Raised in Chappaqua, NY
Appeared in local theater productions after attending college in Minnesota
Moved to Los Angeles and got a job as a production assistant for Trans World International
Made TV acting debut on the crime drama "The Equalizer" (CBS)
TV-movie debut, "Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story" (CBS)
Made feature debut in "Miracle Mile"
First film lead, Wes Craven's "Shocker"
Appeared as a platoon-mate of Ethan Hawke in "A Midnight Clear"
Co-starred in "Fire in the Sky," a film based on true events surrounding the supposed alien abduction of Travis Walton
Portrayed paralyzed pro football player Dennis Byrd in the Fox TV movie "Rise & Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story"
Landed breakthrough screen role as the hapless victim of femme fatale Linda Fiorintino in "The Last Seduction"; first aired on HBO before its theatrical release
Authored the one-act play "Miles and Mickey" that debuted in Los Angeles, CA
Sold first script (co-wrote with Michael Schiffer), "Furious George"
Joined the cast of the CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope" as a recurring character; became a regular for the 1995-96 season; also wrote two episodes and directed one
Played a sexual deviant travelling around the desert calling from his car in Spike Lee's "Girl 6"
Cast as a punch-drunk former pugilist dragged out of retirement by Samuel L. Jackson in "The Great White Hype"
Portrayed tempermental macho man cop Joey Randone in James Mangold's "Cop Land"
Feature directorial debut, "Very Bad Things"; also scripted and co-wrote the song "Walls Come Down"; Christian Slater starred and executive produced
Executive produced and created the ABC series "Wonderland"; wrote and directed pilot episode
Cast in featured role in the comedy "Corky Romano"
Guest starred as SD-6 Agent Noah Hicks on the Fox drama "Alias"
Directed The Rock and Seann William Scott in "The Rundown"
Played a cop opposite Tom Cruise's bad guy in the thriller "Collateral"
Directed the high school football themed film drama "Friday Night Lights"
His production company Film 44 scored a first-look deal with Universal Pictures
Executive-produced the NBC series based on his feature film "Friday Night Lights"; also wrote and directed the pilot episode for which he received an Emmy nomination
Co-starred with Ryan Reynolds and Jeremy Piven in the action-comedy "Smokin' Aces"
Helmed "The Kingdom," starring Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman as U.S. government agents sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in Saudi Arabia; also co-wrote screenplay
Co-starred in Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs"
Directed Will Smith in the comedy superhero film "Hancock'
Wrote the screenplay adaptation of the comic book "The Losers"
Helmed and produced the sci-fi action feature "Battleship"