Slater had acted in a variety of films and tv series throughout the '80s until, at the age of 19, people took serious note of him after his performance in the dark comedy Heathers. Following that, he appeared in a variety of eclectic roles, some
of which landed him in nigh-iconic waters (such as Pump Up The Volume and True Romance).
Unfortunately, Slater made a series of off-screen missteps which accompanied his on-screen success. But it wasn’t until the late '90s that his real life drama eclipsed that of his work. Reports of drug and alcoholic binges, domestic violence, and tussling with the cops initially landed him in jail and rehab; afterwards, his screen appearances principally consisted of supporting roles in a few decent films and lead roles in a few not-so-decent films. His off-screen antics made a comeback in 2005, when he was arrested for sexual assault. Following that, there was another string of duds with the occasional charmingly quirky film sprinkled in. Over the past 10 years, his career has gradually been finding its way onto a solid track, especially given his increased work on well-regarded television shows (most notably in the titular role of Mr. Robot).