John Richard Schneider III (born April 8, 1960) is an American actor, singer, writer and director. He is best known for his portrayals of Bo Duke in the '80s American television series The Dukes of Hazzard and as Jonathan Kent on Smallville, a 2001 television reimagining of Superman's formative years. John has also appeared in many feature films, including the recent film Doonby.
Along with the television and films, John has also starred on Broadway as the lead in Grand Hotel and Chicago.
John is also well known as a country music singer, releasing nine studio albums and a greatest-hits package, as well as 18 singles and a Christmas album. Some of his greatest hits include "I've Been Around Enough to Know", "Country Girls", "What's a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love Like This)" and "You're the Last Thing I Needed Tonight", all of which reached the top of the Billboard country singles charts.
John has also been the voice for several commercials, including Home Depot, as well as that of Preston Stormer for several seasons of the animated television series Hero Factory.
On the personal side, in 1982, he co-founded the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to help suffering children. CMNH is affiliated with 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada and has raised $3.7 billion, making it the largest children's charity in the world. John has been, and still is, the spokesman for CMNH.
In 1995, he founded FaithWorks Productions in order to produce family-oriented videos and recordings.
Currently, John is starring in the Country Music Television series Trick My What? and has another series in development at Nick at Nite, titled Hawk's Nest, for which he will be a co-executive producer and perform in the starring role. John has just been set to star in an episode of Glee, which is slated to be a recurring role. In his spare time, John has written and will direct a feature film titled Backwater, which is due to start filming in February in Louisiana. The movie is scheduled to star Virginia Madsen, Jimmy Smits, Lyle Lovett, Kellie Pickler, Meat Loaf and Ed Asner.