John Schneider (screen actor)

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John Schneider
JohnSchneiderB yPhilKOnstantinPublicDomain.jpg
John Schneider, December 2007
BornJohn Richard Schneider
(1960-04-08) April 8, 1960 (age 54)
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, stunt driver, singer, screenwriter, film producer, director
Years active1977–present
John Schneider
OriginNashville, Tennessee
Years active1981-present
LabelsScotti Brothers, MCA Nashville, FaithWorks
Associated actsTom Wopat
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John Schneider
JohnSchneiderB yPhilKOnstantinPublicDomain.jpg
John Schneider, December 2007
BornJohn Richard Schneider
(1960-04-08) April 8, 1960 (age 54)
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, stunt driver, singer, screenwriter, film producer, director
Years active1977–present
John Schneider
OriginNashville, Tennessee
Years active1981-present
LabelsScotti Brothers, MCA Nashville, FaithWorks
Associated actsTom Wopat

John Richard Schneider (born April 8, 1960) is an American actor and country music singer.[1] He is best known for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the 1970s–1980s American television series The Dukes of Hazzard,[1] Jonathan Kent in the 2001–11 TV series Smallville (an adaptation of Superman).[1] and of 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[edit]

Schneider was born April 8, 1960, in Mount Kisco, New York. His family included an older brother Robert, an artist living in up-state New York. 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 Georgia, where his love for performing continued.


Acting career[edit]

Schneider at the 2005 Superman Festival, Metropolis, IL
Schneider (left) with Smallville co-stars Tom Welling and Brian Peterson

He briefly attended the Georgia School of High Performance, hoping to become a race-car driver. His prowess behind the wheel enabled him to land his Dukes of Hazzard role as "Bo Duke" (from 1979 to 1985). Beginning 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, i.e. the season five episode "Exposed" is notable for reuniting Schnieder 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.[2]

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. He appeared in the national tour of the musical The Civil War, playing a Confederate soldier.[citation needed]

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 May 2013, he began the role of Jim Cryer on the The Haves and the Have Nots.[citation needed]

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."[3]

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

Music career[edit]

Schneider performing in 2008

During the 1980s, Schneider parlayed his success as Bo Duke with a string of country music hits. His biggest hits include: "It's Now or Never" (#4 country and No. 14 pop, 1981; a remake of the Elvis Presley hit); "I've Been Around Enough to Know" (#1 country, 1984); "Country Girls" (#1 country, 1985); "What's a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love Like This)" and "You're The Last Thing I Needed Tonight" (both No. 1 country, 1986); "At the Sound of the Tone" (#5 country, 1986); and "Love, You Ain't Seen the Last of Me" (#6 country) in 1987.

Schneider has recorded 10 albums to date, including works on Scotti Brothers Records and MCA Nashville. His co-star (on The Dukes of Hazzard), Tom Wopat, also enjoyed success on the country music charts. Schneider and Wopat sang several duets on the TV series, sometimes with co-star Catherine Bach. In fact, in the season 7 DVD boxset, the trio performed a remake of the show's theme song "Good Ol' Boys" in a music video as a tribute to their friend Waylon Jennings.

Personal life[edit]

Schneider became a born-again Christian while living with Johnny and June Carter Cash for a short time and speaking with Johnny about Christianity.[4] In 1982, he co-founded, with Marie Osmond, the Children's Miracle Network to help suffering children. In 1995, he founded FaithWorks Productions in order to produce family-oriented videos and recordings.

Schneider has become involved in animal advocacy. 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.[5] 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.[6]

John was married to former Miss America Tawny Elaine Godin from 1983 to 1986. John married his second wife, Elly Castle, on July 11, 1993. On December 12, 2014, reported that Elly Castle has filed for divorce.[7] They have three children, Leah and Chasen, both of whom are Elly's children from her first marriage,[8] and their daughter Karis.[9]

In March 2008, Schneider auctioned off his "General Lee" Dodge Charger with the winning bidder being a car dealer and collector living in Hardy County, West Virginia.[citation needed]



