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Born into a show business family -- father Michael Hawkins is a stage actor and mother Mary Jo Slater is a casting director -- Christian Slater made his acting debut at age eight after his mother cast him in the television soap opera One Life to Live on a lark. The following year Slater was on Broadway starring opposite Dick Van Dyke in The Music Man. Slater would remain on Broadway for at least two more productions. As a youth, Slater attended Manhattan's Professional Children's School. He made his television debut in the movie Living Proof: The Hank Williams Junior Story (1983) and his film debut two years later when he was only 16 in The Legend of Billy Jean. Slater earned some of his first favorable notice starring opposite Sean Connery in The Name of the Rose (1986). He next appeared in Tucker, a Man and His Dream (1988), and more films followed after that, but Slater did not become a star until he co-starred opposite Winona Ryder in the darkly satirical Heathers in which he played an anarchic sociopath. His maniacal over-the-top performance led to comparisons with Jack Nicholson. After Heathers, it looked as if Slater was destined to be typecast into playing lunatic villains or seriously troubled youths. In the latter regard, life seemed to mirror his art. In 1989, he was arrested in West Hollywood for leading the police on a drunken car chase that ended when Slater crashed his car into a telephone pole. While trying to escape the car, he kicked a cop with his cowboy boot and then attempted to flee over a fence. In 1994, he was arrested for taking a gun aboard a plane. In 1997, Slater was arrested for attacking his lover and biting a police officer in the belly while drinking heavily; he was sentenced to spend 90 days in a suburban jail in early 1998, all this just one day after his newest film, Hard Rain, premiered. Shortly after sentencing, Slater admitted that he had also been taking cocaine and heroin at the time. As part of his sentence, he had to serve post-jail time in a drug/alcohol rehab program and attend a year-long program on preventing domestic violence.

Despite his personal struggles, Slater has maintained a film career starring as a high school geek with a cool secret life in Pump Up the Volume (1990) to the romantic Bed of Roses (1996) to high-voltage actioners like Broken Arrow (1996). In his 1997 production Julian Po, he gained weight, grew a mustache, and appeared as a suicidal bookkeeper who embezzles money from his company so he can fulfill one final wish.

Christian Slater was born on August 18, 1969, in New York, NY, USA.

More fun facts about Christian Slater

Birth name: Christian Michael Leonard Hawkins

Height: 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Spouse: Ryan Haddon (12 February 2000 - present) (filed for divorce) 2 children

Son, with Ryan Haddon, Jaden Zach Haddon-Slater, born [6 April 1999]

Son of Mary Jo Slater.

Half brother of actor Ryan Slater.

Arrested in West Hollywood, CA. after allegedly leading sheriff's deputies on a car chase. A police spokeman's says Slater crashed into a telephone pole, 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 {his cowboy boots} and driving with a suspended license. [29 December 1989]

Arrested in 1994 for bringing a gun on a plane.

Son of actor Michael Hawkins.

Is a major Star Trek fan. His unusual eyebrows are the result of him shaving them when dressing up as Spock for Halloween; they never grew back in properly.

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 and Eric Draven in The Crow 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, leading producers to actor Brandon Lee--who would becomer permanently linked with the film and its story when he was accidentally killed on the set of the film.

Daughter, Eliana Sophia, born. [15 August 2001]

Is a green belt in kempo karate. [August 2003]

Sentenced to three months in jail, and 36 months probation, for assaulting his girlfriend Michelle Jonas and a police officer, as well as cocaine abuse. [9 December 1997]

Past girlfriends include Winona Ryder, Christina Applegate & Patricia Arquette. He has also been engaged to actress-model Nina Huang.

His mother Mary Jo Slater was the casting director in 4 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).

British stage debut as Randle P. McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in August of 2004, delayed by a bout of chicken pox.

Received a standing ovation on his first night playing McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" on the London stage.

Attended Dalton School and the Professional Children's School.

Made his first theater debut in 'The Music Man' at the age of 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: The Wrath of Khan (1982). He noticed the name label still inside them.

Donated all of his paycheck from "Interview With A Vampire" to River Phoenix's favorite charities after the young actor's untimely death at 23.

As a young teenager, he appeared in the musical "Merlin," one of the most expensive, 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).

In March 2003 filming his upcoming movie Churchill: The Hollywood Years, co-starring Neve Campbell

In November 2003 filming his upcoming movie, "Pursued", with Michael Clarke Duncan and Estella Warren.

In August 2004 due to appear as McMurphy in 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' at this years Edinburgh Frindge Festival. Reports suggest that he beat Woody Harrelson to the role.

In September 2004 at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End, maintaining his role has R.P. McMurphey from 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'.

In March 2005 currently playing Tom Wingfield in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.

