Johnathon Schaech in 2009
September 10, 1969 |
Edgewood, Maryland, US
|Occupation||Actor, writer, producer|
Johnathon Schaech (pronounced Shek; born September 10, 1969) is an American actor, writer, and director.
Schaech was born in Edgewood, Maryland, to Joseph, a Baltimore City law enforcement officer, and Joanne Schaech, a human resources executive. He is of German and Italian descent, and was raised Roman Catholic. Schaech has a sister, Renee.
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Schaech began his acting career doing commercials in Baltimore and he packed up his Toyota truck and moved to Los Angeles in 1989, where he met acting coach Roy London. He studied with London for four years, getting bit parts until he won the lead role in Franco Zeffirelli's period feature Storia di una Capinera (Sparrow) opposite Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave. Schaech was sent to London to study dialect prior to production. The feature was filmed in parts of Sicily and Cinecittà studios in Rome.
After over a year working on the movie, Schaech went back to Hollywood to discover London had become ill and would soon die. He was also greatly disappointed to discover Zeffirelli had dubbed his entire performance. He used this disappointment as motivation to immediately seek and win a role in How to Make an American Quilt opposite Winona Ryder, and the part of Xavier Red in Greg Araki's The Doom Generation.
In 1995 two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks cast Schaech as the ambitious and self-absorbed lead singer of The Wonders in That Thing You Do!, which was Hanks's writing and directing debut. Next, Schaech took the male lead opposite Academy Award winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange in the 1998 thriller Hush.
Instead of pursuing more studio jobs, Schaech followed his primary interest back to independent films. In a film with a leading role, Schaech was opposite Harvey Keitel in Finding Graceland. He next tried a comedy role in Stephan Elliott's Welcome to Woop Woop. Schaech then accepted the role of Harry Houdini in TNT's Houdini in 1998. Taking the role of a military man, Schaech headed to the UK to film the independent feature Woundings opposite Ray Winstone and Guy Pearce.
Schaech went on to work in various TV movies with co-stars including James Caan (Blood Crime), Christina Applegate (James Patterson's Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas), and Heather Locklear (Nora Roberts' Angels Fall). He then appeared as a regular cast member on a television series, playing opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in the Party of Five spin off Time of Your Life in 2001. The series lasted less than one season and only 12 of the 19 filmed episodes aired.
Schaech played the title character in Tom Fontana's feature Judas for ABC. The film was highly controversial. It was shelved for several years until the Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ was released in 2004, opening a window for the network to air the film. Meanwhile, Schaech attempted two more television series pilots: first, Carl Franklin's 2000 pilot Partners opposite Marg Helgenberger, and in 2004 Commuters opposite David Arquette. Neither pilot was picked up. He also starred in independent films such as Mummy and the Armadillo, Sea of Dreams and Little Chenier opposite Clifton Collins, Jr.
From 2008 to 2010, Schaech made a series of fairly successful mainstream films. Prom Night, Quarantine and Takers collectively made approximately $150 million at the US box office. In 2009 he received an MTV award nomination for best villain in Prom Night.
Schaech enjoys writing for film. His business partner and childhood friend Richard Chizmar and Schaech have written ten screenplays together, including their adaptation of Stephen King's From a Buick 8. They co-wrote the sequel to Road House (Road House 2) for Sony as well as the Ed Gorman adaptation, The Poker Club, which they both produced and Schaech starred in. The pair wrote for 2008's Showtime's Masters of Horror series, and wrote the pilot for NBC's Fear Itself, titled "Eater". "Eater" was directed by Stuart Gordon and starred Elizabeth Moss.
In 2011 Schaech penned his first comedy for Adam Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison and Columbia pictures. The screenplay is titled Caught Stealing, a true story about a 1963 Little League coach who robbed banks for money to send his son's team to the first Pony League World Series. The events were witnessed by Rick Dempsey (who was a member of the 1963 team), and Dempsey and Schaech are also working on a book.
In 2013 it was announced that Schaech would be co-starring in Showtime's new hit series, Ray Donovan as movie star Sean Walker, and that he would also be appearing in Lifetime's The Client List in the role of Greg Carlisle.
In December 2009, Schaech became engaged to singer/actress Jana Kramer, whom he began dating in 2008 after co-starring in Prom Night. They wed on July 4, 2010 in Michigan, but announced their separation one month later. Their divorce was finalized in June 2011.
