John Schneider (screen actor)
John Schneider, December 2007
|Born||John Richard Schneider
April 8, 1960
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, stunt driver, singer, screenwriter, film producer, director|
|Labels||Scotti Brothers, MCA Nashville, FaithWorks|
|Associated acts||Tom Wopat|
John Richard Schneider (born April 8, 1960) is an American actor and country music singer. He is best known for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the 1970s–1980s American television series The Dukes of Hazzard, Jonathan Kent in the 2001–11 TV series Smallville (an adaptation of Superman). 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.
Schneider was born April 8, 1960, in Mount Kisco, New York, the son 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 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.
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), opposite newcomer Tom Wopat and veteran actor James Best, who would all remained best friends, after the series' cancelation. 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, eg. 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."
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.
Schneider became a born-again Christian while living with Johnny and June Carter Cash for a short time and speaking with Johnny about Christianity. 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. 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 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. They have three children, Leah and Chasen, both of whom are Castle's children from her first marriage, and their daughter Karis.
On April 6, 2015, Schneider had lost his acting mentor and decades-long friend, James Best, to pneumonia. Prior to Best's death, Schneider released a statement: "I laughed and learned more from Jimmie in one hour, than from anyone else in a whole year. Give Uncle Jesse my love when you see him dear friend," he also added, "(Best) would say, ‘sure thing, which eye?’ I’m forever thankful to have cut my teeth in the company of such a fine man." 
|1979–85||The Dukes of Hazzard||Bo Duke|
|1981||Dream House||Charley Cross||Movie|
|1981||The Midnight Special||Guest host||Season 9, episode 23, March 13|
|1983||The Raccoons and the Lost Star||Dan the Forest Ranger (voice)||Movie|
|1983||Happy Endings||Nick Callohan||Movie|
|1983||The Dukes||Bo Duke (voice)||Season 2, episodes 1–7|
|1985||Gus Brown and Midnight Brewster||Gus Brown||Movie|
|1987||Christmas Comes to Willow Creek||Ray||Movie|
|1988||Outback Bound||Jim Tully||Movie|
|1989||Wild Jack||Jack McCall||Miniseries|
|1989||Guns of Paradise||Sheriff Pat Garrett||Episode: "A Gathering of Guns"|
|1990||Grand Slam||Dennis 'Hardball' Bakelenekoff||Pilot movie|
|1993||Sisters||McGreevy/McGrady/McGruder||Episode: "Moving Pictures"|
|1993||Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox Story||Eddie|
|1993||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Red McCall||Episode: "A Cowboy's Lullaby"|
|1994||Bandit: Bandit Bandit||Sheriff Enright||Movie|
|1994||Heaven Help Us||Doug Monroe||13 episodes in series|
|1994||Second Chances||Richard McGill||Episodes 8–10|
|1994||Burke's Law||Brett Scanlon||Episode: "Who Killed the Soap Star?"|
|1994||Christy||Theodore Harland||Episode: "Amazing Grace"|
|Touched by an Angel||Satan / Joshua Winslow||"In the Name of God"
"Shallow Water" (Parts 1 & 2)
|1996||Kung Fu: The Legend Continues||Latrodect||Season 4 Episode 5|
|Diagnosis: Murder||Brett Hayward / Eddie Dagabosian / Michael Dern||Episodes: "X Marks the Murder: Part 1",
"Out of the Past", "Getting Mad, Getting Even"
|1997–98||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Daniel Simon||Recurring role|
|1997||The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!||Bo Duke|
|1998||JAG||Sgt. Clyde Morrison||Episode: "Mr. Rabb Goes to Washington"|
|1998||Walker, Texas Ranger||Jacob Crossland||Episode: "Jacob's Ladder"|
|1999||Michael Landon, the Father I Knew||Michael Landon||Movie|
|1999||Sam Churchill: Search for a Homeless Man||Sam Churchill||Movie|
|Veronica's Closet||Tom||Season 3 episodes 13–15|
|2000||The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood||Bo Duke|
|2000||Twice in a Lifetime||Captain Luke Sellars / Willie||Episode: "Final Flight"|
|2000/01||Relic Hunter||Dallas Carter||2 episodes|
|Smallville||Jonathan Kent||Series regular, seasons 1–5|
|2001–03||The Mummy: The Animated Series||Rick O'Connell||Series regular|
|2001||Lightning: Fire from the Sky||Tom Dobbs||Movie|
|2002||Mary Christmas||Joel Wallace||Movie|
|2003||The Nick at Nite Holiday Special||Mr. Schneider, The Ski Instructor|
|2005||Felicity: An American Girl Adventure||Mr. Merriman||Movie|
|2005||Living with Fran||Tom Martin||Episode: "Riley's Parents"|
|2006||King of the Hill||The Ace (voice)||Episode: "You Gotta Believe (In Moderation)"|
|2006||Shorty McShorts' Shorts||Hunky-D||Short animation on Disney Channel|
