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Johnathon Schaech emerged from a swimming pool in "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995) and the camera--if not most of the audience so inclined--fell in love. With his swarthy good looks, mischievous eyes and pouty lips, Schaech seemed destined for stardom. He had only been acting for a few years prior to this, most memorably as a stalker in a six episode arc on the short-lived series "Models, Inc." (Fox, 1994). His role of Leon in Jocelyn Moorhouse's "How to Make an American Quilt" was that of a local romeo enticing the confused Finn (Winona Ryder) into an affair. In addition, 1995 also saw the release of Gregg Araki's "The Doom Generation," in which Schaech essayed a sexy psychopathic drifter, and the direct-to-video "Poison Ivy II: Lily," with the bleached blonde actor romancing Alyssa Milano. Tom Hanks tapped the up-and-comer for the role of the leader of a rock band in Hanks' directorial debut, "That Thing You Do!" (1996). He further solidified his rising star status by appearing in Stephan Elliott's "Welcome to Woop Woop," as an American con artist who is held hostage in the Australian Outback by an eccentric local and in the key role of Jessica Lange's son and Gwyneth Paltrow's husband in the thriller "Hush" (both 1998). That same year he starred as the legendary illusionist in TNT's original biopic "Houdini."
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Played the lead in "Sparrow" for director Franco Zeffirelli; was credited as Jonathan Schaech
Made his screen-acting debut in TV movie "At Home with the Webbers"
Had the recurring role of a stalker on six episodes of "Models, Inc."
Made his TV debut on an episode of "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr."
Made his first feature collaboration with Gregg Araki, "The Doom Generation"
Was cast in his breakthrough role as Leon in "How to Make an American Quilt"
Played the lead singer in Tom Hanks' "That Thing You Do!"
Had the title role in the TNT biopic "Houdini"
Formed one leg of a romantic triangle as a music journalist in Gregg Araki's comedy "Splendor"
Made his TV series debut as a regular on "The Time of Your Life"
Portrayed the leader of a roving band of vampires in "The Forsaken"
Was cast as Judas Iscariot in the religious-themed TV-movie "Judas and Jesus" (ABC)
Had a cameo in "The Sweetest Thing," starring his then-wife Christina Applegate
Co-starred with Applegate in the CBS movie "James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas"
Was cast with Brittney Snow in the horror film, "Prom Night"
Appeared in the horror film "Quarantine"
Appeared in the ensemble crime thriller "Takers"
Had an extended character arc on the short-lived drama "The Client List"
Played the recurring role of Sean Walker on Showtime's "Ray Donovan"
Played Castor on sci-fi drama "Star-Crossed"
Was featured in the historical drama "To Appomattox"
Played Colonel Sherman on the western mini-series "Texas Rising"
Co-starred in the zombie apocalypse sequel "Day of the Dead: Bloodline"