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Rick Schroder



A Staten Island native, Rick Schroder was billed as Ricky Schroder in the fledgling stage of his acting career, which began when he was just a baby (working on commercials) and has persevered ever since. By the time he made his film debut at nine-years-old as the emotionally tortured son of a washed-up boxer (Jon Voight) in The Champ (1979), Schroder had more than 60 television appearances to his name, many of which had been filmed before he had even learned to speak. Schroder played another traumatized boy in The Earthling (1980) and fared well in several subsequent made-for-TV features, but his breakout role wouldn't come until the 1982 premiere of Silver Spoons. The NBC sitcom starred Schroder as young Ricky Stratten, the wealthy son of a toy-store mogul, and employed the winning '80s formula of single parent + wealth + cute kid + wacky best friend = hit.



After the 1986 cancellation of Silver Spoons, the child actor officially became Rick Schroder and starred in several unremarkable small-screen features until landing the coming-of-age role of Newt Dobbs in the award-winning 1989 miniseries Lonesome Dove. This would become a trend for Schroder; despite his attempts to make a transition into the film world (his most notable successes being a supporting role in Crimson Tide [1995] and a performance opposite a very young Brad Pitt in Across the Tracks [1991]), the actor would find a much warmer reception in the television community. From bad seeds (1990's The Stranger Within and 1991's My Son, Johnny) to survivalists (1992's Miles From Nowhere and 1993's Return to Lonesome Dove), Schroder's roles were continually met with praise, and he seemed to have escaped the curse suffered by so many child actors.



As an adult, Schroder was fatefully cast as Detective Danny Sorenson in ABC's long-running cop drama NYPD Blue. Though he was decried by NYPD Blue loyalists as little more than a former child sitcom star, it wasn't long before his aptitude at the dramatic role convinced both critics and audiences of his acting capability. When Schroder left the series in 2001, it was a great disappointment to the fan following he had developed during his time on the series. However, fans of Schroder weren't left entirely in the lurch; in 2002, Schroder joined the cast of Poolhall Junkies along with Rod Steiger and Chazz Palminteri, and also starred in the German-helmed Consequence in 2003.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
57% Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
  • Robert Lee Parton
2016
78% Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
  • Robert Lee Parton
2015
13% Locker 13
  • Tommy Novak (segment "Down and Out")
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet Our Wild Hearts
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Jack Thomas
  • Screenwriter
2013
No Score Yet Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts
  • Cyril Knox
2013
72% Get Him to the Greek
  • Himself
2010
50% Blood Done Sign My Name
  • Vernon Tyson
2010
No Score Yet Hellhounds
  • Director
2009
No Score Yet The Andromeda Strain
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Jonathan Brock
2008
No Score Yet 14 Hours
  • Dr. Tom Foster
2005
29% Black Cloud
  • Producer
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Face of Terror
  • Nick Harper
2003
No Score Yet Consequence
  • John Wolfe
2003
34% Poolhall Junkies
  • Brad
2002
No Score Yet The Lost Battalion
  • Maj. Charles Whittlesey
2001
No Score Yet What We Did That Night
  • Henry
1999
27% I Woke Up Early the Day I Died
  • Cruiser Cop #2
1998
No Score Yet Hostage High
  • Jason Copeland
1997
No Score Yet Too Close to Home
  • Nick Donahue
1997
No Score Yet Ebenezer
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Innocent Victims
  • Billy Richardson
1996
87% Crimson Tide
  • Paul Hellerman
1995
No Score Yet Texas
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet There Goes My Baby
  • Stick
1994
No Score Yet Call of the Wild
  • John Thornton
1993
No Score Yet Blood River
  • Jimmy Pearls/The Kid
1991
No Score Yet The Stranger Within
  • Mark
1990
No Score Yet A Son's Promise
  • Terry O'Kelley
1990
No Score Yet Lonesome Dove - The Making of An Epic
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Out on the Edge
  • Danny Evetts
1989
No Score Yet Across the Tracks
  • Billy Maloney
1989
No Score Yet Too Young the Hero
  • Calvin Graham
1988
No Score Yet Two Kinds of Love
  • Robbie Farley
1983
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre - Hansel and Gretel
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Little Lord Fauntleroy
  • Lord Fauntleroy/Ceddie Errol
1980
No Score Yet The Earthling
  • Shawn Daley
1980
40% The Last Flight of Noah's Ark
  • Bobby
1980
40% The Champ
  • T.J.
1979
No Score Yet Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Nurse Paul
68% No Ordinary Family
2010-2011
  • Dave Cotten
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
87% 24
2014
  • Mike Doyle

Quotes from Rick Schroder's Characters