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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 18 August 1969New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameChristian Michael Leonard Slater
Nickname Slates
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18, 1969 in New York City to Michael Hawkins, a well-known soap actor, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), a casting agent. Christian started in show business early, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night (1956) in 1976 at the age of 7. He went on to star in many Broadway shows in the early-1980s. He rose to fame in Hollywood after landing the role of Binx Davey in The Legend of Billie Jean (1985). He moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to pursue a further acting career after dropping out of high school. After having a starring role in the cult classic Heathers (1988), he became somewhat known as the Hollywood bad-boy, having many run-ins with the law. He is also well-known for having dated stars such as Winona Ryder, Christina Applegate, Samantha Mathis and was at one time engaged to actress/model Nina Huang. In 2000, he married Ryan Haddon, the daughter of 1970s model Dayle Haddon. The couple have two children, Jaden Christopher (b. 1999) and Eliana Sophia (b. 2001). As of early 2005, they separated and later divorced, but remain dedicated to bring up their children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous12

Spouse (2)

Brittany Lopez (2 December 2013 - present)
Ryan Haddon (12 February 2000 - 21 November 2006) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Distinctive eyebrows
Heavy drawl, reminiscent of Jack Nicholson

Trivia (41)

(April 6, 1999) Birth of his son, Jaden Christopher Haddon-Slater, with girlfriend Ryan Haddon.
(January 14, 1998) Starts three month jail sentence. Released after 59 days for good behavior.
(August 11, 1997) Arrested by Los Angeles police and charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of battery.
Older half-brother of actor Ryan Slater.
(December 29, 1989) Arrested in West Hollywood, California, after allegedly leading sheriff's deputies on a car chase. A sheriff's spokesman said Slater crashed into a telephone pole, kicked a cop after getting out of his car, then tried to escape over a fence. He was charged with evading police, driving under the influence, assault with a deadly weapon {his cowboy boots} and driving with a suspended license.
He was arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport in December 1994 and charged with criminal possession of a weapon (the actor had packed a handgun). Slater reached a plea agreement in early 1995 that required him to spend three days working with homeless children.
His godfather was the late soap actor Michael Zaslow.
Sold his house in the Hollywood Hills to Tim Allen. [December 1999]
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#79) (1995).
Won the roles of the Interviewer in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) and Eric Draven in The Crow (1994) after the death of friend and fellow actor River Phoenix (who had been cast in the first role and turned down the second). Slater also turned down the lead in The Crow (1994), leading producers to actor Brandon Lee - who would become permanently linked with the film and its story when he was accidentally killed on the set.
(August 15, 2001) Daughter, Eliana Sophia, born.
Is a green belt in kempo karate. [August 2003]
(December 1, 1997) Sentenced to three months in jail (he served 59 days in a private Los Angeles jail in La Verne, California), and 36 months probation for assaulting his girlfriend Michelle Jonas and a police officer, as well as cocaine abuse.
Past girlfriends include Kim Walker, whom he broke up with during the filming of Heathers (1988) for Winona Ryder, later Samantha Mathis, Christina Applegate and Patricia Arquette. Has also been engaged to actress/model Nina Huang.
His mother, Mary Jo Slater, was the casting director in four of his film appearances: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Murder in the First (1995), The Contender (2000) and Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001).
London stage debut as Randle P. McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in August 2004, delayed by a bout of chicken pox. Received a standing ovation on his first night performing.
Attended Dalton School and the Professional Children's School.
Made his theater debut in the musical "The Music Man" at age 9.
The trousers worn by him in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) are the same ones worn by William Shatner in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). He noticed the name label still inside them. In subsequent interviews, he quipped that he was "proud" to get into Shatner's pants.
Donated all of his paycheck from Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) to River Phoenix's favorite charities after the young actor's untimely death at age 23.
As a teenager, he appeared in the musical "Merlin", one of the most expensive and most notorious flops in Broadway history. The show had been conceived as a vehicle for Doug Henning's magic, with Henning playing the eponymous wizard. Slater played "Young Merlin" and "Arthur"; other stars included Chita Rivera and Nathan Lane (in what was only his second Broadway role).
The long-standing rumor about Christian's eyebrows (that he shaved them off to look like Spock and they never grew back properly) is actually false. Christian was joking with a reporter in one of his first interviews, and it was somehow printed as fact. He actually stated that he regretted mentioning it, as he still gets asked about the "Halloween costume gone bad" nearly two decades later.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was a suggestion in the Worst Actor category for his performances in Alone in the Dark (2005) and Mindhunters (2004). However, he failed to receive a nomination, had he gotten the nomination, it would have been his first in 14 years. He was previously nominated for Worst Supporting Actor at the 1992 Razzie Awards for his roles in Mobsters (1991) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)).
Has co-starred with each of the two leads of Face/Off (1997), John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, in Broken Arrow (1996) and Windtalkers (2002), respectively. All three films were directed by John Woo.
Sold his house in Brentwood, California, to move back to his native New York. [November 2005]
His favorite movies are The Witches of Eastwick (1987) and The Shining (1980), both starring his idol Jack Nicholson.
Has English and Irish ancestry.
Good friends with actress Sandra Bernhard.
No relation to actress Helen Slater, who, ironically, played his sister in the movie The Legend of Billie Jean (1985).
His favorite television series are Boston Legal (2004) and Entourage (2004).
His favorite song is "A Little Less Converstion" by Elvis Presley.
During his interview and director's commentary on the DVD for The Name of the Rose (1986), director Jean-Jacques Annaud reported that after 15-year-old Christian Slater had been cast as "Adso of Melk", he was asked to read with three actresses auditioning for the role of "The Girl". He read first with Valentina Vargas and was scheduled to read with the other two actresses the next day, but that evening, he sent his mother (casting agent Mary Jo Slater) to tell Annaud that young Christian was so smitten with the 22-year-old Vargas that he didn't want the other two women to be considered. Annaud, amused, complied with Slater's wish.
Ex-son-in-law of Dayle Haddon.
(December 3, 2013) Married 26-year old Brittany Lopez, whom he had dated for three years, in Coral Gables, Florida.
Attended the premiere of Bobby (2006) in Berlin, Germany at the CineStar Movie Theater. [March 2007]
Attended the 60th Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. [August 2007]
Attended the Duo Grand Opening at Four Seasons Maui in Hawaii. [April 2007]
Attended the Cannes Film Festival. [May 2008]
Attended the 63rd International Venice Film Festival. [September 2006]
Attended the Russian premiere of Bobby (2006) in Moscow at the Oktyabr Theatre. [April 2007]

