Every year, always on time for Christmas time, it flickers in our living rooms, this year for example on December 18th, but also after: “The little Lord”, who softens the heart of his grouchy grandfather (Alec Guinness). And ours too. We have put together everything you need to know about the evergreen in the Christmas program here.
main actor Ricky Schroder is trapped in an eternal time warp, he is doomed to always remain an eight-year-old blonde for us. In 1980, when Schroder played the eight-year-old American boy who is supposed to inherit a title of nobility in England, he was already ten years old – and already had a Golden Globe in the nursery. He won the award for best male newcomer for his debut film “The Champ” (1979), in which he played the son of Jon Voight and Faye Dunaway.
Rick Schroder: New name at 18
In 1980 he made three films, including “The Little Lord”, which is much better known in Germany than in Schroder’s country of birth, the USA. The child actor, whose family is on the father’s side comes from Hamburg, played consistently in films and series. Unlike many other child stars (Macaulay Culkin, anyone?) He didn’t plunge into drug hell, but neither did he turn his back on show business like Danny Lloyd from “The Shining”.
Born Richard Bartlett Schroder, the New Yorker wanted to grow up when he was 18 changed his stage name on the advice of his manager from Ricky in Rick. In 2007 he announced on Larry King’s talk show that from now on he wants to be called Ricky Schroder again. He never got used to Rick, friends would have continued to call him Ricky anyway.
Solid career path
Regardless of the name, his career went without any significant ups and downs. His filmography lists “Rivals” (1991) with Brad Pitt or “Crimson Tide “with Denzel Washington (1995), but also a dozen items. He played Detective Danny Sorenson in three seasons of the long-running crime series” NYPD Blue “. There were also recurring roles in” Scrubs “and” 24. “He received positive reviews in 2015 for the Dolly Parton biopic “Coat of many Colors”, in which he played the father of the country singer.
Today Ricky / Rick, who campaigns for children’s rights in various organizations, is 51 years old and has four children himself. In 2016, the actor, who also directed four films, separated from his long-time wife Andrea. Most recently, he drew attention to himself with negative headlines. In 2019 he was arrested twice for domestic violence, in 2020 he campaigned for the alleged double murderer Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot two people with a semi-automatic rifle during the Kenosha protests in 2019.
For us, Ricky Schroder will always be eight years old, whether he wants to or not.