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Also Known As: Jonathan Schaech Died:
Born: September 10, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Edgewood, Maryland, USA Profession: actor, dancer

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Johnathon Schaech emerged from a swimming pool in "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995) and the camera--if not most of the audience so inclined--fell in love. With his swarthy good looks, mischievous eyes and pouty lips, Schaech seemed destined for stardom. He had only been acting for a few years prior to this, most memorably as a stalker in a six episode arc on the short-lived series "Models, Inc." (Fox, 1994). His role of Leon in Jocelyn Moorhouse's "How to Make an American Quilt" was that of a local romeo enticing the confused Finn (Winona Ryder) into an affair. In addition, 1995 also saw the release of Gregg Araki's "The Doom Generation," in which Schaech essayed a sexy psychopathic drifter, and the direct-to-video "Poison Ivy II: Lily," with the bleached blonde actor romancing Alyssa Milano. Tom Hanks tapped the up-and-comer for the role of the leader of a rock band in Hanks' directorial debut, "That Thing You Do!" (1996). He further solidified his rising star status by appearing in Stephan Elliott's "Welcome to Woop Woop," as an American con artist who is held hostage in the Australian Outback by an eccentric local and in the key role of Jessica Lange's son and Gwyneth Paltrow's husband in the...

Johnathon Schaech emerged from a swimming pool in "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995) and the camera--if not most of the audience so inclined--fell in love. With his swarthy good looks, mischievous eyes and pouty lips, Schaech seemed destined for stardom. He had only been acting for a few years prior to this, most memorably as a stalker in a six episode arc on the short-lived series "Models, Inc." (Fox, 1994). His role of Leon in Jocelyn Moorhouse's "How to Make an American Quilt" was that of a local romeo enticing the confused Finn (Winona Ryder) into an affair. In addition, 1995 also saw the release of Gregg Araki's "The Doom Generation," in which Schaech essayed a sexy psychopathic drifter, and the direct-to-video "Poison Ivy II: Lily," with the bleached blonde actor romancing Alyssa Milano. Tom Hanks tapped the up-and-comer for the role of the leader of a rock band in Hanks' directorial debut, "That Thing You Do!" (1996). He further solidified his rising star status by appearing in Stephan Elliott's "Welcome to Woop Woop," as an American con artist who is held hostage in the Australian Outback by an eccentric local and in the key role of Jessica Lange's son and Gwyneth Paltrow's husband in the thriller "Hush" (both 1998). That same year he starred as the legendary illusionist in TNT's original biopic "Houdini."

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Milestones close milestones

1996:
Played the lead singer in Tom Hanks' "That Thing You Do!"
2001:
Portrayed the leader of a roving band of vampires in "The Forsaken"
2008:
Was cast with Brittney Snow in the horror film, "Prom Night"
2002:
Was cast as Judas Iscariot in the religious-themed TV-movie "Judas and Jesus" (ABC)
1995:
Made his first feature collaboration with Gregg Araki, "The Doom Generation"
1999:
Formed one leg of a romantic triangle as a music journalist in Gregg Araki's comedy "Splendor"
1994:
Had the recurring role of a stalker on six episodes of "Models, Inc."
2005:
Co-starred with Applegate in the CBS movie "James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas"
1998:
Had the title role in the TNT biopic "Houdini"
2008:
Appeared in the horror film "Quarantine"
2010:
Appeared in the ensemble crime thriller "Takers"
2013:
Had an extended character arc on the short-lived drama "The Client List"
2014:
Played Castor on sci-fi drama "Star-Crossed"
1999:
Made his TV series debut as a regular on "The Time of Your Life"
1995:
Was cast in his breakthrough role as Leon in "How to Make an American Quilt"
1993:
Played the lead in "Sparrow" for director Franco Zeffirelli; was credited as Jonathan Schaech
2002:
Had a cameo in "The Sweetest Thing," starring his then-wife Christina Applegate
1994:
Made his TV debut on an episode of "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr."
1993:
Made his screen-acting debut in TV movie "At Home with the Webbers"
2013:
Played the recurring role of Sean Walker on Showtime's "Ray Donovan"
2015:
Was featured in the historical drama "To Appomattox"
2015:
Played Colonel Sherman on the western mini-series "Texas Rising"
2018:
Co-starred in the zombie apocalypse sequel "Day of the Dead: Bloodline"
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Education

University of Maryland: College Park, Maryland - 1987

Notes

His last name is prounced Scheck (rhymes with neck).

"I wanted to be a lawyer. I wanted to attain something, do something meaningful. And with my father being a cop, I felt I had to go to the next step. I would make money, which was something that was impressed upon me while I was growing up." --Johnathon Schaech in US, December 1995

"He doesn't slack off and get by on his looks. He's conscious of his looks, and he can use them, but he sees them as a double-edged sword." --Gregg Araki, director of "The Doom Generation"

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companion:
Tina Roesler. Make-up artist. No longer together.
wife:
Christina Applegate. Actor. Dating since c. January 1998; married on October 20, 2001.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Joe Schaech. Retired policeman. Borm c. 1939.
mother:
Joanne Schaech. Telemarketing executive. Born c. 1943.
sister:
Renee Schaech. Personal assistant. Works for brother; born c. 1967.

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