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Rick Schroder

Schroder in November 2008
Born Richard Bartlett Schroder
April 13, 1970 (1970-04-13) (age 39)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.
Other name(s) Ricky Schroder
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979 - Present
Spouse(s) Andrea Bernard

Richard Bartlett “Ricky” Schroder, Jr. (born April 13, 1970) is an American Golden Globe Award-winning actor.

He debuted in the 1979 hit film The Champ, going on to become a child star on the sitcom Silver Spoons. He has continued acting as an adult, notably on the western Lonesome Dove and the television crime drama NYPD Blue.




Early life and career

Schroder was born in Staten Island, New York, the son of Diane, a telephone company employee, and Richard Bartlett Schroder, Sr., a telephone company district manager. He has a sister, Dawn.[1] Schroder debuted in the 1979 remake of the movie The Champ, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture at the age of nine for his role as T.J. Flynn in the movie.

In the following year, he made a Walt Disney feature film called The Last Flight of Noah's Ark with Elliott Gould. The film bombed at the box office.

He also starred as the title character in the film Little Lord Fauntleroy alongside Alec Guinness in 1980. He became well-known as the star of the television series Silver Spoons, when he played the lead character Ricky Stratton. After Silver Spoons ended, he attended Calabasas High School for his senior year.[2] As he grew older, he struggled to become known as a serious actor. He changed his name credit from Ricky to Rick and preferred to take roles which helped him to stretch as an actor.

Schroder was ranked #18 in VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars and #33 in VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Teen Stars.

Adult career

Schroder’s co-starring role in the Western mini-series Lonesome Dove and its sequel, Return to Lonesome Dove, helped in his attempt to be recognized in more mature roles. His roles as Danny Sorenson on three seasons of NYPD Blue, Dr. Dylan West on Strong Medicine and Mike Doyle on the 2007 season of 24 worked to cement that perception with the viewing audience.

In 2004, Rick Schroder wrote and directed the feature film Black Cloud, a drama about a Navajo boxer. The same year he directed and starred in the music video for "Whiskey Lullaby",[3] a song by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. Schroeder's son and daughter also appeared in the video. In 2005 CMT Music Awards, the video won the "Collaborative Video of the Year" award, while director of the video Schroder won "Director of the Year" award.

In 2007, Schroder announced that he was changing his credit back to "Ricky" beginning with his role on 24.[4]

Schroder is an active celebrity ambassador for the child abuse prevention and treatment non-profit organization Childhelp.

Personal life

Schroder married Andrea Bernard on September 26, 1992. Together, they have four children: sons Holden (born 1992) and Luke (born 1993) and daughters Cambrie (born 1997) and Faith Anne (born 2001). Andrea Bernard-Schroder is an interior designer and was a contestant on Season Two of Top Design on Bravo.

Politically, Schroder is a Republican who supported George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, and John McCain in 2008. He also spoke at the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.

He is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [5]



Year Film Role Other notes
1979 The Champ T.J. As Ricky Schroder.
1980 The Last Flight of Noah's Ark Bobby As Ricky Schroder.
The Earthling Shawn Daley As Ricky Schroder
Little Lord Fauntleroy Ceddie Errol (Little Lord Fauntleroy) As Ricky Schroder
1982 Something So Right Joey Bosnick TV movie / as Ricky Schroder
1983 Two Kinds of Love Robbie Farley TV movie
1985 A Reason to Live Alex Stewart TV movie
1988 Too Young the Hero Calvin Graham TV movie
1989 Terror on Highway 91 Clay Nelson TV movie
Out on the Edge Danny Evetts TV movie
1990 A Son's Promise Terry O'Kelly TV movie
The Stranger Within Mark TV movie
1991 Across the Tracks Billy Maloney TV movie
Blood River Jimmy Pearls a.k.a. The Kid TV movie
My Son Johnny Johnny TV movie
1992 Miles from Nowhere Frank Reilly TV movie
1993 Call of the Wild John Thornton TV movie
1994 Texas Otto MacNab TV movie
To My Daughter with Love Joey Cutter TV movie
There Goes My Baby Stick
1995 Crimson Tide Lt. Paul Hellerman
1996 Innocent Victims Billy Richardson TV movie
1997 Ebenezer Samuel Benson TV movie
Too Close to Home Nick Donahue TV movie
Detention: The Siege at Johnson High Jason Copeland TV movie
Heart Full of Rain Isaiah Dockett TV movie
1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Cruiser Cop #2 Cameo performance
1999 What We Did That Night Henry TV movie
2001 The Lost Battalion Maj. Charles White Whittlesey TV movie
2002 Poolhall Junkies Brad
2003 Face of Terror Nick Harper
Consequence John Wolfe
2004 Black Cloud Eddie
2005 14 Hours Dr. Foster TV movie
2008 Journey to the Center of the Earth Jonathan Brock TV movie
2009 Locker 13 Tommy Novak
Blood Done Sign My Name Vernon Tyson

TV series

Year(s) Title Role Seasons Notes
1982–87 Silver Spoons Ricky Stratton 1-5
1989 Lonesome Dove Newt Dobbs TV miniseries
1993 Return to Lonesome Dove Newt Dobbs TV miniseries
1998-01 NYPD Blue Det. Danny Sorenson 6-8
2005-06 Strong Medicine Dr. Dylan West 6
2007 24 Mike Doyle 6 As Ricky Schroder
2008 The Andromeda Strain Major Bill Keane MD TV miniseries

TV appearances

Year Title Role Episode titles Notes
1983 Faerie Tale Theatre Hansel "Hansel and Gretel" Season 2, episode 6 / as Ricky Schroder
2003 Scrubs Nurse Paul Flowers "His Story" Season 2, episode 15
"My Karma" Season 2, episode 16
"My T.C.W." Season 2, episode 18
"My Kingdom" Season 2, episode 19
2006 Robot Chicken Cloudkeeper (voice) "Password: Swordfish" Season 2, episode 10


  • Locker 13 (2009)
  • Hellhounds (2009) [6]
  • Black Cloud (2004)


  1. ^ Rick Schroder Biography (1970-)
  2. ^ Morrison, Mark. " A little Schroder. A little wiser. Former child star Rick (a k a Ricky) Schroder 's grown-up role on NYPD Blue could earn him a nod in next week's Emmy nominations.", USA Today, July 11, 1999. Accessed November 10, 2007. "When I finished Silver Spoons and I went back to Calabasas High School for senior year, I had a tough time."
  3. ^ Video clip for Whiskey Lullaby directed and starred by Rick Scroder]
  4. ^ "Cast of "24" Discuss TV Show". Larry King Live. 2007-01-20. Retrieved 2009-08-10. "I'm going back to Ricky... It is Ricky when I was a kid. And my wife, my mom, everybody calls me Ricky. So I'm going to let that -- Rick never felt right. I felt like I was trying to be something I wasn't."  
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Succumb to the Hellhounds of Rick Schroder or Risk Death by Way of Sharpened Silver Spoon

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