Jonathan Slavin was born on a marine base in North Carolina, and grew up in north eastern Pennsylvania. Although he was known as a "shy, weird, chubby gay kid" to his peers, and often times bullied, he found his voice and grew his confidence as soon as he appeared in his first play.
After high school, he landed in New York and performed in small theaters before being cast to play the sexually confused protagonist in "The Best of Schools" at Ubu Rep. From there, he moved to Lincoln Center and then Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein's "The Sisters Rosensweig," to Dallas to do "Six Degrees of Separation" (a production that was visited and subsequently cited by the Dallas Vice Squad), and finally to Los Angeles, to appear in the West Coast premiere of Larry Kramer's "The Destiny of Me."
After a few months playing a string of "the 'insert occupation here' guy," television guest stars (i.e. Flower Delivery Guy, Fish and Chips Guy, Computer Tech Guy), Slavin was able to prove his acting chops and thus graduated to more memorable roles.
He has appeared as a series regular on "Better Off Ted" and "Andy Richter Controls the Universe," among others, and voiced Ogo, a neurotic and slightly deranged robot on the cartoon "Robot and Monster." Recent and notable guest star roles include "Grimm," "Major Crimes," "Grey's Anatomy," and the digital series "Con Man." In addition to "Dr. Ken," he is recurring on the series "Speechless," also on ABC. His feature film credits include "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day," "Search Engines," "Dirty Girl," "Hard Pill" and "My Mother's Hairdo."
Slavin is an activist, dedicating much of his time to animal rights, and is a longtime vegan and animal rescuer. As a gay man, he is equally committed to LGBT rights. This past summer he participated in the AIDS Lifecycle, a 550-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, to raise money for The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, where he was honored to be among the top 25 fundraisers. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband, acting coach Michael Adams, and their spoiled but lovable family of rescued animals.