John Schneider is an American actor and country music singer. He is best known for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the 1970’s-1980’s televison series The Dukes of Hazzard, Jonathan Kent in the 2001-11 TV long running TV series Smallville and of 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 Ive Been Around Enough To Know, Country Girls, What’s A Memory Like You and Youre the Last Thing I Needed Tonight, all of which reached the top of the Billboard country single charts.
He briefly attended the Georgia School of High Performance, hoping to become a race-car driver. His prowess behind the wheel enabled him to land his Dukes of Hazzard role as Bo Duke (from 1979 to 1985). Beginning in 2001, he portrayed Jonathan Kent, the adoptive father of Clark Kent on Smallville, starring in 100 episodes before his character was killed off. Schneider directed some episodes of Smallville, including Talisman. Some episodes contain references to Schneider’s work in The Dukes of Hazzard, i.e. the season five episode Exposed is notable for reuniting Schnieder 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 mini-series 10.5. He had a recurring role on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and made guest appearances on such shows as Diagnosis: Murder, Touched ny an Angel, JAG and Walker, Texas Ranger. He appeared in the national tour of the musical The Civil War, playing a Confederate soldier.
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 killed 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 May 2013, he began the role of Jim Cryer on the The Haves and the Have Nots.
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 in a commercial for Autotrader.com in 2014. Tom Wopat returned as Luke Duke.