Ricky Schroder is an American actor and film director. Starting with photo shoots at just three months old he starred in numerous catalogs and by the age of six years old, Schroder had appeared in 60 advertisements and commercials. As a child actor Schroder debuted in the film The Champ (1979), a role that led to his nomination a subsequent Golden Globe award for Best New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture.
After winning the Golden Globe award, Ricky embarked on a three-month publicity tour around the world. He toured the locales of Asia and Europe during which included visits with the Queen of England and the Pope. His success on the show earned him two Young Artist awards. Schroder’s transition into adult acting was noted when he landed a role as Newt Dobbs in the television blockbuster miniseries Lonesome Dove. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name, the show starred Hollywood megastars such as Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. Lonesome Dove collected seven Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes, and most people associated with it had their fame extended. Schroder, catapulted from child actor to adult actor, producer, writer and director, has yet to look back.
Schroder’s love of the outdoors and wildlife in general, affirmed by his comments to the fact that were he not an actor, he would be a wildlife biologist or a forest ranger came to fruition with the purchase of a 15,000 acre ranch in Colorado. Schroder has since been named Colorado Landowner of the Year for the wildlife habitat improvement projects.
Schroder spoke at the 2000 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Philadelphia in support of (then) candidate George W. Bush. Rick supported Bush in that election and again in 2004, also supporting Presidential hopeful John McCain in 2008. Rick is careful not to label himself as a republican or a liberal, instead choosing to focus on supporting candidates whose ideals are similar to his own. He states that the older he becomes, the more tolerant he also becomes. “Today, I don’t align myself with any party; I take things issue by issue. I am a patriot to the core.”
Schroder’s most recent work took him to the front lines in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army to document the longest-running war in U.S. history. His goal was to document what it looks like for the U.S. Military to leave Afghanistan and turn it over to the Afghan nationals. The footage he and his team gathered became the 6-part documentary, THE FIGHTING SEASON for DirecTV’s Audience Channel. The success of the documentar lead to a follow-up series, MY FIGHTING SEASON and most recently, THE VOLUNTEERS about the Syrian war crisis which will premiere on November 10th and 11th, 2017 also on the Audience Channel. He currently is writing, MILE 0 the true-life story of Navy Seal Veteran, Chris Ring who became the first American to swim the entire distance of the Mississippi River in honor of our country’s Gold Star Families, while facing the demons of his tour in Afghanistan.