Dan Schneider is the creator of many of the most successful children’s TV shows in history. With a career that spans four decades, he became a fixture on-camera and behind the scenes in many roles, including actor, producer and screenwriter.
You may know Dan Schneider from his five seasons as the wise-cracking computer whiz Dennis Blunden on the ABC sitcom Head of the Class. He also appeared in major feature films such as The Big Picture with Kevin Bacon and Better Off Dead starring John Cusack.
Dan’s screenplay credits include Big Fat Liar, starring Frankie Muniz and Amanda Bynes, and the film adaptation of All That’s classic sketch Good Burger, starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, two stars whose careers Schneider helped launch.
Dan Schneider continues to be a seminal force in children’s programming, having served as executive producer or creator of 10 hit television series for Nickelodeon, and earning multiple Emmy nominations. Some of his classic works include Drake & Josh, iCarly,Victorious, All That, Zoey 101 and Kenan & Kel, still-popular shows that provided big breaks for stars like Ariana Grande, Taran Killam, Miranda Cosgrove, Nick Cannon, Victoria Justice, Drake Bell and Josh Peck.
Dan Schneider’s dedication to producing quality programming and fostering budding careers earned him glowing reviews from his peers throughout the years. He has been called “the Norman Lear of children’s television” and “the Aaron Sorkin of teen sitcoms.” Forbes called him the “Willy Wonka of television.” Variety has cited his “Jedi master-like acumen for creating shows that appeal to kids in the awkward years of adolescence.”
On March 29, 2014, many of Dan Schneider’s former actors came together at the Kids' Choice Awards to present him with Nickelodeon’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson – star of Dan 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.”
That night in his speech, Dan summed up his gratitude:
"To all you guys on this stage here with me: I love making television so much. You know how much I love making comedy, TV and funny stuff. I feel so lucky getting to spend my days hanging out with people as talented and hilarious and wonderful as you. So, thank you for making my life great and every day SO FREAKING FUN!!!"
Schneider is an avid supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. In 2010, Dan 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.