- The Webbers (1993) (TV) ... Giampaolo
- Sparrow (AKA Storia di una capinera) (1993) ... Nino
- How to Make an American Quilt (1995) ... Leon
- The Doom Generation (1995) ... Xavier Red
- Poison Ivy II (1996) ... Gredin
- That Thing You Do! (1996) ... James (Jimmy) Mattingly II
- Invasion of Privacy (1996) ... Josh Taylor
- Welcome to Woop Woop (1997) ... Teddy
- Hush (1998) ... Jackson Baring
- Finding Graceland (1998) ... Byron Gruman
- Houdini (1998) (TV) ... Harry Houdini
- Woundings (aka Brand New World) (1998) ... Douglas Briggs
- Splendor (1999) ... Abel
- Caracara (1999) (TV) ... David J. McMillan
- If You Only Knew (2000) ... Parker Concorde
- The Giving Tree (aka Brutal Truth) (2000) ... James
- After Sex (2000) ... Matt
- How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000) ... Adam
- Sol Goode (2001) ... Happy
- The Forsaken (2001) ... Kit
- The Sweetest Thing (2002) (uncredited) ... Leather Coat Guy
- They Shoot Divas, Don't They? (2002) (TV) ... Trevor
- Heroes (2002) ... Francis
- Kiss the Bride (2002) ... Geoffrey 'Geoff' Brancato
- Blood Crime (2002) ... Daniel Pruitt
- Arrested Development (2003) ... Goldstone
- Mummy and the Armadillo (2004) ... Jesse
- Judas (2004) ... Judas Iscariot
- Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas (2005) ... Matt
- 8MM 2 (2005) ... David
- Sea of Dreams (2006) ... Marcelo
- Road House 2: Last Call (2006) ... Shane Tanner
- Little Chenier (2006) ... Beauxregard "Beaux" Dupuis
- Angels Fall (2007) ... Brody
- Living Hell (2008) ... Frank Sears
- Prom Night (2008) ... Richard Fenton
- Quarantine (2008) ... Fletcher
- Sex and Lies in Sin City (2008) (TV) ... Rick Tabish
- The Poker Club (2009) ... Aaron Tyler
- Laid to Rest (2009) ... Johnny
- Takers (2010) ... Scott
- Shape (2011) ... DR. Robin
- 5 Days of War (2011) Capt. Rezo Avaliani
- Phantom (2013) Pavlov
- Ray Donovan (2013) Sean Walker
- The Client List (2013) Greg Carlisle
- Hercules: The Legend Begins (2014) Tarek
- Respers, Lisa (1998-12-05). "O's a great escape for 'Houdini' actor; Movies: Johnathon Schaechalways listening for the buzz on Baltimore".
- "Johnathon Schaech on being halfway famous in Hollywood". The Washington Post. 2011-08-08.
- Magazine, People (1998-10-05). "Fascinating TV Stars!". People. Retrieved 2010-05-24. "..., while Schaech is Catholic."
- Doyle, Paula (2004-04-05). "'What if Judas almost got it?'". The Tidings. Retrieved 2010-10-07. "Fontana's Judas, played with a passionate intensity by 34-year-old Catholic actor Johnathon Schaech,..."
- "Christina Applegate's Hubby Seeks Divorce". People. December 6, 2005. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Boehm, Kristin (August 10, 2007). "Christina Applegate's Divorce Finalized in L.A.". People. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Leonard, Elizabeth (December 28, 2009). "Johnathon Schaech Engaged to One Tree Hill's Jana Rae Kramer". People. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Finn, Natalie (August 9, 2010). "One Tree Hill Actress's Marriage Over After a Month". E! Online. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- "One Tree Hill's Jana Rae Kramer Finalizes Divorce". Us Weekly. June 8, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Leonard, Elizabeth; Blumm, K.C. (September 6, 2013). "Johnathon Schaech Marries Julie Solomon". People. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Takeda, Allison (September 12, 2013). "Johnathon Schaech's Wife Julie Solomon Gives Birth to Baby Boy Camden Quinn!". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
The Client List (2013)- Greg Carlisle
- Johnathon Schaech at the Internet Movie Database
- Website of actor Johnathon Schaech
- Blood Crime at Anything Oz or New Zealand Films site