Apr. 8th, 1960
Mount Kisco, New York, USA
John Schneider's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - H2O Extreme
2009 - The Rebound
2008 - Conjurer
2007 - Sydney White
2000 - Snow Day
1989 - Speed Zone!
1983 - Eddie Macon's Run
1977 - Smokey and the Bandit
Guest TV Roles
Bo Duke (Voiced)
Henry 'Hank' Szymborska
Congressman Skip Whatley
Wilkins Brother #1 (Voiced)
John Richard Schneider was born April 8, 1960, in Mt. Kisco, New York. His parents divorced when he was two. John began acting at the age of eight. He was in many plays in New York. He and his mother moved to Atlanta, Georgia, when he was fourteen. He got involved in the local theater and was in many local productions. He had a small part in Smokey and the Bandit (1977) starring Burt Reynolds (I).
His big break came when he won the role of Bo Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979) on CBS from 1979-1985. He auditioned for the role pretending he was a genuine country boy. He had a weeks growth of beard and held a beer can claiming he was from Snellville, Georgia. He later became a very successful country singer and had several hit songs including "I've Been Around Enough To Know" and "Country Girls." He has since opened Faith Works Productions in San Antonio, Texas. He also appears in "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (1993) as Daniel Simon/Red McCall.
- On November 12, 2004, John was an honoree at the 7th Annual Silver Spur Awards show by the Reel Cowboys, an organization dedicated to the western heritage. The late 'Howard Keel' (qv) was also honored.
- Races cars every May in the Silver State Classic Challenge held in Ely, Nevada. He races and is driver of a model of the General Lee with fellow actor friend, 'James Caviezel' (qv), who is the navigator.
- According to a Season 1 commentary of _"Smallville" (2001)_ (qv), John was approached by some kids who said, "Hey, you're Jonathan Kent!" To his relief, it was the first time that he was recognized as someone else other than "Bo" from _"The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979)_ (qv).
- Children: Leah, Chasen and Karis.
- Attended North Springs High School in Atlanta, GA.
- Lied about his age to get the role of "Bo" on _"The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979)_ (qv).
- Co-founder of the Children's Miracle Network charity organization, along with 'Marie Osmond' (qv). The organization helps children around the United States.
- In addition to starring on _"The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979)_ (qv), he wrote and/or directed several episodes of the series. He also performed many of his own stunts, including driving.