May 1, 1966
Englewood, New Jersey, USA
Charles Thomas "Charlie" Schlatter (born May 1, 1966 in Englewood, New Jersey) is an American actor. He has starred in numerous TV series and films, and is well-known for his role in the series Diagnosis: Murder as Dr. Jesse Travis with Dick Van Dyke, and for his role in the movie 18 Again! with George Burns.
Schlatter got his start in acting at Fair Lawn's Memorial Junior High School. He 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. Impressing this girl has continued to be the driving force behind his career.
He attended Ithaca College, where he earned a B.F.A. in musical theater. He starred in numerous school plays and became a skilled musician, who played the guitar, drums, and piano. He also began writing songs.
During one performance in 1988, he was spotted by a casting director, and was asked to audition for the Michael J. Fox film Bright Lights, Big City. This led to his first film appearance as the younger brother of Fox's character.
His most highly acclaimed role in an American film was in the 1988 film, 18 Again!, in which his 18-year-old character swapped 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".
In 1996, Schlatter began his role as Dr. Travis on the television show 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 end of the series in 2001. During the series, he began writing episodes, such as "A Resting Place".
In early 2007 he 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; Kevin 11 in Ben 10; Gus and Constantine in Robotboy; Ace Bunny in Loonatics Unleashed; Hawk, Stingfly, and the Cannonball Brothers in A.T.O.M. (Alpha Teens on Machines); Tommy in Pet Alien; Gwizdo in Dragon Hunters and Cameron in Bratz. He is now working on the Disney XD series Kick Buttowski as the title charater.
Schlatter was the voice actor for Major Raikov in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and the voice of Raiden in the 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.
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.
In 1992, Schlatter met his wife Colleen Gunderson, who worked as a publicist. They were married on May 7, 1994. They now live in Oak Park, California with their three children: Julia Marie (born September 15, 1997), Quinn (born November 12, 1999), and Beck Frederick (born May 12, 2002).