About Christian Slater
Slater was born Christian Michael Leonard Hawkins on Aug. 18, 1969, and raised in an entertainment industry family in New York City. His mother, Mary Jo Slater, was a casting agent and his father, Michael Hawkins, was a stage and soap opera actor who fueled his son's interest in acting by allowing him to spend time backstage and on television sets. Slater was ready to take a shot at acting and began auditioning at age six, when he landed a modeling job in a print ad. When he was nine, his mother took him to a live taping of the regional TV favorite "The Joe Franklin Show" (1962-1993), and rumor had it that the host spotted the fresh young face and brought him in front of audiences for a chat. A wowed casting agent tracked down Slater afterwards and auditioned him for a Broadway role alongside Dick Van Dyke in "The Music Man" (1980). He went on to appear in the Broadway musicals "Copperfield" (1981) and "Merlin" (1983), as well as followed his dad into daytime TV with roles on "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1968- ) and "All My Children" (ABC, 1970- ). In 1985, he joined the cast of "Ryan's Hope" (ABC, 1975-1989) as the delinquent boyfriend of Ryan Fennelli (Yasmine Bleeth) - a show on which his father had previously played lead patriarch Frank Ryan before he was reportedly fired for his alcoholism.
In his big screen debut, Slater played a gun-slinging, scooter-riding outlaw in the teen caper "The Legend of Billie Jean" (1985). He garnered some attention as Sean Connery's youthful apprentice in the monastery mystery "The Name of the Rose" (1986) and as Jeff Bridges' son in Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1988) before landing his first starring role as a skateboarding Californian on a mission in "Gleaming the Cube" (1989), a rote teen film notable for it's classic footage of Southern California's "Bones Brigade" skate crew. Later in the year, Slater's return to juvenile delinquent territory fueled his breakout in the classic black comedy "Heathers" (1989), where Slater co-starred as a mysteriously dark new-kid-in-school who charms a frustrated "popular girl" (Winona Ryder) into murdering annoying classmates. Slater's lackadaisical drawl and distant coolness earned the actor numerous comparisons to Jack Nicholson, and though the offbeat film was not a mainstream success, it became an instant cult classic and established Slater as an attractively dangerous alternative to packaged teen idols like the Corey Haim's and Corey Feldman's of the time.
Buoyed by his rising film profile, the New Yorker relocated to Los Angeles and solidified his bad boy persona with an arrest for driving under the influence, evading police, and assault with a deadly weapon. He was jailed for 10 days and went on to star as a high school outcast who operates a pirate radio station in "Pump Up the Volume" (1990), sparking up a romance with co-star Samantha Mathis as he had done the previous year with Ryder. He earned an Independent Spirit Award for his leading performance before joining Emilio Estevez, Lou Diamond Phillips and Kiefer Sutherland in the popular adventure "Young Guns II" (1990), a beefcake-populated take on the story of Billy the Kid. The self-admitted Trekkie used his mom's connections to sneak a cameo in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991) and held his own against Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman in another "outlaw" role in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991). He stumbled with leading roles in the duds "Mobsters" (1991) and "Kuffs" (1992) and began going after more adult fare, with a romantic role opposite Marisa Tomei in the bittersweet drama "Untamed Heart" (1993) as well as teaming up with Patricia Arquette to play another gun-wielding outsider in the Quentin Tarantino-scripted "True Romance" (1993).
Life again imitated art in 1994 when Slater was arrested for attempting to bring a gun on an airplane. He was given community service. In a further act of service, Slater donated his salary from his role as a reporter in Neil Jordan's "Interview with the Vampire" (1994) to charities supported by River Phoenix, who had been signed to play the role before his overdose on drugs in Halloween, 1993. Slater acquitted himself as an idealistic attorney defending an accused killer (Kevin Bacon) in the period drama "Murder in the First" (1995) and proved a serviceable action co-lead to John Travolta in "Broken Arrow" (1996). But then an incident involving alcohol and drugs, an attack on a former girlfriend and a scuffle with police landed Slater in deep trouble yet again. 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. Prior to his arrest, Slater had completed another solid actioner, "Hard Rain" (1998), the period drama "Basil" (aired on Romance Classics, 1998), and the black comedy "Very Bad Things" (1998), which he also produced.
The sober light of day seemed to work for Slater. He began to rebound from a chaotic decade with a complex role as a Democrat who switches party lines to oppose a female presidential candidate (Joan Allen) in "The Contender" (2000). Slater starred in the Canadian indie film "Who is Cletis Tout" (2001), playing an escaped convict who assumes the identity of a dead man targeted for a mob hit. He successfully kept himself busy and away from the booze - though he was demoted to supporting player in the Elvis-themed thriller "3000 Miles to Graceland" (2001) and John Woo's moderately popular war flick "Windtalkers" (2002). Slater made headlines in 2003 again when a fight in a Las Vegas, NV hotel room with his wife, Ryan Haddon, ended with her arrest and his emergency room visit to get stitches in his head. Slater joined the ensemble cast of the Renny Harlin misfire, "Mindhunters" (2005), as an FBI profiler-in-training sent to a remote island for a training mission that turns dangerously real. He was demoted to straight-to-video status, starring in the lead as a paranormal investigator in "Alone in the Dark" (2005), with a bespectacled Tara Reid.
