Dan Schneider

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Birthname(Other Names)
Daniel Schneider
Daniel J. Schneider
Daniel James Schneider
14 January 1966 (1966-Template:Pad2digit-Template:Pad2digit) (age 53)
Memphis, Tennessee
Lisa Lillien
One (Mike)
Harry and Carol Schneider
Known For:
creating, producing, acting in
and directing several films and television programs, including
All That
Work with Actor's/Actress's:

Daniel James Schneider (born January 14, 1966) is an actor, writer, and producer of movies and television. He is the president of his own production company called Schneider's Bakery, Inc.

Dan Schneider is sometimes credited as Daniel Schneider, Daniel J. Schneider, or Daniel James Schneider. His wife, Lisa Lillien, is the author of the "Hungry Girl" cookbooks. The girl that appears in the beginning of the iCarly themesong is the cartoon of Lisa Lillien on the cover of her books. He went to Memphis University School (MUS) for some of amount of years but graduated from White Station High School in 1982 and was the president of his senior class.


Graduated from White Station High School (Memphis, TN) in 1982.
Attended various classes at Harvard University


Warner Bros. Studios
Schneider's Bakery, Inc.

Acting career

In the mid-1980s, Schneider co-starred in several movies including Making the Grade (film) and Better Off Dead (film) starring John Cusack, which has become a popular cult classic.

Schneider also co-starred in the movies The Big Picture (film) starring Kevin Bacon and Happy Together starring Patrick Dempsey. He also starred in Hot Resort with Bronson Pinchot in 1985.

In 1986, Schneider became nationally well-known when he landed the role of Dennis Blunden on the ABC television sitcom Head of the Class. The series ran for 5 seasons from 1986 to 1991.

In 1992, Schneider starred in the series Home Free which starred Matthew Perry (actor), later of Friends fame. Schneider played best friend to Perry's character.

Later, after becoming a writer/producer, Schnieder began limiting his acting roles to ones he wrote for himself in his projects, produced, such as "Mr. Bailey" in Good Burger (a movie written and co-produced by Schneider). He sometimes makes cameos in episodes of the television show he creates.

Schneider also appeared in one episode of his show Zoey 101 where he played the crazy cab driver in the TV movie Chasing Zoey.



Year Film Role Notes

Tv Series

Year Film Role Notes
2000-2001 The Amanda Show Himself 2 episodes
2008 Zoey 101 Taxi Cab Driver 2 episodes
2010 Victorious Beck's Dad (voice) Episode 105: Jade Dumps Beck
January 16'2012 ICarly Himself (end credited) Short Guest Appearing at the end of episode 423
"iMeet The First Lady"

Writing/Producing career


Schneider's career shifted directions in 1993 when he began writing and producing a string of highly successful television shows.

The headline in a New York Times article (April 8, 2007) about Schneider called him "the master of a television genre."

Another New York Times article (September 7, 2007) said that Schneider "has become the Norman Lear of children's television."

Schneider is the creative force behind the following hit TV series:

