Actors become other people for a living and they are required to immerse themselves in their given roles and bring their characters to life. If an actor plays a role in a popular movie or television show well and long enough, some people actually seem to forget that it is just a person doing their job and address them instead as that character. Case in point, Wolverine. A number of people do not even know Hugh Jackman’s name, he is and will always be Wolverine to them. Another good example is John Schneider, a man known to many as Jonathan Kent, for his role in Smallville.
In this write-up, we talk about the actor’s personal life, answering questions such as who he really is and how old he is, among other things, keep reading.
Who Is John Schneider And How Old Is He?
John Schneider is an American entertainer with a focus on acting and country music. He was born in Mount Kisco, New York on 8th April 1960 into a family of four, which included himself, his mother – Shirley Conklin, his father – John Schneider III, and his older brother, Robert, an artist who now lives in New York. Schneider moved to Atlanta, Georgia with his mother when he was 14 years old and he attended North Springs High School, Sandy Springs, Georgia.
His flair for entertainment was obvious from when he was young that at the age of eight, John would often perform magic shows for his friends and families. However, his acting career did not become serious until he landed his first role, which turned out to be his breakthrough role, in 1977 when he was 17. This came after he wowed everyone with his audition for the role of Beauregard “Bo” Duke for the action-comedy TV series, The Dukes of Hazzard, which aired for seven seasons between 1979 and 1985.
While the show was still on-going, Schneider took other roles in films and TV like Dream House (1981), The Raccoons and the Lost Star (1983), Eddie Macon’s Run (1983), Happy Endings (1983), The Dukes (1983), Cocaine Wars (1985) and Gus Brown and Midnight Brewster (1985). Not only that, he also started his music career on the side and released multiple studio albums, including his 1985 A Memory Like You which peaked at no. 1 on the Billboard chart for US Country albums.
The 1980s was a busy period for the entertainer and not much has changed on that end today; he has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, gathering over 150 acting credits over the years. In addition to Bo Duke, he is also popularly known for portraying Jonathan Kent in the long-running superhero TV series, Smallville (2001-2011), Paul White in the 2007 film Sydney White, as well as Trevor in The Rebound (2009).
He has also directed, produced or written some of the works he has been credited on, and he does the last two through his Louisiana-based ‘John Schneider Studios’ which he founded. His Discography is also massive with over 30 albums released over the years and even more singles including You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight, Country Girls, What’s a Memory Like You and I’ve Been Around Enough to Know, all of which reached no. 1 on the Billboard charts.
As far as his personal life goes, Schneider is the co-founder of Children’s Miracle Network and the founder of FaithWorks productions. He is a born-again Christian, vegan, an animal advocate and he enjoys underwater sports.
Who Are His Children?
John Schneider has been married three times; first, he was married to beauty queen, Tawny Elaine Godin from 1983 to 1986. Next, he married Elly Castle, his second wife, in July 1993; they remained together until Castle filed for divorce in 2014. Schneider shares three children with his estranged second wife, Elly Castle; twins – Leah and Chasen, and their younger daughter, Karis. Castle gave birth to the twins in 1991. Their son, Chasen was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was young.
Meanwhile, in April 2015, Schneider started going out with film producer and founder of Maven Entertainment, Alicia Allain, who is also his manager. The couple got married “before God” in July 2019 while his divorce from Castle was still pending.
How Tall Is John Schneider?
John Schneider stands tall at a height of 6 feet 3 inches. Considering the fact that the average height of a Caucasian American male is 5 feet 10 inches, Schneider is easily considered a tall man. The actor’s weight has been listed as 104 kg; the actor is known to put in the required effort to maintain his physique.