GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Richard Bartlett "Ricky" Schroder Jr.!
Schroder, who grew up in Greenwich, turns 44 on Sunday. The American actor and film director was born April 13, 1970, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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 9.
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 has continued acting as an adult, notably on the western "Lonesome Dove" and the television crime drama "NYPD Blue." He is also known for starring in "24" as Mike Doyle. He changed his name credit from Ricky to Rick and preferred to take roles that helped him to stretch as an actor.
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.
He was ranked No. 18 in VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars and No. 33 in VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
In 2004, Schroder wrote and directed the feature film "Black Cloud." He also directed and starred in the music video for "Whiskey Lullaby", which won the "Collaborative Video of the Year" award in 2005 CMT Music Awards and Schroder as a director, won "Director of the Year" award.
In 2009, he directed the adventure horror film "Hellhounds." His production company, Ricky Schroder Productions, currently is producing "Starting Strong," a TV show for the U.S. Army as well as other projects, including "The Fighting Season."
In 2013, Ricky Schroder Productions produced the Hallmark movie "Our Wild Hearts," where he starred with his daughter, Cambrie.
He is an active celebrity ambassador for the child abuse prevention and treatment nonprofit organization Childhelp.