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Also Known As: Christian Michael Leonard Hawkins Died:
Born: August 18, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, director

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Christian Slater became the poster child of angst-ridden, outsider teens by starring as mobilizing rebels in "Heathers" (1989) and "Pump Up the Volume" (1990), both of which painted a dark portrait of high school hierarchy. Slater's screen persona as a handsome and insightful but gun-toting scofflaw - complete with Jack Nicholson mannerisms - played out well in films like "True Romance" (1993), but by then it was glaringly apparent that Slater's "act" was no act. He segued into adult roles with moody dramas like "Interview with a Vampire" (1994) but repeated arrests and multiple trips to rehab made directors leery. After a downward slide that deposited the actor in direct-to-video horror films, a sober Slater began earning back his once-promising reputation with acclaimed stage roles on London's West End and on Broadway. In his first primetime series "My Own Worst Enemy" (NBC, 2008-09), Slater was well cast as an intelligence officer unwittingly leading two drastically different lives. Slater's restless personal life may have robbed him of a sturdier career as a big screen leading man, but when the actor finally quieted his demons, his onscreen appeal remained intact and his dramatic skills were...

Christian Slater became the poster child of angst-ridden, outsider teens by starring as mobilizing rebels in "Heathers" (1989) and "Pump Up the Volume" (1990), both of which painted a dark portrait of high school hierarchy. Slater's screen persona as a handsome and insightful but gun-toting scofflaw - complete with Jack Nicholson mannerisms - played out well in films like "True Romance" (1993), but by then it was glaringly apparent that Slater's "act" was no act. He segued into adult roles with moody dramas like "Interview with a Vampire" (1994) but repeated arrests and multiple trips to rehab made directors leery. After a downward slide that deposited the actor in direct-to-video horror films, a sober Slater began earning back his once-promising reputation with acclaimed stage roles on London's West End and on Broadway. In his first primetime series "My Own Worst Enemy" (NBC, 2008-09), Slater was well cast as an intelligence officer unwittingly leading two drastically different lives. Slater's restless personal life may have robbed him of a sturdier career as a big screen leading man, but when the actor finally quieted his demons, his onscreen appeal remained intact and his dramatic skills were inarguably stronger than ever.

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.

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  Museum of Love (1996) Director

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 Stranded (2013)
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 Freaky Deaky (2013)
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 Back To The Sea (2012)
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 El Gringo (2012)
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Raised in NYC
1976:
Made TV debut on ABC soap opera "One Life to Live"
1980:
Stage debut, opposite Dick Van Dyke in touring revival of "The Music Man"; also played NYC's City Center
1982:
Acted on "Robbers, Rooftops and Witches" episode of "CBS Library"
1985:
Played regular role of DJ LaSalle on ABC soap "Ryan's Hope"
1985:
Feature acting debut, "The Legend of Billie Jean"
1986:
Played significant supporting role in "The Name of the Rose"
1986:
First starring role in a feature, "Twisted"
1987:
Moved to Los Angeles, CA
1988:
First released film as lead, "Gleaming the Cube"
1989:
Landed breakthrough role as teenaged killer J.D. in black comedy "Heathers"
1990:
Portrayed Will Scarlett in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"
1992:
Stage directorial debut, "The Laughter Epidemic"; proceeds went to Pediatric AIDS Foundation
1993:
Co-starred with Patricia Arquette in crime thriller "True Romance," scripted by Quentin Tarantino
1993:
Cast alongside Marisa Tomei and Rosie Perez in romantic drama "Untamed Heart"
1994:
Replaced the late River Phoenix as interviewer Daniel Malloy in "Interview with the Vampire"
1996:
Co-starred opposite John Travolta in John Woo directed "Broken Arrow"
1996:
Directed 30-minute short film for Showtime titled "Museum of Love"; starred Samantha Mathis and Sandra Bernhard
1997:
Debut as producer (also starred), "Hard Rain"
1998:
Was co-executive producer on "Very Bad Things"; also played one of the leads
1998:
Returned to Broadway after 15-year absence to play narrator Clifford in drama "Side Man"
2000:
Played a young senator in Rod Lurie directed "The Contender"
2001:
Appeared in "3000 Miles to Graceland" with Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner
2001:
Starred with Tim Allen in caper comedy "Who is Cletis Tout?"
2002:
Appeared in John Woo directed war film "Windtalkers" opposite Nicolas Cage
2003:
Cast in Bob Dylan film "Masked and Anonymous"
2004:
Starred as Randle Patrick McMurphy in West End production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
2004:
Played an FBI agent in Renny Harlin directed thriller "Mindhunters"
2005:
Starred in West End revival of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" as gigolo Chance Wayne; also starred in Broadway revival of Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" as Tom the narrator
2005:
Co-produced and co-starred in political thriller "The Deal"
2006:
Co-starred in Emilio Estevez's directorial debut "Bobby," an ensemble centered around the night of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination
2007:
Returned to London's West End to star in stage adaptation of 1994 movie "Swimming With Sharks"
2008:
Played dual roles on short-lived NBC mystery drama "My Own Worst Enemy"
2009:
Cast as former detective Alex Donovan on ABC crime drama "The Forgotten"
2011:
Directed episode of short-lived Fox series "Breaking In"; also co-starred
2012:
Starred in horror film "Playback"
2013:
Co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in action thriller "Bullet to the Head"
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Education

