slater is a practitioner in Kempo Karate.
On December 2, 2013, Slater married his girlfriend Brittany Lopez in Florida, whom he had dated for three years.
In 1989, Slater was arrested for drunk driving and assault. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail.
In 1994, he was arrested when he tried to board a commercial plane with a gun in his luggage. He was sentenced to community service.
In 1997, Slater was convicted of assaulting his then-girlfriend, Michelle Jonas, and a police officer while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 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.
On May 24, 2005, Slater was arrested in Manhattan, New York, after he allegedly sexually harassed a woman on the street. 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. The charges were later dropped on the condition that Slater keep out of trouble for six months.
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 earnings from the film Interview with the Vampire to River Phoenix’s favorite charities. 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. 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.
|1982||Pardon Me for Living||Virgil Meade|
|1985||Legend of Billie Jean, TheThe Legend of Billie Jean||Binx|
|1986||Name of the Rose, TheThe Name of the Rose||Adso of Melk|
|1988||Tucker: The Man and His Dream||Preston Tucker, Jr.|
|1989||Desperate for Love||Cliff Petrie|
|1989||Beyond the Stars||Eric Michaels|
|1989||Wizard, TheThe Wizard||Nick Woods|
|1989||Heathers||Jason "J.D." Dean|
|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||FernGully: The Last Rainforest||Pips||Voice|
|1993||True Romance||Clarence Worley|
|1994||Interview with the Vampire||Daniel Molloy|
|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||Deleted scene|
|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||Contender, TheThe Contender||Reginald Webster|
|2001||Who Is Cletis Tout?||Trevor Allen Finch|
|2001||3000 Miles to Graceland||Hanson|
|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||Confessor, TheThe Confessor||Daniel Clemens|
|2005||Alone in the Dark||Edward Carnby|
|2005||Deal, TheThe Deal||Tom Hanson||Also executive producer|
|2006||Crossing the Line||Himself||Documentary|
|2006||Hollow Man 2||Michael Griffin/Hollow Man|
|2007||He Was a Quiet Man||Bob Maconel|
|2007||Slipstream||Ray / Matt Dodds / Patrolman #2|
|2007||Ten Commandments, TheThe Ten Commandments||Moses||Voice|
|2008||Love Lies Bleeding||Pollen|
|2008||Igor||Doctor Schadenfreude's Igor||Voice|
|2009||Dolan's Cadillac||Jimmy Dolan|
|2009||Lies & Illusions||Wes Wilson|
|2011||The River Murders||Agent Vuckovitch|
|2011||Guns, Girls and Gambling||John Smith/Lee|
|2012||Soldiers of Fortune||Craig Mackenzie|
|2012||El Gringo||Lieutenant West|
|2012||Freaky Deaky||Skip Gibbs|
|2012||Dawn Rider||"Cincinnati" John Mason|
|2012||Rites of Passage||Delgado|
|2012||Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood||Governor Bramlette|
|2012||Back to the Sea||Jack||Voice|
|2012||Assassin's Bullet||Robert Diggs|
|2012||Bullet to the Head||Marcus Baptiste|
|2013||The Power of Few||Clyde|
|2013||Stranded||Col. Gerard Brauchman|
|2013||Assassins Run||Mikhail Gutseriev|
|2014||Ask Me Anything||Paul Spooner|
|2014||Way of the Wicked||Henry|
|2015||Hot Tub Time Machine 2||Choozy Doozy Host||Uncredited|
|2015||The Adderall Diaries||Hans Reiser|
|2017||The Summit||Dereck McKinley|
|2017||Mune: Guardian of the Moon||Leeyoon||American dub|
|2017||The Wife||Nathaniel Bone|
|2018||The Public||Josh Davis|
|2018||Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay||Deadshot||Voice
|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||Equalizer, TheThe 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||Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, TheThe Adventures of Jimmy Neutron||Jet Fusion (voice)||2 episodes|
|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||Forgotten, TheThe 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||31 episodes, also producer|
|2015||Jake and the Never Land Pirates||The Grim Buccaneer (voice)||2 episodes|
|2016-present||The Lion Guard||Ushari (voice)||11 episodes|
|2016-present||Milo Murphy's Law||Elliot Decker (voice)||7 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||Deadshot (voice)||Episode: "Double Cross"|
|2017||Rick and Morty||Vance Maximus (voice)||Episode: "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender"|
|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|
|1990||Chicago Film Critics Association Award||Most Promising Actor||Heathers||Nominated|
|1991||Independent Spirit Award||Best Male Lead||Pump Up the Volume||Nominated|
|1992||MTV Movie Award||Most Desirable Male||Kuffs||Nominated|
|1994||Best Kiss||True Romance||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Actor||Nominated|
|1995||MTV Movie Award||Most Desirable Male||Interview with a Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles||Nominated|
|1996||Best Fight||Broken Arrow||Nominated|
|2000||Slate Award||Best Male Performance||Very Bad Things||Won|
|2001||Critics' Choice Award||Alan J. Pakula Award||The Contender||Won|
|2006||Hollywood Film Award||Ensemble of the Year||Bobby||Won|
|2007||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Award||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|2016||People's Choice Award||Favorite Cable TV Actor||Mr. Robot||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Won|
|Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Won|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2017||Golden Globe Award||Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
Christian Slater supports the following charitable causes: Pediatric AIDS, Environment, AIDS, Diabetes.