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Born: May 1, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bergen County, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor

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A pleasant young comic leading man with a ready smile and a kind of awkward, goofy persona, Charlie Schlatter found a niche in the mid-1990s as second banana to and occasional comic relief for Dick Van Dyke on the CBS series "Diagnosis Murder," in which he filled a spot vacated by Scott Baio. The actor began landing feature film roles right out of Ithaca College, playing Michael J. Fox's younger brother in "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988) and the grandson whose body is taken over by George Burns in "18 Again!" (1988). He had a third film released in 1988, "Heartbreak Hotel," in which he was a teen who kidnaps Elvis Presley, but a big film career did not materialize. Schlatter went to Australia for "The Delinquents" (1989), a 50s era teen movie, but his U.S. film career since has been sporadic, with appearances in "All American Murder" (1992), and "Ed" (1996).Instead, Schlatter turned to TV. In 1990, he was tapped to embody the wise-cracking high school student "Ferris Bueller" in the short-lived NBC sitcom based on the hit movie starring Matthew Broderick. The same year, Schlatter's distinctive, if a bit squeaky, voice was first utilized for animated character work with "Captain Planet" (TNT). He...

A pleasant young comic leading man with a ready smile and a kind of awkward, goofy persona, Charlie Schlatter found a niche in the mid-1990s as second banana to and occasional comic relief for Dick Van Dyke on the CBS series "Diagnosis Murder," in which he filled a spot vacated by Scott Baio. The actor began landing feature film roles right out of Ithaca College, playing Michael J. Fox's younger brother in "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988) and the grandson whose body is taken over by George Burns in "18 Again!" (1988). He had a third film released in 1988, "Heartbreak Hotel," in which he was a teen who kidnaps Elvis Presley, but a big film career did not materialize. Schlatter went to Australia for "The Delinquents" (1989), a 50s era teen movie, but his U.S. film career since has been sporadic, with appearances in "All American Murder" (1992), and "Ed" (1996).

Instead, Schlatter turned to TV. In 1990, he was tapped to embody the wise-cracking high school student "Ferris Bueller" in the short-lived NBC sitcom based on the hit movie starring Matthew Broderick. The same year, Schlatter's distinctive, if a bit squeaky, voice was first utilized for animated character work with "Captain Planet" (TNT). He later lent his vocals to the role of the tadpole in "Fish Police" (CBS, 1992). Additionally, the actor has appeared in a handful of TV-movies ranging from the comedy "Stormy Weathers" (ABC, 1992), opposite Cybill Shepherd, and the actioner "Sunset Heat" (HBO, 1992), alongside Dennis Hopper. When it seemed that Schlatter would be relegated to the "whatever happened to" file, he was cast in 1995 as Dr Jesse Travis, the sidekick to Van Dyke's Dr Mark Sloan on "Diagnosis Murder."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
3.
 Fixing Pete (2011)
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5.
6.
7.
 Diagnosis Murder: Without Warning (2002) Dr Jesse Travis
8.
 Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity (2002) Dr Jesse Travis
9.
 Diagnosis Murder: Deadly Mirage (2001) Dr Jesse Travis
10.
 Ed (1996) Buddy Halsten
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1988:
Feature acting debut in "Bright Lights, Big City"
1990:
Starred in TV series version of "Ferris Bueller" (NBC)
1988:
First screen lead as George Burns' grandson "18 Again!"
1990:
Began doing animated voice work with "Captain Planet" (TNT)
1995:
Co-starred on CBS series "Diagnosis Murder"
1992:
TV-movie debut in "Stormy Weather" (ABC)
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Education

Ithaca College: Ithaca, New York -
Ithaca College: Ithaca, New York -

Notes

"It's the luck of the draw. There's a lot to be said about being in the right place at the right time. I was so damn lucky." --Charlie Schlatter quoted in DAILY NEWS, December 12, 1995.

Schlatter on doing "Ferris Bueller" on the small screen: "In hindsight, I probably would've been better off not doing it . . . It didn't hurt, but it didn't help either." --From DAILY NEWS, December 12, 1995.

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companion:
Jennifer Aniston. Actor. Dated when they appeared together in "Ferris Bueller".
wife:
Colleen Gunderson. Publicist. Married on May 7, 1994.

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daughter:
Julia Schlatter. Born on September 15, 1997.
daughter:
Quinn Brooke Schlatter. Born on October 29, 1999.

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