Slater shocked over his split with Haddon !

Christian Slater reportedly is still shocked over the failure of his marriage to Ryan Haddon, because he believed he was destined to be with her forever.

The actor never considered himself as the "marrying kind" but when he fell for Haddon and then wed her in a romantic ceremony on Valentine's Day in the year 2000 , he was sure he had found his soulmate.

Slater says that she was even reading the same inspirational book as he was - Neale Donald WALSCH's CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD - when they first met and believes it was destiny that their ways crossed.

"I saw her at the gym and she was reading this book. It gave us something amazing to talk about straight away. I discovered later that she had told a friend, 'Whatever man loves this book is the man I am going to marry.' It was deep. We were both seriously into it. We read the whole series of books together and there were some vows in there that were amazing. My wife wrote to the guy who wrote them and he ended up marrying us on 14 February", Contactmusic.com quoted the actor as saying.

Slater and Haddon filed for divorce last month, but there seems a patch-up in the offing as Haddon was sighted holding on to husband's arm at the premiere of his new Broadway, New York, play THE GLASS MENAGERIE earlier this week.

Christian Slater smolders in 'Cuckoo' land

CHRISTIAN Slater's name on the marquee of the Gielgud Theater in London was enough to excite Hollywood fans and make them beat the path to the box office to watch how he fared onstage in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Perhaps facing the biggest challenge in his acting career, Slater makes his West End debut reprising the 1975 Oscar-winning role immortalized on the big screen by Jack Nicholson.

The edge of having Slater in the production was that attracted the younger crowd who idolized him. On the night we watched, we spotted a number of 20-something fans and even teenagers in the audience.

We remember Slater as the romantic lead in Tony Bill's "Untamed Heart" (opposite Marisa Tomei); the cunning reporter in Neil Jordan's "Interview with the Vampire" (with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt); the psychotic anti-hero in Michael Lehmann's "Heathers" (with Winona Ryder); the brave American Marine in John Woo's "Windtalkers" (with Nicolas Cage); and even the good guy in Woo's

Burning charisma

It was hard to imagine Slater taking over the role played with such burning charisma by Nicholson. Add to that the pressure of critics who said Nicholson was born to play the part of Randle Patrick McMurphy in the film based on Ken Kesey's cult best-seller.

Slater, described earlier in his career as a "young Nicholson," didn't know he would one day get to play the senior actor's critically acclaimed screen role. Slater was definitely aware comparisons were inevitable, but the 35-year-old actor did not disappoint his audience in Dale Wasserman's play.

Slater proved that innate acting genes were in his blood-thanks to his actor-dad, Thomas Knight Slater-by delivering a subdued but impres sive, show-stealing performance onstage. He did not only show his acting mettle, but also displayed his star quality as well as tons of sex appeal.

Although it was hard to match Nicholson's lunacy as McMurphy, Slater rose to the challenge with his distinct portrayal of the character, moving away from the shadow of Nicholson. He was also generous enough to allow his co-actors to shine throughout the production.

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was certainly thousands of acting miles from Slater's earlier stint on Broadway, where he appeared in plays like "The Music Man" and "Side Man."

Claustrophobic confines

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is about a petty criminal, gambler and troublemaker, McMurphy, who volunteers as a patient in a psychiatric facility to escape the more dreaded slammer. Inside the claustrophobic confines of the American mental asylum, the wild and rebellious McMurphy has to battle with the other patients, as well as with the cruel nurse Ratched, played by Frances Barber.

With McMurphy's infectious energy, he is able to gradually change the outlook of everyone inside the mental ward and win them over.

Barber delineated her role with zealous conviction. Her powerful stage presence in her pristine white uniform was enough to scare the audience. And the minute she walked into the mental ward, one instantly knew she was in control.

Mackenzie Crook, star of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and BBC's "The Office," provided the poignant moments and tragic turn in the play as the vulnerable, sexually repressed and stammering mother's boy, Billy Bibbitt.

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" doesn't need any hydraulic-powered and other spellbinding effects to delight the audience. The set itself was simple-inside a psychiatric ward. The acting prowess of the cast members was also enough to make it memorable.

And even if it was Slater who undoubtedly drew crowd to the box office, the play was clearly an ensemble piece, so that even the conventional roles of the minor actors were crucial to the success of the production. The actors' collective energy onstage was simply palpable, making the play a powerful production. No wonder the play was given a West End audience rating of five stars.

Booking demands

Slater originally signed up for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in London only until early December. However, booking demands convinced the actor to extend his contract for another month, so he was seen in the West End stage until early January.

With Slater's drawing power, the play was reported to have broken box-office records at the Gielgud Theater, despite competition from other notable and popular West End productions. It likewise generated favorable reviews for Slater.