Series Original run Description
Henry Danger Coming Soon 2014-present (Nickelodeon)
Sam & Cat 2013–present (Nickelodeon) Starring Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as their characters Sam Puckett and Cat Valentine from iCarly and Victorious, respectively. Sam and Cat become roommates and start a babysitting business to fund their adventures. This series is the first crossover spin-off of iCarly and Victorious. The series premiered on June 8, 2013.
Victorious 2010–2013 (Nickelodeon) Starring Victoria Justice as Tori Vega, Leon Thomas III as Andre Harris, Matt Bennett as Robbie Shapiro, Elizabeth Gillies as Jade West, Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine, Avan Jogia as Beck Oliver and Daniella Monet as Trina Vega, the series primarily centers on a teenage girl named Tori Vega, and the adventures and experiences she has with her friends at a performing arts school, Hollywood Arts. She gets a spot at the school after filling in for her older sister at a big showcase, and makes many friends who all have distinct personalities. Like Zoey 101 and iCarly, Victorious serves as an ensemble comedy while centering on a main character. Like Zoey 101, the series is presented in a letterbox format (unlike Zoey 101, it has a laugh track). The series premiered on March 27, 2010 after the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards. The series won Favorite TV Show at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards, ending iCarly's winning streak. The final episode aired on February 2, 2013.
iCarly 2007–2012 (Nickelodeon) Starring Miranda Cosgrove as Carly Shay, Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett, Nathan Kress as Freddie Benson, Jerry Trainor as Spencer Shay and Noah Munck as Gibby Gibson, iCarly debuted on September 8, 2007 and was an instant hit, and as of 2010, is the top-rated children's program on cable television, and also one of the most successful shows on cable. iCarly is about a group of friends: Carly, Sam and Freddie, who make a popular comedy web series called iCarly, and often get into strange and wacky situations. Based on early confidence, the network increased the first season order from 13 episodes to 22 episodes. iCarly was nominated for a [[Kids' Choice Award in its first season, competing against Hannah Montana and Drake & Josh (another series created by Dan Schneider, in which Cosgrove and Trainor previously starred in), and later won Kids' Choice Awards in 2009, 2010, and 2011 for Favorite TV Show. It was also nominated for an Emmy award in 2012. iCarly is the longest running live-action sitcom in Nickelodeon history, with more than 100 episodes. The series finale aired on November 23, 2012. Schneider appeared in the final episode, as did his wife, Lisa Lillien.
Zoey 101 2005–2008 (Nickelodeon) Zoey 101 was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2005. The series, starring Jamie Lynn Spears (the younger sister of singer Britney Spears) as Zoey Brooks, Paul Butcher as Dustin Brooks, Sean Flynn as Chase Matthews, Kristin Herrera as Dana Cruz, Victoria Justice as Lola Martinez, Christopher Massey as Michael Barrett, Austin Butler as James Garrett, Alexa Nikolas as Nicole Bristow, Erin Sanders as Quinn Pensky and Matthew Underwood as Logan Reese, was the No. 2 television show in America with the young teen audience, second only to American Idol. Though Zoey was the primary focus of the series, the show was basically an ensemble comedy. It featured somewhat of a revolving door cast with only Spears and four other cast members appearing in all four seasons (Paul Butcher, Christopher Massey, Erin Sanders and Matthew Underwood). Zoey 101 was Schneider's first and to date only single-camera format program and the first to be presented in a letterbox format. Schneider also guest-starred in the Zoey 101 series finale "Chasing Zoey", playing a cab driver.
Drake & Josh 2004–2007 (Nickelodeon) Drake & Josh has won multiple Kids' Choice Awards, and is one of Nickelodeon's all-time most popular series. Three of the actors in the main cast were also in The Amanda Show: Drake Bell, Josh Peck, and Nancy Sullivan; Miranda Cosgrove and Jonathan Goldstein rounded out the main cast. The series centered on Drake Parker (Bell) and Josh Nichols (Peck), two polar opposite teenage boys, who become stepbrothers when Drake and Megan's mother (Sullivan) and Josh's father (Goldstein) get married. Drake's scheming and underachieving ways and Josh's awkwardness and haplessness end up giving way to many sticky situations that the two try to get out of.
What I Like About You 2002–2006 (The WB) What I Like About You starred Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth, formerly of Beverly Hills 90210, and centered on two sisters: Valerie Tyler (Garth), a PR consultant whose younger sister, Holly (Bynes), moves in with her after their father accepts a job in Japan. The show had a four-year successful run on the WB network, just before the WB and UPN merged into the "CW" network. The series, co-created by Schneider and former Friends writer/producer Wil Calhoun, is one of only two series Schneider created that was produced for broadcast network television. Schneider was an executive producer during the show's first two seasons.
The Amanda Show 1999–2002 (Nickelodeon) The Amanda Show was a sketch comedy series, starring Amanda Bynes, that earned multiple Kids' Choice Awards. Although the show ended production in 2002, it continued to air in reruns on Nickelodeon through 2007. Schneider himself often appeared on The Amanda Show as a frustrated old man who was frequently the victim of strange prank phone calls.
Guys Like Us 1998–1999 (UPN) Guys Like Us is a short-lived sitcom that ran on UPN for 13 episodes from 1998 to 1999. Starring Bumper Robinson, Maestro Harrell and Chris Hardwick, the series centered on Jared Harris (Robinson) and Sean Barker (Hardwick), two twenty-something bachelors who are faced with the task of taking care of Jared's precocious six-year-old brother Maestro (Harrell), who comes to live with them after Jared's father accepts a freelance position overseas. The premise of a younger sibling moving in with their older sibling after a parent gets a job overseas would later be applied to the premise of the Schneider-created series What I Like About You years later, as well as iCarly. The series is one of only two series Schneider created that was produced for broadcast network television.
Kenan & Kel 1996–2000 (Nickelodeon) Kenan & Kel was a show about two boys living in Chicago, Illinois, who also visited places throughout the show such as Detroit and Kansas City. Kenan (Kenan Thompson) was a high school student with a job at the grocery store, while Kel (Kel Mitchell) was his clumsy, orange soda-loving friend. Schneider guest-starred in an episode and was an executive producer during the first two seasons. He continued working as a consultant for the remainder of the series.
All That 1994–2005 (Nickelodeon) All That is a sketch comedy show, often referred to by the media as the "little brother" of Saturday Night Live. All That won multiple Cable Ace Awards and Kids' Choice Awards. It was one of the longest-running live action series ever on Nickelodeon. The show featured many different comedy sketches, including the popular "Good Burger" sketch (which spun off a 1997 film of the same name). It also featured musical appearances by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Barenaked Ladies, Usher, Mandy Moore, Aaron Carter, 'N Sync, Avril Lavigne, among others. Schneider quit All That after the first four seasons to run The Amanda Show. The show's ratings soon declined, and it was cancelled in the 2000–2001 season. Nickelodeon then asked Schneider to come back and revamp All That in 2001. Schneider agreed, and All That returned to Nickelodeon in 2002. It ran for another four seasons until 2005, bringing All That to the end of its 10-season run.

