John Schneider was born April 8, 1960 in Mount Kisco, New York. Schneider began acting at the age of eight in local theatre productions. In 1977 he had a small featured role in Smokey and the Bandit, which starred Burt Reynolds.
When he’s not acting, John can be seen with his guitar creating beautiful works of art echoing his roots, in the director’s chair on his independent productions, or across the world on various TV shows.
John is also heavily involved in philanthropic endeavors and is the co-founder of The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with Marie Osmond.
John Schneider has enjoyed a successful career in country music, topping the charts with his no. 1 hits “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know” and “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight.” From 1984 to 1987 Schneider released six albums under MCA Nashville including his no. 1 album “A Memory Like You” and the quintessential “Greatest Hits” album. Schneider then took time off to pursue his acting opportunities, but would return with “Worth the Wait” in 1996. He’s gone on to release two Christmas albums, including “Home For Christmas” with Dukes of Hazzard co-star Tom Wopat.
Schneider made his television debut in 1978 as Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, the show ran for six years on CBS and remains in syndication on CMT and TNT. In 2001, Schneider landed the role of Jonathon Kent – Superman’s father – on the CW’s Smallville. He currently plays the role of the powerful Judge Jim Cryer in the Tyler Perry smash hit, The Haves and the Have Nots. Schneider has also made an impact on the film community starring in film such as Dream House, Happy Endings and Run, where he played opposite Kirk Douglas.
Though John has directed episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard and Smallville. His cinema directorial debut was the return to form story of Bo Duke in “Collier & Co.” in 2006.
Following the success of that film, he returned with a slate of indie classics like “Like Son” starring Laura Cayouette (Django, Kill Bill,) followed by Anderson Bench, Smothered and Inadmissible.
John Schneider Studios will be debuting two films this year: 4:GO and One MOnth Out.
WHAT ELSE IS JOHN UP TO?
Cineflix is a film festival and distribution avenue that puts filmmakers in the driver’s seat. Started by John Schneider Studios and Maven Entertainment, it provides filmmakers opportunity for success.
Team Ripped Duke is John’s incredible journey to becoming lean and ripped. This custom tailored workout regiment is perfect for those who are looking to change their life.
Co-founded with Marie Osmond in 1983, The Children’s Miracle Network has raised over $4.7 billion for over 200 member hospitals and 32 million treatments to children across the U.S.
Meet our awesome team.
John Schneider Actor, Director,
Alicia Allain Producer, Executive Director