John Schneider (screen actor)

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John Schneider

John Schneider, December 2007
BornJohn Richard Schneider III
(1960-04-08) April 8, 1960 (age 52)
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, screenwriter, film producer
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Tawny Godin (1983-1986)
Elly Castle (1993-present)
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John Schneider

John Schneider, December 2007
BornJohn Richard Schneider III
(1960-04-08) April 8, 1960 (age 52)
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, screenwriter, film producer
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Tawny Godin (1983-1986)
Elly Castle (1993-present)

John Richard Schneider III (born April 8, 1960) is an American actor and singer. He is best known for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the 1970s-80s American television series The Dukes of Hazzard, of Jonathan Kent in the 2001–2011 TV series Smallville (an adaptation of Superman), and his role as the father in the 2012 film October Baby. In Summer 2012, he stars in the film "Hardflip" as Jack Sanders. The film opens in limited release June 1, 2012.

Alongside his acting career, Schneider performed as a country music singer in the 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 (Doing in a Love Like This)" 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 April 8, 1960,in Mount Kisco, New York. His German American 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. John graduated from North Springs High School in 1977, about a year earlier than his classmates because he wanted to focus on his career.


Acting career

Schneider is best known for his role of Bo Duke on the popular TV show The Dukes of Hazzard. The role eventually resulted in his being typecast as a "hillbilly" type. Schneider was at times sensitive to this fact, and was known to have had small tiffs with fans he perceived to be teasing him about it[citation needed], the most notable was an on camera argument at the Los Angeles Emmy's convention in 2008 with a cameraman, Vince Collier, who worked for Emerging magazine, a Canadian publication[citation needed].

Schneider can be seen on several episodes of the FX Network show Nip/Tuck as "Ram Peters", the owner of a pornographic film company. Also, from February to March 2008, he performed as Billy Flynn in the Musical Chicago on Broadway.

Schneider is also known to television audiences as Jonathan Kent, the adoptive father of Clark Kent on the hit show Smallville, starring in 100 episodes before his character was killed off. Schneider also directed episodes of Smallville, including Talisman, which received a respectable 8.8 rating out of 10 on Some Smallville episodes contain references to Schneider's other work in The Dukes of Hazzard (both shows were produced by Warner Brothers), and the fifth season episode "Exposed" is notable for reuniting Schnieder with his former Dukes co-star Tom Wopat. Schneider also guest starred for the latter half of Season 5 appearing in the episodes 'Void' and 'Oracle'.

Schneider has appeared in many films and TV series, including 5 guest spots on Hee Haw and the miniseries 10.5. He had a recurring role on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and guest-starred on such shows as Diagnosis: Murder, Touched by an Angel, JAG and Walker, Texas Ranger. He also appeared in the national tour of the Broadway musical The Civil War as a Confederate soldier. John's other stage-work includes Oklahoma!; he auditioned for, but did not get, the role of Erik in The Phantom of the Opera.

Schneider has also been mentioned in other media such as the South Park episode "Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow", in which an episode of Terrance and Phillip was aired in place of the popular fictitious show The John Schneider Variety Hour, causing outrage.

In 2007, he was among a series of celebrities involved in television ads for the Zaxby's restaurant chain.

In 2008, Schneider portrayed a villain (a rarity for him) on the series CSI: Miami, in the episode "Tunnel Vision".

In 2009, he made an appearance on the series CSI in an episode titled "Kill Me If You Can". He played the spouse of a murder victim; the murder was later confirmed as a suicide.

On November 9, 2009, Schneider appeared briefly in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. He played half of a couple whom Larry David meets, in the episode "Officer Krupke".

Schneider 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, so in one episode, his character would die in a plane crash.

As of November 6, 2009, Schneider is set to play the lead in the new Australian action film, The Ninja, also starring Roger Cross, John Wesley Shipp, Tania Zaetta, Jeremy Kewley and Rob Baard.

