Slater at South by Southwest 2016
Christian Michael Leonard Slater
August 18, 1969
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, producer|
(m. 2000; div. 2007)
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 (1989). He has received critical acclaim for his title-role in the USA Network television series Mr. Robot (2015–2019), 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.
Born in New York City to a theatrical family, Slater made his 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), Broken Arrow (1996), and Hard Rain (1998) as well as cult films like Pump Up the Volume (1990) and True Romance (1993). His other notable films include roles in 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001), Windtalkers (2002), Alone in the Dark (2005), Bobby (2006), Nymphomaniac (2013), King Cobra (2016), The Wife (2017), and The Public (2018). Combined with his film roles, Slater has also starred in television shows such as My Own Worst Enemy (2008), Breaking In (2011-2012), Mind Games (2012) and Dirty John (2020).
In addition to his live-action roles, Slater has had an extensive voice-acting career, with roles in FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), The Ten Commandments (2007), Igor (2008), and Mune: Guardian of the Moon (2017). He narrated the second season of Prehistoric Planet (2002-2003) and the Discovery Channel documentary miniseries Dinosaur Planet (2003), and voiced the character Slater in Archer (2014-2016), and Ushari in The Lion Guard (2016-2019). He has also been the voice of Floyd Lawton / Deadshot in the DC Animated Movie Universe since 2017.
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. He has a maternal half-brother, Ryan Slater, who also became 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.
1977–1989: Early success
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. 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. It has gained 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) and also appeared in Gleaming the Cube and Beyond the Stars (both 1989).
At the age of 19, 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. 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 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 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 (in addition to his mother, Mary Jo Slater, serving as the casting director for the film), he accepted a cameo 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 True Romance, written by Quentin Tarantino, which received many rave reviews. 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."
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. Slater subsequently donated his earnings from the film to Phoenix's favorite charities. 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. Robot
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. 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.
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. He was part of the ensemble in Lars von Trier's controversial film, Nymphomaniac.
In October 2014, Slater signed on for his title role in the television series on USA Network 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 concluded in 2019 with its fourth season. 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.
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, 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.
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. 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".
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). In 2003, Haddon was arrested for assaulting Slater during an argument at a Hard Rock Cafe while on vacation in Las Vegas. Haddon allegedly threw a glass and cut Slater's neck, which 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. 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.
Slater has had difficulties with substance abuse and received treatment. At one time he said, "Work is my hobby, staying sober is my job," After living in recovery, he said in 2009, "Work is my job, and having adventures with my kids. My kids are all-important".
"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".
Arrests and convictions
In 1989, Slater was arrested for drunk driving. He was sentenced to ten 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 3 days of community service. 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. 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. On May 24, 2005, Slater was arrested in Manhattan, New York, after he allegedly groped a woman on the street. Slater was charged with third-degree sexual abuse and was held at the 19th precinct in Manhattan. The charges were later dropped from lack of evidence and 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 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|
|1983||Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story||Walt Willey|
|1985||The Legend of Billie Jean||Binx Davy|
|1986||The Name of the Rose||Adso of Melk|
|1988||Tucker: The Man and His Dream||Preston Tucker, Jr.|
|1989||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||Where the Day Takes You||Social Worker||Uncredited|
|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||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|
|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||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||Hollow Man 2||Michael Griffin||Direct-to-DVD|
|2007||He Was a Quiet Man||Bob Maconel|
|2007||Slipstream||Ray / Matt Dodds / Patrolman #2|
|2007||The Ten Commandments||Moses||Voice|
|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||The River Murders||Agent Vuckovitch|
|2011||Guns, Girls and Gambling||John Smith/Lee|
|2011||Without Men||Gordon Smith|
|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|
|2014||Ask Me Anything||Paul Spooner|
|2014||Way of the Wicked||Henry||Direct-to-DVD|
|2015||Hot Tub Time Machine 2||Brett McShaussey||Uncredited|
|2015||The Adderall Diaries||Hans Reiser|
|2016||King Cobra||Stephen Kocis|
|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|
|TBA||We Can Be Heroes||Filming|
|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|
|2002-03||Prehistoric Planet||Narrator (voice)||Season 2|
|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||Ferris "Oz" Oswald Osbourne||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"|
|2015–2019||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: "Vindacators 3: The Return of Worldender"|
|2020||Dirty John||Dan Broderick||Main role|
|TBA||Dr. Death||Randall Kirby|
|1978||Mister Scrooge||Tiny Tim Cratchit||Trinity Theatre|
|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 Yearn||Second Stage Theatre|
|1999||Side Man||Clifford Glimmer||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 Ackerman||Vaudeville Theatre|
|2015||Spamalot||Sir Galahad||The Hollywood Bowl|
|2017–2018||Glengarry Glen Ross||Richard Roma||Playhouse Theatre|
Awards and nominations
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