Rick Schroder (born Richard Schroder on April 13, 1970 on Staten Island, New York) (also known as Ricky Schroder) is an American actor who began his career as a child actor.
Schroder debuted in the 1979 remake of the movie The Champ. In the following year, he made a Walt Disney film called The Last Flight Of Noah's Ark with Elliott Gould in which he gave what is generally recognised as a good performance. However, the film bombed at the box office. He became well-known asthe star of the television series Silver Spoons, but as he grew older, he struggled to become known as a serious actor, changing his name from Ricky to Rick and preferring to take roles which helped him to stretch as an actor.
His co-starring role in the Western mini-series Lonesome Dove and its sequel, Return to Lonesome Dove, helped Schroder's attempt at maturity. Still, it came as a surprise to much of the public when it was announced that he had been chosen to act in the series NYPD Blue, notorious for its partial nude scenes.
Schroder only acted in NYPD Blue for three years, preferring to leave Hollywood with his family to live full-time on the family's ranch in Colorado. He still commutes, having appeared in films even as he built a log cabin on his ranch. He has since moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he resides with his family.
Schroder made an appearance on stage at the 2000 Republican National Convention, endorsing Presidential candidate George W. Bush. He is a member of the National Rifle Association.