“The Dukes of Hazzard’ featured a number of high-flying stunts during its seven seasons on the air. And the General Lee was the star attraction.
The Duke boys were often using any means they could to escape Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane and the law. Many episodes featured the General Lee flying through the air. On the show, Bo Duke was often behind the wheel for the stunts. But that was a bit of TV magic. Actor John Schneider never actually jumped the General Lee himself. That was “The Dukes of Hazzard” stunt team at work.
But back in 2018, the TV star decided to change that. After years of asking whether or not he performed the stunt, Schneider wanted to jump the General Lee himself for his 58th birthday. After all, you only live once.
“People have been asking me for decades whether I jumped the General Lee or not. And my answer is always going to be no,” Schneider said in the video. “And I thought I’m not getting any younger. We’re doing this big event here. We’re going to have thousands of people. So why not do it for my birthday?”
The General Lee Flies Again
Schneider had planned to jump his model of the General Lee at his big “Dukes of Hazzard” birthday bash. He had invited thousands of fans out for the celebration. For the stunt, Schneider wanted to jump over a nearby swamp. But unfortunately, the weather had other plans. The rain stopped him from performing that daredevil feat.
“It was wet so I couldn’t get up any speed. So the stunt coordinator wouldn’t let me try to go over,” Schneider said. “I never would have made it over the swamp. Because I would have been going 15 miles per hour. And I needed like 50. So instead I jumped over six kegs of Gnarly Barley beer.”
So the jump didn’t end up being as extreme as Schneider or fans were hoping for. But it still technically counts. Schneider finally got to live out his lifelong dream by jumping the General Lee over some beer kegs, which still got the crowd shouting. His on-screen cousin was proud.
“It was the first time in history that a Duke boy has actually jumped a car,” Byron Cherry, who played Coy Duke, said. “It wasn’t a huge jump, but it’s pretty impressive.”