On July 20, 2009, it was announced he would have a recurring role on 90210 as Liam's plastic surgeon stepfather.

Schneider appeared on June 16, 2010, on the pilot of the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland as Melanie's date, Hank.

Schneider returned for the season 10 premiere of Smallville, reprising his role as Jonathan Kent in a recurring role.[1]

In 2010, Schneider appears as a corrupt music executive in Season 3 Episode 6 of the TV show Leverage.

In 2010, he voices Preston Stormer in the HERO Factory TV series.

In 2010, he appears in several episodes of Desperate Housewives as a retired military man and father of the love interest of a main character.

In November 2010, he began to appear in a series of UK adverts for Little Chef, where he plays a centaur who refuses to buy into the great value of Little Chef breakfasts.

In Spring 2011, he will star 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."[2]

In Spring 2012, he will star in the film October Baby as Jacob.

In Summer 2012, he stars in the film "Hardflip" as Jack Sanders. The film opens in limited release June 1, 2012.

Music career

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

Schneider became a born-again Christian while living with Johnny and June Carter Cash for a short time and speaking with Johnny about Christianity.[3] 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 recently 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.[4] 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.[5]

John's Father is from a German / Irish background and His mother is from an English / French background.[citation needed] [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. They have three children: daughter Leah, and son Chasen who has been diagnosed with asperger syndrome ( Elly's children from a previous marriage) and a daughter Karis born in 1996.[7]

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.

Schneider has recently written, produced, directed, and starred in his own film series, John Schneider's Collier & Co. – Hot Pursuit.


1981Dream HouseCharley Cross
1983The Raccoons and the Lost StarDan the Forest Ranger(voice)
Happy EndingsNick Callohan
Eddie Macon's RunEddie Macon
1985Gus Brown and Midnight BrewsterGus Brown
Cocaine WarsDEA Agent Cliff Adams
1986StagecoachBuckOverland Stage Driver
1987The CurseCarl Willis
Christmas Comes to Willow CreekRay
1989Outback BoundJim Tully
Speed Zone!Donato
Ministry of VengeanceDavid Miller
1990Grand SlamDennis 'Hardball' Bakelenekoff
1992Highway HeartbreakerMickey
1993Come the MorningName unknown
Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox StoryEddie
1994TexasDavy Crockett
Bandit: Bandit BanditSheriff Enright
Heaven Help UsDoug Monroe
Exit to EdenProf. Collins
1995The Little CHPJack Sr.
1996The Legend of the Ruby SilverTommy Towne
Night of the TwistersJack Hatch
1997True WomenSam Houston
1999Michael Landon, the Father I KnewMichael LandonTV movie
Sam Churchill: Search for a Homeless ManSam Churchill
2000Snow DayChad Symmonz
The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in HollywoodBo DukeTV movie
2001Lightning: Fire from the SkyTom Dobbs
2002Mary ChristmasJoel Wallace
2003The Nick at Nite Holiday SpecialMr. Schneider, The Ski Instructor
200410.5Clark WilliamsMiniseries
2005Felicity: An American Girl AdventureMr. MerrimanTV movie
2006Hidden SecretsGary Zimmerman
John Schneider's Collier & Co. – Hot PursuitJ.R. Collierlimited theatrical
2007Lake Placid 2Sheriff Riley
You've Got a FriendJim Klecan
Sydney WhitePaul White
2008OgreHenry Bartlett
Shark SwarmDaniel WilderTV movie
2009The NinjaUnknown role
The ReboundTrevor
Come Dance at My WeddingTanner Gray
Holyman UndercoverSatan
Set ApartPastor John Gunn
The Gods of CircumstanceMick JeremiahPost-production
2010What Would Jesus Do?The Drifter
Flag of my FatherDanielPost-production
Super SharkWadePost-Production
Snow BeastJim Harwood
2012October BabyJacob


