Richard Bartlett Schroder
April 13, 1970
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Rick Schroder|
(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.
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. Schroder's mother quit her job to raise him and his sister Dawn. As a child, Schroder appeared in many catalogs, and by age six, he had appeared in 60 advertisements.
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, becoming at age 9 the youngest Golden Globe winner in history. 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.
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. He also appeared as the guest timekeeper in Wrestlemania 2 for a match between Hulk Hogan and King Kong Bundy.
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. 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.
Schroder made his directorial debut in 2004 with the feature film Black Cloud, a drama also written by him about a Navajo boxer. Black Cloud received positive receptions at film festivals, including two awards at the Phoenix Film Festival and Best Director award for Schroder at the San Diego Film Festival. He also directed and starred in the music video for "Whiskey Lullaby", 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.
In 2009, he directed the adventure horror film Hellhounds. He guest-starred in a January 2011 episode of ABC's No Ordinary Family.
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. His production company has well as other documentaries The Fighting Season, My Fighting Season, and The Volunteers. Schroder spent 110 days in Afghanistan with the US military in 2014 to capture footage. In 2013 he directed, produced, and starred in the TV film Our Wild Hearts for the Hallmark Channel, and the following year co-produced and starred in the anthology film Locker 13. 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.
Schroder was married to Andrea Bernard on September 26, 1992, with whom he has four children: Holden, Luke, Cambrie, and Faith. They all appeared in Schroder's Our Wild Hearts (2013). He and his wife separated in 2016, and she filed for divorce later in the year. Schroder converted to Mormonism, his wife's faith, in 2000. He is not very vocal about his religious beliefs, 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." 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. For 16 years he owned a 15,000-acre ranch near Grand Junction, Colorado, adjacent to Grand Mesa National Forest.
A 2004 news article called Schroder one of the few out-of-the-closet conservatives in the entertainment industry. Schroder long identified as a Republican, and spoke at the 2000 Republican National Convention, although said in 2010 he did not align with either major political party.
In 2019, Schroder was arrested twice within a month for suspicion of domestic violence; no charges were filed.  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.
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 requiring face masks or coverings to be worn inside stores. 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. The next month, when Foo Fighters held a concert at the Canyon Club and required proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend, Schroder wrote on Facebook that "Dave Grohl is an ignorant punk who needs slapped for supporting [d]iscrimination ... Kurt Cobain is laughing at you Dave along with [m]illions of [p]atriots".
|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|
|2003||Face of Terror ||Nick Harper|
|2003||Consequence||John Wolfe|
|2009||Locker 13||Tommy Novak|
|2010||Blood Done Sign My Name||Vernon Tyson|
|2010||Get Him to the Greek||Himself|
|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||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||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|
|Year||Association||Category||Title of work||Result|
|1979||Golden Globe Awards||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||Best Film||Black Cloud (dir. Rick Schroeder)||Won|
When I finished Silver Spoons and I went back to Calabasas High School for senior year, I had a tough time.