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John Schneider

John Schneider

American actor and singer
John Schneider
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Intro American actor and singer
A.K.A. John Richard Schneider
Is Actor Television actor Singer Film producer Screenwriter Film actor Songwriter Stage actor Voice actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 8 April 1960, Mount Kisco, USA
Age 61 years
Star sign Aries
Spouse: Tawny Little
Country music
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John Richard Schneider (born April 8, 1960) is an American actor and country music singer. He is best known for his portrayal of Beauregard "Bo" Duke in the American television action/comedy series The Dukes of Hazzard (opposite Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach and James Best), Jonathan Kent in the 2001–11 TV series Smallville, and James "Jim" Cryer on the television series The Haves and the Have Nots, created by Tyler Perry.

Alongside his acting career, Schneider has been a singer since the early 1980s, releasing nine studio albums and a greatest hits package, as well as eighteen singles. This total includes "I've Been Around Enough to Know", "Country Girls", "What's a Memory Like You", and "You're the Last Thing I Needed Tonight", all of which reached the top of the Billboard country singles charts.

Early life

Schneider was born on April 8, 1960, in Mount Kisco, New York, the youngest of three sons of Shirley Conklin and John "Jack" Schneider III, a pilot who had served in the U.S. Air Force. His family included an older brother Robert, an artist living in southern New York. His other brother died before his birth. John's life as an entertainer began at the age of eight, when he put on magic shows for his peers and their families. This once got him into trouble, when he had himself chained up and tossed into a swimming pool with the intention of re-creating Harry Houdini's legendary escape act. When he was 14, he and his mother moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where his love for performing continued. He went to North Springs High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia.


Acting career

Schneider with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan during a taping of NBC's Christmas in Washington special in 1982.

At the age of 17, he won the role of Bo Duke, working alongside another newcomer Tom Wopat and veteran actor James Best. For his audition, he "borrowed a dilapidated pickup truck, put on a big ol' country accent and funky hat. I hadn't shaved and went in toting a beer. I don't know whether they believed it or not, but they liked it." Schneider learned to drive the iconic Dodge Charger in the show, but to the disappointment of many fans, he admitted he never jumped the car due to the dangerous nature of the stunt.

At the height of the series' popularity, he also became a recording artist and a face of merchandise. In 1982, a tangle of legal suits with the producers over the distribution of merchandising royalties sent Schneider and co-star Tom Wopat leaving the show for most of a season. They returned to their roles in February 1983, only after their claims were satisfied. The show was canceled in 1985, after 7 seasons. Schneider directed the series finale, titled Opening Night at the Boar's Nest, airing originally on CBS, February 8, 1985.

In 2001, he portrayed Jonathan Kent, the adoptive father of Clark Kent on Smallville, starring in 100 episodes before his character was killed off. Schneider directed some episodes of Smallville, including "Talisman". Some episodes contain references to Schneider's work in The Dukes of Hazzard, e.g. the season five episode "Exposed" is notable for reuniting Schneider with his former Dukes co-star Tom Wopat. Schneider guest starred for the latter half of season five appearing in the episodes "Void" and "Oracle". Schneider returned for the season 10 premiere of Smallville, reprising his role as Jonathan Kent in a recurring role.

Schneider has appeared in many films and TV series, including five guest spots on Hee Haw and the miniseries 10.5. He had a recurring role on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and made guest appearances on such shows as Diagnosis: Murder, Touched by an Angel, JAG and Walker, Texas Ranger.

In 2009, Schneider made an appearance on CSI in an episode titled "Kill Me If You Can". He appeared in the first season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, in which his real-life son Chasen Schneider had a recurring role. During the summer of 2008 and early 2009, John portrayed "Marshall Bowman". He declined to continue through the second season and his character was killed off.

In 2010, Schneider appeared in the series Leverage as a corrupt music executive in the season three episode "The Studio Job", and in several episodes of Desperate Housewives as a retired military man and father of Keith Watson (Brian Austin Green), the love interest of Bree Van de Kamp.

In 2011, he starred in the film Doonby, as a drifter who comes into a small town and makes it better. However, a menacing force stalks him. "It's It's a Wonderful Life without the wonderful part," Schneider explains. "'Reach down into the throat of It's a Wonderful Life, pull it inside out and make a movie out of it."

He returned to the role of Bo Duke, alongside Tom Wopat as Luke Duke, in a 2014 commercial for Autotrader.com.

Filmmaking career

In addition to acting, John Schneider owns and operates the John Schneider Studios (JSS) where he writes and produces independent films in Holden, Louisiana. John Schneider Studios (JSS) has created an infrastructure to give independent filmmakers all the tools they need to create their stories and films in one location.

