|Born||Charles Thomas Schlatter
May 1, 1966
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
|Other names||Charlie Schlotter|
|Known for||Diagnosis: Murder
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Colleen Gunderson (1994-present, 3 children)|
|Children||Julia Marie, Quinn, and Beck Fredrick|
Charles Thomas "Charlie" Schlatter (born May 1, 1966) is an American actor who has appeared in numerous TV series and films. He is probably best known for playing Dr. Jesse Travis over five seasons of Dick Van Dyke series Diagnosis: Murder and for starring in big screen comedy 18 Again!, opposite George Burns. Since the early 1990s, Schlatter has been primarily a voice actor.
Schlatter was born in Englewood, New Jersey. Growing up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Schlatter got his start in acting at the borough's Memorial Junior High School. He reportedly only auditioned for the school play Oliver! to impress a girl. He said, "The girl didn't only happen to be cute, she was also the only girl at school that was shorter than me." He received the lead part of Oliver Twist.
He attended Ithaca College. He later earned a B.F.A. in musical theater. He starred in numerous school plays and became a skilled musician, playing guitar, drums, and piano. He also began writing songs.
Film and television career
Schlatter was spotted by a casting director during a performance in 1988, and asked to audition for Michael J. Fox drama Bright Lights, Big City. This led to his first film appearance, as the younger brother of Fox's character.
Charlie starred in 1988's Heartbreak Hotel (directed by Chris Columbus) where his character kidnaps Elvis Presley in an effort to make his mother (Tuesday Weld) happy. His most highly acclaimed role in an American film was in 1988 comedy 18 Again!. His 18-year-old character swaps body and mind with his 81-year-old grandfather, played by George Burns. His work in this film was described as "displaying enormous range and extraordinary skill as an actor in his comedic starring role".
Schlatter also starred in Australian romance The Delinquents (1989) opposite Kylie Minogue. In 1990, he was cast in the role of Ferris Bueller for NBC's sitcom Ferris Bueller, based on the John Hughes film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In 1992, he co-starred in Sunset Heat with Michael Paré, Dennis Hopper and Adam Ant. In 1994, he appeared in Police Academy: Mission to Moscow as Cadet Kyle Connors.
In 1996, Schlatter began his role as Dr. Travis on the television series Diagnosis: Murder. His character was introduced as a comic relief character in the third season after Scott Baio's character moved to Colorado, and never returned. Schlatter remained with the show for the next five seasons, until the series was finally cancelled in 2001. During the series, he began writing episodes, such as "A Resting Place".
Schlatter was initially cast as Philip J. Fry, one of the main characters in animated series Futurama, which premiered in 1999. Due to a casting change, Billy West landed the role after auditioning for the part again. In early 2007, Schlatter appeared in the films Out at the Wedding and Resurrection Mary.
In the early 1990s, as a voice actor, Charlie began playing character roles for many cartoon characters. Among his roles were Griff in Sonic the Hedgehog; The Flash in Superman: The Animated Series and The Batman; Jimmy Two-Shoes in the pilot of Jimmy Two-Shoes; Kevin Levin in Ben 10; Ace Bunny in Loonatics Unleashed; Hawk, Stingfly, and the Cannonball Brothers in A.T.O.M. (Alpha Teens on Machines); Tommy in Pet Alien; Sugarfoot, Boy, Chris, Willy/Gnome, Martin/Dwarf in Random! Cartoons; Cameron in Bratz, the title character in Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil and Doctor Mindbender and Wild Bill in the new TV series G.I. Joe: Renegades. Charlie also voiced Duman and currently Timmy in the Nickelodeon version of the Winx Club.
Schlatter was the voice actor for Major Raikov in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and the voice of Raiden in short film Metal Gear Raiden: Snake Eraser, included on the second disk of the Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence game. "Snake Eraser" is found on the second disc, which is called "Persistence". He also played the role of Specter in the game Ape Escape 3. In 2012, Schlatter played the role of Finn in Sorcery.
For the EverQuest II video game in 2004, he voiced all of the following characters: Aatius Vedrix, Lucius Vulso, Tarakh, Steward Daedakovoon, Znink Flatzazzle, Dunn Coldbrow, generic male Froglok merchant, generic male Troll merchant, generic male Halfling merchant, generic male High Elf, generic Evil Eye enemy, and generic Barbarian enemy. Schlatter recently voiced Robin and reprised his role as The Flash in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, roles he reprised in Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite. He most recently voiced Wonder Red in The Wonderful 101.
- "Fair Lawn's Charlie Schlatter on his new TV project". NorthJersey.com. 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- Itzkoff, Dave (2010-06-24). "'Futurama'-Rama: Welcome Back to the World of Tomorrow - NYTimes.com". Artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- Ken P. (2005-09-22). "IGN Interviews Billy West - TV Feature at IGN". Uk.tv.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- Charlie Schlatter at the Internet Movie Database
- Charlie Schlatter at AllMovie
- Charlie Schlatter Fanpage
- Charlie Schlatter Unplugged! (at archive.org because GeoCities shut down)