Christian Slater

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Christian Slater

Born

8/18/1969, New York, New York, USA

Birth Name

Christian Michael Leonard Hawkins

Gender

Male
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7.0
out of 10
User Rating
128 votes

Biography

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Christian was born on August 18, 1969 in New York City to actor Michael Hawkins and casting director, Mary Jo Slater. Christian has a half brother, actor Ryan Slater.



His first stage appearance was in The Music Man and as a teenager he appeared in the musical…more

Credits

Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • As of 2008, Christian and Jimmy Choo shoe company founder, Tamara Mellon, have been dating.

    • Slater's feature film debut was in the 1985 film, The Legend of Billie Jean.

    • In 2001, Slater ran the Los Angeles Marathon. It was 26.2 miles.

    • Slater admires the work of Frank Sinatra. In fact, he sang Sinatra's, The Best Is Yet To Come to his wife at their wedding. He is also a big fan of Elvis Presley. Presley's A Little Less Conversation is his all time favourite track.

    • Slater shares a birthday with the following actors: Oscar-nominated actor Edward Norton, Denis Leary, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Patrick Swayze and Robert Redford.

    • Slater's mother was the casting director in four of his feature film appearances: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991); Murder In The First (1995); The Contender (2000) and Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001).

    • The pants worn by Slater in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) are the same that were worn by William Shatner in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982).

    • Slater turned down the role of Eric Draven in the film, The Crow. Producers turned to actor Brandon Lee, instead. The film would become synominis with Brandon Lee's name after Lee was accidentally killed on the set of the film.

    • Slater made his theatre debut at the age of nine in The Music Man.

    • Slater's godfather is the late soap actor, Michael Zaslow.

    • Christian Slater was in the music video for the song "Tired Of Being Sorry" by the band Ringside.

    • Christian Slater has been on the cover of People Magazine, Gear, Theatregoer, Bazaar, Entertainment Weekly, Movieline, YM, and Details.

    • In 1996, Christian Slater directed the movie Museum of Love and was producer of The Deal.

    • In 1995, Empire Magazine ranked Christian Slater as number 79 on their list of the "100 Sexiest Stars in film history."

    • In 1999, Christian Slater sold his house, located in Hollywood Hills, to actor Tim Allen.

    • In December of 1989, Christian Slater led police on a high speed chase and crashed into a telephone pole, then kicked a cop after getting out of his car, and then tried to escape over a fence. He was charged with evading police, driving under the influence, assault with a deadly weapon, and driving with a suspended license.

    • In August of 1997, Christian Slater was arrested and charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of battery. In January of 1998, Christian Slater started his three month jail sentence, but was released after only serving 59 days. He was released early because of good behavior.

    • Christian Slater dropped out of high school in 1987, but years later he earned his GED. He states that he was very proud of that accomplishment.

    • Christian Slater's first acting gig was when he was seven. He appeared on the soap opera The Edge of Night in 1976.

    • Christian Slater's nickname is "Slates."

    • After River Phoenix's death at 23, Christian donated his entire paycheck from Interview With A Vampire to River's favorite charities.

    • Christian has a tattoo of two lion heads back to back on his arm.

    • Awards

      Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Awards
      Best Actor for True Romance (1994) (Nomination).

      Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
      For artistic excellence by illuminating issues of great social and political importance for The Contender (Ensemble) (2001) (Won).

      Independent Spirit Awards
      Best Male Lead for Pump Up the Volume (1990) (Nominated).

      MTV Movie Awards
      Most Desirable Male for Kuffs (1992) (Nominated).
      Most Desirable Male for Untamed Heart (1993) (Won).
      Best Kiss for Untamed Heart with Marisa Tomei (1993) (Won).
      Best Kiss for True Romance with Patricia Arquette (1994) (Nominated).
      Most Desirable Male for Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1995) (Nominated).
      Best Fight for Broken Arrow with John Travolta (1996) (Nominated).

      Screen Actors Guild Awards
      Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Bobby (2007) (Nominated).

      Theatregoers' Choice Awards
      Best Actor in a Play for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.

    • Christian's Broadway Work:

      The Music Man as Winthrop Paroo (1980).
      Copperfieldas Billy Mowcher (1981).
      Macbeth as Macduff's son (1982).
      Merlin as Arthur and Young Merlin (1983).
      Side Man as Clifford (1998-1999).
      The Glass Menagerie as The Son (2005).

    • Christian attended Dalton School and the Professional Children's School.

    • Christian has had chicken pox twice.

    • Christian supports the New York Jets; his idol is Jack Nicholson, and his favourite movies include The Witches of Eastwick and The Shining. He enjoys snowboarding and has a green belt in Kempo Karate.

    • Christian is a major Star Trek fan and received a cameo in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country because his mother, a casting director, let him have a part.

    • Christian's height is 5'8½.

  • Quotes

    • Slater: Rehab worked for me because I was ready to stop, move on and let it all go. If you're not, you'll just con, manipulate and deceive your way through the whole process, get out and go right back to where you left off. I knew I didn't want to feel that way any more. So I asked myself who I wanted to be. I made lists of all the things I could do to make me feel better about myself, things that I had never accomplished. Then, slowly, I began to tick them off. It was a very healing process.

    • Christian: (on his nickname while growing up) I dated a lot of women who called me Thumper. I don't know why.

    • (on how going to prison changed him)
      Christian: It was a pretty clear-cut message that I had taken a wrong turn. In a way it was an incredible intervention. I was given an real opportunity to step outside my life. It brought everything into focus.

    • Christian: It's weird to watch movies I made when I was younger. I don't handle it well. It's like I need to take a shower after watching one. I think about where I was at the time and all that shit comes up in my head.

    • (on London theatre audiences)
      Christian: London audiences are more attentive and really react to the moments in the play. London audiences also really know how to laugh and enjoy themselves. Swimming with Sharks has a lot of laughs in it and you hear the audiences' reaction every night. It's fantastic.

    • (on being in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in London)
      Christian: I grew up in the theatre, started in the theatre, and when I got the opportunity to do this play last year I was a little worried because the movies were so popular. But it was actually my mother (Casting Director Mary Jo Slater) who said 'C'mon, screw it, just go out there, it s a great opportunity – to do something in the West End is the highest thing you can do as an actor', and fortunately I agreed with her and came over and did it. It was a phenomenal experience and it's been an equally if not more wonderful experience this time.

    • Christian Slater: I find that I am actually the happiest I ever am when I am with my kids.

    • Christian Slater: (revealing he still holds a flame for Winona Ryder) We crossed paths briefly in Sundance, but we 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.

    • Christian Slater: People need something to fill their papers, and I'm happy to provide.

    • Christian Slater: Good judgement comes from experience. Sometimes, experience comes from bad judgement.

    • Christian Slater: (On people who accuse him 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?

SUBMIT REVIEW
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    8.0
    I like his style and I like the way he acts, he has done some well done and very well written movies, though I must agree that I dislike him a little. Apart from that, I think that he is a great actor and I like the way he acts, he is certainly one memorable actor. I think that he is really cool!
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    8.0
    Christian Slater has done some really classic movies during his career and he's been doing it for a while now. What keeps him going is that in each role he makes you really believe that he is the character.
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