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Dan Schneider


Full Name
Daniel James Schneider
Memphis, Tennessee
January 14, 1966 (age 58)
Songwriter, actor, screenwriter, producer, creating, and directing
Years Active
Lisa "Hungry Girl" Lillien
Warner Bros. Studios

Daniel "Dan" James Schneider is an American songwriter, actor, screenwriter, and producer of films and television shows. He is the creator of Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, iCarly, Victorious, Sam & Cat, Henry Danger and Game Shakers.

Early life

Schneider was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, to parents Harry and Carol Schneider. He attended Harvard University for one semester. After returning to Memphis, he worked repairing computers. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and eventually a screenwriting career.


Acting career

In the 1980s, Schneider co-starred in several films including Making the Grade and Better Off Dead. Schneider also co-starred in the films The Big Picture, Happy Together, and Hot Resort.

In 1986, Schneider played Dennis Blunden on the ABC television sitcom, Head of the Class. The series ran for five seasons from 1986 to 1991. In 1993, Schneider starred in the series, Home Free, and in 1994, he played Shawn Eckhardt in Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story, one of two made-for-television films about the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan scandal.

Schneider is well known for making cameo appearances in TV series that he has helped to create produce. He has made cameo appearances in All That (and its subsequent film, Good Burger, The Amanda Show, Zoey 101, and iCarly. Schneider also lends his voice to be used as a voiceover in many of his projects.

Writing/Producing career

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

Schneider is the creative force behind the following hit TV series (all shows aired on Nickelodeon):

Series Run Description
Game Shakers 2015 The series revolves around two seventh graders, Babe and Kenzie, who start a multi-million-dollar title gaming company and take on rap superstar Double G as their business partner. The series also features Double G's son, Triple G, whom the girls hire as a game consultant, and Hudson, who is a test dummy for experiments on games.
Henry Danger 2014 A 13-year-old boy named Henry, lands a part-time job as Kid Danger, a sidekick in training to super crime fighter Captain Man. Their colorful adventures throw Henry’s otherwise ordinary life absurdly out of balance, yet he must keep his new job a secret from his best friends, Charlotte and Jasper.
Sam & Cat 2013–2014 This show is a spinoff of iCarly and Victorious, starring Jennette McCurdy, Ariana Grande, and Cameron Ocasio. Sam & Cat first aired June 8, 2013. The show is about Sam and Cat becoming roommates and beginning a babysitting service. The first episode received over 4 million viewers, and ended at 36 episodes.
Victorious 2010–2013 Starring Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas lll, Ariana Grande, Avan Jogia, Elizabeth Gillies, Matt Bennett, and Daniella Monet. Victorious aired its pilot episode on March 27, 2010. The show revolves around Tori Vega, portrayed by Victoria Justice, an aspiring singer who attends a performing arts high school while getting into wacky, screwball situations on a daily basis. The premiere on March 27 was reported to be the highest-rated premiere for a live-action series in Nickelodeon history, and the second highest post-KCA premiere, after Penguins of Madagascar. It ended on February 2, 2013.
iCarly 2007–2012 Starring Miranda Cosgrove, Kayla Marie Lee, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor and Noah Munck. iCarly launched in September 2007, and was a great success: the most popular live-action show Nickelodeon has ever aired. iCarly was nominated for a Kids' Choice Award for Favorite TV Show in its first season, competing against Hannah Montana and Drake & Josh (another show by Dan Schneider). It won the award in its second and third years, 2009 and 2010, respectively. iCarly is about a girl who makes a web-show, and becomes famous because of it (www.iCarly.com). After its premiere, this series had cameo appearances in other TEENick Shows Schneider has created (Drake & Josh & Zoey 101). This show has 5 seasons (109 episodes).
Zoey 101 2005–2008 One of Nick's most popular series as well, Zoey 101 was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2005. The series star, Jamie Lynn Spears, is the younger sister of singer Britney Spears. Jamie Lynn won the Kids Choice Award for "Favorite Actress" in 2006, for her starring role in Zoey 101. In 2005, Zoey 101 was the #2 television show in America with the young teen audience, second only to American Idol. Zoey 101 was Schneider's first single-camera format program. Schneider also guest-starred in a Zoey 101 movie "Chasing Zoey." He played Lola Martinez and Vince Blake's cab driver to the prom but never actually got them there. It is believed that the Zoey 101 character Jeremiah Trottman played by Creagen Dow is patterned after a high school friend of Dan's.
Drake & Josh 2004–2007 Drake & Josh has won multiple Kids Choice Awards, and is one of Nickelodeon's all-time most popular series. It starred three actors from The Amanda Show, Drake Bell, Josh Peck, and Nancy Sullivan and Miranda Cosgrove from iCarly.

New Shows

In 2012, Dan began making two spin offs of iCarly: Sam & Cat and Gibby, but Gibby wasn't picked up. Dan is now creating a new show with Dana Olsen called Henry Danger.


Schneider has also been involved in movies. He has written the movie Good Burger, based on the All That skit which starred Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell (and features Schneider himself in a supporting role). The film was a successful moneymaker for Paramount Pictures, and has begun to enjoy "cult film" status over recent years.

Schneider also wrote and co-produced the movie Big Fat Liar which stared Amanda Bynes, Paul Giamatti, and Frankie Muniz. The film was a big success for Universal Studios, earning nearly $50 million in domestic box office alone.

As of 2007, Schneider had movies in development at both Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon's movie division.

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.


  • He graduated from White Station High School (Memphis, Tennessee) in 1982.
  • He attended various classes at Harvard University.
  • He played multiple vocal roles on his show, such as Tandy in Sam & Cat, and more rarely some physical appearances, though he played the cab driver in Zoey 101 episode, "Chasing Zoey" and a Secret Service Agent in iCarly episode, "iMeet the First Lady."
  • He also created "The Amanda Show".