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Also Known As: Richard Bartlett Schroder Jr., Ricky Schroeder, Rick Schroder Died:
Born: April 13, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Staten Island, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Through patience, determination and talent, actor Rick Schroder defied the odds by successfully making the transition from beloved child star to respected adult performer. After plucking the heartstrings of America opposite Jon Voight in the boxing melodrama "The Champ" (1979), the toe-headed tyke cemented his place in pop culture as the endearing Ricky Stratton on the television sitcom "Silver Spoons" (NBC, 1982-87). In the case of a blessing becoming a curse, a young Schroder found himself in danger of not being allowed to move beyond his adorable roots, finding his career stalled like all too many child stars on the cusp of adulthood. That is until he more than held his own alongside the likes of Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones in the acclaimed Western miniseries "Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1989). A small turn in the blockbuster "Crimson Tide" (1995) further established his adult actor bona fides prior to landing the co-lead on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) during its sixth season. After his stint on the Steven Bochco drama, the actor ventured behind the camera to write and direct the drama "Black Cloud" (2004). Now fully accepted as a romantic lead or a man of action, Schroder continued to be seen as...

Through patience, determination and talent, actor Rick Schroder defied the odds by successfully making the transition from beloved child star to respected adult performer. After plucking the heartstrings of America opposite Jon Voight in the boxing melodrama "The Champ" (1979), the toe-headed tyke cemented his place in pop culture as the endearing Ricky Stratton on the television sitcom "Silver Spoons" (NBC, 1982-87). In the case of a blessing becoming a curse, a young Schroder found himself in danger of not being allowed to move beyond his adorable roots, finding his career stalled like all too many child stars on the cusp of adulthood. That is until he more than held his own alongside the likes of Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones in the acclaimed Western miniseries "Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1989). A small turn in the blockbuster "Crimson Tide" (1995) further established his adult actor bona fides prior to landing the co-lead on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) during its sixth season. After his stint on the Steven Bochco drama, the actor ventured behind the camera to write and direct the drama "Black Cloud" (2004). Now fully accepted as a romantic lead or a man of action, Schroder continued to be seen as such on programs like "Strong Medicine" (Lifetime, 2000-06) and "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). Although the days of "The Champ" and little Ricky Stratton were far behind him, as an actor, writer and director, Schroder more than proved as mettle as an appealing leading man of the small screen.

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  Hellhounds (2009)

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 Locker 13 (2014)
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 Our Wild Hearts (2012)
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 To the Mat (2011)
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 Consequence (2003) John Wolfe
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 Poolhall Junkies (2003) Brad
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 Face of Terror (2003) Nick Harper
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Made debut in a TV commercial as a toddler
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Appeared in over 60 commercials by age seven
1979:
Delivered memorable debut performance as Jon Voight's son in the remake of "The Champ"
1980:
Cast in the Walt Disney feature "The Last Flight of Noah's Ark" with Elliott Gould
1980:
Played the title character in "Little Lord Fauntleroy" alongside Alec Guinness
1982:
Landed breakout television role as the star of the popular NBC sitcom "Silver Spoons"
1982:
Cast in first starring role in a TV-movie "Something so Right" (CBS)
1989:
Co-starred in the CBS mini-series Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove"
1990:
Played Brad Pitt's older brother in the film "Across the Tracks"
1993:
Reprised role for the sequel "Return to Lonesome Dove" (CBS)
1995:
Co-starred in Tony Scott's "Crimson Tide"
1998:
Joined the sixth season of ABC's "NYPD Blue" as Det. Danny Sorenson, a cop with a troubled past
2001:
Portrayed a WWI soldier in A&E's "The Lost Battalion"
2003:
Appeared in several episodes of the NBC comedy series "Scrubs" as nurse Paul Flowers
2003:
Co-starred in the feature "Poolhall Junkies"
2004:
Directed (also starred) the music video for "Whiskey Lullaby" by Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss; won the Country Music Association Music Video of the Year
2005:
Made his directorial debut with the independently financed boxing drama "Black Cloud"
2005:
Joined the final season of Lifetime's "Strong Medicine"
2007:
Joined the sixth season of Fox's "24" in the recurring role of CTU agent Mike Doyle
2008:
Cast in the A&E original mini-series "The Andromeda Strain"
2011:
Guest starred on the ABC action comedy series "No Ordinary Family"
2011:
Co-starred with Laura Bell Bundy in the CMT TV-movie "To the Mat"
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Education

Mesa State College: Grand Junction , Colorado -
Calabasas High School: Calabasas , California - 1988

Notes

Schroder owns 800 head of cattle, quarter horses, 2,000 deer and three trout lakes on his 16,000-acre ranch in Colorado.

Although Schroder has not been known for the scandals that other former child stars seem to attract like magnets, in interviews from the mid-1990s, he allowed that being a child actor was no bed of roses, either. There was a period of estrangement when he took the charge of his affairs away from his mother, who had always been "a stage mother".

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wife:
Andrea Bernard. Met c. 1990 in Calgary; born c. 1973; became engaged on New Year's Eve 1991; married in September 1992.

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mother:
Diane Schroder. Former employee of the New York phone company. Managed her son's buisness affairs untill 1992.
father:
Richard Schroder. Former employee of the New York phone company.
sister:
Dawn Schroder. Born c. 1967.
son:
Holden Richard Schroder. Born on January 8, 1992; named after "The Earthling" co-star William Holden; mother, Andrea Bernard.
son:
Luke William Schroder. Born in August 1993; mother, Andrea Bernard.
daughter:
Cambrie Schroder. Born c. 1996; mother, Andrea Bernard.
daughter:
Faith Anne Schroder. Born on August 8, 2001; mother, Andrea Bernard.
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