Dan Schneider. biography
name: Dan Schneider
birth date: January 14, 1966
place of birth: Memphis,TN
Dan Schneider is one of the most consistent and successful creators of programming in television history. A producer, actor and screenwriter, he has created or executive produced TEN hit television series for Nickelodeon, including Drake & Josh, iCarly, Victorious, All That, Zoey 101, and Kenan & Kel. All of his shows have risen to the #1 position on the network, and several have received multiple Emmy nominations.
Schneider began his career as an actor,
starring for five seasons as wise-cracking computer whiz Dennis Blunden on the
popular ABC sitcom Head of the Class.
He had co-starring roles in movies such as
The Big Picture (Kevin Bacon) and
Better Off Dead (John Cusack). Schneider
has also written and produced feature films, including Big Fat Liar and
The New York Times has variously described Schneider as “the Norman Lear of children’s television” and “the Aaron Sorkin of teen sitcoms.” Forbes called him the “Willy Wonka of television,” and Variety has cited his “Jedi master-like acumen for creating shows that appeal to kids in the awkward years of adolescence.”
Through his many hit television shows, Schneider has helped launch the careers of numerous young actors, including Kenan Thompson, Nick Cannon, Ariana Grande, Taran Killam, and Victoria Justice. On March 29, 2014, many of these actors came together at the Kids' Choice Awards to present Schneider with Nickelodeon’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson – star of Schneider-produced Kenan & Kel, All That, and Good Burger – told the audience that Schneider’s comedy “has made more milk come out of more kids’ noses than anybody else.”
Schneider is an avid supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. In 2010, he took the entire casts of his shows iCarly and Victorious to St. Jude for a fundraising event to benefit children battling cancer.
Schneider lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lisa Lillien (plus a dog, a cat, and a few bunnies). Lillien, the founder of the popular Hungry Girl brand, is a multiple #1 New York Times best-selling author and created her own show on Food Network.