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Whatever happened to Ricky Schroder, who was Ricky Stratton in "Silver Spoons"? My sister says he died a few years ago. - S.C., Dunwoody, Ga.

STATS: Born April 13, 1970, in Staten Island, N.Y. as Richard Schroder. Tutored privately and attended high school in Connecticut when he wasn't working. He's single.IN EARLY YEARS: Schroder's first show biz experience was in a diaper commercial when he was 3 months old. After 50 commercials and some modeling, he broke into movies in the 1979 remake of "The Champ" with Jon Voight. He went on to do features "The Last Flight of Noah's Ark" and "The Earthling," and TV movies "Little Lord Fauntleroy," "Two Kinds of Terrible" and "Something in the Night." He co-starred in the TV series "Silver Spoons," 1982-86, and continued making features: "Pale Rider," "Murphy's Law" and "The Fury."

FAMOUS FOR: His ability to cry on cue when he was small and his reputation as a nice young man.

IN RECENT YEARS: Schroder put college on hold to continue acting. He has been in the TV miniseries "Lonesome Dove" and TV movies "Too Young the Hero," "Out on the Edge" and "Terror on Highway 91." He is now billed as Rick Schroder.

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