Leave it to the man who played Bo Duke in the Dukes of Hazzard to do, well, something incredibly Bo Duke like during his very first trip to Warner Brothers.
John Schneider will always be remembered as Bo Duke. There’s no question about that. But he is also a man of many talents in addition to being a great actor. He’s also a country music singer and has been since the early 1980s. He’s released 18 singles, nine studio albums, and even a greatest hits package. But all of that success started when he landed the part as Bo Duke when he was 18 years old.
Schneider talked to Pop Goes The Culture TV back in 2018 about how he made the transformation from himself — a kid from Westchester — into the one and only Bo Duke to land the part in the show. And in one part of that story, Schneider remembers exactly how he felt when he first stepped foot onto the Warner Brothers studios.
“I went out on the back lot at Warner Brothers and sat out in Rock Ridge, which is long gone. It’s actually Laramie Street where they shot Blazing Saddles,” he explained.
“I sat out there, and I put my feet up on the hitching post and I said, ‘Ya know, John, you’re in Hollywood. You’re at Warner Brothers and you have a pass. You can be here. You don’t have to look around because you’re not going to get thrown off of the lot.’ It was the most amazing time of my life.”
Take a look down below to watch the entire interview with John Schneider for yourself:
‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star Came Into Hollywood ‘Perfectly’
By the sounds of it, things really could not have lined up any more perfectly for John Schneider. After landing the part of Bo Duke in Dukes of Hazzard, he went on to become one of the country’s biggest stars. Out of all of the awesome memories that he has, one that he’ll always remember is his very first time going to Hollywood.
“And then Dukes happened. And Dukes was great but still. That first time coming here and getting my $380 round-trip ticket from Atlanta to LAX and back. And sitting next to Johnny Olsen on the plane. Johnny Olsen told me how to get on a bus. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know where Universal was. He told me where… it was just great.”
When it is all said and done, John Schneider doesn’t have any regrets. And he most certainly doesn’t have anything he would change about his first time heading out to Hollywood. As a matter of fact, he called the experience “perfect.”
“I came into Hollywood perfectly.”