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Real Name: Christian Michael Leonard Slater
Birthday: 18th August 1969
Place of Birth: New York NY. USA
Sign: Sign: Sun in Leo, Moon in Scorpio
Parents: Mary Jo Slater (casting director), Michael Gainsborough (Michael Hawkins) (stage actor)
Education: Dalton School

 

Biography and Filmography:

A young actor who made the changeover to adult roles, Christian Slater began his career in New York City on stage and in the world of daytime television dramas. The exceptional young performer appeared alongside Dick Van Dyke in "The Music Man" (1980) and appeared in the Broadway musicals "Copperfield" (1981) and "Merlin" (1983). He had roles in soap operas like "One Life to Live" and "All My Children". In 1985, he joined "Ryan's Hope" as the reckless boyfriend of Ryan Fennelli (Yasmine Bleeth), a show where his father had played the leading character of Frank Ryan in the late 1970s.

He transitioned to the movie screen in a small role in "The Legend of Billy Jean" (1985) and received some attention as Sean Connery's young apprentice in "The Name of the Rose" (1986) and as Jeff Bridges' son in "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1988). But it was his authentic role as the sarcastic teen boy killer in the black comedy "Heathers" (1989) that shot him to celebrity stardom. As Winona Ryder's crazy boyfriend who murders several fellow students, the actor seemed to be summoning Jack Nicholson, complete with vocal inflections and mannerisms. 

He continued his growing career and cemented his position as a teen boy idol as the unruly high school student who operates a pirate radio station in "Pump Up the Volume" (1990). While he held his own against Kevin Costner in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991), he stumbled with roles in the duds "Mobsters" (also 1991) and "Kuffs" (1992).

Attempting more adult roles, he had his first real romantic role opposite Marisa Tomei in the bittersweet "Untamed Heart" in Quentin Tarantino's "True Romance" (1993). When actor River Phoenix died suddenly, Christian was asked to replace the late performer in the desirable role of the reporter in Neil Jordan's "Interview with the Vampire" working with top talent such as Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in 1994. He then played a romantic attorney defending an accused killer in the drama adventure "Murder in the First" (1995) and proved a fantastic action lead in both "Broken Arrow" with John Travolta (1996) and "Hard Rain" in 1997.

The actors difficult private life has often overshadowed his career accomplishments. There have been fights with police and numerous arrests, including a 1989 DUI with a 10-day jail sentence, and a 1994 arrest for trying to bring an unlicensed handgun on board an airplane. But a 1997 incident involving alcohol and drug abuse, attacks on a past girlfriend and a male friend and a fight with police got Slater in deep trouble. 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 rehabilitation center with an additional three years probation. Prior to his arrest, he had finished production on the drama "Basil" and the dark comedy "Very Bad Things" with Cameron Diaz (1998).

His movie career and sexy celebrity status was far from over after his problems with the law and drugs, and his first major role in 2000 was as young defiant member of congress in "The Contender." His tough role as a democrat who switches party lines to go up against Joan Allen's female presidential candidate character was a brave return to the movie screen for the talented celebrity.. 

He also starred in the Canadian film "Who is Cletis Tout" (2001), playing a fugitive convict who takes the identity of a dead man targeted for a mob hit. After short appearances in “View from the Top” with Christina Applegate, Mike Myers and Gwyneth Paltrow (2003) and “Masked & Anonymous” alongside Penélope Cruz, Angela Bassett and Val Kilmer (2003), he was a paranormal investigator who is called upon to find 18 people that disappeared in the terror horror flick, “Alone in the Dark” (2005).

In another bad film, “Mindhunters” (2005), he teamed again with Val Kilmer to play an FBI profiler who, along with a team of other mind hunters, is sent to an secluded island for a training mission that turns treacherously real. After “Mindhunters” bombed at the box office, he starred in the thriller, “The Deal” (2005), playing a Wall Street investment banker who, along with his ecologist "green" partner (Selma Blair), gets involved with a government scheme, illegal oil trading and the Russian mafia. Though the topic was timely, critics where not happy with the bad story telling, poor dialog and flat acting.

He started out 2006 with "Hollow Man II" (2006), about a Seattle detective and a biologist who are on the run from a dangerous invisible assassin gone rogue. Next was the Kennedy genre drama "Bobby" (2006) about the Kennedy assignation, working with a star-studded including Heather Graham, Helen Hunt, Ashton Kutcher, Shia Labeouf, Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan, and Sharon Stone. Next was the comedy "Slipstream" (2007), about aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer who has lived his life in two states of existence: in reality and his own interior world.

He then took on another comedy role in "He Was A quite Man" (2007) with Elisha Cuthbert, about an office worker who inadvertently becomes a hero after he saves a woman's life. He was next hired and cast in another action thriller "Love Lies Bleeding" (2008), about a struggling young couple who stumbles upon a cache of dirty money after a shootout in their apartment building. Current works in post-production are "Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey" (2009). Quantum Quest takes place in atomic world, where the forces of the Core and the forces of the Void battle for the fate of the universe.

Christian then starred with Cuba Gooding Jr. in the action-comedy "Lies & Illusions" (2009) about a writer who is torn between two lovers and is hunted by spies in search of stolen diamonds. Finally, he wrapped his year in a return to television in 2008 with the drama "My Own Worst Enemy" (2008) as Henry Spivey, an efficiency expert, who lives a typical suburban life, right down to the wife, two kids, dog, and minivan. In contrast, Edward Albright is a lethal, multilingual operative. It would seem the two men have nothing in common -- except for the fact that they inhabit the same body. When each personality finds himself out of his element, things go awry.

 

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