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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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CAST: (feature film)

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 Napa (2012)
3.
 Culling, The (2012)
4.
 5 Days of War (2011)
5.
 Takers (2010)
6.
 Poker Club, The (2009)
7.
 Living Hell (2008)
8.
 Quarantine (2008)
9.
 Prom Night (2008)
10.
 Little Chenier (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

1989:
Auditioned for Chippendale's dance troupe; got the job but turned it down
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Moved to Los Angeles, California
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Worked in commercials
1993:
Played lead in "Sparrow" for director Franco Zeffirelli; credited as Jonathan Schaech
1994:
Made TV debut on an episode of "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (Fox)
1994:
Had recurring role of a stalker in six episodes of "Models, Inc." (Fox)
1995:
Cast in breakthrough role as Leon in "How to Make an American Quilt"
1995:
First feature collaboration with Gregg Araki, "The Doom Generation"
1996:
Played lead singer in "That Thing You Do!"; directed by Tom Hanks
1998:
Had title role in the TNT biopic "Houdini"
1999:
Made TV series debut as a regular on "The Time of Your Life" (Fox)
1999:
Formed one leg of a romantic triangle as a music journalist in Gregg Araki's comedy "Splendor"
2001:
Portrayed the leader of a roving band of vampires in "The Forsaken"
2002:
Cast as Judas Iscariot in the religious-themed TV-movie "Judas and Jesus" (ABC)
2002:
Had a cameo in "The Sweetest Thing," starring his then wife Christina Applegate
2005:
Co-starred with Applegate in the CBS movie "James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas"
2008:
Cast with Brittney Snow in the horror film, "Prom Night"
2008:
Appeared in the horror film "Quarantine"
2010:
Appeared in the ensemble crime thriller "Takers"
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Education

University of Maryland: College Park , Maryland - 1987 - 1989

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"

Companions close complete companion listing

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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