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John Richard Schneider (born 8 April 1960) is an American actor and country music singer.[1]

He is best known for his portrayal of Beauregard "Bo" Duke in the American television series The Dukes of Hazzard.

Career Highlights[]

John also portrayed Jonathan Kent on Smallville, a 2001–11 television adaptation of Superman 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.

In 2018, he competed in Dancing with the Stars with professional partner Emma Slater.

Personal Life[]

Schneider was born on April 8, 1960, in Mount Kisco, New York, the youngest of three boys for Shirley Conklin and John "Jack" Schneider III, a pilot who had served in the U.S. Air Force.[2] His mother is from Sanford, Florida.[3] 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.[4]

In 1982, Schneider co-founded the Children's Miracle Network with Marie Osmond and her brothers.[5] 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.[6]

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, reported that Castle had filed for divorce.[7] They have three children, Leah and Chasen (born 1991), both of whom are Castle's children from her first marriage,[8] and their daughter Karis.[9] 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.

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.[10]

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 August 2016 flood.[11] 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.[12]



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
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
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[13] 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
2016 Inadmissible Bryce Danos Also director and writer
2017 4: Go Game Warden Also director and writer
2018 Alien Intrusion[14] Narrator
2019 The Dragon Unleashed The Colonel
2019 Christmas Cars Uncle Denver[15]
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


Year Album Chart positions Label
US Country US US Jazz
1981 It's 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![16]
2019 Redneck Rebel[17] .
Odyssey Project[18]
Recycling Grace[19]


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
1985 "Country Girls" 1 1
"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 (John Schneider song)|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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  2. "John Schneider". Retrieved August 17, 2016. and "Obituary for John Schneider III – MILLBROOK, NY". Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  3. "Take a tour of John Schneider's flooded Louisiana home". August 19, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2021. John Schneider: 'Two and half feet up, everything in there, every closet, every drawer, great pictures of when Mom was a girl in Sanford, Florida.'
  4. "Schneider returns to North Springs". Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  5. In 1982, Schneider co-founded the Children's Miracle Network with Marie Osmond and her brothers.
  6. "Taking the Lead – Today's Christian". Archived from the original on April 10, 2008. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  7. "John Schneider – Marriage is a Hazzard ... Wife Files for Divorce". Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  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".
  10. "Actor John Schneider is living the dream". Digital Journal. January 7, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  12. "That Was Easy!!! 3 Days in Jail Over in Hours". June 12, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018. And "Dukes of Hazzard's John Schneider Requests Jail Time Because He Can't Afford Alimony: 'I'm Leveraged to the Max'". Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  13. "October Baby". The New York Times. March 23, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  14. "Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception". Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  15. "'Dukes of Hazzard' Star John Schneider Drives the General Lee Once Again in New Movie Trailer". Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  16. "John Schneider's Greatest Hits: Still!". Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  17. "Redneck Rebel". Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  18. "Odyssey Project". Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  19. "Recycling Grace". Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  20. Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 370–371. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.
  21. Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 370–371. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.

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