John Schneider
Birth Date:
April 8, 1954
Birth Place:
Mount Kisco, New York, USA
6' 3½" (1.92 m)
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The Dukes of Hazzard


American actor John Schneider was shot to prominence as Bo Duke, one of the fast driving, fun loving cousins of the Duke clan on the massively popular 1980s comedy adventure series “The Dukes of Hazzard” (CBS, 1979-1985). In 2004, he received a TV Land nomination in the category of Favorite Teen Dream – Male for his work on the show. The performer recreated his role for the successful “Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion” (1997) and “The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood” (2000), which was less popular than its predecessor. More recently, Schneider is best known to TV audiences as the adoptive father of Clark Kent on The WB's hit series “Smallville” (2001-2006), from which he nabbed a 2005 Teen Choice nomination.

The busy actor has also acted in other TV series like “Grand Slam” (1990), “Heaven Help Us” and “Second Chances” (both 1994), as well as in one soap opera “Loving” (1994). He has also been seen in many TV films and miniseries. He had recurring roles in the family drama “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman“ (1997-1998), “Diagnosis Murder” (1996-2000) and “Veronica's Closet” (1999-2000). Schneider's motion picture credits include “Exit to Eden” (1994), “Snow Day” (2000), “Hidden Secrets” and “John Schneider's Collier & Co.: Hot Pursuit” (both 2006), as well the upcoming “Conjurer” (2007) and “Terminal Trap” (2008).

In addition to acting, Schneider is a country music singer. He has published 11 albums and enjoyed hits songs like “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 #1 country, 1986).

Schneider, who frequently sings on religious shows, is a born-again Christian. He and Marie Osmond formed the Children's Miracle Network in 1982 to help suffering children around the United States. In 1995, he set up FaithWorks Productions in an attempt to produce family oriented recordings and videos. He also co-founded, with John Agoglia and Tony Fantozzi, Canan Film Works, in 1998. Schneider races cars every May in the Silver State Classic Challenge held in Ely, Nevada.

The 6' 3” performer is currently married to Elly Castle, with whom he has three children, and they currently reside just outside of Los Angeles, California. He was formerly married to screen beauty Tawny Little (together from July 1983 to March 1986). His love life has also been linked to actress Marie Osmond and Jennifer Granholm, the governor of Michigan.

Schneider's son, Chasen, suffers from Asperger's Syndrome.


Childhood and Family:

John Richard Schneider was born on April 8, 1960, in Mount Kisco, New York, to John Schneider and Shirley. His parents divorced when John was two. He and his mother relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, when he was fourteen. John was educated at North Springs High School, and has two brothers named Bob and Mark.

On July 16, 1983, John married Portland, Maine-born actress Tawny Little, but they later divorced in March 1986. He married Elly Castle on July 11, 1993. The couple has two daughters, Leah and Karis, and one son, Chasen.

John Schneider is known by family and close friends by the nickname “Schneidy.”

Smallville's Father


John Schneider began acting when he was eight and performed in a number of plays in New York. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia, he immersed himself in local theater and performed in local productions. Schneider was relatively obscure when he was discovered by creator Phil Mandelker and given his breakthrough role as Bo Duke on the CBS comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard,” opposite Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach and Denver Pyle. Debuting on January 6, 1979, the show was considered one the most low-brow programs on television, but met success with the audience. However, in 1982, Schneider and Wopat left the series following a contract dispute and did not rejoin the show until 1983. By then, the charm had disappeared although the show stayed on the air for two more years, until 1985. Schneider also supplied the voice of Bo for CBS' animated Saturday morning “The Dukes” from September to November 1983.