Dalton School: New York , New York -
The School of Performing Arts: New York , New York -
Professional Children's School: New York , New York -

Notes

"If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?"---Christian Slater in US, September 1991.

"While doing 50 in a 35 mph zone in West Hollywood, Slater, then twenty, tried to outrun a police car, drove into an alley, and slammed into a telephone pole. To make matters worst, he got out of the car, tried to scale a chain-linked fence, and struggled with the three arresting officers. 'I hit bottom with it, really,' he says."---From PREMIERE, April 1994.

"Always wear shoes that taste good, 'cuz they usually end up in your mouth."---Christian Slater, quoted in USA Today, c. 1994.

"My mistakes do happen on a grand scale and very public level. They're humiliating, embarrassing. But if nothing bad happens to you, you'll just continue to act ridiculous."---Slater in USA Today, December 14, 1997.

The wife of actor Christian Slater was arrested November 2003 for domestic battery after allegedly throwing a glass at the actor. Slater was taken to a nearby hospital where he received nine stitches close the gash on his head. The couple was staying at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada when the incident occurred.

Christian Slater was arrested in Manhattan early Tuesday May 31st after he allegedly sexually harassed a woman on the street. "Basically he grabbed a woman's behind on the street," said Police Sgt. Mary Doherty, adding Slater was "intoxicated at the time."

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companion:
Kim Walker. Actor. Dated c. 1986-88.
companion:
Winona Rider. Actor. Dated briefly c. 1988.
companion:
Samantha Mathis. Actor. Dated briefly c. 1989-90.
companion:
Patricia Arquette. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Nina Huang. Actor, model, writer. Together from c. 1990; engaged to be married as of October 1994; filed a palimony suit after they split in 1995; paid $100,000 in out-of-court settlement; reportedly back together as of April 1996.
companion:
Christy Turlington. Model. No longer together.
companion:
Christina Applegate. Actor. Dated in 1996.
companion:
Michelle Jonas. Slater was arrested at her apartment in 1997 after allegedly beating her; he was barred from contacting her by the court after his arraignment.
wife:
Ryan Haddon. Executive. Born c. 1971; together from c. 1998; mother of Jaden Christopher Slater; married February 12, 2000; daughter of actress-model Dayle Haddon.
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mother:
Mary Jo Slater. Casting agent. Divorced from Slater's father c. 1976.
father:
Michael Hawkins. Actor. Played the original Frank Ryan on the ABC daytime soap "Ryan's Hope"; divorced from Slater's mother c. 1976.
half-brother:
Ryan Slater. Actor. Born April 19, 1983; starred in "The Amazing Panda Adventure".
son:
Jaden Christopher Haddon-Slater. Born on April 6, 1999; mother, Ryan Haddon.
daughter:
Eliana Sophia Slater. Born on August 15, 2001; mother, Ryan Haddon.
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