If the once captivating lead actor had hit professional bottom with his last title, he followed it up with another personal low as his disintegrating marriage led him back to the bottle, and he was in the news for falling off the roof of a party thrown by Paris Hilton. Slater was rescued from his downward spiral when he was cast in a West End staging of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in the role made famous by Jack Nicholson. Despite accusations that Slater had been imitating the star when he was younger, adult Slater made the role his own and received rave reviews for his eight-month run in London. From the West End, Slater went straight to Broadway, where he starred opposite Jessica Lange in a revival of "The Glass Menagerie." Old pal Emilio Estevez stepped up to offer Slater the part of the Ambassador Hotel restaurant manager in "Bobby" (2006), Estevez's directorial debut about the assassination of Robert Kennedy. He was back in the lead - the invisible lead - in the direct-to-video sequel, "Hollow Man II" (2006).
Slater's gradual return to Hollywood's good graces built up some momentum with a major dramatic challenge in Anthony Hopkins' little-seen experimental outing "Slip Stream" (2007). The actor was better form than he had been in years in the indie drama "He Was a Quiet Man" (2007), revisiting his predilection for outsiders with a starring role as an office worker with twisted fantasies of murder. Critics were wowed by Slater's intense, complex performance, even if the film's odd tone was not a complete success. Slater was invited back to London where he starred to sold-out houses in "Swimming With Sharks," a stage adaptation of the 1997 satire of Hollywood executives. He won over critics again - in the outrageously unlikable role, even - and fought his way back into public favor with a guest role on "My Name is Earl" (NBC, 2005- ) and voicing the animated series "Robot Chicken" (Adult Swim, 2005- ) and the family film "Igor" (2008). In the fall of that year, Slater began a new chapter of his career with a starring TV role in the fortuitously-themed thriller "My Own Worst Enemy" (NBC, 2008-09), in which he worked overtime for his role as a suburban dad unaware that he is also a secret intelligence agency operative, and vice versa. Unfortunately the show was cancelled during its first season. The bounce-back kid returned to primetime the fall of 2009 in "The Forgotten" (ABC, 2009- ), starring as a grieving father and amateur detective who devotes his time to investigating unidentified crime victims.
|Kim Walker. Dated c. 1986-1988|
|Sharon Stone. Rumored to have briefly dated in 2006|
|Nina Huang. Had an on-again, off-again relationship from c. 1990-1995; engaged to be married in 1994; filed a palimony suit after they split in 1995; received $100,000 in out-of-court settlement|
|Ryan Haddon. Born c. 1971; daughter of actress-model Dayle Haddon; together from 1998; married Feb. 12, 2000; mother of Jaden and Eliana; separated in January 2005; divorce finalized in November 2006|
|Christina Applegate. Briefly dated in 1996|
|Winona Rider. Dated briefly c. 1988|
|Christy Turlington. Briefly dated in 1993|
|Michelle Jonas. Dated c. 1996-97; Slater was arrested at her apartment in 1997 after allegedly beating her; he was barred from contacting her by the court after his arraignment|
|Samantha Mathis. Dated briefly c. 1989-90|
|Tamara Mellon. President and Founder of Jimmy Choo designer shoes; previously married to Matthew Taylor Mellon, III, an heir to the Mellon family fortune, and they have one daughter together; dated Slater from 2007-2009|
|Patricia Arquette. Briefly dated c. 1992-93; co-starred in "True Romance" (1993); no longer together|
|Dalton School, New York , New York|
|The School of Performing Arts, New York , New York|
|Professional Children's School, New York , New York|
|Cast as former detective Alex Donovan in ABC's crime drama, "The Forgotten"|
|Returned to London's West End to star in the stage adaptation of the 1994 movie, "Swimming With Sharks"|
|Co-starred in Emilio Estevez's directorial debut, "Bobby"; an ensemble centered around the night of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination|
|Co-produced and co-starred in the political thriller, "The Deal"|
|Played an FBI agent in the Renny Harlin directed thriller, "Mindhunters" (lensed 2002)|
|Starred in the West End revival of Tennessee William's "Sweet Bird of Youth" as gigolo Chance Wayne; also starred in the Broadway revival of "The Glass Menagerie" as Tom, the narrator of the Tennessee Williams drama|
|Starred as Randle Patrick McMurphy in the stage production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in London's West End|
|Cast in the Bob Dylan film, "Masked and Anonymous"|
|Appeared in the John Woo directed war film, "Windtalkers," opposite Nicolas Cage|
|Starred with Tim Allen in the caper comedy, "Who is Cletis Tout?" (released in the US in 2002)|
|Appeared in "3000 Miles to Graceland," with Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner|
|Played a young senator in the Rod Lurie directed, "The Contender"|
|Returned to Broadway after a 15-year absence to play the narrator Clifford in the Broadway drama, "Side Man"|
|Was a co-executive producer on "Very Bad Things"; also played one of the leads|
|Debut as producer (also starred), "Hard Rain"|
|Directed the 30-minute short film for Showtime entitled, "Museum of Love"; starred Samantha Mathis and Sandra Bernhard|
|Co-starred opposite John Travolta in the John Woo directed, "Broken Arrow"|
|Replaced the late River Phoenix as the interviewer in "Interview with the Vampire"|
|Stage directorial debut, "The Laughter Epidemic"; proceeds went to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation|
|Portrayed Will Scarlett in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"|
|Breakthrough role as teenaged killer in the black comedy, "Heathers"|
|First released film as lead, "Gleaming the Cube"|
|Moved to Los Angeles|
|First starring role in a feature, "Twisted" (released on video 1991)|
|Had significant supporting role in "The Name of the Rose"|
|Feature acting debut, "The Legend of Billie Jean"|
|Played regular role of DJ LaSalle on the ABC soap, "Ryan's Hope"|
|Made TV-movie debut in "Robbers, Rooftops and Witches"|
|Stage debut, opposite Dick Van Dyke, in the touring revival of "The Music Man"; also played NYC's City Center|
|Made TV debut on the ABC soap opera, "One Life to Live"|
|Raised in NYC|