Charlie Schlatter

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Charlie Schlatter
Born
Charles Thomas Schlatter

(1966-05-01) May 1, 1966 (age 52)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesCharlie Schlotter
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1987–present
Known forDiagnosis: Murder
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Spouse(s)
Colleen Gunderson (m. 1994)
Children3

Charles Thomas Schlatter (born May 1, 1966) is an American actor and voice actor, who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is known for playing Dr. Jesse Travis, the resident student of Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke), in the CBS series Diagnosis: Murder and for starring in the big screen comedy 18 Again!, opposite George Burns. Since the early 1990s, he has been primarily a voice actor.

Early life[edit]

Schlatter was born in Englewood, New Jersey. Growing up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, he got his start in acting at the borough's Memorial Junior High School.[1] 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."[2] He received the lead part of Oliver Twist.

Schlatter 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.

Career[edit]

Schlatter was spotted by a casting director during a performance in 1987, and asked to audition for the Michael J. Fox drama Bright Lights, Big City. This led to his first film appearance, as the younger brother of Fox's character.

Schlatter 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".[3]

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 alongside Jennifer Aniston, based on the John Hughes film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.[3] 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 late 1995, Schlatter began his role as Dr. Travis on the television series Diagnosis: Murder, opposite iconic singer, actor and dancer, Dick Van Dyke, who was impressed with this relatively unknown television actor, by being a lifelong fan of his. His character was introduced as a comic relief character in the third season after Scott Baio's character moved to Colorado, and never returned. He remained on the show for the next six seasons, until the series was cancelled in 2001. During the series, he also wrote the episode "A Resting Place". After the series' ending, he and Van Dyke are still very good friends, and continues to visit him, Schlatter's wife Colleen and their three children.[4] He was also one of the participants at his acting mentor's 90th Birthday Party on December 13, 2015, at Disneyland, in Anaheim, California. Schlatter also said in a 2017 interview on Acast.com, if he is still friends with the then 91-year-old Van Dyke: "Yeah, I know! I probably owe him a call or he probably owes me a call... I don't know! It's been a little while. No, he's the best!" He also said, "Again, you know, he was never that guy, cause a lot of people would say, 'What advice do you use?' He never sat you down, and said, 'This is how is going to be; blah, blah, blah, this is; you just learn from listening. You know, everyday was a school time and you would go to school and you would learn by watching him; and the 1 thing that I learned, the most was, how to have joy, how to still love what you're doing at that age, you know, and to have the longevity and to figure out what matters and what doesn't matter, on what to complain about and what not to complain about and how is it? It's a job, in particular, those like this 9 to 5, who would 'get in' and 'get out.' I mean, he loved what he was doing, but never really worried about the thing that he couldn't change, everyday was kinda like slurs, wannabe prayers. But, yeah, I think watching him, in action, as an actor, he tried to borrow things from everybody, just has a human being, you know, 'Hey, I really like this guy, wish I could be more like that!' And so, he tried to be more like that; and in his acting takes, he tried to relax, how to breathe, how to whatever; and just how to be present and to be emotionally available, quicker. That's 1 thing I learned from him, too, I mean, listen, he's a comic genius, but the stuff that he did, was heartfelt stuff... was just really I mean, at times it was a goofy, hokey show, but, there were beautiful moments in that show, as well, and Dick is responsible for a lot of those. Again, he was just 100% present and emotionally available, at all times. 'You know, give me a moment, I need to get here, emotionally.' Just was always ready, was always ready; and me now (as an actor), 'You know, places or whatever!' That's my time to say, 'I need to be here, I need to tap into whatever it is to be emotionally available for every other actor, and whoever he asked, whoever has been a guest-star on that show has walked away, either (with a great story or great feeling); from working with Dick Van Dyke. He was so supportive and so wonderful and never disappointed; you know, that's the 1 thing to do. He's the real deal, the real article, he is the best, so selfless and here's a quick, little story: When I was auditioning for this show, there I was in the room with Dick and the producers; and goes, 'You look so familiar, Charlie, have we met before?' because he said, 'You look so familiar, are you sure we haven't met before?' And I go, 'Dude, you're Dick Van Dyke! If we met, I totally would've remember. I'm not lying to you! We did not meet!' And he said, 'I guess you're right!'"[5]

In early 2007, he appeared in the films Out at the Wedding and Resurrection Mary.

