Christian Slater has had an impressive career that spans the worlds of film, television and stage.
This summer, Slater will star in USA Network’s “Mr. Robot.” The drama follows an underground hacking organization that intends to bring down Corporate America. The cast includes Rami Malek, Martin Wallstrom and Carly Chaikin. The pilot premiered at the 2015 South by Southwest festival and received the SXSW 2015 Episodic Audience Award.
Slater also makes regular appearances on FX’s animated series “Archer” as Slater. The series follows the work and lives of employees belonging to an international spy agency.
Recently, Slater appeared “The Adderall Diaries.” Directed by Pamela Romanowsky, this thriller is an adaptation of Stephen Elliott’s memoir. The cast includes James Franco, Amber Heard and Ed Harris. The film will premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015.
Next, Slater will begin production in "The Wife," directed by Bjorn Runge. The cast includes Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Brit Marling and Logan Lerman. The film stars Close as a wife who decides to leave her husband on the eve of him receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature. Slater portrays the determined biographer who becomes the catalyst prompting Close to leave her husband.
In 2014, Slater starred in Lars von Trier’s drama “Nymphomaniac” opposite Shia LaBeouf and Uma Thurman. The film follows the story of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounting her experiences to the man who saved her life.
In 2013, Slater starred in the Warner Bros. film “Bullet to the Head,” an action thriller about a New Orleans hitman, played by Sylvester Stallone, who teams with a Gotham cop to take down the killers of their respective partners. Slater played a local handler who acts as a middleman.
Also in 2013, Slater starred in “The Power of Few,” with Christopher Walken, and the sci-fi thriller “Stranded.”
In 2012 Slater starred in Charlie Matthau’s action comedy “Freaky Deaky,” based on Elmore Leonard’s crime novel of the same name, in which Slater starred with Billy Burke; Gabriela Tagliavini’s comedy “Whithout Men,” based on James Canon’s Tales from Town of Widows, starring opposite Eva Longoria; and the crime thriller “Guns, Girls and Gambling,” with Gary Oldman and Dane Cook.
In 2011, Slater starred in the FOX network’s “Breaking IN,” about a team of security experts, also starring Megan Mullally, Brett Harrison and Odette Annable.
In 2007, he starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in “Slipstream,” which Hopkins also wrote and directed and which was screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. He also starred in the central role of “He Was a Quiet Man,” written and directed by Frank A. Cappello and also starring William H. Macy and Elisha Cuthbert.
In 2006, Slater starred in Emilio Estevez’s acclaimed drama “Bobby,” which centers around the 22 people at Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel on the day Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. As a member of the all-star ensemble cast, including Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone and William H. Macy, Slater earned Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations.
Slater returned to theater in London in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, he starred in the sold-out run of “Swimming with Sharks,” directed by Wilson Milan. Slater portrayed Buddy Ackerman, the mastermind of a top studio’s high-grossing, ultra-violent horror slate, and one of Hollywood’s most powerful men. In Spring 2006, he reprised his critically acclaimed role as Randle P. McMurphy in the Really Useful Group’s production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The play, which previewed at the Edinbugh Festival, originally opened in London’s West End on September 6, 2004 to rave reviews. The huge success of the play led to two extensions, finally closing on January 22, 2005 after over 150 sold-out shows. Slater won a Whatsonstage Best Actor Award for his performance. He also won the Favorite Actor award two years in a row at the Big Star Awards.
In 2005, Slater starred on Broadway in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” playing the role of Tom opposite Jessica Lange. He received an award for Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Play at the Broadway.com Audience Awards. The play ran from March 22 to July 3, 2005.
In 2002 and 2003, Slater had two memorable guest star character arcs, on NBC’s “The West Wing,” at Lt. Comdr. Jack Reese; and ABC’s “Alias” as scientist Neil Caplan. He has also appeared in guest-starring roles in “The Office,” HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “My Name is Earl,” “The Forgotten,” and “My Own Worst Enemy.”
Following his film debut in 1985 in “The Legend of Billie Jean,” Slater’s extensive film credits prove his versatility in various genres. As an action hero, Slater was seen in John Woo’s “Windtalkers,” opposite Nicolas Cage, and “Broken Arrow,” with John Travolta. Slater has also proven his ability to portray characters whose roles create a cult following, such as his unforgettable performances as Clarence Worley in “True Romance,” as Robert Boyd in “Very Bad Things” and as Jason Dean in Michael Lehmann’s cult classic “Heathers.” Other film credits include “The Contender,” “Bed of Roses,” “Murder in the First,” “Interview with a Vampire,” “Untamed Heart,” “Pump Up the Volume,” Jean=Jacques Annaud’s “The Name of the Rose,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tucker: The Man and His Dream,” “Gleaming the Cube” and “Churchill: The Hollywood Years.”
Slater’s producing credits include “Basil” and “Hard Rain,” both of which he also starred in. He also served as an executive producer on Peter Berg’s “Very Bad Things.” In 1996, Slater made his directorial debut with “Museum of Love,” a short film for Showtime.
As an alum of the prestigious Dalton School and the Professional Children’s School in New York City, Slater debuted on Broadway at the age of nine on “The Music Man,” alongside Dick Van Dyke, and went on to play the title lead in “Oliver.” Slater garnered critical acclaim in 1998 for his starring role in the Broadway production of “Side Man.” “Macbeth,” “David Copperfield” and “Merlin” also number among his Broadway credits. Off-Broadway, Slater has been seen in such productions as “Landscape of the Body,” “Between Daylight,” “Boonville,” “Dry Land” and “Somewhere’s Better.”