Slater played Connery's apprentice monk while they investigated a series of murders at a Benedictine abbey. (It was later adapted as a musical in 2014, and was highly successful.) Slater beat out many other actors such as Brad Pitt for the part, and his performance drew comparison with a young Jack Nicholson.Slater followed this by playing Junior Tucker in Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), Gleaming the Cube (1989) and Beyond the Stars (1989). After Heathers, Slater had offers to play more troubled youths, including as a rebellious teen in Pump Up the Volume (1990) and a wild gunman in Young Guns II (1990), in which Slater acted alongside Emilio Estevez and Kiefer Sutherland.He attended the Dalton School, the Professional Children's School, and the Fiorello H.La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts."Wonko the Sane" in BBC Radio 4's production of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Though expected to be a big hit, the film fell short at the box office. His career improved with his role in The Name of the Rose (1986) alongside Sean Connery.The same year he also starred in the comedy Very Bad Things opposite Cameron Diaz.Since 2000 Slater has mixed TV work with leading roles in mainly lower budget films, along with supporting roles in a few mainstream productions.Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18, 1969 in New York City, to Michael Hawkins, a well-known soap actor, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), a casting agent.
Christian started in show business early, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night (1956) in 1976 at the age of 7.
Christian Michael Leonard Slater (born August 18, 1969) is an American actor, voice actor, and producer.