In 2014, Schlatter appeared as a guest star in the NCIS season 11 episode "Shooter", playing Lorin Davis. In 2015, he became the narrator for truTV's video clip series Top Funniest starting in season 3.

Animation[edit]

Since the early 1990s, Schlatter would begin voicing characters in many series. Among his roles were Griff in Sonic the Hedgehog, The Flash in The Batman and Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts,[6] Jimmy Two-Shoes in the pilot of Jimmy Two-Shoes, Kevin Levin in Ben 10 (not to be confused with Greg Cipes' portrayal in the show's future series), Hawk in A.T.O.M., Tommy Cadle in Pet Alien, Chris Kirkman in Random! Cartoons (a character he would later voice in the pilot of Bravest Warriors), Cameron in Bratz, the title character in Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil and Doctor Mindbender, Wild Bill and Lift-Ticket in G.I. Joe: Renegades.

Schlatter was initially considered for the role of Philip J. Fry in Futurama;[7] Billy West landed the role due to a casting change.[8]

Schlatter also voiced Timmy in the Nickelodeon version of Winx Club. He guest starred on The Loud House as Dr. Feinstein in the episode "A Novel Idea" and as the DJ on the episode "Dance, Dance Resolution".

Video games[edit]

Schlatter was the voice of Major Raikov in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater as well as Raiden in the short film Metal Gear Raiden: Snake Eraser included on the second disk of the Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence game. He voiced Specter, the villain in the game Ape Escape 3. In 2012, he also voiced Finn in the game Sorcery.

In 2004, Schlatter voiced Aatius Vedrix, Lucius Vulso, Tarakh, Steward Daedakovoon, Znink Flatzazzle and Dunn Coldbrow in EverQuest II. He recently voiced Robin and reprised his role as The Flash in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and Lego Dimensions. He also voiced the main protagonist Wonder Red in The Wonderful 101.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He dated Jennifer Aniston in 1990, during the shooting of Ferris Bueller.[10] He married Colleen Gunderson in 1994 and has three children.

Filmography[edit]

Live-action[edit]

List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Bright Lights, Big City Michael
1988 18 Again! David Watson / Jack Watson
1988 Heartbreak Hotel Johnny Wolfe
1989 The Delinquents Brownie Hansen
1990–91 Ferris Bueller Ferris Bueller 13 episodes
1991 All-American Murder Artie Logan
1992 Stormy Weathers Squirrel Television film
1992 Sunset Heat David
1994 Police Academy: Mission to Moscow Cadet Kyle Connors
1994 Silk Stalkings Junior Ballantine Episode: "Where There's a Will"
1995 Too Something Jeffrey Episode: "Pilot"
1995–2001 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Jesse Travis 137 episodes
1996 Ed Buddy
1997, 2002 Touched by an Angel Kevin Greeley 2 episodes
2003 White Rush Jay Gelb
2004 Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls Mike Saunders Television film
2007 Out at the Wedding Jonathan
2007 Resurrection Mary Detective Richards
2013 Southland Howard Episode: "Bleed Out"
2014 NCIS Lorne Davis Episode: "Shooter"
2015 TruTV Top Funniest Narrator Season 3
2016 Goliath Clerk Wilson Episode: "Pride and Prejudice"
2017 Feud Monte Westmore Episode: "Abandoned!"
2017 Shameless Dr. Dick Episode: "Occupy Fiona"

Animation[edit]

