Ricky Schroder

Ricky Schroder
Rick Schroder.jpg
Schroder in November 2008
Richard Bartlett Schroder[1]

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

Richard Bartlett Schroder (born April 13, 1970) is an American actor and film director. As a child actor, billed as Ricky Schroder, 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, usually billed as Rick Schroder, notably as "Newt" on the Western miniseries Lonesome Dove (1989) and in the crime-drama series NYPD Blue.

Early life

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


Schroder as a child actor in 1976

As a child actor

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] He also appeared as the guest timekeeper in Wrestlemania 2 for a match between Hulk Hogan and King Kong Bundy.

Later career

After graduating from high school, Schroder enrolled himself in Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. He eventually bought a large piece of land in 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. 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, 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",[7] a song by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. The same directorial experience garnered Schroder another award for Best Music Video at the 2005 Nashville Film Festival.

At the 2005 CMT Music Awards, the video won an award for Collaborative Video of the Year, while Schroder won for Director of the Year.[8]

In 2009, he directed the adventure horror film Hellhounds.[9] He guest-starred in a January 2011 episode of ABC's No Ordinary Family.[10] His production company, Ricky Schroder Productions, has produced Starting Strong, a TV show for the U.S. Army, since 2013, as well as other projects including The Fighting Season. In 2013, the production company produced the movie Our Wild Hearts for the Hallmark Channel, in which Schroder starred with his daughter Cambrie.[11] Schroder has produced three war documentaries, The Fighting Season, My Fighting Season, and The Volunteers. He spent five months in Afghanistan with the US Army to capture the footage.

Personal life

Schroder married Andrea Bernard in 1992, and they have four children. She filed for divorce in 2016.[12][13]

In April 2019, Schroder was arrested twice for suspicion of domestic violence, and was held in lieu of $50,000 bail. The woman involved in these incidents was not identified in the news reports.[14]

In November 2020, it was reported that Schroder was a major contributor to the $2 million bail fund for Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year old charged in the fatal shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020, following the shooting of Jacob Blake.[15]

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 State of California mandate[16] requiring face masks or coverings be worn inside stores.[17] 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.[18][19]



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 [20] 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

Year Association Category[citation needed] Title of work Result
1979 Golden Globe Awards[24] 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[25] Best Film Black Cloud (dir. Rick Schroeder) Won


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  8. ^ "Urban, Wilson Take Top CMT Awards Honors". Associated Press. 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
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  25. ^ "Award Winners". 2010-08-28. Archived from the original on 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2019-09-23.


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