Charlie Schlatter is an actor and a voice actor, who rose to fame after portraying the character of Dr. Jesse Travis in the series “Diagnosis: Murder”.
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Early Life and Childhood
Charles Thomas Schlatter was born on 1 May 1966 in Englewood, New Jersey USA, so under the influence of the Sun Sign Taurus. The names of his parents aren’t known, nor whether he has any siblingst.
Charlie went to Borough’s Memorial Junior High School, in which he already started showing his acting prowess. He auditioned for the lead part of Oliver Twist on the school play “Oliver!” and succeeded in earning the lead role.
Charlie matriculated from high school and enrolled at Ithaca College, from which he has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts majoring in musical theater. At college he acted in several plays, and also honed his musical skills on drums, the guitar and piano, and started writing songs too.
In 1987, Charlie was discovered by a casting director while he was performing, and asked to audition for “Bright Lights, Big City” that starred Michael J. Fox. He was selected for the role, and appeared on screen for the first time as Fox’s brother. In 1988, he got one of his biggest roles to date playing David Watson/Jack Watson in the movie “18, Again!”. His work was appreciated and described as ‘displaying enormous range and extraordinary skill as an actor in his comedic starring role’.
He also appeared as Johnny Wolfe in “Heartbreak Hotel” the same year. In 1989, he was cast as Brownie for “The Delinquents”, then in 1990 appeared in the titular role in the TV Series “Ferris Bueller”. In 1991, he appeared in “All-American Murder” and in 1992 in “Stormy Weathers”, and was also seen in “Fish Police” and “Sunset Heat”. In 1994, he played Cadet Connors in “Police Academy: Mission to Moscow”, and Junior Ballantine in “Silk Stalkings”. He made appearances in “New York Daze” (1995), “Ed” (1996) and “Jumanji” (1996).
From the year 1995 until 2001, he played the character Dr. Jesse Travis in the TV series “Diagnosis Murder”, a role that he is most famous for.
He also appeared in “The Sopranos” in the same role in 2000, and reprised the role in TV movies “Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity” and “Diagnosis Murder” Without Warning”. He was seen as Kevin Greeley in “Touched by an Angel” and Jay Gelb in “White Rush”. He took a brief hiatus from TV screens returning in 2014 as Lorne Davis in the series “NCIS”. In 2020, he appeared as Capt. William Shagspur in “Gunfight at Silver Creek”.
In 1991, he voiced the character Hoggish Greedly Jr. for “Captain Planet and the Planeteers”, in 1993 lent his voice for the TV series “Sonic the Hedgehog”, and in 1997 voiced the character Wally West in “Superman: The Animated Series”. In 2001, he was the voice of B-bop-A-Luna in “Butt-Ugly Martians”, and in 2004 lent his voice to the TV series’ “Jackie Chan Adventures” and “Evil Con Carne”.
In 2004 he started doing voice work for video games as well, in such as “EverQuest II”, “Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater”, “Ape Escape Academy” “Bratz Rock Angelz” and “Neopets: The Darkest Faerie”. He voiced the character Cameron in “Bratz” (2006) and Hawk in “A.T.O.M.: Alpha Teens on Machines” (2007).
He can be heard in many TV series too – as Kevin Levin and Devlin Levin in “Ben 10” (2007), and The Flash in “The Batman”, plus in “Random! Cartoons” (2007), “The Fairly OddParents” (2008), “A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures” (2010) and “Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure” (2010). Altogether, Charlie’s been credited with over 30 titles on which his voice can be heard.
He met his future wife Colleen Gunderson in 1992 – Colleen is a publicist by profession. They dated for two years before he asked her to marry him, and they tied the knot on 7 May 1994. He and Colleen live in California along with their children.
Celebscouples has stated that Schlatter had two relationships before he met Colleen. There are rumors that he dated famous actress Jennifer Aniston while they were filming a pilot together for the “Ferris Bueller” film, however, Charlie hasn’t accepted or denied the rumor.
Charlie and Colleen have three children – Julia Marie born on 15 September 1997, Quinn followed on 12 November 1997, and their youngest was born on 12 May 2002 and they named her Beck Frederick Schlatter.
Charlie has had to live with chronic myeloid leukemia – a cancer of the blood – for over 10 years, which isn’t curable but is treatable and manageable. He talked to ABC7 and said ‘So basically, I’m a guy who’s in chemotherapy every day. Just a little bit of chemotherapy every day, and that’s what keeps me in the game.’ He first went to his doctor to consult on what he thought was a spider bite, but was informed that his white blood count was too high.
Charlie participated in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year fundraising campaign, with the funds collected used to raise awareness and help find the cure for cancer.
Charlie is of American nationality and white ethnicity; he has dark brown hair and blue eyes. He stands at a height of 5 ft 7 ins (170 cm), however, information on his weight and his vital stats is not available to us at the time.
Hobby, Favorite Things and Interesting Facts
Charlie first auditioned for the part of Oliver Twist at the school play because he wanted to impress a girl he liked. He once talked about her, and said ‘The girl didn’t only happen to be cute, she was also the only girl at school that was shorter than me.’ Since his wife Colleen’s relatives are all golfers, Charlie took up the game as well, and has found it to be very pleasing.
His favorite actor is Dick Van Dyke. He once spoke of Dick Van Dyke and said ‘Working with Dick Van Dyke was one of the greatest experiences in my life. By far, the most talented, inspirational, gracious human beings I have ever had the pleasure of sharing a scene with.’
He was almost cast for the character of Fry in “Futurama” but Billy West replaced him.
Charlie Schlatter’s net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million as of early 2020, accumulated by working in the TV industry as well as lending his voice to several TV series and video games for more than three decades.