The last time the show was mounted in London was at the Barbican Theater, with another great actor, Gary Sinise, as McMurphy. Before the play was turned into a movie, the original Broadway production in the '60s had Kirk Douglas in the lead.

The new West End production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" didn't take off without any hitches. Original director Guy Masterton pulled out three weeks into the rehearsals, saying he was "very exhausted physically and emotionally."

Thankfully the producers readily found a replacement and signed up playwright and director Terry Johnson, who shared directorial credits with Tamara Harvey.

Then Slater caught chicken pox, so the preview performances had to be called off. But the entire cast was said to have kept their optimism and remained focused, which apparently sustained them throughout the run.

Unless you're a die-hard Jack Nicholson fan, you will prefer the stage version of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," which is both riveting and entertaining, with a few hilarious moments.

Manila-based theater companies might be interested to mount the play since we have a number of brilliant actors who cross over from TV/movies to stage (Michael de Mesa immediately comes to mind).

But, of course, there's nothing like seeing a play on West End-or Broadway for that matter.

Christian Slater: 'I was nowhere near knife attack'

Christian Slater has hit out at reports he was attacked outside a London theatre at the weekend - insisting he was nowhere near when the incident happened.

British newspapers claimed on Sunday that Slater was set upon by a knife-wielding maniac outside the West End's Gielgud Theatre - where he is performing in a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - and save d by a security guard who leaped to his rescue.

But the actor's representative has blasted the story, telling PageSix.com Slater wasn't even in the building at the time.

Christian Slater to do voice in 'Igor' film

U.S. actor Christian Slater has signed to do the voice for the title character "Igor" in the animated short film "Igor: Unholy Frijoles."

The feature length theatrical version "Igor," is due out in 2007.

"Igor" is an irreverent comedy with a new twist on the classic mad scientist/monster genre.It tells the story of a mad scientist's hunchbacked lab assistant who has big dreams of becoming a mad scientist in his own right and winning the coveted first-place award at the annual Evil Science Fair.

Max Howard, who collaborated on such animated hits as the "Lion King," "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" is the executive produce of the films.

"Christian's instantly recognizable and dynamic voice will lend itself perfectly for the endearing, yet slightly quirky Igor," said Howard."He is the first of several terrific voices we have planned for the film."

Slater recently joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of "The Glass Menagerie" starring Jessica Lange.

Christian Slater Joins 'The Glass Menagerie' as Tom

Christian Slater will play the role of Tom in Bill Kenwright’s new production of the Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie, starring Jessica Lange and directed by David Leveaux, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Mr. Slater will replace Dallas Roberts in the production.

Christian Slater, who most recently starred on Broadway in the Tony Award winning play Sideman, received rave reviews from London’s theatre critics earlier this fall for his starring performance in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest which played to capacity audiences at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End. His many film credits include Heathers, Pump Up The Volume, Broken Arrow, True Romance, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Windtalkers, Interview With the Vampire, Tucker and The Name of the Rose.

The Glass Menagerie, which also features Sarah Paulson and Josh Lucas, begins previews this Thursday, February 24. Joey Collins will perform the role of Tom until Mr. Slater plays his first performance.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE will be performed Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Beginning, Tuesday, March 22 all Tuesday evening performances will begin at 7pm. Please note that there will be an added performance on Monday, March 14 at 8pm in place of the Thursday, March 17 performance.

Christian Slater Splits from Wife

Looks like the days of true romance are over for Christian Slater and Ryan Haddon Slater.

Citing irreconcilable differences, the Pump Up the Volume star filed for divorce from Haddon Slater last Friday after five years of marriage.

Slater requested joint custody of the couple's two children-- Jaden, 5, and Eliana, 3.

The couple separated last month after Haddon Slater reportedly had difficulty adjusting to life in London, where Slater was starring in a West End adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Signs of trouble in the marriage initially cropped up in November 2003 when Haddon Slater was arrested in Las Vegas after she hurled a drinking glass at Slater's head during a dispute, giving him a gash that required nine stitches to close.

While no charges were filed against Haddon Slater in the incident, her unflattering mug shot wound up on The Smoking Gun Website along with her police report--humiliating even for a not-quite celebrity.

Before settling down to married life, Slater, too, was a semi-frequent headline subject for his bad-boy ways that included drug abuse, packing heat and biting, and landed him stints in rehab and in the slammer.

The newly-single actor has a busy schedule to carry him through the post-split interval after signing on to replace Dallas Williams in the Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie, beginning next month.

He was most recently seen in the roundly reviled Alone in the Dark, with Tara Reid, and will next appear on the big screen in the upcoming crime pic License to Steal, costarring William Hurt.

 


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