Fun facts about Ricky Schroder (Source: Wikipedia)
Schroder was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York and raised on Staten Island, New York City. He is the son of Diane, a telephone company employee, and Richard Bartlett Schroder, Sr., a telephone company district manager. He has a sister, Dawn. His maternal great-great-grandmother was from Oslo, Norway, while his paternal grandparents came from Hamburg, Germany. Schroder debuted in the 1979 remake of the movie The Champ, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture at the age of nine.
In the following year, he made a Walt Disney feature film called The Last Flight of Noah's Ark with Elliott Gould. He also starred as the title character in the film Little Lord Fauntleroy alongside Alec Guinness in 1980.
He became well known as the star of the television series Silver Spoons, when he played the lead character Ricky Stratton. He made an appearance as the guest timekeeper in Wrestlemania 2 for The Main Event steel cage match between Hulk Hogan and King Kong Bundy. After Silver Spoons ended, he attended Calabasas High School for his senior year.
As he grew older, he struggled to become known as an adult actor. He changed his name credit from Ricky to Rick and preferred to take roles which helped him to stretch as an actor. In 1988, the year after Silver Spoons ended, he starred in a prime-time CBS-TV feature movie based on a true story, the serious drama Too Young the Hero, playing a 12-year-old who passes for 17 to enlist in World War II.
Schroder was ranked #18 in VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars and #33 in VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
Schroder's co-starring role in the Western mini-series Lonesome Dove and its sequel, Return to Lonesome Dove, helped in his attempt to be recognized in more mature roles. His roles as Danny Sorenson on three seasons ofNYPD 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 2004, Ricky Schroder wrote and directed the feature film Black Cloud, a drama about a Navajo boxer. The same year he directed and starred in the music video for "Whiskey Lullaby", a song by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. Schroeder's son Luke and daughter Cambrie also appeared in the video. In 2005 CMT Music Awards, the video won the "Collaborative Video of the Year" award, while director of the video Schroder won "Director of the Year" award.
In 2007, Schroder announced that he was changing his credit back to "Ricky" beginning with his role on 24. In an interview, he admitted that changing his name from "Ricky" to "Rick" at 18, upon prompting by his agent, was a mistake. "'Rick' never really fit," he said. "I tried for 18 years to make it work, and no one wanted to call me 'Rick'. It should always have been 'Ricky'. That's what it always should have been, so I'm going back to it."
In 2009, he directed the adventure horror film Hellhounds.
Schroder guest-starred in a January 2011 episode of ABC's No Ordinary Family.
His production company Ricky Schroder Productions currently is producing Starting Strong a TV show for the US Army as well as other projects including The Fighting Season.
In 2013, Ricky Schroder Productions produced Hallmark movie "Our Wild Hearts." where Ricky starred with his daughter Cambrie.
‘The Fighting Season' premieres on DirecTV Tuesday, May 19th.
Follow Ricky Schroder on Twitter: @rickyschroder