1979–85The Dukes of HazzardBo Duke
1981Dream HouseCharley CrossMovie
1981The Midnight SpecialGuest hostSeason 9, episode 23, March 13
1983The Raccoons and the Lost StarDan the Forest Ranger (voice)Movie
1983Happy EndingsNick CallohanMovie
1983The DukesBo Duke (voice)Season 2, episodes 1–7
1985Gus Brown and Midnight BrewsterGus BrownMovie
1987Christmas Comes to Willow CreekRayMovie
1988Outback BoundJim TullyMovie
1989Wild JackJack McCallMiniseries
1989Guns of ParadiseSheriff Pat GarrettEpisode: "A Gathering of Guns"
1990Grand SlamDennis 'Hardball' BakelenekoffPilot movie
1992Highway HeartbreakerMickeyMovie
1993SistersMcGreevy/McGrady/McGruderEpisode: "Moving Pictures"
1993Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox StoryEddie
1993Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanRed McCallEpisode: "A Cowboy's Lullaby"
1994TexasDavy CrockettMovie
1994Bandit: Bandit BanditSheriff EnrightMovie
1994Heaven Help UsDoug Monroe13 episodes in series
1994Second ChancesRichard McGillEpisodes 8–10
1994Burke's LawBrett ScanlonEpisode: "Who Killed the Soap Star?"
1994ChristyTheodore HarlandEpisode: "Amazing Grace"
Touched by an AngelSatan / Joshua Winslow"In the Name of God"
"Shallow Water" (Parts 1 & 2)
1996Kung Fu: The Legend ContinuesLatrodectSeason 4 Episode 5
Diagnosis: MurderBrett Hayward / Eddie Dagabosian / Michael DernEpisodes: "X Marks the Murder: Part 1",
"Out of the Past", "Getting Mad, Getting Even"
1997–98Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanDaniel SimonRecurring role
1997The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!Bo Duke
1998JAGSgt. Clyde MorrisonEpisode: "Mr. Rabb Goes to Washington"
1998Walker, Texas RangerJacob CrosslandEpisode: "Jacob's Ladder"
1999Michael Landon, the Father I KnewMichael LandonMovie
1999Sam Churchill: Search for a Homeless ManSam ChurchillMovie
Veronica's ClosetTomSeason 3 episodes 13–15
2000The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in HollywoodBo Duke
2000Twice in a LifetimeCaptain Luke Sellars / WillieEpisode: "Final Flight"
2000/01Relic HunterDallas Carter2 episodes
SmallvilleJonathan KentSeries regular, seasons 1–5
2001–03The Mummy: The Animated SeriesRick O'ConnellSeries regular
2001Lightning: Fire from the SkyTom DobbsMovie
2002Mary ChristmasJoel WallaceMovie
2003The Nick at Nite Holiday SpecialMr. Schneider, The Ski Instructor
200410.5Clark WilliamsMiniseries
2005Felicity: An American Girl AdventureMr. MerrimanMovie
2005Living with FranTom MartinEpisode: "Riley's Parents"
2006King of the HillThe Ace (voice)Episode: "You Gotta Believe (In Moderation)"
2006Model FamilyJohn
2006Hi-JinksHimselfGuest host
2006Shorty McShorts' ShortsHunky-DShort animation on Disney Channel
2007Lake Placid 2Sheriff RileyMovie
2007You've Got a FriendJim KlecanMovie
2007Nip/TuckRam Peters5 Episodes
2007JourneymanDennis ArmstrongEpisode: "Winterland"
2008Come Dance at My WeddingTanner GrayMovie
2008OgreHenry BartlettMovie
2008Shark SwarmDaniel WilderMovie
2008Davie & GolimyrCartoon
2008CSI: MiamiCharles BrightonEpisode: "Tunnel Vision"
2008–09The Secret Life of the American TeenagerMarshall BowmanSeason 1 regular
2009Dirty Sexy MoneyCongressman Skip WhatleySeason 2 episodes 11–13
2009TwentysixmilesJack KinkaidSix-episode series
2009CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMickey RossEpisode: "Kill Me If You Can"
2009Curb Your EnthusiasmDennisEpisode: "Officer Krupke"
2009–1090210Jeffrey SarkossianRecurring role
2010Phineas and FerbWilkins Brother No. 1 (voice)Episode: "Just Passing Through/Candace's Big Day"
2010LeverageMitchell KirkwoodEpisode: "The Studio Job"
2010Desperate HousewivesRichard WatsonSeason 7, episodes 7–10
2010Hot in ClevelandHenry 'Hank' SzymborskaEpisodes: "Pilot", "Bad Bromance"
2010–13Hero FactoryPreston Stormer (voice)Animated series
2011Working ClassGlenEpisode: "Sugar Mama"
2011Trick My What?Host
2011GleeSam Evans' dadEpisode: "Hold on to Sixteen"
2012Happily DivorcedAdamEpisode: "Adventure Man"
2013MistressesThomas GreyEpisodes "Pilot", "Breaking and Entering"
2013–presentThe Haves and the Have NotsJim CryerMain role