Music career

Schneider performing in 2008

During Schneider's Dukes of Hazzard days, he also entered into music. It was in the early 80's that Schneider would sign with Scotti Brothers Label and release his debut full-length, Now or Never, which peaked at #8 on the US Country Billboard charts. Also from the album came "It's Now or Never," a remake of the Elvis Presley hit, which peaked at #4 on the US Country Billboard charts in 1981 and remains the top charting Elvis cover of all time in any genre to date. Continuing to release albums year after year, Schneider released Quiet Man and If You Believe and in 1984, signed with MCA Nashville. Through MCA Nashville, Schneider released Too Good to Stop Now which included his first #1 hits, "I've Been Around Enough to Know" and "Country Girls," also peaking at #1 on the CAN Country music charts, cementing his way into the country music world. The following year, Schneider unleashed Tryin' To Outrun the Wind, followed by A Memory Like You which debuted at #1 on the US Country Billboard charts, a first for Schneider. Off the album A Memory Like You came "What's a Memory Like You (Doing In A Love Like This)" and "You're The Last Thing I Needed Tonight," singles which both peaked at #1 on the US Country Billboard charts and CAN Country. In the late 80's, Schneider continued releasing albums including his Greatest Hits record. Taking some time off to pursue acting opportunities, Schneider would return with Worth The Wait, John's Acoustic Christmas, The Promise and Home For Christmas, with The Dukes of Hazzard co-star Tom Wopat in 2014.

John Schneider at a meet and greet 2019

In 2019, on January 29, LIVE, at a filming of the TV show "Good Rockin' Tonight," John Schneider was Inducted on the air into The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "I hadn't done music since 1990. People responded to that music, and one thing led to another," shares Schneider. "It's funny. Even though I had a bunch of No. 1 songs, people say, 'Oh, I love that Dukes of Hazzard song you sang!' Well, I didn't sing it, Waylon Jennings sang it. I'm famous for music by a song I never sang. Crazy." More than a dozen artists are joining Schneider in recording songs for Odyssey, including Tanya Tucker, John Conlee, Steve Wariner, Collin Raye, Mark Wills, Jamie O'Neal, Heidi Newfield, Bobby Bare, Kelly Lang, Jim Brown, Danny Shirley, Doug Supernaw and Marty Raybon, among others. More information about Odyssey can be found by visiting Schneider's website.

Theater career

Schneider has also been involved with a number of stage performances: 42nd Street [Pittsburgh, PA (Regional)] Pittsburgh CLO Revival, 2006 Julian Marsh [Replacement] Chicago [Broadway] Broadway Revival, 1996 Billy Flynn [Replacement] Grand Hotel [Broadway] Original Broadway Production, 1989 Felix Von Gaigern [Replacement] (source: Broadway World)

Audio book career

Schneider took part In the "Word Of Promise" Audio Bible series, which featured the voices of many famous actors and actresses. He voiced James in the Book of James.

Dancing with the Stars

On September 12, 2018, Schneider was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on season 27 of Dancing with the Stars. His professional partner was Emma Slater. They became the sixth couple to be eliminated from the competition on November 5, alongside DeMarcus Ware and his professional partner Lindsay Arnold.

Personal life

In 1982, Schneider co-founded the Children's Miracle Network with Marie Osmond and her brothers. In 1995, he founded FaithWorks Productions in order to produce family-oriented videos and recordings. In 1998, Schneider became a born-again Christian while living with Johnny and June Carter Cash for a short time, and speaking with Johnny about Christianity.

Schneider has become involved in animal advocacy. He loves underwater sports and has been always defending underwater life. He read from Karen Dawn's book Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking The Way We Treat Animals at its New York book launch. In a Washington Post article he discussed the effects of the book and the people he met through the event on his life. He was moved to record a personal video, which is available on YouTube and on the book's website, in which he talks of his shock upon learning about the way animals are treated by human society, and mentions the award-winning documentary Earthlings, which is about the human dependence on animals for a variety of resources. Schneider has been vegan since 2010.

Schneider was married to former Miss America Tawny Elaine Godin from 1983 to 1986. He married his second wife, Elly Castle, on July 11, 1993. On December 12, 2014, TMZ.com reported that Castle had filed for divorce., which, as of September 5, 2018, is still pending. They have three children, Leah and Chasen (born 1991), both of whom are Castle's children from her first marriage, and their daughter Karis. Since April 2015 Schneider has been in a relationship with Alicia Allain, his producing partner and owner of Maven Entertainment. Alicia is also his personal and professional manager.

Schneider was good friends with James Best, who played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazzard, until his death on April 6, 2015, at age 88.

On June 12, 2018, Schneider spoke to Fox News regarding his upcoming three day jail sentence for failing to pay alimony to his estranged wife Elvira Castle. He said he has had hard financial times and he has spent his money on repairing his studio in Louisiana which was destroyed in a March 2016 flood. He was arrested at 10:29 AM and released at 3:45 PM. The short imprisonment was due to the overcrowded prison. He contrasted the warm treatment of the prison guards to the "guilty until proven innocent" treatment he received in the court system. However, he still has to do 240 hours of community service and pay the debt to Elvira, or else he would face an imprisonment of five years.



