Johnathon Schaech ( SHEK; born September 10, 1969) is an American actor and screenwriter. He has been working as an actor since the early 90s.
During the mid-1990s, Schaech often accompanied actress Ellen DeGeneres, who had not yet come out as a lesbian, to public events. Schaech was scheduled to appear in the 1997 episode of Ellen in which DeGeneres' character also came out as gay but could not participate in the filming.Schaech married actress Christina Applegate in October 2001. In December 2005, he filed for a divorce citing irreconcilable differences, which became final in August 2007.Schaech's next marriage was to Jana Kramer on July 4, 2010, after announcing their engagement the previous December, but announced their separation one month later. Their divorce was finalized in June 2011.In 2013, Schaech spoke on Capitol Hill about the importance of arts education.Schaech's third marriage was to Julie Solomon, in July 2013. They have a son born in September 2013, and a daughter born in July 2020.On January 11, 2018, Schaech wrote an article in People Magazine, in which he stated that director Franco Zeffirelli sexually assaulted him during the filming of Sparrow (1993). Schaech wrote that the assault dented his confidence and caused trauma that led to his addictions to sex, drugs, and alcohol.In 2019, Schaech took part in the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) PSA, "Won't Stay Quiet" as a survivor of sexual violence.
Johnathon Schaech was born in Edgewood, Maryland, in 1969 to Joe, a Baltimore City law enforcement officer, and Joanne Schaech, a human resources executive. He is Catholic. Schaech has a sister, Renée. He went to University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he studied economics and took one acting class.