Johnathon Schaech

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Johnathon Schaech
Johnathon Schaech in Suit.png
Born (1969-09-10) September 10, 1969 (age 48)
Edgewood, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actor, writer, producer
Years active 1993–present
Children 1

Johnathon Schaech (pronounced skeck; born September 10, 1969) is an American actor and writer.

Early life[edit]

Schaech was born in Edgewood, Maryland in 1969 to Joe, a Baltimore City law enforcement officer, and Joanne Schaech, a human resources executive.[1] He was raised Roman Catholic.[2][3] Schaech has a sister, Renée.[1] He went to University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he studied economics and took one acting class.[4][5]


In 1989, dance troupe Chippendales flew Schaech out to Los Angeles and offered him a job, but his father urged him to aim higher. He signed with Wilhelmina West and survived for three years doing commercials and bit parts in movies.[4] Schaech studied under acting teacher, Roy London, who also taught stars such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Brad Pitt and Forest Whitaker.[6] He studied with Roy London for three and half years until London's death in 1993.[7]


In 1991, Schaech went through a three-month audition process before he landed the lead in Franco Zeffirelli's movie El Storia de Capinera (The Sparrow),[7] a period piece drama filmed in Sicily and Rome and also starring Angela Bettis and Vanessa Redgrave.[6] Schaech would have become a regular fixture on Fox TV's Brisco County, Jr. but he bypassed the steady work to portray drifter Xavier Red in Gregg Araki's The Doom Generation.[7]

Schaech won a pivotal role in How to Make an American Quilt opposite Winona Ryder[7] In 1996, How to Make an American Quilt received a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.[citation needed] In 1995, Tom Hanks cast Schaech as the ambitious but self-absorbed lead singer of The Wonders in That Thing You Do!, Hanks' writing and directing debut.[8] Schaech next took the male lead opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange in Tri-Star's 1998 thriller Hush.[9] He was featured as one of the most promising leading men of tomorrow on the 1996's Vanity Fair cover alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith and Benicio del Toro.[10]

In 1997, Schaech starred in the Australian comedy Welcome to Woop Woop, directed by Stephan Elliott.[11] Taking the role of a British military man, Schaech was in the independent feature Woundings in 1998,[12] for which he won Best Supporting Actor at the 2001 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.[13] He then accepted the role of Harry Houdini in TNT's Houdini in 1998.[14]

In 1999, Schaech starred in Finding Graceland[15] and in his second Gregg Araki film titled Splendor.[16] He then teamed up with indie filmmaker Carl Franklin and shot a CBS pilot Partners opposite Marg Helgenberger.[17] He played the love interest of Jennifer Love Hewitt in the Party of Five spin-off Time of Your Life in 2000.[18] "Time of Your Life" first aired on October 25, 1999; it was canceled in the middle of its first season, on June 21, 2000.[19]

In 2000, Schaech starred in his first major play, David Rabe's A Question for Mercy, playing a Colombian born gay Manhattanite dying of AIDS. He lost 35 pounds for the role.[20]


Schaech flew to Morocco in 2001 to take on the title character in Tom Fontana's Judas for ABC. The film would be highly controversial and was pushed back for several years until Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ was released in 2004, opening a window for the network to air the film.[21]

In 2005, Schaech starred in José Pepe Bojórquez's Sea of Dreams,[22] which won the Silver Goddess award for best first work. The film was shot in Mexico.[23] In 2005, he was cast opposite his then wife, Christina Applegate, in James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas for CBS. The film shot in Halifax, Canada.[24] Schaech starred along with David Arquette in the CBS pilot "Commuters".[25]

In 2006, Schaech starred in Little Chenier. Shot in Lake Charles, after filming, Hurricane Rita virtually destroyed all locations used in the film.[26] The film went on to win best picture and best ensemble at the Phoenix film festival.;[27] In 2006, Lifetime cast him opposite Heather Locklear in Nora Roberts' Angels Fall. It was shot in Ontario, Canada.[28]

In 2007, Schaech took the lead in Sony's remake of Prom Night.[29] He received an MTV award nomination for best villain for his performance, losing to Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker.[30] The film was number one opening weekend and made 43 million in US Theaters.[31] In 2008, he appeared in science fiction film Quarantine, directed by John Erick Dowdle. The film is a remake of the Spanish film REC and was released by Screen Gems.[32] Its total gross is $41,319,906 worldwide.[33]

In 2010, Renny Harlin cast Schaech as a Georgian Army captain in his action indie 5 Days of War.[34]


