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Before catapulting to child stardom in Silver Spoons, Shroder made his acting debut at the age of 9 in the 1979 remake of the boxing film The Champ, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture. He then went on to star in a few minor films before getting his big break playing Ricky Stratton on Silver Spoons, the adorable yet slightly uptight kid who moves in with his really rich (and really childish) dad, played by Joel Higgins. TV execs were aiming to create an innocent TV version of the 1981 film Authur which starred Dudley Moore –without the booze.