Ricky Schroder

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Ricky Schroder
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Schroder in 2008
Richard Bartlett Schroder[1]

(1970-04-13) April 13, 1970 (age 51)
Other namesRick Schroder
  • Actor
  • film director
  • film producer
Years active1979–2016
Andrea Bernard
(m. 1992; separated 2016)

Richard Bartlett Schroder (born April 13, 1970) is an American actor and filmmaker. As a child actor billed as Ricky Schroder he debuted in the film The Champ (1979), for which he became the youngest Golden Globe award recipient, and went on to become a child star on the sitcom Silver Spoons. He has continued acting as an adult, usually billed as Rick Schroder, notably as "Newt" on the Western miniseries Lonesome Dove (1989) and in the crime-drama series NYPD Blue. He made his directorial debut with the film Black Cloud (2004) and has produced several films and television series including the anthology film Locker 13 and the war documentary The Fighting Season.

Early life[edit]

Schroder was born in Brooklyn, New York City and raised on Staten Island, the son of Diane Katherine Bartlett and Richard John Schroder, both former employees of AT&T. His paternal grandparents were German immigrants.[2] Schroder's mother quit her job to raise him and his sister Dawn.[3] As a child, Schroder appeared in many catalogs, and by age six, he had appeared in 60 advertisements.[4]


Schroder as a child actor in 1976

As a child actor[edit]

Schroder made his film debut as the son of Jon Voight's character in The Champ, a 1979 remake of the 1931 film of the same title. He was nominated for, and subsequently won, a Golden Globe award in 1980 for Best New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture,[5] becoming at age 9 the youngest Golden Globe winner in history.[6] Following his role in The Champ, Schroder was removed from school by his parents in the third grade to focus on his career. He moved to Los Angeles with his mother, but his father remained in New York City and kept his job with AT&T. The following year, Schroder appeared in the Disney feature film The Last Flight of Noah's Ark with Elliott Gould. He also starred as the title character in Little Lord Fauntleroy, alongside Alec Guinness.

Schroder then became well known as the star of the television series Silver Spoons. He played a starring role as Ricky Stratton, the son of a wealthy and eccentric millionaire, Eddie Stratton. His performance earned him two Young Artist Awards. He struggled with his identity as an actor when Silver Spoons ended. Prospective roles were rare, and he was mainly designated to play boyish-looking teenagers or blond-haired heartthrobs. Schroder avoided the vices of other child actors and attempted to establish himself as a more mature actor, dropping the "y" from his first name. His mother enrolled him in Calabasas High School, but Schroder had trouble adjusting to the new environment.[7]

In 1988, the year after Silver Spoons ended, Schroder starred in a prime time CBS TV movie based on a true story, the drama Too Young the Hero, as 12-year-old Calvin Graham who passes for 17 to enlist in World War II.[8] He also appeared as the guest timekeeper in Wrestlemania 2 for a match between Hulk Hogan and King Kong Bundy.

Later career[edit]

After graduating from high school, Schroder enrolled himself in Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. His co-starring role in the Western miniseries Lonesome Dove and its sequel, Return to Lonesome Dove, helped him to be recognized in more mature roles.[9][10] 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 the fall of 2002 he hosted The New American Sportsman on ESPN2, a remake of the 1965–1986 outdoor TV series The American Sportsman.[11][12]

Schroder made his directorial debut in 2004 with the feature film Black Cloud, a drama also written by him about a Navajo boxer.[13] Black Cloud received positive receptions at film festivals,[14] including two awards at the Phoenix Film Festival[15] and Best Director award for Schroder at the San Diego Film Festival.[16] He also directed and starred in the music video for "Whiskey Lullaby",[17] a song by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. The video garnered Schroder an award for Best Music Video at the 2005 Nashville Film Festival, while at the 2005 CMT Music Awards, the video won an award for Collaborative Video of the Year, and Schroder won for Director of the Year.[18]

In 2009, he directed the adventure horror film Hellhounds.[19][20] He guest-starred in a January 2011 episode of ABC's No Ordinary Family.[21]

With his production company, Ricky Schroder Productions, he produced Starting Strong, a series of recruiting commercials for the U.S. Army shot as reality series in 2013.[22][23] His production company has well as other documentaries The Fighting Season, My Fighting Season, and The Volunteers.[24] Schroder spent 110 days in Afghanistan with the US military in 2014 to capture footage.[25] In 2013 he directed, produced, and starred in the TV film Our Wild Hearts for the Hallmark Channel,[26] and the following year co-produced and starred in the anthology film Locker 13.[27] He portrayed the father of Dolly Parton in the 2015 TV film Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors and its sequel, Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.

