Aug. 18th, 1969
New York City, New York, USA
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Christian Michael Leonard Slater (born August 18, 1969) in New York to 'Michael Hawkins', a well-known soap actor and 'Mary Jo Slater', a casting agent. Slater 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 hit 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 70s 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.
- During his interview and director's commentary on the DVD for _Der Name der Rose (1986)_ (qv), 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.
- 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.
- November 2005: Sold his house in Brentwood, California, to move back to his native New York.
- His favorite movies are _The Witches of Eastwick (1987)_ (qv) and _The Shining (1980)_ (qv), both starring his idol 'Jack Nicholson' (qv).
- The trousers worn by him in _Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)_ (qv) are the same ones worn by 'William Shatner' (qv) in _Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)_ (qv). He noticed the name label still inside them.
- (11 Aug 1997) Arrested by Los Angeles police and charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of battery.
- His mother, 'Mary Jo Slater' (qv) was the casting director in 4 of his feature film appearances: _Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)_ (qv); _Murder in the First (1995)_ (qv); _The Contender (2000)_ (qv) and _Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001)_ (qv).
- No relation to actress Helen Slater, who, ironically, played his sister in the movie The Legend of Billie Jean.