Q+A Rick Schroder

Sept. 23, 2002
Sept. 23, 2002

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Sept. 23, 2002

Q+A Rick Schroder

After giving up his NYPD Blue badge last year, the 32-year-old
actor goes from the streets of New York to the great outdoors as
the host of ESPN's The New American Sportsman.

This is an article from the Sept. 23, 2002 issue Original Layout

SI: Are you contractually obligated to bare your butt on

Schroder: Only if the ratings go really low.

SI: You were born on Staten Island. How big an outdoorsman are

Schroder: I've been involved with fishing and hunting since I was
about nine. I love the outdoors.

SI: Is it true that William Holden first introduced you to
hunting in 1980 while you were both filming The Earthling in

Schroder: True. We went rabbit hunting with .22 rifles, and he
let me do the shooting. I think I missed everything.

SI: You made a nice transition from child star to adult actor.
How disappointed are you that you haven't been the subject of an
E! True Hollywood Story?

Schroder: It's not over yet. There's still time.

SI: Did Curt Gowdy, the host of the original American Sportsman
show, give you any advice?

Schroder: I spoke to him briefly one time, and he basically told
me to enjoy it and make it a good time because it was a great
part of his life.

SI: Should we be scared or excited by the prospect of upcoming
guest Jane Seymour's shark fishing?

Schroder: Dr. Quinn? I'm sure she's going to do fine.

SI: Where is the 1980 Golden Globe you won for The Champ?

Schroder: It sits on a desk at home, and when I need to keep the
door open, it serves as a door opener.

SI: Any chance of an American Sportsman show featuring you, David
Caruso and Jimmy Smits?

Schroder: [Laughs.] That actually would be a hoot.

SI: You and Brad Pitt were track-star brothers in the 1991 film
Across the Tracks. Who wins that race today?

Schroder: Well, I certainly won it then. I don't know about now.
It depends if he's quit smoking.

SI: Finally, how dangerous would it be if one of the celebrity
guests on the show called you Ricky while you had a hunting rifle
in your hands?

Schroder: I'll tell you what: Only one of us is coming out of the
woods. --R.D.

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