Celebrity Then And Now
John Schneider
Name: John Schneider
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Famous Years: 1979-Present
Currently Known For: The Haves and the Have Nots
Networth: $2 MillionFamous For: The Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville, Country Music Career
John Schneider
Name John Schneider
Birthdate January 1, 1970
Famous Years 1979-Present
Currently Known For The Haves and the Have Nots
Networth $2 Million
Famous For The Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville, Country Music Career

There have been quite a few crossover stars that have achieved success in both acting and singing, but few have accomplished as much as John Schneider. The only thing is, if you’re a younger person and don’t listen to country music, you might not have any idea just how impressive Schneider’s career has been.

Schneider was born on April 8, 1960 and was quite the performer at a young age, putting on magic shows for friends and family. “I was one of those kids who went to two movies every Saturday and decided that I was going to ‘be in them’ some day. Many of my friends say that I achieved this goal mainly because I had the strength of my ignorance,” he said. “I say it has been determination and stubborn perseverance.”

His love for performing wouldn’t change when he moved to Georgia from New York, and was able to blend in thanks to his acting ability. That’s what won Schneider the part of Bo Duke on “The Dukes of Hazzard” when he showed up to his audition with a beer and a pickup truck, faking a southern accent.

The show, along with its memorable theme song, became a huge hit that aired from 1979 to 1985 with seven total seasons and nearly 150 episodes. The show would make Schneider into a household name that used his newfound popularity to spawn a country music career.

Schneider has released more than a dozen albums throughout his career, with his debut reaching the top 40 of the mainstream charts, and eight albums charting on the US Country charts. His 1985 album, “A Memory Like You”, would end up at the top of the US Country charts for his biggest success to date.

Among his more popular songs that would make their way to the number one spot on the Country singles charts include “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know”, “Country Girls” and “You’re the Last Thing I Need Tonight”. His dual talent made Schneider one of the biggest stars of the 1980s, and he wasn’t done after “The Dukes of Hazzard” came to an end.

As for whether he prefers singing or acting, Schneider says that “I love to sing and play the guitar and cut up on stage in front of people, but I have to say that I like the technical aspect of movies and television most. One pleases the heart and soul more...the other, the mind. That’s why I try and always make time for both.”

Schneider’s biggest television role following the one that made him famous came in 2001, when he portrayed Jonathan Kent, the adoptive father of Superman on “Smallville”. Schneider appeared in more than 100 episodes in the series, and many thought that he would make a cameo appearance in the 2005 “Dukes of Hazzard” film with co-star Tom Wopat, but it wasn’t to be.

People who only think of Schneider for his role in “The Dukes of Hazzard” might not realize that he’s actually been one of the busiest actors out there ever since. Schneider has appeared on television more than 40 times through series and TV movies since 2000 alone, as well as 10 movies in the past five years.

While he might not be starring in big budget blockbusters, Schneider remains quite a notable figure in entertainment. Since 2013, Schneider has been portraying Jim Cryer, one of the main characters in the Tyler Perry drama series “The Haves and the Have Nots”. Unfortunately, 2018 would also be a time where Schneider made headlines outside of his work.

In June 2018, it was announced that Schneider would have to spend three days in jail for unpaid alimony, which he says is because he doesn’t have the money to spend after a 2016 flood caused him to have to fix many different properties. Schneider was able to speak openly about it, however, saying that “It’s common sense versus entitlement. I’ve worked seven days a week, 80 hours a week, at least since 1978.”

He added that “I have, as every working person has, a mountain of debt that was attached to my dream. And there’s a group now that somehow feels they’re entitled to life or even luxury without work and the judicial system apparently agrees with that.”

The alimony in question is from when he was married to Elvira Castle. The two had been married since July 1993, and split up in 2014 with the divorce taking several years to finalize. Schneider had been married once before to Tawny Elaine Godin, but his one child, Karis, came from his marriage to Castle. Since his divorce, Schneider had been in a relationship with Alicia Allain, who serves as a producer and manager.

It’s a short sentence for Schneider who used the time to continue working on his music and to start writing a book, while learning about the prison system in the United States. Now that he’s out, Schneider figures to keep working as an actor, which shouldn’t be a hard task for the 58 year old with more than 100 acting credits to his name. There’s always work to be had for a veteran actor, and Schneider can certainly be put into that classification.