Johnathon Schaech has been in the entertainment arena for over two decades but has not lost his aura and charm in any way. He burst onto the scene as the singer, Jimmy, in That Thing You Do! film band The Wonders (a.k.a. Oneders) in 1996. Since then, he has shown incredible versatility as an actor. Besides his acting prowess, he is also an accomplished writer, director, and producer.
Johnathon Schaech – Bio (Ethnicity)
Of German, French, English, and Italian origin, Johnathon Schaech was born on the 10th day of September 1969. Schaech was raised a Roman Catholic in Edgewood, Maryland. He stumbled into acting while studying economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMBC). He took one acting class which proved to be a step in the right direction as he would later foster a career in acting in the long run. While in school, he also belonged to the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
Schaech was born to Joe, a Baltimore City law enforcement officer, and Joanne Schaech, a human resources executive. He has a sister named Renée. Following his education, he sought for the big life and pursued his desire for stardom. He heeded his father’s advice to aim higher, ditching Chippendales, a dance troupe who offered him a job and flew him to Los Angeles in 1989, to sign with Wilhelmina West. For the next three years, he did commercials and received some minor parts in movies and at the same time, he also studied acting until 1993.
Some of his early acting projects include How to Make an American Quilt (1995), Tom Hank‘s directorial debut That Thing You Do! (1996), the Australian comedy, Welcome to Woop Woop (1997), Hush (1998), Houdini (1998) where he played the titular character and Woundings (1998) as a British military man. For his role in the latter film, Schaech won the Best Supporting Actor at the 2001 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.
He also appeared in Finding Graceland and Splendor in 1999. Upon entering the new millennium, Johnathon landed his first major play role in 2000 as a Colombian gay man named Manhattanite who was dying of AIDS in A Question for Mercy. From then, he would go on to star in a number of other notable films as well as TV shows. He filmed the role of the eponymous character in ABC’s Judas in 2001 but the project was eventually released in 2004 after Mel Gibson‘s The Passion of Christ which starred Jim Caviezel in the lead role.
In 2002, he had an uncredited role in the film The Sweetest Thing, co-starring Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair, as well as starred in Kiss the Bride. Schaech proceeded with the 2005 film Sea of Dreams and was also cast in CBS’ Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas. He followed it up with the 2006 film, Little Chenier which won the best picture and best ensemble at the Phoenix film festival. The same year, he joined the cast members of Lifetime TV film Angels Fall.
He took the lead role in the 2007 Sony’s remake of Prom Night for which he received an MTV award nomination for best villain which was eventually snagged by Heath Ledger‘s portrayal of the Joker. The Syfy film Quarantine followed in 2008 and the action indie 5 Days of War in 2011. In 2013, Johnathon Schaech appeared in the submarine thriller Phantom which also starred Ed Harris and was cast in a recurring role in the first season of the TV series Ray Donovan as Sean Walker, an eccentric movie star.
His other films and TV works include The Legend of Hercules (2014) where he played DC Comics Jonah Hex, Quantico (2015), Texas Rising (2014), Legends of Tomorrow (2016), an episode of Blue Bloods in 2016, then Day of the Dead: Bloodline and Reprisal in 2018.
Apart from acting, Schaech has also done some works behind the scene such as writing screenplays alongside Richard Chizmar, and production. Some of their works include Heroes (2002), Road House 2 (2006), and Showtime’s Masters of Horror The Washingtonians (2007). Moreover, he is accredited as an author; his first book is titled Rick Dempsey’s Caught Stealing.
Schaech is still very much around in the industry and continues to serve incredible roles to the delight of his fans and producers.
His Net Worth
Johnathon Schaech has made his mark in the entertainment industry but does not have a plan of stopping anytime soon. As such, his earnings are expected to keep increasing. It is currently estimated to be $15 million.
Johnathon Schaech was married to actress Christina Applegate from October 2001 until their marriage hit the rocks four years later when he filed for divorce in December 2005. The divorce was finalized in August 2007. Three years later, he gave matrimony a chance again when he hitched the ride with country singer/actress Jana Kramer on July 4, 2010.
The duo began dating in 2008 and got engaged in December 2009. However, one month after their nuptials, they announced their separation, finalizing their divorce in June 2011.
He is now married to Julie Solomon who is a music and book publicist. They tied the knot in July 2013 and have a son named Camden Quinn (b. September 2013).
Johnathon Schaech’s Height
Schaech is an incredible actor and does whatever he can to bring his characters to life, including altering his body physique by either losing or gaining weight. To play the AIDS patient in A Question for Mercy, he lost 35 pounds for the role and in 2014, while playing the Egyptian mercenary, Tarak in Hercules, Johnathon Schaech gained 30 lbs of muscle.
He is 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall. The slim body built, dark brown-haired and green-eyed actor weighs about 78 kg (171 pounds).