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Johnathon Schaech

Johnathon Schaech (/ʃɛk/ SHEK; born September 10, 1969) is an American actor, writer and producer.

Johnathon Schaech
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Born (1969-09-10) September 10, 1969 (age 50)
Alma materUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Actor
  • writer
  • producer
Years active1993–present
Children1 (with Solomon)

Early lifeEdit

Schaech was born in Edgewood, Maryland, in 1969 to Joe, a Baltimore City law enforcement officer, and Joanne Schaech, a human resources executive.[1] He was raised as a Roman Catholic.[2] Schaech has a sister, Renée.[1] He went to University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he studied economics and took one acting class.[3][4] He is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.


In 1989, the Chippendales dance troupe flew Schaech to Los Angeles and offered him a job, but his father urged him to aim higher. He signed with Wilhelmina West and worked for three years doing commercials and bit parts in movies.[3] Schaech studied under acting teacher Roy London for three and half years until London's death in 1993.[4][5]


In 1991, Schaech played the lead role in Franco Zeffirelli's period piece drama Sparrow (Italian: Storia di una capinera).[4][5] Schaech then portrayed drifter Xavier Red in The Doom Generation.[5]

Schaech appeared in How to Make an American Quilt,[5] which received a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.[citation needed] In 1996, Schaech played the ambitious but self-absorbed lead singer of The Wonders in That Thing You Do!.[6] Schaech next played the male lead in the 1998 thriller Hush.[7] Also in 1996, he was featured as one of the most promising leading men of tomorrow on a Vanity Fair cover alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith and Benicio del Toro.[8]

In 1997, Schaech starred in the Australian comedy Welcome to Woop Woop.[9] Taking the role of a British military man, Schaech was in the independent feature Woundings in 1998,[10] for which he won Best Supporting Actor at the 2001 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.[11] He then accepted the role of Harry Houdini in TNT's Houdini in 1998.[12]

In 1999, Schaech starred in Finding Graceland[13] and Splendor.[14] He then shot a failed CBS pilot Partners opposite Marg Helgenberger.[15] He played the love interest of Jennifer Love Hewitt in the Party of Five spin-off, Time of Your Life,[16] which was canceled in the middle of its first season, on June 21, 2000.[17]

In 2000, Schaech starred in his first major play, David Rabe's A Question for Mercy, playing a Colombian-born gay Manhattanite dying of AIDS. He lost 35 pounds for the role.[18]


In 2001, Schaech filmed the role of the title character in Judas for ABC. The film was highly controversial and was pushed back for several years until Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ was released in 2004, opening a window for the network to air the film.[19]

In 2005, Schaech starred in Sea of Dreams,[20] which won director José Pepe Bojórquez the Silver Goddess award for best first work. In 2005, he was cast opposite his then wife, Christina Applegate, in Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas for CBS.[21] Schaech co-starred in the CBS pilot "Commuters".[22]

In 2006, Schaech starred in Little Chenier. The film won best picture and best ensemble at the Phoenix film festival.[23] In 2006, he was cast in the Lifetime television film Angels Fall.[24]

In 2007, Schaech took the lead in Sony's remake of Prom Night.[25] He received an MTV award nomination for best villain for his performance, losing to Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker.[26] In 2008, he appeared in science fiction film Quarantine.[27]

In 2010, Schaech played a Georgian army captain in the independent action film 5 Days of War.[28]


In 2013, Schaech appeared in the submarine thriller Phantom.[29] He was cast in the first season of Showtime's series Ray Donovan, appearing in five episode as an eccentric movie star, Sean Walker, and played the corn-rowed villain The Legend of Hercules, gaining 30 lbs of muscle to play the Egyptian mercenary Tarak.[30]

In 2014, Schaech joined the cast of History's miniseries Texas Rising, playing Colonel Sherman.[31]

In 2016, Schaech appeared in the television series Legends of Tomorrow as the DC Comics bounty hunter Jonah Hex.[32]


Schaech wrote his first book titled Rick Dempsey's Caught Stealing.[33]

Schaech has co-written a number of screenplays with Richard Chizmar, including Heroes (2002), Road House 2 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2006), based on a story by Miles Chapman, Masters of Horror The Washingtonians (Showtime, 2007), based on a story by Bentley Little and The Poker Club, based on the story by Ed Gorman.They have also co-written screenplays based on stories by Peter Crowther (Fear Itself: Eater, NBC/AXN Sci Fi, 2009), Lewis Shiner (Fear Itself: The Circle, NBC/AXN Sci Fi, 2009) and Stephen King (From A Buick 8 and Black House, both in production 2009).[34]