Year Album Chart positions Label
1981 It's Now or Never 8 37 Scotti Brothers
White Christmas 39 155
1982 Quiet Man
1983 If You Believe
1984 Too Good to Stop Now 4 111 MCA
1985 Tryin' to Outrun the Wind 15
A Memory Like You 1
1986 Take the Long Way Home 17
1987 You Ain't Seen the Last of Me 41
Greatest Hits 22
1996 Worth the Wait FaithWorks
2003 Hell This Ain't Heaven Johnnelly
2009 John's Schneider's Favorite Hits, Vol. 1 self-released
John's Schneider's Favorite Hits, Vol. 2
John's Schneider's Favorite Hits, Vol. 3
Lost Schneider, Vol. 1
Lost Schneider, Vol. 2
John's Acoustic Christmas
2014 Home for Christmas (with Tom Wopat) 8 Distribution 13
2016 Ruffled Skirts Maven Music
2017 Hell This Ain't Heaven
2018 The Odyssey: The Journey
The Odyssey: Vagabond
The Odyssey: Awakening
The Odyssey: Crossroads
The Odyssey: Wanderlust
The Odyssey: Beginnings
Greatest Hits: Still
Merry Christmas Baby
John Schneider's Greatest Hits: Still!
2019 Redneck Rebel . https://open.spotify.com/album/68d8IRSphrflyLMKgQV2Lx
Odyssey Project
Recycling Grace


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1981 "It's Now or Never" 4 14 5 7 5 It's Now or Never
"Them Good Ol' Boys Are Bad" 13 12
"Still" 69 32
1982 "Dreamin'" 32 45 21 28 19 Quiet Man
"In the Driver's Seat" 56 72 36
1983 "Are You Lonesome Tonight" (with Jill Michaels) 57 If You Believe
"If You Believe" 81
1984 "I've Been Around Enough to Know" 1 1 Too Good to Stop Now
1985 "Country Girls" 1 1
"It's a Short Walk from Heaven to Hell" 10 6 Tryin' to Outrun the Wind
"I'm Gonna Leave You Tomorrow" 10 7
"What's a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love Like This)" 1 1 A Memory Like You
1986 "You're the Last Thing I Needed Tonight" 1 1
"At the Sound of the Tone" 5 16 Take the Long Way Home
"Take the Long Way Home" 10 7
1987 "Love, You Ain't Seen the Last of Me" 6 4 You Ain't Seen the Last of Me
"When the Right One Comes Along" 32 35
"If It Was Anyone But You" 59
2018 "I'll Still Be Loving You" The Odyssey: Vegabond
"Fish" The Odyssey: Beginnings
"Can I Buy You a Beer" The Odyssey: Wanderlust
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Promotional singles

Year Single Album
2009 "The Promise" Single Only
2018 "Good Ole Boys (with Various Artists)" The Odyssey: Vegabond
"Wherever She Is" The Odyssey: Beginnings
"Heaven Help Me" The Odyssey: Awakening
"Crazy Women" The Odyssey: Wanderlust
"They Lived It Up To Write It Down" The Odyssey: Crossroads
"We All Give God The Blues" The Odyssey: The Journey
"I Wouldn't Be Me Without You"
"Like A River"
"Two Trains"
"Heartache Doesn't Have a Closing Time"
"Bet Yo Mama"
"Outta This Town"
"Can I Buy You a Beer"
"Toolbox" The Odyssey: Crossroads
"I Hate Cancer" The Odyssey: Awakening
"Phantom Of The Grand Ole Opry" The Odyssey: Beginnings
"Tumbleweeds" The Odyssey: Awakening
"Who Da Baby Daddy" Merry Christmas Baby
"A Kid From Somewhere" The Odyssey: Awakening
"Devil in the Mirror" The Odyssey: Crossroads

Music videos

Year Video
1985 "I'm Gonna Leave You Tomorrow"
2006 "Good Ole Boys (with Tom Wopat & Catherine Bach)"
2009 "The Promised Land"
2018 "Good Ole Boys (with Various Artists)"
"Wherever She Is"
"Heaven Help Me"
"Crazy Women"
"They Lived It Up To Write It Down"
"We All Give God The Blues"
"I Wouldn't Be Me Without You"
"Like A River"
"Two Trains"
"Heartache Doesn't Have a Closing Time"
"Bet Yo Mama"
"Outta This Town"
"Can I Buy You a Beer"
"I Hate Cancer"
"Phantom Of The Grand Ole Opry"
"Who Da Baby Daddy"
"A Kid From Somewhere"
"Devil in the Mirror"
"Walk a Mile in My Shoes"
2019 "Livin' My Life My Way"
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