‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star Said Family Was ‘Very Discouraging’ About His Hollywood Dream

by Amy Myers

Even before John Schneider starred in Dukes of Hazzard, he was a good ole boy who never meant any harm. Known for his role as Bo Duke, the sandy-haired teen that tore up and down Hazzard County in his legendary Dodge Charger, Schneider became the face of downhome boys having a little too much fun in their small town.

When John Schneider first accepted his role as Bo Duke of Dukes of Hazzard, he was fresh out of high school from a suburb in Atlanta, Georgia. Now in his sixties, the star is still recognized for his first role in the late 70s. Even now that Schneider has broken into the music industry, some people still see Bo Duke before a country artist. But to the actor and singer, it’s just as well.

“A new generation of kids is now watching Dukes and loving it,” Schneider said. “It’s terrific. I just did a concert in North Carolina, and there were people from ages 6 to 80 in the crowd. They all love the show.”

Before Schneider’s big break on Dukes of Hazzard, he knew he always wanted to be a star. He even told his father he wanted to be a Hollywood stuntman around age 12 or 13.

“I knew what I was supposed to be [at a young age]. My theory is that when you’re little, 6 or 7 years old, you know exactly what you are supposed to be. I started making movies with an 8-millimeter camera and doing plays,” the Dukes of Hazzard star shared. He held onto that dream ever since he was a little kid and made it all the way to the top. But not everyone was supportive of young Schneider’s dreams at first.

Before Schneider Found ‘Dukes of Hazzard’

With all of John Schneider’s talent, it’s hard to imagine that anyone could have doubted his success on stage. However, the Dukes of Hazzard actor reported that some people in his life didn’t believe in his dream.

“I had a group of very well-meaning people who were very discouraging because they didn’t want to see me get disappointed,” Schneider said. “My dad said, ‘Don’t you think you ought to have a plan B?’ I love him to death, but you could tell he didn’t want me to get my hopes up.”

Despite his father’s reservations, Schneider starred in one of America’s classic films. Because he was able to prove his father and other nonbelievers wrong, he now encourages others to do the same.

“I tell people now that you better get your hopes up because no one else will… I think a lot of people have that, but then they lose sight of it,” Schneider said.

Now a father of three children himself, perhaps Schneider will pass on his encouragement and support to his kids and their dreams—no matter how ridiculous they may seem.