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Travis Schuldt (born September 18, 1974)[1] is an American actor. He originated the role of Ethan Winthrop on Passions, and played the recurring roles of Keith Dudemeister on Scrubs, Rick/Subway on Community, and Ben Smith on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Travis Schuldt
Born (1974-09-18) September 18, 1974 (age 45)
Years active1999–present
Natalie Zea (m. 2014)

Personal lifeEdit

Schuldt was born in Topeka, Kansas. He became engaged to actress Natalie Zea after eleven years together, in June 2013. The couple married on July 16, 2014 in Hawaii.[2] In June 2015, they announced that they were expecting their first child together.[3][4] In October, 2015, Zea gave birth to a daughter.[5]


His theatre credits include Glengarry Glen Ross, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, and The Madwoman of Chaillot. Schuldt co-produced and starred in Sam Shepard's Icarus' Mother, James Kerwin's adaptations of Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis and Cardenio, and Amber Benson's Albert Hall.

Schuldt's first major television role was on the NBC soap opera Passions, in which he originated the role of Ethan Crane, before leaving the series at the end of his three-year contract in 2002. He played the recurring role of Keith Dudemeister on Scrubs from 2006 to 2009. He also has made appearances on other television shows, such as Veronica Mars, My Boys, True Jackson, VP, and Rules of Engagement, and was a regular on the ABC police drama 10-8: Officers on Duty from 2003 to 2004. He appeared in the 2007 horror films The Hitcher and Hack!.

In 2008, he appeared in the original pilot for the ABC sitcom Cavemen, as well as in an episode of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. That same year, Schuldt had roles in the comedy films Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous alongside Jessica Simpson and An American Carol. In October 2009, he guest-starred on the Fringe episode "Dream Logic" and the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episodes "The Gang Wrestles for the Troops", "The D.E.N.N.I.S. System", "Mac's Big Break", and "Dee Gives Birth" as recurring character Ben Smith. In March 2012, he guest-starred as Subway/Rick on the Community episode "Digital Exploration of Interior Design". Schuldt reprised his role on the season six episode "Advanced Safety Features" in April 2015. In November 2017, it was announced Schuldt would guest-star on General Hospital.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Midsummer Demetrius Short film
2002 Candy Luc
2005 Automatic Randall Dunn
2006 Mystery Woman: Oh Baby Evan Chandler Television film
2007 The Hitcher Deputy Harlan Bremmer, Jr.
2007 Hack! Tim
2008 From a Place of Darkness Miles Kody
2008 A Line in the Sand Newscaster
2008 Something's Wrong in Kansas Juice
2008 An American Carol Josh
2008 Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous SFC Harrison
2012 Hitting the Cycle Patrick
2013 This Magic Moment Clark Gable Hallmark film
2015 The Boy Next Door Ethan
2016 DriverX Harry Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1999–2002 Passions Ethan Winthrop Role held: July 5, 1999 – July 3, 2002
2003 JAG Petty Officer Marin Episode: "Empty Quiver"
2003 Baby Bob Tim Episode: "Don't Pass Me By"
2003–04 10-8: Officers on Duty Deputy Chase Williams Main cast; 12 episodes
2004 Veronica Mars Conner Larkin Episode: "An Echolls Family Christmas"
2006–09 Scrubs Keith Dudemeister 39 episodes
2007 My Boys Matt Dougan 2 episodes
2008 The Big Bang Theory Eric Episode: "The Codpiece Topology"
2009 Fringe Agent Kashner Episode: "Dream Logic"
2009–13 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Ben Smith 7 episodes
2010 True Jackson, VP Lance Whipple Episode: "The Hunky Librarian"
2010 Rules of Engagement Ryan Episode: "Harassment"
2010 In Plain Sight Patrick Hill Episode: "Death Becomes Her"
2011 Friends with Benefits Steve Episode: "The Benefit of Forgetting"
2012 CSI: NY Aaron Collins Episode: "Clean Sweep"
2012, 2015 Community Subway/Rick 2 episodes
2012 Melissa & Joey Travis Campbell Episode: "Eat, Pray, Date"
2013 Blue Bloods Ken Episode: "Quid Pro Quo"
2013 Kickin' It Chuck Banner Episode: "Sensei and Sensibility"
2014 The Mentalist Curtis Whitaker Episode: "The Golden Hammer"
2015 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Aron Derosa Episode: "The Last Ride"
2015 The Fosters Nate 2 episodes
2015 2 Broke Girls Terry Episode: "And the Inside-Outside Situation"
2018 Splitting Up Together Frank Episode: "Star of Milo"
2018 Heathers Coach Cox Recurring role
2018 American Horror Story Mr. Campbell Episode "The End"
2018 The Cool Kids Walt Episode: "Sid Comes Out"
2019 The OA Handley Episode: "Magic Mirror"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2011 L.A. Noire Bernard Metier Voice


  1. ^ "Catching up with....Travis Schuldt." Soap Opera Digest. August 12, 2013. p. 63.
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  5. ^ Leon, Anya (November 5, 2015). "Natalie Zea Welcomes Daughter Reygan". People. Patrick Gomez. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  6. ^ SOD (November 15, 2017). "Exclusive! Travis Schuldt To GH!". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Retrieved November 16, 2017.

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