1981The Midnight SpecialGuest hostSeason 9 Episode 23, March 13, 1981
1983The DukesBo Duke (voice)Season 2 Episodes 1-7
1979–1982, 1983–1985The Dukes of HazzardBo DukeLast Ep April '82, Return Feb '83
1989Wild JackJack McCallMini series
Guns of ParadiseSheriff Pat GarrettSeason 2 Episode 1
1993SistersMcGreevy/McGrady/McGruderSeason 3 Episode 17
1993, 1997–1998Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanDaniel SimonSeasons 5 & 6, '93 played Red McCall
1994Second ChancesRichard McGillSeason 1 Episodes 8-10
Burke's LawBrett ScanlonSeason 1 Episode 7
ChristyTheodore HarlandSeason 1 Episode 8
1995, 2000–2001Touched by an AngelJoshua WinslowSeason 7 Episodes 24-25, '95 played Satan
1996Kung Fu: The Legend ContinuesLatrodectSeason 4 Episode 5
1996, 2000Diagnosis: MurderBrett Hayward/Eddie DagabosianPlayed Michael Dern in '96, Season 7 Episodes 24-25
1997The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!Bo Duke
1998JAGSgt. Clyde MorrisonSeason 4 Episode 8
Walker, Texas RangerJacob CrosslandSeason 7 Episode 22
1999–2000Veronica's ClosetTomSeason 3 Episodes 13-15
2000Twice in a LifetimeCaptain Luke Sellars/WillieSeason 2 Episode 21
2000, 2001Relic HunterDallas CarterSeason 1 Episode 12 & Season 2 Episode 12
2001–2006, 2010–2011SmallvilleJonathan KentSeries Regular Seasons 1-5, Season 10 Recurring
2001–2003The Mummy: The Animated SeriesRick O'ConnellSeries Regular
2005Living with FranTom MartinSeason 1 Episode 2
2006King of the HillThe Ace (voice)Season 10 Episode 7
Model FamilyJohn
Hi-JinksHimselfGuest host
Shorty McShorts' ShortsHunky-DShort animation on Disney Channel
2007Nip/TuckRam PetersSeason 5 Episodes 5,7,8,12,22
JourneymanDennis ArmstrongSeason 1 Episode 8
2008Davie & GolimyrCartoon
CSI: MiamiCharles BrightonSeason 6 Episode 18
2008–2009The Secret Life of the American TeenagerMarshall BowmanSeason 1 Regular
2009Red Eye with Greg GutfeldFox News Channel program
Dirty Sexy MoneyCongressman Skip WhatleySeason 2 Episodes 11-13
TwentysixmilesJack KinkaidSix-Episode TV Series
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMickey RossSeason 09 Episode 15 - "Kill Me If You Can"
Curb Your EnthusiasmDennisSeason 07 Episode 08 - "Officer Krupke"
2009–201090210Jeffrey SarkossianRecurring Season 2
2010Phineas and FerbWilkins Brother No. 1Voice
LeverageMitchell KirkwoodSeason 3 Episode 6
LEGO Hero FactoryPreston StormerTV Series, Voice, continuing in 2011
Desperate HousewivesRichard WatsonSeason 7, Episodes 7-10
2010Hot in ClevelandHenry 'Hank' SzymborskaSeason 1 "Pilot", Season 2 "Bad Bromance"
2011Working ClassGlenSeason 1 Episode 3
2011Trick My What?Host
2011GleeSam Evans' dadSeason 3



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


YearTitleChart PositionsAlbum
US Country[8]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. ^ Smallville: An Original Cast Member Returns, Eric Goldman, IGN, June 30, 2010
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Taking the Lead - Today's Christian
  4. ^ Washington Post Article
  5. ^ Thanking the Monkey Book Reading
  6. ^, 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."
  7. ^ Morgan, John (April 15, 2003). "John Schneider promotes Asperger's Syndrome awareness". USA Today. 
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 370–371. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

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