Charles Thomas "Charlie" Schlatter (born May 1, 1966 in Fair Lawn, New Jersey) is an American actor. He has starred in numerous TV series and films, and is perhaps best known for his role in hit series Diagnosis: Murder as Dr. Jesse Travis and his appearance as Cadet Kyle Connors in Police Academy: Mission to Moscow.
Schlatter got his start in acting at Fair Lawn 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.
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.
Charlie starred in 1988's Heartbreak Hotel (directed by Chris Columbus) where he kidnaps Elvis Presley to make his mother (Tuesday Weld) happy.
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".
Schlatter also starred in the largely successful 1989 Australian film, The Delinquents with co-star Kylie Minogue.
In 1990, he was also cast in the role of Ferris Bueller, for NBC's sitcom Ferris Bueller (based on the John Hughes movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off).
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" (Episode 151).
Schlatter appeared as a celebrity square on the May 22, 2000 episode of Hollywood Squares
Schlatter initially won the part of Fry in Futurama, but Billy West eventually ended up with the part.
In early 2007 he appeared in the film Out at the Wedding, He is filming Resurrection Mary, where he plays Detective Richards. It will be released late 2007.
In the early 1990s, Charlie began doing voices for many cartoon characters. Some of his work includes:
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 works 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).