For seven seasons from 1979 until 1985, John Schneider starred as Bo Duke in “Dukes of Hazzard.”
During those years, he worked with some interesting co-stars. This list, of course, included Tom Wopat as Luke Duke, Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke, James Best as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, and Sorrell Booke as Boss Hogg.
However, there is one co-star that stands out above the rest for John Schneider. And it is this co-star that was behind some of Schneider’s favorite memories from “Dukes of Hazzard.” He talked about this co-star during a recent interview with Fox News.
“All my best memories from ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ seem to revolve around Denver Pyle who played Uncle Jesse,” Schneider shared.
So, what was it about Pyle that made him so special to Schneider? “He was a wonderful mentor to me,” the now 61-year-old actor also said.
Denver Pyle would also give his younger co-star advice on his love life. And it’s really good advice.
“Whenever I had a new girlfriend he would say to me, ‘You’ve met somebody, haven’t you?’ I’d say, ‘Yes, sir.’ And he’d say, ‘Does she make you laugh?’ If I waited for more than half a second to answer the question, he would look at me with a sad face and say, ‘Well, good luck,'” John Schneider also recalled.
John Schneider Said He Often Thinks About One Exchange with Denver Pyle
In the later seasons of “Dukes of Hazzard,” Schneider turned the tables on Pyle.
“Toward the end of our run, it was quite obvious that Denver had met someone. You can just tell when someone’s in love. So I said, ‘You’ve met someone, haven’t you?’ He said, ‘Yes, I have.’ I asked, ‘Does she make you laugh?’ He smiled at me and said, ‘All the time,” Schneider also recalled.
This is an exchange that this star of “Dukes of Hazzard” never allowed himself to forget. And it made him appreciate what he shares with his wife, Alicia.
“I’ve carried that with me. That’s why I call [my wife] Alicia my smile. She’s my laughter. And every time I think about that, I think about the wonderful relationship I had with Pyle,” John Schneider said.
Here’s More About ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star Denver Pyle
According to IMDb, Pyle was born on May 11, 1920, in Colorado. During World War II, Pyle joined the U.S. Navy. He was injured during the Battle of Guadalcanal. He was medically discharged from the military in 1943. His entertainment career began when a talent scout saw him working in an amateur theater show.
His first movie was “The Guilt of Janet Ames,” which was released in 1947. He was a friend of John Wayne and appeared in many of Wayne’s films. Pyle would go on to appear in “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke.” He died on Christmas Day in 1997.