‘Dukes of Hazzard’: John Schneider Once Said He Wants to ‘Strangle’ People Who Label Him as ‘Bo Duke’

by Quentin Blount

Dukes of Hazzard actor John Schneider has some strong thoughts for people who introduce him by the name of his TV character.

Schneider is without a doubt best remembered for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the action-comedy series The Dukes of Hazzard. He played the popular character of the show from 1979 until 1985. And for all of the success that the show had, Bo Duke was right in the middle of it.

However, Schneider does not want that one role to define his entire career. After all, he starred in other shows as well such as the 2001-2011 television series Smallville. He also appeared in The Haves and the Have Nots, which was created by Tyler Perry.

Oh, and in addition to being an actor, John Schneider has also been a successful singer since the early 1980s. He has released nine studio albums since then and even has a greatest hits package.

Out of his 18 singles, some of his most successful were “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know,” “County Girls,” What’s a Memory Like You,” and “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight.” All of those went on to top the Billboard country singles charts.

But even with all that success, Schneider still gets referred to by his Dukes of Hazzard name.

“Every time somebody starts out, ‘You know him best from The Dukes of Hazzard,’ I just want to strangle them,” Schneider told Christianity Today in 2012. “I did a couple of radio interviews recently, and one guy said, ‘We got Bo Duke on the line!’ So there I am, on live radio, and I said, ‘Really? Is that right? That’s who you have on the phone right now? I’ll do ‘Yee-haw!’ for you later, but right now, let’s talk about October Baby.'”

‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Actor Celebrates Birthday

Whether he wants to be or not, the man who is remembered for playing the young, dashing Bo Duke recently celebrated his birthday. It’s hard to believe, but John Schneider turned 61-years-old on Thursday.

The talented actor and singer has come a long way since he received his first big break at just 18. That was when he won the job of playing Bo Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard. It is pretty darn impressive that the clean-cut kid from Mount Kisco, New York was able to star as a good ol’ boy from down south.

Meanwhile, it is clear that John Schneider is much, much more than just Bo Duke. He is a man of many talents who deserves to be recognized for all of his success.

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