‘Dukes of Hazzard’: Here’s Bo Duke’s Real Name in the Show

by Will Shepard
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One of the most entertaining shows of the 1980s was Dukes of Hazzard. The show had everything necessary to make it an action-packed, hilarious mainstay of television.

The show centers around two main characters, Bo and Luke Duke. The two young men owned the famous car, the General Lee, together. The car remains famous today for several reasons.

But, the two characters were always trying to evade the corrupt officials of Hazzard County. They were always working to foil boss Hogg’s latest corrupt schemes.

The show is so famous that even people who have never seen the Dukes of Hazzard know the Dukes. Interestingly, Bo Duke is not the character’s full name. Even though everyone knows the Dukes, not many people could tell you Bo’s full name.

While Luke Duke’s full name is Luke, the writers of the show gave Bo a more interesting name. The character’s full name is Beauregard. It makes sense that the show stuck with just calling him Bo Duke.

Even more intriguing is that the show only ever mentions his full name one time. It came in the first season in 1979 and was never said again.

“Dukes of Hazzard” Bo Luke Actor Was a Bit of a Rebel

John Schneider played Bo Duke in Dukes of Hazzard. But the story of him getting the part is fascinating.

In several interviews, he has told a story about getting the role. He says that he faked his way into getting the role of Bo Duke. Apparently, he was just 18 when he was auditioning for the role, but he told the casting department that he was 24. Back then, this was not an uncommon thing to occur when casting shows.

Reportedly, when he was auditioning for Dukes of Hazzard, he put on a fake Southern accent. It is said that he even showed up to the taping with a six-pack of beer in his hand. It makes sense that he had to act differently to get the part because he is from New York City.

Needless to say, John Schneider did an excellent job playing Bo Duke on Dukes of Hazzard. His rebellious nature fit in with the show perfectly.