1983Eddie Macon's RunEddie Macon
1985Cocaine WarsDEA Agent Cliff Adams
1987The CurseCarl Willis
1989Speed Zone!Donato
1989Ministry of VengeanceDavid Miller
1993Come the Morning
1994Exit to EdenProf. Collins
1995The Little CHPJack Sr.
1996The Legend of the Ruby SilverTommy Towne
1996Night of the TwistersJack Hatch
1997True WomenSam Houston
2000Snow DayChad Symmonz
2006Hidden SecretsGary Zimmerman
2007John Schneider's Collier & Co. – Hot PursuitJ.R. CollierLimited theatrical release
2007Sydney WhitePaul White
2008ConjurerFrank Higgins
2009The ReboundTrevor
2009Holyman UndercoverSatan
2009Set ApartPastor John Gunn
2009The Gods of CircumstanceMick Jeremiah
2010What Would Jesus Do?The Drifter
2011Flag of my FatherDaniel
2011Super SharkWade
2011Snow BeastJim Harwood
2012October Baby[10]Jacob Lawson
2012HardflipJack Sanders
2012LukewarmBill Rogers
2013Road to the OpenRob Gollant
2013Not TodayLuke
2013Season of MiraclesCoach
2014Let the Lion RoarHilary Bishop of PoitiersDocumentary
2014SmotheredPlayerAlso director and writer
2014Runaway HeartsChief TateIn post-production



YearAlbumChart positionsLabel
US CountryUS
1981Now or Never837Scotti Brothers
White Christmas39155
1982Quiet Man
1983If You Believe
1984Too Good to Stop Now4133MCA
1985Tryin' to Outrun the Wind15
A Memory Like You1
1986Take the Long Way Home17
1987You Ain't Seen the Last of Me41
Greatest Hits22
1996Worth the WaitFaithWorks
2009John's Acoustic Christmasself-released
2010The Promise
2014Home for Christmas (with Tom Wopat)


YearTitleChart PositionsAlbum
US Country[11]USCAN CountryCAN AC
1981"It's Now or Never"A41475Now or Never
"Them Good Ol' Boys Are Bad"1312
1982"Dreamin'"32452819Quiet Man
"In the Driver's Seat"567236
1983"Are You Lonesome Tonight" (w/ Jill Michaels)57If You Believe
"If You Believe"81
1984"I've Been Around Enough to Know"11Too Good to Stop Now
1985"Country Girls"11
"It's a Short Walk from Heaven to Hell"106Tryin' to Outrun the Wind
"I'm Gonna Leave You Tomorrow"107
"What's a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love Like This)"11A Memory Like You
1986"You're the Last Thing I Needed Tonight"11
"At the Sound of the Tone"516Take the Long Way Home
"Take the Long Way Home"107
1987"Love, You Ain't Seen the Last of Me"64You Ain't Seen the Last of Me
"When the Right One Comes Along"3235
"If It Was Anyone But You"59
2010"The Promise"The Promise


YearTitleChart PositionsAlbum
1981"Still"69Now or Never


  1. ^ a b c "John Schneider". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Smallville: An Original Cast Member Returns" by Eric Goldman,, June 30, 2010; accessed February 26, 2014.
  3. ^ Hold the saccharine: The Christians behind Doonby hope it will be a different kind of 'faith-based film', Rebecca Cusey, World Magazine Issue: Broken beyond repair? September 25, 2010.
  4. ^ Taking the Lead – Today's Christian
  5. ^ The Washington Post
  6. ^ Thanking the Monkey Book Reading
  7. ^
  8. ^ (archived from the original), writing "James Denton ... applauded hosts of the organization's autism awareness public service announcements, including celebrity parents of children with autism, Ed Asner, Gary Cole, Joe Mantegna and John Schneider."
  9. ^ Morgan, John (April 15, 2003). "John Schneider promotes Asperger's Syndrome awareness". USA Today. 
  10. ^ "October Baby". The New York Times. March 23, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 370–371. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

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