Ricky Schroder

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Ricky Schroder
Rick Schroder.jpg
Schroder in November 2008
Born Richard Bartlett Schroder
(1970-04-13) April 13, 1970 (age 45)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other names Rick Schroder
Occupation Actor, film director
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Andrea Bernard (m. 1992)
Children 4
Website rickyschroderproductions.com

Richard Bartlett "Ricky" Schroder, Jr. (born April 13, 1970) is an American actor and film director. He debuted in the film The Champ (1979), going on to become a child star on the sitcom Silver Spoons. He has continued acting as an adult, notably on the western miniseries Lonesome Dove and the crime-drama series NYPD Blue.

Early life and career[edit]

Schroder was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York and raised on 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.[1] His maternal great-great-grandmother was from Oslo, Norway, while his paternal grandparents came from Hamburg, Germany.[2] Schroder made his acting debut in the 1979 remake of the 1931 film 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. He also starred as the title character in the film Little Lord Fauntleroy alongside Alec Guinness in 1980.

Schroder became well known as the star of the series Silver Spoons, playing 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.[3]

As he grew older, he struggled to become known as an adult actor. He changed his name credit from Ricky to Rick and preferred to take roles which helped him to stretch as an actor. In 1988, the year after Silver Spoons ended, he starred in a prime-time CBS-TV feature movie based on a true story, the serious drama Too Young the Hero, playing a 12-year-old who passes for 17 to enlist in World War II.

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[edit]

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, Ricky 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",[4] a song by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. Schroeder's son Luke and daughter Cambrie 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.[5] 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.”[6]

In 2009, he directed the adventure horror film Hellhounds.[7]

Schroder guest-starred in a January 2011 episode of ABC's No Ordinary Family.[8]

His production company Ricky Schroder Productions currently is producing Starting Strong a TV show for the U.S. Army as well as other projects including The Fighting Season. In 2013, Ricky Schroder Productions produced Hallmark movie "Our Wild Hearts." where Ricky starred with his daughter Cambrie.

Personal life[edit]

Schroder married Andrea Bernard on September 26, 1992. Together, they have four children: Holden (b. January 1992), Luke (b. August 1993), Cambrie (b. November 1996), and Faith (b. August 2001).[citation needed] Andrea Bernard Schroder is an interior designer and was a contestant on Season Two of Top Design on Bravo. Andrea is a regular on Hallmark's Home and Family and owns a candle company[9] with distribution through Hallmark retail and Nordstroms. Holden was named after Schroder's The Earthling co-star William Holden.[10]

Schroder is an active celebrity ambassador for the child abuse prevention and treatment non-profit organization Childhelp. He is working with Paul Mitchell Hair Schools to build water wells in Guatemala via Wells of Hope. Schroder is active in support of the Cadet Youth Academy program.



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Champ, TheThe Champ T.J. Won – Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actor in a Motion Picture
1980 Last Flight of Noah's Ark, TheThe Last Flight of Noah's Ark Bobby Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Major Motion Picture
1980 Earthling, TheThe Earthling Shawn Daley Won – Young Artist Award for Best Young Motion Picture Actor
1980 Little Lord Fauntleroy Ceddie Errol (Little Lord Fauntleroy) Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Made for Television Movie
1991 Across the Tracks Billy Maloney
1994 There Goes My Baby Stick
1995 Crimson Tide Lt. Paul Hellerman
2002 Poolhall Junkies Brad
2003 Face of Terror Nick Harper
2003 Consequence John Wolfe
2004 Black Cloud Eddie
2009 Locker 13 Tommy Novak
2010 Blood Done Sign My Name Vernon Tyson
2010 Get Him to the Greek Himself


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Something So Right Joey Bosnick Movie
1982–1987 Silver Spoons Ricky Stratton 116 episodes
Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Comedy Series and Best Young Actor in a New Television Series
1983 Faerie Tale Theatre Hansel Episode: "Hansel and Gretel"
1983 Two Kinds of Love Robbie Farley Movie
1985 Reason to Live, AA Reason to Live Alex Stewart Movie
1988 Too Young the Hero Calvin Graham Movie
1989 Terror on Highway 91 Clay Nelson Movie
1989 Out on the Edge Danny Evetts Movie
1989 Lonesome Dove Newt Dobbs Miniseries; 4 episodes
1990 A Son's Promise Terry O'Kelly Movie
1990 The Stranger Within Mark Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1991 Blood River Jimmy Pearls ("The Kid") Movie
1991 My Son Johnny Johnny Movie
1992 Miles from Nowhere Frank Reilly Movie
1993 Call of the Wild John Thornton Movie
1993 Return to Lonesome Dove Newt Dobbs 4 episodes
1994 James A. Michener's Texas Otto MacNab Movie
1994 To My Daughter with Love Joey Cutter Movie
1994 In the Heat of the Night A bad guy Episode: "Dangerous Engagement"
1996 Innocent Victims Billy Richardson Movie
1997 Ebenezer Samuel Benson Movie
1997 Too Close to Home Nick Donahue Movie
1997 Detention: The Siege at Johnson High Jason Copeland Movie
1997 Heart Full of Rain Isaiah Dockett Movie
1998–2001 NYPD Blue Det. Danny Sorenson 58 episodes
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series
1999 What We Did That Night Henry Movie
2001 Lost Battalion, TheThe Lost Battalion Major Charles White Whittlesey Movie
2003 Scrubs Nurse Paul Flowers 4 episodes
2005 14 Hours Dr. Foster Movie
2005–2006 Strong Medicine Dr. Dylan West 19 episodes
2006 Robot Chicken Cloudkeeper Episode: "Password: Swordfish"
2007 24 Mike Doyle 12 episodes
2008 Journey to the Center of the Earth Jonathan Brock Movie
2008 Andromeda Strain, TheThe Andromeda Strain Major Bill Keane MD 4 episodes
2010 No Ordinary Family Dave Cotten Episode: "No Ordinary Friends"
2011 To the Mat Aaron Movie
2013 Our Wild Hearts Jack Thomas Movie


  • 2004: Black Cloud
  • 2009: Locker 13[11]
  • 2009: Hellhounds[12]
  • 2013: Our Wild Hearts[13]


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  2. ^ "German anchestry". Stern.de. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  3. ^ Morrison, Mark (1999-07-11). "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. Retrieved 2007-11-10. When I finished Silver Spoons and I went back to Calabasas High School for senior year, I had a tough time. 
  4. ^ "Video clip for ''Whiskey Lullaby'' directed and starred by Rick Scroder". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  5. ^ "Cast of "24" Discuss TV Show". Larry King Live. CNN.com. 2007-01-20. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  6. ^ Celizic, Mike (2008-05-26). "Ricky Schroder: From 'Silver Spoons' to scary sci-fi". today.msnbc.msn.com. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  7. ^ Barton, Steve (2010-02-01). "Exclusive Clip: Hellhounds". Dread Central. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Rick Schroder Cast on No Ordinary Family". TVGuide.com. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  9. ^ "AndreaSchroder.com Candles & Gifts". 
  10. ^ "The religion of William Holden, actor". Adherents.com. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  11. ^ Wixson, Heather (2010-02-11). "Rick Schroder Talks Hellhounds". Dread Central. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  12. ^ Barton, Steve (2009-12-16). "Succumb to the Hellhounds of Rick Schroder or Risk Death by Way of Sharpened Silver Spoon". Dread Central. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  13. ^ "Our Wild Hearts - About the Movie". Hallmark Movie Channel. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 

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