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Hoggish Greedly, Jr. Episode: "Smog Hog"
1992 Fish Police Tadpole 6 episodes
1993 Sonic the Hedgehog Griff, Additional Voices 12 episodes
1996 Jumanji Wade Riley, Flint Episode: "Love on the Rocks"
1997 Superman: The Animated Series Wally West / Flash Episode: "Speed Demons"
2001 Rugrats Talent Show Host Episode: "Dil Saver/Cooking with Phil & Lil/Piece of Cake"
2001 Butt-Ugly Martians B-bop-A-Luna 26 episodes
2003 Clifford the Big Red Dog Frank Williams Episode: "Led Astray/Wedding Bell Blues"
2004 Jackie Chan Adventures Rocko Episode: "Dragon Scouts"
2004 Evil Con Carne Tony, Trooper #3 2 episodes
2005 Pet Alien Tommy Cadle, Clinton 52 episodes
2005–06 Bratz Cameron 16 episodes
2005–07 A.T.O.M. Hawk, Stingfly 12 episodes
2005–10 Loonatics Unleashed Ace Bunny, Toby the Pizza Boy 26 episodes
2006–07 Codename: Kids Next Door Numbuh 20,000 2 episodes
2006–07 Ben 10 Kevin Levin, Devlin Levin 4 episodes
2007 Kim Possible Chino 2 episodes
2007–08 The Batman The Flash 3 episodes
2008 Chowder Dog Citizen, Skeleton Episode: "Schnitzel Quits"
2008 The Life & Times of Tim Additional Voices Episode: "Senior Prom/Tim Fights an Old Man"
2008–09 The Fairly OddParents Shimmer, Announcer 3 episodes
2008–13 Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices 4 episodes
2009 Random! Cartoons Chris Kirkman Episode: "The Bravest Warriors"
2009 Bravest Warriors Pilot
2009 Jimmy Two-Shoes Jimmy Two-Shoes Pilot
2010–11 G.I. Joe: Renegades Doctor Mindbender, Wild Bill, Lift-Ticket 14 episodes
2010–12 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Kick Buttowski 52 episodes
2011 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Tack, Plumber #3 Episode: "Basic Training"
2013 Winx Club Timmy Nickelodeon version
2013 Curious George Sam, Store Clerk Episode: "Where's the Firedog?/Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye"
2014 The Boondocks Plastic Surgeon, Cameraman Episode: "Granddad Dates a Kardashian"
2015 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Vertebreak Episode: "Some Body, Any Body"
2016–17 Justice League Action The Flash 6 episodes
2016–18 The Loud House Various 5 episodes
2017 Avengers Assemble Young Howard Stark Episode: "New Year's Resolution"

Film[edit]

List of voice performances in direct-to-video, feature and television films
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Timmy Nickelodeon version
2011 The Little Engine That Could Major
2013 Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite Barry Allen / Flash, Robin
2014 Dragon Nest: Warriors' Dawn Lambert English version
2015 Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts Barry Allen / Flash
2016 Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role
2004 Shellshock: Nam '67 Deuce
2004 EverQuest II Aatius Vedrix, Lucius Vulso, Tarahk, 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, Generic Barbarian Enemy
2004 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Major Raikov, Soldier
2005 The Punisher Tom, Crack Dealer, Chop Shop Worker, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, Prisoner
2005 Bratz: Rock Angelz Cameron
2005 Neopets: The Darkest Faerie Heermedjet, Meerouladen, Messenger
2006 Ape Escape Academy Specter
2006 Ape Escape 3
2006 Over the Hedge Milton the Mole
2006 Gothic 3 Additional Voices
2006 Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Raikov
2007 Spider-Man 3 Apocalypse Thug, Additional Voices
2007 Ben 10: Protector of Earth Kevin Levin
2007 Bee Movie Game Additional Voices
2008 Kung Fu Panda Rabbit #2, Rabbit #3
2008 Rise of the Argonauts Additional Voices
2008 SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Confrontation Tom Hamilton, VIP #2
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Additional Voices
2008 Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors Rabbit #4, Rat Minion #1
2012 Sorcery Finn
2012 Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Tim Drake / Robin, The Flash, Damian Wayne
2013 The Wonderful 101 Wonder Red, Arthur Wedgewood
2014 Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Tim Drake / Robin, The Flash, 1960s Robin
2015 Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin Kai
2015 Lego Dimensions The Flash, Kai, Darreth
2016 Skylanders: Imaginators Additional Voices

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fair Lawn's Charlie Schlatter on his new TV project". NorthJersey.com. 2010-02-11. Archived from the original on 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
  2. ^ "Charlie Schlatter". IMDb.
  3. ^ a b http://www.ionline.tv/shows/diagnosi/Bio.cfm?bioID=107[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Influencer Insider Animated Actor Charlie Schlatter". What'sUpUSANA.com. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Episode 161: Charlie Schlatter". Acast.com. February 11, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  6. ^ Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts (film). 2015.
  7. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2010-06-24). "'Futurama'-Rama: Welcome Back to the World of Tomorrow - NYTimes.com". Artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
  8. ^ Ken P. (2005-09-22). "IGN Interviews Billy West - TV Feature at IGN". Uk.tv.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
  9. ^ Traveller's Tales. Lego Dimensions. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Closing credits, 4:45 in, Voiceover Talent.
  10. ^ "Jennifer Aniston Had a "Brief, Torrid Romance" With Her Ferris Bueller Show Costar Charlie Schlatter in 1990". US Magazine. Retrieved April 28, 2014.

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