Christian Slater is an American actor and producer. The actor, who made his film debut in a leading role in the American drama The Legend of Billie Jean (1985), has managed to gain wide recognition over the period of time. He is also prominent for his roles in movies like Heathers (1988), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Interview with the Vampire(1994), FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), Broken Arrow (1996), and Hard Rain (1998).
Slater is active in films and television since 2000, and he is a recurring character in television series like The West Wing, Alias, Breaking In and Mind Games. With his involvement in various movies and television shows, Slater has gathered a tremendous amount of money. Find about his career journey and net worth.
Slater’s Early Career
Slater started acting at a young age of 8 with his appearance in ABC soap opera One Life to Live. Following up, he appeared in American soap opera Ryan's Hope. In the year 1980, he played opposite Dick Van Dyke in The Music Man.
He also managed to perform in theatres. His theatres' act includes Copperfield, Merlin, Macbeth, Side Man, and The Glass Menagerie, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Swimming With Sharks.
Slater’s Big Screen Debut
Slater’s big screen debut was in the year 1985 in an American drama film The Legend of Billie Jean. He played the role of Binx, Billie Jean’s brother, in the movie. In 1986, he appeared in Italian French-German mystery The Name of the Rose, alongside Sean Connery.
Further, in 1988 he also played the role of Junior Tucker in Ford Coppola's biographical comedy film Tucker: The Man and His Dream. His list of the 80s movie also includes Gleaming the Cube (1989) and Beyond the Stars (1989).
Slater's career touched heights in the year 1989 with his character J.D. in the film Heathers alongside Winona Ryder. His act in the movie was termed to be better than renowned actor Brad Pitt. After Heathers, he played in the movies like Pump Up the Volume (1990), Young Guns II(1990).
Slater’s back to back Box office success
With increasing fame and love from his fans, Slater appeared as the cast of Will Scarlett in the Hollywood big budget production Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves alongside Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Rickman, in the year 1991.
The film became a huge success at the theatres resulting in Slater’s further recognization. He also played a minor role in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Shortly after this, he appeared in the role of Charlie Luciano in the American crime drama Mobsters. In the same year, he also starred in American action comedy movie Kuffs.
With time, he expanded his wings fitting himself in varieties of film genre; he was seen opposite Marisa Tomei in Untamed Heart. He also played the role of Clarence Worley in American romantic film True Romance. He received many good reviews from the movie. One of the reviews he received was from American journalist Roger Ebert who provided 3 stars out of 4 to the movie and commented,
“The energy and style of the movie are exhilarating. Christian Slater has the kind of cocky recklessness the movie needs.”
In 1996, he played the role of Lewis in American romance film Bed of Roses alongside Mary Stuart Masterson. Also, he played the role of Riley Hale in the John Woo film Broken Arrow alongside John Travolta the same year. Further, he also appeared in movies like Hard Rain and Very Bad Things.
In the year 2000, and onwards, Slater also got involved in television. He appeared in television series like The West Wing and Alias. Also, he became the part of movies like Bobby and 3000 Miles to Graceland.
Following up, Slater enhanced himself as a voice-over artist in productions. In this regard, he demonstrated his voice for the character of Pip in the successful Australian animated film FernGully: The Last Rainforest.
He also appeared in TV documentaries like Prehistoric Planet and Dinosaur Planet. Talking more about the voice acting works, he has also voiced the character John Watson in BBC Radio 4's production of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
In the year 2008, he appeared in the television series My Own Worst Enemy, and The Forgotten in the year 2009. In 2011, he appeared in the American action movie The River Murders alongside Ray Liotta and Ving Rhames.
The same year, he also starred in television series Breaking In. He managed to do movies like Ving Rhames, Soldiers of Fortune (2012), Bullet to the Head (2013). Meanwhile, he also worked in television series Nymphomaniac. Currently, he works for USA Network TV series Mr. Robot.
Along with acting, he is also to try his hands in production. He is all set to develop a film based on Will Viharo's 1993 novel Love Stories Are Too Violent for Me. Slater also made up a short film for HP which is named as The Wolf.
Slater’s Net worth and Salary
According to the sources, American actor Christian Slater net worth amounts to $20 million. With his successful roles in the majority of films and television, he has grabbed up this sum. His 1991 movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves managed to earn $3390 million worldwide.
In 1994, he was paid a sum of $25,0000 for his movie Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles.
His other highest grossing movie includes:
- Broken Arrow (1996): 150.2 million
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991): $96.9 million
- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997): $67.68 million
- Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1991): $32.7 million
Talking about his properties, he purchased a five-bedroom house at Brentwood, California in the year 2002. His house is worth $45,00,000. Further, he also purchased a four-bedroom house at Coconut Grove, Florida in 2013 which is worth $2,20,0000. His Florida house consists of Swimming Pool, Personal Office, and Jacuzzi.
He also owns cars like Audi and BMW. Slater is also engaged in raising funds and organizing several campaigns. After his friend River Phoenix's death, he also donated some sum of his money to Phoenix's favorite charities.