Ever since starring in Dukes of Hazzard, John Schneider has always been “a good ole boy never meaning no harm.” But outside of his role as Bo Duke, Schneider has accomplished much more than outsmarting the county sheriff.
In fact, Schneider is also a successful filmmaker and country music artist in which his faith plays a major part. With so many interests and talents, it’s no shock that Schneider attracts fans from all walks of life.
In an interview with William Robinson of Viral Hare, Scheider discusses his work in various industries and how that’s impacted his fanbase.
‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star Has ‘Multigenerational Fans’
Besides Dukes of Hazzard, John Schneider has made many screen appearances for both movies and TV. Some of his most memorable work includes his role as Jonathan Kent, Clark Kent’s adoptive father, in Smallville and James Cryer in The Haves and the Have Nots. After working as an actor for 44 years since his small appearance in a Smokey and the Bandit episode, according to IMDb, Schneider resonates with fans of all ages.
In his recent interview, William Robinson asks Schneider about his roles’ reach.
“Their fifty-year-old parents grew up watching the Dukes of Hazzard, and their kids are twenty and they grew up watching Smallville, so it’s this great sense of community that I get from both of those shows,” Scheider shares. “Now I find these parents of those kids who watched ‘Smallville’ say hey, you see John Schneider in this show he did before ‘Smallville,’ they are just as shocked, that Jonathan Kent from ‘Smallville’ is Bo Duke in the ‘Dukes of Hazzard.'”
Schneider says that he even draws younger fans from his appearance in the teen drama show, Secret Life of an American Teenager.
“It seems like I’ve got some part of just everybody’s life journey in one television show or another,” Schneider reflects.
Scheider Advocates for People to ‘Dream Big’
When William Robinson asked John Schneider about the inspiration for his song, “Phantom of the Grand Ole Opry,” he shared the story of a man who worked as a janitor for the music venue for almost thirty years who even appeared in the music video. The lyrics of the song focus on a janitor who dreams of singing on the stage in front of people but only ever does so when the seats are empty.
Schneider told Robinson that the song holds a lot of value to him.
“So, it’s kind of a crazy circle, but I have always been an advocate for people to dream and dream big, and dream bigger,” Schneider said. “And for me the story that is told in that song is inspiring, dream that even if your eight or eighty, dreams can inspire you, no matter the age.”