Rick Schroder

Rick Schroder

Apr. 13th, 1970
Born in
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
5' 10

Rick Schroder's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
NYPD Blue TV Show
Silver Spoons TV Show
Silver Spoons
The Andromeda Strain TV Show
The Andromeda Strain
Strong Medicine TV Show
Strong Medicine
Lonesome Dove TV Show
Lonesome Dove
Return to Lonesome Dove TV Show
Return to Lonesome Dove

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Richard Bartlett "Ricky" Schroder, Jr. (born April 13, 1970) is an American actor and film director.

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. He is also known for starring in 24 as Mike Doyle.

Schroder was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York raised in Staten Island, New York City. He is the son of Diane, a telephone company employee, and Richard Bartlett Schroder, Sr., a telephone company district manager. He has a sister, Dawn. His maternal great-great-grandmother was from Oslo, Norway, while his paternal grandparents came from Hamburg, Germany. 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.

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. He made an appearance as the guest timekeeper in Wrestlemania 2 for The Main Event steel cage match between 'Hulk Hogan' and 'King Kong Bundy'. After Silver Spoons ended, he attended Calabasas High School for his senior year. 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'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, nurse Paul Flowers in Scrubs, 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", 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. In an interview, he admitted that changing his name from "Ricky" to "Rick" at 18, upon prompting by his agent, was a mistake. "'Rick' never really fit,” he said. “I tried for 18 years to make it work, and no one wanted to call me 'Rick'. It should always have been 'Ricky'. That’s what it always should have been, so I’m going back to it.”

Schroder guest-starred in a January 2011 episode of ABC's No Ordinary Family.

He currently has a reality show project for the US Army.

In 2013, he starred in a Hallmark movie "Our Wild Hearts." His daughter Cambrie co-starred with him.

Schroder married Andrea Bernard on September 26, 1992. Together, they have four children: Holden Richard Schroder (born January 8, 1992), Luke William Schroder (born August 14, 1993), Cambrie Schroder (born November 27, 1996), and Faith Anne Schroder (born August 8, 2001). Andrea Bernard Schroder is an interior designer and was a contestant on Season Two of Top Design on Bravo. Holden was named after Schroder's The Earthling co-star 'William Holden'.

He is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In April 2000, he was baptized into the Church by his father-in-law.

  • Ranked #18 in VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars.
  • He and his wife built and designed their Colorado ranch in the summer of 1998.
  • Son Holden is named after actor 'William Holden (I)' (qv) with whom Rick co-starred in _The Earthling (1980)_ (qv).
  • He was absent from _"NYPD Blue" (1993)_ (qv)'s May 2001 season finale and later announced he would not return to the show because he wanted to devote time to his growing family. His fourth child was due that August.
  • In 1987 he was cast to play Todd Bowden in _Apt Pupil (1998)_ (qv). This first attempt to film this story ran over budget and stopped production. It was to co-star 'Nicol Williamson' (qv), and it was to be directed by 'Alan Bridges' (qv).
  • Award: Won the Best Music Video award at the Nashville Film Festival in 2005 for "Whiskey Lullaby".
  • Spoke at the Republican National Convention in honor of 'George W. Bush' (qv), 2000.
  • Shares birthday with 'Ron Perlman' (qv) (they co-starred in _I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)_ (qv)).

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