Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18th, 1969 in New York City.  He is the son of Michael Hawkins, who was a well known soap-opera star, and Mary Jo Slater who was a casting agent. He started his career at age seven appearing on the soap-opera The Edge of Night.
Some of his well-known roles are as Binx Davey in the film The Legend of Billie Jean and as Jason Dean in the 1989 film Heathers. He even served as the narrator of the nature documentaries Meerkat Manor and Dinosaur Planet.