Personal life[edit]

Schroder was married to Andrea Bernard on September 26, 1992, with whom he has four children: Holden, Luke, Cambrie, and Faith.[28] They all appeared in Schroder's Our Wild Hearts (2013).[29][26] He and his wife separated in 2016, and she filed for divorce later in the year.[28][30] Schroder converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the church that his ex-wife belongs to, in 2000.[31][32] He is not very vocal about his religious beliefs,[33] and said in a 2015 interview: "I don't consider myself an extremely religious person, but at the same time I do believe there is higher power."[34] He is an avid hunter and fisher, having learned to shoot at the age of 10 from actor William Holden on the set of The Earthling.[11][12] For 16 years he owned a 15,000-acre ranch near Grand Junction, Colorado, adjacent to Grand Mesa National Forest.[35][36]

A 2004 news article called Schroder "one of the few out-of-the-closet conservatives" in the entertainment industry.[37] Schroder long identified as a Republican, and spoke at the 2000 Republican National Convention,[37][38] although said in 2010 he did not align with either major political party.[39]

In 2019, Schroder was arrested twice within a month for suspicion of domestic violence; no charges were filed. [40][41] In November 2020, Schroder contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars towards the $2 million bail fund for Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year old charged in the fatal shooting of two people during the August 2020 unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.[42][43][44]

In May 2021, Schroder created controversy when he uploaded a video to social media that showed him harassing a Costco employee regarding the company's policy and California mandate[45] requiring face masks or coverings to be worn inside stores.[46] Shortly after the incident, Schroder began receiving backlash, causing him to upload a second video apologizing to the employee, stating that while he stood by his beliefs on the mask mandate, he was sorry if he hurt the employee's feelings.[47][48]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Champ Timothy Joseph ("T.J.") Flynn
1980 The Last Flight of Noah's Ark Bobby
1980 The Earthling Shawn Daley
1980 Little Lord Fauntleroy Ceddie Errol (Little Lord Fauntleroy)
1988 Too Young the Hero Calvin Graham Historical drama
1991 Across the Tracks Billy Maloney
1994 There Goes My Baby Stick
1995 Crimson Tide Lt. Paul Hellerman
2001 The Lost Battalion Maj. Charles White Whittlesey Historical drama
2002 Poolhall Junkies Brad
2003 Face of Terror [49] Nick Harper
2003 Consequence[citation needed] 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
1983 Faerie Tale Theatre Hansel Episode: "Hansel and Gretel"
1983 Two Kinds of Love Robbie Farley Movie
1985 A 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 Movie
1991 Blood River Jimmy Pearls ("The Kid") Movie
1991 My Son Johnny Johnny Cortino Movie
1992 Miles from Nowhere Frank Reilly Movie
1993 Call of the Wild John Thornton Movie
1993 Return to Lonesome Dove Newt Dobbs Miniseries; 4 episodes
1994 Texas Otto MacNab Miniseries
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
1999 Murder at Devil's Glen Henry Movie (aka What We Did That Night)
2001 The 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 The Andromeda Strain Major Bill Keane MD Miniseries; 4 episodes
2010 No Ordinary Family Dave Cotten Episode: "No Ordinary Friends"
2011 To the Mat Aaron Movie
2013 Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts Cyril Knox Movie
2013 Our Wild Hearts Jack Thomas Movie
2014 Hell's Kitchen Himself Season 13 Episode 15: "4 Chefs Compete"
2015 Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors Robert Lee Parton Movie
2016 Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love Robert Lee Parton Movie


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category[citation needed] Title of work Result
1979 Golden Globe Awards[52] New Star of the Year – Actor The Champ Won
Young Artist Awards Best Juvenile Actor in a Motion Picture The Champ Nominated
1980 Best Young Actor in a Major Motion Picture The Last Flight of Noah's Ark Nominated
1981 Best Young Motion Picture Actor The Earthling Won
1982 Best Young Actor in a Movie Made for Television Little Lord Fauntleroy Nominated
Best Young Actor in a New Television Series Silver Spoons Won
1983 Best Young Actor in a New Television Series Silver Spoons Won
1990 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film The Stranger Within Nominated
1999 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series NYPD Blue Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series NYPD Blue Nominated
2004 San Diego Film Festival[16] Best Film Black Cloud (dir. Rick Schroeder) Won


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