John Schneider: American actor and singer (1960-); Actor, Television actor, Singer, Film producer, Screenwriter, Film actor, Songwriter, Stage actor, Voice actor, Film director; From: United States of America | Biography
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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 Film director
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 8 April 1960, Mount Kisco, Westchester County, New York, USA
Age 63 years
Star sign Aries
Politics Republican Party
Spouse: Alicia Allain (25 September 2019-21 February 2023)Tawny Little (1983-1986)
North Springs Charter School of Arts and Sciences
Fox Lane High School
Country music
John Schneider
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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 boys for Shirley Conklin (1932-2016) and John "Jack" Schneider III (1930-2013), a pilot who had served in the U.S. Air Force. His mother is from Sanford, Florida. His family included an older brother Robert, an artist living in southern New York. His other brother (also called John) died of lung failure age 3, three years before John's 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

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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 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 caused Schneider and co-star Tom Wopat to leave 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.

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Schneider (left) with Smallville co-star Tom Welling and producer Brian Peterson

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."

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

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Schneider performing in 2008

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 No. 8 on the US Country Billboard charts. The single "It's Now or Never," a remake of the Elvis Presley hit, peaked at number 4 on the US Country Billboard charts and peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1981 and is one of the highest charting Elvis covers 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 No. 1 hits, "I've Been Around Enough to Know" and "Country Girls," also peaking at No. 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 No. 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 No. 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.

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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.

In November 2021, Schneider spoke and performed at Global Vision Bible Church in Wilson County, Tennessee.

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 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 (born 1991), both of whom are Castle's children from her first marriage, and their daughter Karis. Schneider was in a relationship with Alicia Allain, his producing partner and owner of Maven Entertainment, from April 2015 until Allain's death on February 22, 2023. Alicia was also his personal and professional manager. They married in September 2019.

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 an August 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 corrections officers 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.



Year Title Role Notes
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
1986 Stagecoach Buck 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 Texas Davy Crockett Movie
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
2010, 2011
Smallville Jonathan Kent Series regular (103 episodes), seasons 1–5
Guest star (4 episodes), season 10
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
2004 10.5 Clark Williams Miniseries
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 Hi-Jinks Himself Guest host
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 Ogre Henry Bartlett 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"
2013–2021 The Haves and the Have Nots Jim Cryer Main role
2014 10,000 Days William Beck
2014 Love By The Book, aka Mr. Fiction Frank Donovan
2016 Sandra Brown's 'White Hot' Huff Hoyle
2018 Poinsettias For Christmas Greg Palmer Movie
2020 A Royal Christmas Engagement John Holiday Hallmark Movie
2021 Christmas in Tune Joe Winter Lifetime Movie


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Eddie Macon's Run Eddie Macon
1985 Cocaine Wars DEA Agent Cliff Adams
1987 The Curse Carl Willis
1989 Speed Zone Donato Cannonball Run III
1989 Ministry of Vengeance David Miller
1993 Stagecoach George Come the Morning
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
2008 Conjurer Frank Higgins
2009 The Rebound Trevor
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 Doonby Sam Doonby
2011 Flag of my Father Daniel
2011 Super Shark Roger Wade
2011 Snow Beast Jim Harwood
2012 October Baby Jacob Lawson
2012 Hardflip Jack Sanders
2012 Lukewarm Bill Rogers
2012 I Am... Gabriel Doc
2013 Road to the Open Rob Gollant
2013 Not Today Luke
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
2015 WWJD What Would Jesus Do? The Journey Continues The Drifter
2015 A GIft Horse Mr. Canton Direct-to-video
2015 Adrenaline Paul Sharpe
2016 My Father Die Detective Johnson
2016 Smothered Player Also director and writer
2016 Exit 14 Father Devil's Door
2016 Inadmissible Bryce Danos Also director and writer
2016 Anderson Beach Dispatcher Also director and writer
2016 Like Son Will Weston, DA Also director and writer
2017 You're Gonna Miss Me Colt Montana
2017 Because of Grácia Principal Schaub
2017 Demons Dr. Gerry Connor
2017 4: Go Game Warden Also director and writer
2017 Hate Crime John Demarco
2018 Alien Intrusion Narrator
2019 The Dragon Unleashed The Colonel
2019 The Favorite Daniel Bernard
2019 Christmas Cars Uncle Denver
2020 Roe v. Wade Byron White
2020 Emerald Run Martin Dwyer
2020 Hope Ranch Mike Riding Faith
2020 Penance Lane Father John
2020 Roped Shawn
2020 Stand on It Duke Marietta Also director and writer
2020 Tulsa Dr. Holden
2020 Swiched Ken Sharp
2021 The Stairs Grandpa Gene Martin
2021 Love Is On The Air Garrett
2021 Poker Run Duke Marietta Also director and writer
2022 The Good Fight Michael Crawford
2022 Adeline Sheriff
2022 Tres Leches Police Emergency Guy Also director and writer
2022 Mysterious Circumstance: The Death of Meriwether Lewis James Neely
2022 To Die For Quint North



Year Album Chart positions Label
1981 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
"Country Girls" 1 1
1985 "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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