Slater was born in New York City, the son of Michael Hawkins (born Thomas Knight Slater), an actor also known as Michael Gainsborough, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), an acting agent turned casting executive and producer.Although he played her character's younger brother in the movie The Legend of Billie Jean, he is not related to Helen Slater.The film was a commercial success, taking US0 million worldwide, and Slater became one of the major A-list stars of the 1990s. In 1993, Slater tried to expand his film genre, playing opposite Marisa Tomei in Untamed Heart and playing Clarence Worley in the Quentin Tarantino-penned cult classic True Romance, which received many rave reviews.

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He attended the Dalton School, the Professional Children's School and the Fiorello H.

La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

Additional Broadway credits include Copperfield, Merlin, Macbeth, Side Man, and The Glass Menagerie.

In addition he has performed in London's West End in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Swimming With Sharks.

This will be the second marriage for the actor; he was previously wed to Ryan Haddon, with whom he has two kids, Jaden, 13, and Eliana, 11.

He made his film debut with a leading role in the 1985 film The Legend of Billie Jean.He played a monk's apprentice alongside Sean Connery in The Name of the Rose (1986) and gained wider recognition for his breakthrough role in the 1988 cult film Heathers.In the 1990s, Slater starred in many big budget films, including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Interview with the Vampire, Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest, Broken Arrow, and Hard Rain.Slater confirmed the happy news during an appearance on the Feb. But he admitted that he originally thought Lopez wasn't his type.In fact, when they first met in 2009 at Little Palm Island Resort near Miami, he mistook her for a lesbian. "This girl came walking along with another lady, a slightly older lady," the star recalled of their initial meeting."I was sitting in my usual spot, eating my oatmeal..this spot was famous for people proposing to each other. So she's there, and the next thing I know, she gets down on one knee and proposes to this older lady..." PHOTOS: Blingy star engagement rings "I thought I had just witnessed a nice lesbian engagement, so I was coming over to say congratulations, but it turns out it was her aunt, and she was just trying to help her aunt capture the beauty and the romance of the moment," Slater told Fallon.