While costarring on “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Schneider also branched out to singing. Among his efforts were an appearance on the CBS “A Country Christmas” in 1981 and headlining his own variety special, “John Schneider's Christmas Holiday,” in 1983, also for CBS. He maintained his busy work schedule as an actor by taking on roles in several TV films such as “Dream House” (CBS, 1981), his TV movie debut, and the movie “Eddie Macon's Run” (1983). After the series went off the air, Schneider starred as Cliff Adams, a Miami DEA agent sent to South America to work undercover for a cocaine exporter, in the action film “Cocaine Wars” (1985), teamed up with Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash for the CBS TV remake of “Stagecoach” (1986), based on the classic John Ford movie starring John Wayne, portrayed a man in Tennessee who goes mad after his food supply is contaminated by a meteor in director David Keith's low-budget film “The Curse” (1987) and had the leading role in the NBC miniseries “Wild Jack” (1989), which was aired as part of “The Magical World of Disney.” He released an album called “You Ain't Seen the Last of Me” in 1987 and to date has published 11 albums.

Schneider returned to series TV as a regular when he was cast in the CBS short-lived adventure “Grand Slam” (1990). A first Broadway gig arrived the following year with the musical “Grand Hotel,” in which he replaced Rex Smith in the role of the gallant, thieving Baron. He joined the cast of the ABC daytime drama “Loving,” as Larry Lamont, in 1993 before again working in primetime shows with the CBS flop “Second Chances.” He was then seen in the syndicated “Heaven Help Us,” as Doug Monroe (1994). The same year, Schneider, who often acted in low-budget features, acted in Garry Marshall's “Exit to Eden,” which starred Paul Mercurio and Dana Delany, and played Davy Crockett in the ABC television film “James Michener's 'Texas.'”

The rest of the 1990s saw Schneider in such TV movies as the USA Network film “Night of the Twister” (1996), ABC's “The Legend of Ruby Silver” (1996, starred as Tommy Towne) and the CBS biopic “Michael Landon, the Father I Knew” (1999), helmed by Michael Landon Jr. He was also seen in the Emmy-nominated miniseries “True Women” (1997), playing Sam Houston. He had a recurring role as Daniel Simon, the sheriff of the town and possible love interest of Dr. Mike (played by Jane Seymour), on the last season of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” (1997-1998) and rejoined his former cast mates for 1997's “Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion.”

The blond-haired performer made appearances in episodes of “Diagnosis Murder” (1996-2000) and “Veronica's Closet” (1999-2000) and returned to the big screen in “Snow Day” (2000). It was also in 2000 that Schneider was seen reprising his Bo Duke role for the next reunion “The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood,” which was released to less fanfare. Through Canan Film Works, which he helped form in 1998, he took on executive producer duty for the PAX TV's “Christy: The Movie” (also 2000).

Following the episodic part of Joshua Winslow in “Touched by an Angel,” Schneider was cast as the adopted father Jonathan Kent on the WB series “Smallville” in 2001. Focusing on the life of Clark Kent/Superman as a teenager, the series was an immediate hit and helped revive Schneider’s career. Schneider appeared on the show in 110 episodes before his character was killed off in early 2006 and was nominated for a Teen Choice for Choice TV Parental Units in 2005, shared with on-screen wife Annette O'Toole.

Schneider also acted in the miniseries “10.5.” (2004) and TV films like “The Nick at Nite Holiday Special” (2003), “Felicity: An American Girl Adventure” (2005) and “Model Family” (2006). He went on to act in the movies “Hidden Secrets” and “John Schneider's Collier & Co.: Hot Pursuit!” (both 2006) and in the television films “You've Got a Friend” and “Lake Placid 2” (both 2007).

Currently, Schneider has completed filming director-writer John Nolte's “Beautiful Loser” (2007). He also has roles in the upcoming films “Conjurer” (2007), directed by Clint Hutchison and also starring Andrew Bowen and Maxine Bahns, “Terminal Trap” (2008) and “Everybody Says Goodbye --The Story of a Father and Son” (2007). On the small screen, he will play Henry Bartlett on the sci-fi film “Ogre” (2008), opposite Ryan Kennedy, and will be seen in “Shark Swarm” (2008), with Daryl Hannah and Armand Assante.


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