John Schneider (screen actor)
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John Richard Schneider
April 8, 1960
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, singer, screenwriter, film producer, director|
|Labels||Scotti Brothers, MCA Nashville, FaithWorks, Johnnelly, 13 Distribution, Maven Entertainment|
|Associated acts||Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach, Randy Travis, Tom Welling, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash|
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.
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.
At the age of 18, 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 seven 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. 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 written 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."
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.
During Schneider's Dukes of Hazzard days, he also entered into music. In the early 80's Schneider signed with Scotti Brothers Label and released his debut full-length album, Now or Never, which peaked at #8 on the US Country Billboard charts. The single "It's Now or Never," a remake of the Elvis Presley hit, peaked at #4 on the US Country Billboard charts in 1981 and remains the top-charting Elvis cover of all time. Schneider continued to release albums, including 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. 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. The album A Memory Like You featured "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 returned 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.
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.
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
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.
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. They married in September 2019.
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 faces an imprisonment of five years.
|1979–1985||The Dukes of Hazzard||Bo Duke||127 episodes|
|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)||7 episodes in season 2|
|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||8 episodes|
|1992||Highway Heartbreaker||Mickey Kenton||Movie|
|1992||Delta||Jimmy Word||Episode: "The Bad Word"|
|1993||Sisters||McGreevy/McGrady/McGruder||Episode: "Moving Pictures"|
|1993||Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox Story||Eddie||Movie|
|1993||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Red McCall||Episode: "A Cowboy's Lullaby"|
|1994||Bandit Bandit||Sheriff Enright||Movie|
|1994||Heaven Help Us||Doug Monroe||All 13 episodes|
|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||Episode: "Black Widow" (season 4)|
|Diagnosis: Murder||Brett Hayward / Eddie Dagabosian / Michael Dern||"X Marks the Murder" (Parts 1 & 2) |
2 episodes in season 7
|1996||Night of the Twisters||Jack Hatch||Movie|
|1997–1998||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Daniel Simon||Recurring role|
|1997||The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!||Bo Duke||Movie|
|1998||JAG||Sgt. Clyde Morrison||Episode: "Mr. Rabb Goes to Washington"|
|1999||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|
|1999–2000||Veronica's Closet||Tom||3 episodes in season 3|
|2000||The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood||Bo Duke||Movie|
|2000||Twice in a Lifetime||Captain Luke Sellars / Willie||Episode: "Final Flight"|
|2000, 2001||Relic Hunter||Dallas Carter||2 episodes|
|Smallville||Jonathan Kent||Series regular (103 episodes), seasons 1–5|
|2001–2003||The Mummy||Rick O'Connell (voice)||Series regular (25 episodes)|
|2001||Lightning: Fire from the Sky||Tom Dobbs||Movie|
|2002||Mary Christmas||Joel Wallace||Movie|
|2003||The Nick at Nite Holiday Special||Mr. Schneider|
|2005||Felicity: An American Girl Adventure||Edward 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||Model Family||John||Short film|
|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||CSI: Miami||Charles Brighton||Episode: "Tunnel Vision"|
|2008–2009||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Marshall Bowman||Season 1 regular (18 episodes)|
|2009||Dirty Sexy Money||Congressman Skip Whatley||3 episodes in season 2|
|2009||Twentysixmiles||Jack Kinkaid||All 6 episodes|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Mickey Ross||Episode: "Kill Me If You Can"|
|2009||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Dennis||Episode: "Officer Krupke"|
|2009–2010||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||4 episodes in season 7|
|2010||Hot in Cleveland||Henry 'Hank' Szymborska||Episodes: "Pilot", "Bad Bromance"|
|2010–2013||Hero Factory||Preston Stormer (voice)||Animated series|
|2011||Working Class||Glen||Episode: "Sugar Mama"|
|2011||Trick My What?||Host|
|2011||Glee||Dwight Evans||Episode: "Hold on to Sixteen"|
|2012||Whiskey Business||Sheriff Gilly||Movie|
|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|
|2014||10,000 Days||William Beck|
|2016||Sandra Brown's 'White Hot'||Huff Hoyle|
|2018||Poinsettias For Christmas||Greg Palmer||Movie|
|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||George|
|1994||Exit to Eden||Prof. Collins|
|1995||The Little CHP||Jack Sr.|
|1996||Night of the Twisters||Jack Hatch|
|1996||The Legend of the Ruby Silver||Tommy Towne|
|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||Holyman Undercover||Himself / Satan|
|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||Super Shark||Roger Wade|
|2011||Snow Beast||Jim Harwood|
|2012||October Baby||Jacob Lawson|
|2012||I Am... Gabriel||Doc|
|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|
|2016||Inadmissible||Bryce Danos||Also Director & Writer|
|2017||4: Go||Game Warden||Also director and writer|
|2019||The Dragon Unleashed||The Colonel|
|2019||Christmas Cars||Uncle Denver|
|2020||Roe v. Wade||Byron White|
|2020||Stand on It||Duke Marietta||Also director and writer|
|2021||Poker Run||Duke Marietta||Also Director And Writer|
|US Country||US||US Jazz|
|1981||It's Now or Never||8||37||—||Scotti Brothers|
|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||—||—|
|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|
|US AC||CAN Country||CAN AC|
|1981||"It's Now or Never"||4||14||5||7||5||It's 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||—||—||—||—|
|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|
|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"|
|"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|
|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"|
|"They Lived It Up To Write It Down"|
|"We All Give God The Blues"|
|"I Wouldn't Be Me Without You"|
|"Like A River"|
|"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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