Schneider has also been involved in films. He wrote the film Good Burger which starred Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell (and featured Schneider himself in a supporting role). The film was a successful moneymaker for Paramount Studios, and has begun to enjoy "cult film" status over recent years. Good Burger (the film) was spun off from a popular comedy sketch which Schneider produced on his Nickelodeon television show All That.

Schneider also wrote and co-produced the film Big Fat Liar which starred Frankie Muniz, Amanda Bynes, Paul Giamatti and Donald Faison. The film earned nearly $52 million in domestic box office.

As of 2007, Schneider has films in development at Warner Bros. Studios and Nickelodeon Movies.

Common elements in Zoey 101, Drake & Josh, and iCarly

Schneiders work, in particular Zoey 101, Drake & Josh, and iCarly, have a few common elements:

  • The use of the phrase "What up?" in place of "What's up?".
  • Making common scenarios more complicated and humorous.
  • The use of the slang word "skunkbag".
  • Saying "Oh my god!", rather than "Oh my gosh!" or "Oh my goodness!".
  • Parodies of consumer products, pop culture, and places (See below).
  • Current shows by Schneider starring people from previous shows he produced (Jamie Lynn Spears: All That - Zoey 101, Drake Bell, Josh Peck, and Nancy Sulivan: The Amanda Show - Drake & Josh, and Miranda Cosgrove: Drake & Josh - iCarly).
  • As seen on Drake and Josh and iCarly: Each main charater only has mentioned one parent (such as they never mentioned Drake or Megan's father or Josh or Carly's mother).
  • Talking about hobos.
  • Rewording common phrases or terms, usually in ways that don't make sense to others.
  • In addition, these shows contain references to each other, such as the iCarly website being seen in Zoey 101 & the iCarly theme song being heard as ringtone in a few episodes. Also, In one episode of iCarly there was a hotel mentioned in the episode called the Parker-Nichols Hotel (Drake Parker and Josh Nichols).
  • Saying well in a sarcastic way.
  • Colorful graphics used to change scenequences or show opening credits.
  • Aggressive school nurses.
  • A bunny named Cookie.
  • Starting a new subject in a conversation until something odd interupts.
  • Using the word "nub".
  • Using the word "suckish".
  • Using the word "nutbar".
  • Saying a noun with two words in a reverse order and using them in a sentence, such as convenient store - "Wow, this store is really convenient" or living room - "A room in which we live".
  • A different website for a specific need such as trampolines, monkeys, cotton swabs, ect.
  • References to Dan Schneider himself.
  • Theme tunes sung by a main character of the show.
  • Repeating the names of cities with unusual names like "Prague"

Personal life

In 2002 Schneider married Lisa Lillien, the founder and president of "Hungry Girl", a free daily email that features dieting tips, recipes, food finds, and food news.


Pictures of Dan Schneider
Dan Schneider with
the iCarly Casts & David Archuleta
Dan Schneider with Miranda & her friend Drake Bell & Dan Schneider Dan Schneider with Kenan Thomson
Dan Schneider with the iCarly casts Dan Schneider with Miranda & her friend Drake Bell and Dan Schneider Dan Schneider with Kenan Thomson
Pictures of Dan Schneider's Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award
goes to...
Dan Schneider!

Dan Schneider had won the
"Lifetime Achievement Award"
Dan Schneider's Nickelodeon Lifetime Achievement Award


Schneider's son, Mike, owns flatfacefingerboards and is a well known "fingerboarder" on YouTube. He also has a Godson named Nick

  • Here is "Mike Schneider" (Son of Dan Schneider) Youtube: "Click Here"

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