Personal lifeEdit

During the mid-1990s, Schaech often accompanied actress Ellen DeGeneres, who had not yet come out as a lesbian, to public events. Schaech was scheduled to appear in the episode of Ellen in which DeGeneres' character also came out as gay, but was unable to take part in filming.[35]

Schaech married actress Christina Applegate in October 2001 in Palm Springs. In December 2005, he filed for a divorce,[36] which became final in August 2007.[37]

In December 2009, Schaech became engaged to singer/actress Jana Kramer, whom he began dating in 2008.[38] They married on July 4, 2010, in Michigan but announced their separation one month later.[39] Their divorce was finalized in June 2011.[40]

Schaech married his third wife, music and book publicist Julie Solomon, in July 2013 in Ocean City, Maryland.[41] They have one son, Camden Quinn, born in September 2013.[42]

In 2018, Schaech alleged that director Franco Zeffirelli sexually assaulted him during the filming of Sparrow.[43]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Webbers Giampaolo TV movie
1993 Sparrow (AKA Storia di una capinera) Nino
1995 How to Make an American Quilt Leon
1995 The Doom Generation Xavier Red
1996 Poison Ivy II: Lily Gredin
1996 That Thing You Do! James (Jimmy) Mattingly II
1996 Invasion of Privacy Josh Taylor
1997 Welcome to Woop Woop Teddy
1998 Hush Jackson Baring
1998 Finding Graceland Byron Gruman
1998 Houdini Harry Houdini TV movie
1998 Woundings (aka Brand New World) Douglas Briggs
1999 Splendor Abel
1999 The Last Witness David J. McMillan TV movie
2000 If You Only Knew Parker Concorde
2000 The Giving Tree (aka Brutal Truth) James
2000 After Sex Matt
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Adam
2001 Sol Goode Happy
2001 The Forsaken Kit
2002 The Sweetest Thing Leather Coat Guy (uncredited)
2002 They Shoot Divas, Don't They? Trevor TV movie
2002 Heroes Francis
2002 Kiss the Bride Geoffrey 'Geoff' Brancati
2002 Blood Crime Daniel Pruitt
2004 Mummy and the Armadillo Jesse
2004 Judas Judas Iscariot
2005 Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas Matt Harrison
2005 8mm 2 David Huxley
2006 Sea of Dreams Marcelo
2006 Road House 2 Shane Tanner
2006 Little Chenier Beauxregard "Beaux" Dupuis
2007 Angels Fall Brody TV movie
2008 Living Hell Frank Sears
2008 Prom Night Richard Fenton
2008 Quarantine Fletcher
2009 The Poker Club (2009) Aaron Tyler
2009 Laid to Rest Johnny Direct-to-video
2010 Takers Scott
2011 5 Days of War Capt. Rezo Avaliani
2013 Phantom Pavlov
2013 Dark Circles Alex Direct-to-video
2014 Hercules: The Legend Begins Tarek
2014 Flight 7500 Pete Haining
2014 The Prince Frank Direct-to-video
2015 Vice Chris Direct-to-video
2016 Marauders Mims
2017 Arsenal Mikey
2017 Jackals Andrew Powell Direct-to-video
2018 Day of the Dead: Bloodline Max
2018 Reprisal Gabriel


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Outer Limits Andy Pace
2001 Time of Your Life John Maguire
2003 Arrested Development Goldstone
2009 Cold Case Julian Bellows
2011 CSI: Miami Joseph Crumbaugh
2013 Ray Donovan Sean Walker
2013 The Client List Greg Carlisle
2014 Star-Crossed Castor
2015 Sleepy Hollow Solomon Kent
2015 Texas Rising Col. Sydney Sherman
2015 Quantico Michael Parrish
2016-2018 Legends of Tomorrow Jonah Hex Season 1, Episode 11: "The Magnificent Eight"
Season 2, Episode 6: "Outlaw Country"
Season 3, Episode 18: "The Good, the Bad, and the Cuddly"
2016 Blue Bloods Detective Jimmy Mosley Season 6, Episode 19: "Blast From The Past"


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