Birth Name: Christian Michael Leonard Slater
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA
Date of Birth: 18 August 1969
Ethnicity: German, Irish, English, Welsh, small amount of Dutch and Scottish
Christian Slater is an American actor. He is the son of Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), an acting agent turned casting executive and producer, and Michael Hawkins (born Thomas Knight Slater), an actor who is also known as Michael Gainsborough. In the 1990s, Christian starred in many big-budget films, including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles.
Christian’s paternal grandfather was Thomas G. Slater (the son of Samuel McClure Slater and Virginia Ann Eberhardt). Thomas was a New York radio personality. Thomas’s brother was Bill Slater (William E. Slater), who was also a prominent radio personality. Christian’s great-grandfather Samuel was born in Pennsylvania, the son of David Henry Slater and Frances Graham. Christian’s great-grandmother Virginia was born in West Virginia, the daughter of Charles Otto Eberhardt, who was born in Pennsylvania, to German parents, and of Mary Barbara Hofman, who was German.
Christian’s paternal grandmother was Helen Margaret Knight (the daughter of Roy Lloyd Knight and Mary Ellen Frack). Roy was the son of William Richard Knight, who was English, and of Ellen Jane Lloyd, who was Welsh. Mary was the daughter of David Morris Frack, whose father was German, and of Margaret Ann Roberts, whose parents were Welsh.
Christian’s maternal grandfather was Leonard Joseph Lawton (the son of William Green Lawton and Mary M. Nangle). William was the son of Henry Lawton, who was English, and of Anna/Anne M. Van Pelt. Mary was born in New Jersey, the daughter of Irish parents, Michael Nangle and Mary E. McCartney.
Christian’s maternal grandmother was Anna Mae/May Sweeny (the daughter of Walter C. Sweeny and Mary Josephine Chambers). Walter was born in New Jersey, the son of Thomas Sweeny, who was Irish, and of Mary Ann Furminger, who was English. Christian’s great-grandmother Mary was born in West Virginia, the daughter of William Chambers and Elenor/Ellen C. Jarboe.
Sources: Christian’s paternal grandfather, Thomas G. Slater, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Christian’s paternal great-grandfather, Samuel McClure Slater, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Christian’s paternal great-grandmother, Virginia Ann Eberhardt, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Christian’s paternal grandmother, Helen Margaret (Knight) Slater Eldredge – http://www.capecodtimes.com
Christian’s paternal great-grandmother, Mary Ellen Frack, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Christian’s maternal grandfather, Leonard Joseph Lawton, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Christian’s maternal great-grandfather, William Green Lawton – http://image1.findagrave.com
Christian’s maternal grandmother, Anna Mae/May Sweeny, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Christian’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Josephine Chambers, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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