BIO: Christian Slater

BREAKING IN: Christian Slater as Oz in BREAKING IN premiering Wednesday, April 6 (9:30-10:00 PM) on FOX 50.

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By Jason Matthews

CHRISTIAN SLATER
(Oz on BREAKING IN)

With an impressive career that spans the genres of film, television and stage, Christian Slater has established himself as one of the most talented actors of his generation. Slater most recently appeared in the television dramas “The Forgotten” and “My Own Worst Enemy,” and his additional credits include appearances on “My Name Is Earl,” “The West Wing” and “Alias.”

His film credits include starring opposite Anthony Hopkins in “Slipstream,” “He Was a Quiet Man” with William H. Macy and Elisha Cuthbert and “Bobby,” which revolves around the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, written and directed by Emilio Estevez.

On stage, Slater traveled to London to star in the sold-out stage production of “Swimming with Sharks” directed by Wilson Milan and to reprise his critically acclaimed turn as “Randle P. McMurphy” in the Really Useful Group’s production of “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.” His additional theater success includes a starring role opposite Jessica Lange on Broadway in “The Glass Menagerie.”

Making his film debut in 1985’s “The Legend of Billie Jean,” Slater’s extensive credits prove his versatility in various genres. As an action hero, he was seen in John Woo’s “Windtalkers” opposite Nicolas Cage and in “Broken Arrow” with John Travolta. Slater has also proven his ability to portray characters who inspire 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 “Heathers.” His 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” and “Gleaming the Cube.”

Slater’s producing credits include “Basil” and “Hard Rain,” in both of which he also starred. He also served as an executive producer on Peter Berg’s “Very Bad Things.” In 1996, Slater made his directorial debut with the cable short film “Museum of Love.”

As an alum of the prestigious Dalton School and the Professional Children’s School in New York City, Slater debuted on Broadway at age nine in “The Music Man” alongside Dick Van Dyke, and went on to play the title role in “Oliver.” More recently, Slater has garnered critical acclaim for his starring role in the Broadway production of “Sideman.” “Macbeth,” “David Copperfield” and “Merlin” also number among his Broadway credits. Off-Broadway, Slater starred in such productions as “Landscape of the Body,” “Between Daylight,” “Boonville,” “Dry Land” and “Somewhere’s Better.”

Slater resides in Los Angeles.

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