|2007||Lake Placid 2||Sheriff James Riley||Movie|
|2007||You've Got a Friend||Jim Klecan||Movie|
|2007||Nip/Tuck||Ram Peters||5 Episodes|
|2007||Journeyman||Dennis Armstrong||Episode: "Winterland"|
|2008||Come Dance at My Wedding||Tanner Gray||Movie|
|2008||Shark Swarm||Daniel Wilder||Movie|
|2008||Davie & Golimyr||Cartoon|
|2008||CSI: Miami||Charles Brighton||Episode: "Tunnel Vision"|
|2008–09||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Marshall Bowman||Season 1 regular|
|2009||Dirty Sexy Money||Congressman Skip Whatley||Season 2 episodes 11–13|
|2009||Twentysixmiles||Jack Kinkaid||Six-episode series|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Mickey Ross||Episode: "Kill Me If You Can"|
|2009||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Dennis||Episode: "Officer Krupke"|
|2009–10||90210||Jeffrey Sarkossian||Recurring role|
|2010||Phineas and Ferb||Wilkins Brother No. 1 (voice)||Episode: "Just Passing Through/Candace's Big Day"|
|2010||Leverage||Mitchell Kirkwood||Episode: "The Studio Job"|
|2010||Desperate Housewives||Richard Watson||Season 7, episodes 7–10|
|2010||Hot in Cleveland||Henry 'Hank' Szymborska||Episodes: "Pilot", "Bad Bromance"|
|2010–13||Hero Factory||Preston Stormer (voice)||Animated series|
|2011||Working Class||Glen||Episode: "Sugar Mama"|
|2011||Trick My What?||Host|
|2011||Glee||Sam Evans' dad||Episode: "Hold on to Sixteen"|
|2012||Happily Divorced||Adam||Episode: "Adventure Man"|
|2013||Mistresses||Thomas Grey||Episodes "Pilot", "Breaking and Entering"|
|2013–present||The Haves and the Have Nots||Jim Cryer||Main role|
|1983||Eddie Macon's Run||Eddie Macon|
|1985||Cocaine Wars||DEA Agent Cliff Adams|
|1987||The Curse||Carl Willis|
|1989||Ministry of Vengeance||David Miller|
|1993||Come the Morning|
|1994||Exit to Eden||Prof. Collins|
|1995||The Little CHP||Jack Sr.|
|1996||The Legend of the Ruby Silver||Tommy Towne|
|1996||Night of the Twisters||Jack Hatch|
|1997||True Women||Sam Houston|
|2000||Snow Day||Chad Symmonz|
|2006||Hidden Secrets||Gary Zimmerman|
|2007||John Schneider's Collier & Co. – Hot Pursuit||J.R. Collier||Limited theatrical release|
|2007||Sydney White||Paul White|
|2009||Set Apart||Pastor John Gunn|
|2009||The Gods of Circumstance||Mick Jeremiah|
|2010||What Would Jesus Do?||The Drifter|
|2010||Wild Things: Foursome||Detective Frank Walker|
|2011||Flag of my Father||Daniel|
|2011||Snow Beast||Jim Harwood|
|2012||October Baby||Jacob Lawson|
|2013||Road to the Open||Rob Gollant|
|2013||Season of Miracles||Coach|
|2014||Let the Lion Roar||Hilary Bishop of Poitiers||Documentary|
|2014||Smothered||Player||Also director and writer|
|2014||Runaway Hearts||Chief Tate|
|2015||American Justice||Sheriff Payden|
|1981||Now or Never||8||37||Scotti Brothers|
|1983||If You Believe||—||—|
|1984||Too Good to Stop Now||4||133||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||—|
|1996||Worth the Wait||—||—||FaithWorks|
|2009||John's Acoustic Christmas||—||—||self-released|
|2014||Home for Christmas (with Tom Wopat)||—||—|
|US AC||CAN Country||CAN AC|
|1981||"It's Now or Never"||4||14||5||7||5||Now or Never|
|"Them Good Ol' Boys Are Bad"||13||—||—||12||—|
|"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|
|"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||—||—||—||—|
|2010||"The Promise"||—||—||—||—||—||The Promise|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|1981||"Still"||69||"Them Good Ol' Boys Are Bad"|
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- "Smallville: An Original Cast Member Returns" by Eric Goldman, tv.ign.com, June 30, 2010; accessed February 26, 2014.
- 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.
- "Taking the Lead - Today's Christian". christianitytoday.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2008. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
- "Blogs & Columns, Blog Directory - The Washington Post". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
- "Thanking the Monkey - Photos and Video from the May 2008 New York launch of Thanking the Monkey.". thankingthemonkey.com. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
- "John Schneider -- Marriage is a Hazzard ... Wife Files for Divorce". http://www.tmz.com. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
- Mickeynews.com (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."
- Morgan, John (April 15, 2003). "John Schneider promotes Asperger's Syndrome awareness". USA Today.
- Gary Lane. "'Dukes' John Schneider Remembers the "Best" - The Hollywood Billboard". The Hollywood Billboard. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
- "October Baby". The New York Times. March 23, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 370–371. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to John Schneider.|
- Official website
- John Schneider at the Internet Movie Database
- John Schneider at the Internet Broadway Database