Actor Ricky Schroder has a familiar face thanks to “NYPD Blue,” “Lonesome Dove,” “Silver Spoons” and the movie for which he won a Golden Globe Award, “The Champ.” The girl with him kinda looks familiar, mostly because she’s his daughter Cambrie.
The photo is from the movie they made together, “Our Wild Hearts” which is scheduled to debut on the Hallmark Movie Channel on cable/satellite on March 9. (Editor’s note: as of late summer 2013, the DVD is available.)
Turns out, the whole family got in on the production of the movie.
And then there’s Tommy, the equine character actor who stars as the mustang Bravo.
A family movie produced by a family
When their teenage daugther Cambrie told them she wanted to be an actor, the Schroders reportedly had mixed emotions. Dad Ricky Schroder had been an actor since age 3. He’s said to have wanted to grant her a warm friendly setting, as opposed to a set full of strangers, where she could hone her acting chops.
So, Ricky and Cambrie’s mother Andrea wrote “Our Wild Hearts,” which is about a Malibu girl who goes into the Sierra Nevadas to meet her father for the first time and ends up falling in love with a wild Mustang.
Much of the Schroder family is in the movie, too. Cambrie’s brothers Luke and Holden step in to play rival brothers after that mustang, youngest daughter Faith has a role, so does mom Andrea and even the family dog Ziggy shows up onscreen.
Non-Schroders in the cast include Martin Kove (“Karate Kid”) and Chris Massaglia (“Cirque Du Freak: The Vampires Assistant”). And Tommy the horse.
Tommy, the horse that plays Bravo
A horse story seemed to be a logical vehicle for Cambrie, who’s been riding for years, and her father who rode western in “Lonesome Dove.”
Tommy has a long list of movie and TV credits, that include “Evan Almighty,” “Garfield 2,” “Project X,” “Walk Hard” and “Charlie Wilson’s War” as well as the upcoming”Oz the Great and Powerful.”
The equine actor also portrayed Calamity Jane’s horse in the TV series “Deadwood ” and Lee Majors’ regular horse in “Trail to Hope Rose.” He’s been on many TV shows including “Big Love,” “The Unit,” “Carnival,” and “The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Like many a working actor, he’s done some commercials for Firestone, Anthem Blue Cross and Western Structures.
When Tommy’s not in front of the cameras, he’s a working horse on the Forsberg Ranch in California.
To find out more about the Schroder Family project “Our Wild Hearts” check in for updates at the movie’s website on the Hallmark Movie Channel and on Twitter via @RickySchroder or @CambrieSchroder.
Check your local cable/satellite listings for the March 9 debut.
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