Personal Quotes (12)

People need something to fill their papers, and I'm happy to provide.
Good judgement comes from experience. Sometimes, experience comes from bad judgement.
I've always been fond of Winona Ryder.
[on being accused of copying Jack Nicholson] 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?
It still amazes me when I look at some of the films I've been a part of, and some of the people I've gotten to meet and work with. I also look back sometimes and realize that I was lucky to have lived through them and even to have survived them, at times.
We (Winona Ryder) don't speak on a regular basis, but I love her. I've never gotten over the crush I had on her then. She is still the woman of my dreams - Interview, August 2007.
(1994 quote on fame) There's no question that I love it. There're so many perks to it, it's unreal. I thought I'd get over being insecure if I became famous, but it hasn't happened. It just gets worse, really. You get more and more on edge, more nervous. These are all the things I'm dealing with. You think if you get famous, fear will go away and problems will go away. But they don't.
I'm not a religious person by any means. But I certainly believe in some kind of a higher power and something looking out for me. I've definitely had angels that have either guided me or helped me through moments in my life, without a doubt.
If you can help guide somebody through a challenging moment because you've been there, that ends up becoming a great gift.
I've been taking my time now between projects looking for stuff that has a little bit more substance, that isn't surface. Some of the films that I've done in the past really were surface.
My family was amazing; they exposed me to the world of show business, and, boy, it was the '70s and I got to spend a lot of time backstage at theaters and see the inner workings of how this entertainment industry is really put together.
As I've gotten to know myself over the years, I realised I'm kind of a sweet, sensitive guy, a shy guy, and communication is not something I'm so good at.

Salary (1)

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) $250,000

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