In 2013, Schaech starred opposite Ed Harris and David Duchovny in the submarine thriller Phantom.[35] He was cast in the first season of Showtime ‘s series Ray Donovan, appearing in five episode as an eccentric movie star, Sean Walker.[36] He also played the corn-rowed villain opposite Kellan Lutz in Renny Harlin's The Legend of Hercules, gaining 30 lbs of muscle to play the Egyptian mercenary Tarak.[36]

In 2014, Schaech joined the cast of History’s miniseries Texas Rising, playing Colonel Sherman, who challenges Sam Houston's (Bill Paxton) every order.[37]

In 2016, The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow cast Schaech as DC Comics bounty hunter Jonah Hex.[38]


Schaech wrote his first book titled Rick Dempsey's Caught Stealing.[39]

Schaech has written co-written a number of screenplays with Richard Chizmar, including Heroes (2002), Road House 2 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2006), based on a story by Miles Chapman, Masters of Horror The Washingtonians (Showtime, 2007), based on a story by Bentley Little and The Poker Club, based on the story by Ed Gorman.[40] Schaech and Chizmar have also co-written screenplays based on stories by Peter Crowther: Fear Itself: Eater (NBC/AXN Sci Fi, 2009); Lewis Shiner: Fear Itself: The Circle (NBC/AXN Sci Fi, 2009); and Stephen King: From A Buick 8 (in production 2009) and Black House (in production 2009).[40]

Personal life[edit]

Schaech married actress Christina Applegate in October 2001 in Palm Springs.[41] In December 2005, he filed for a divorce,[41] which became final in August 2007.[42]

In December 2009, Schaech became engaged to singer/actress Jana Kramer, whom he began dating in 2008 .[43] They wed on July 4, 2010 in Michigan but announced their separation one month later.[44] Their divorce was finalized in June 2011.[45]

Schaech married music and book publicist Julie Solomon, in July 2013 in Ocean City, Maryland.[46] They have one son, Camden Quinn, born in September 2013.[47]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Webbers Giampaolo TV movie
1993 Sparrow (AKA Storia di una capinera) Nino
1995 How to Make an American Quilt Leon
1995 The Doom Generation Xavier Red
1996 Poison Ivy II: Lily Gredin
1996 That Thing You Do! James (Jimmy) Mattingly II
1996 Invasion of Privacy Josh Taylor
1997 Welcome to Woop Woop Teddy
1998 Hush Jackson Baring
1998 Finding Graceland Byron Gruman
1998 Houdini Harry Houdini TV movie
1998 Woundings (aka Brand New World) Douglas Briggs
1999 Splendor Abel
1999 Caracara David J. McMillan TV movie
2000 If You Only Knew Parker Concorde
2000 The Giving Tree (aka Brutal Truth) James
2000 After Sex Matt
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Adam
2001 Sol Goode Happy
2001 The Forsaken Kit
2002 The Sweetest Thing Leather Coat Guy (uncredited)
2002 They Shoot Divas, Don't They? Trevor TV movie
2002 Heroes Francis
2002 Kiss the Bride Geoffrey 'Geoff' Brancati
2002 Blood Crime Daniel Pruitt
2004 Mummy and the Armadillo Jesse
2004 Judas Judas Iscariot
2005 Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas Matt Harrison
2005 8mm 2 David Huxley
2006 Sea of Dreams Marcelo
2006 Road House 2 Shane Tanner
2006 Little Chenier Beauxregard "Beaux" Dupuis
2007 Angels Fall Brody TV movie
2008 Living Hell Frank Sears
2008 Prom Night Richard Fenton
2008 Quarantine Fletcher
2009 The Poker Club (2009) Aaron Tyler
2009 Laid to Rest Johnny
2010 Takers Scott
2011 5 Days of War Capt. Rezo Avaliani
2013 Phantom P avlov
2014 Hercules: The Legend Begins Tarek
2014 The Prince Frank
2015 Vice Chris
2016 Marauders Mims
2017 Arsenal Mikey
2017 Jackals Andrew Powell
2018 Day of the Dead: Bloodline Max


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Outer Limits Andy Pace
2001 Time of Your Life John Maguire
2003 Arrested Development Goldstone
2009 Cold Case Julian Bellows
2011 CSI: Miami Joseph Crumbaugh
2013 Ray Donovan Sean Walker
2013 The Client List Greg Carlisle
2014 Star-Crossed Castor
2015 Sleepy Hollow Solomon Kent
2015 Texas Rising Col. Sydney Sherman
2015 Quantico Michael Parrish
2016 Legends of Tomorrow Jonah Hex Season 1, Episode 11: "The Magnificent Eight

Season 2, Episode 6: "Outlaw Country"

2016 Blue Bloods Detective Jimmy Mosley Season 6, Episode 19: "Blast From The Past"


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