was born and raised in Smallville. His father's name was Hiram Kent. He
played football from Smallville High. While in school, he dated
Lana Lang's aunt.
After high school, he attended Metropolis University, where he met his
future wife, Martha Clark,
while taking a finance class. Martha was immediately attracted to
Jonathan, and, although she was the official note-taker for the class,
she asked Jonathan for his notes, so that she could start a
conversation. He did not ask her her name. He also never knew that she
really didn't need the notes. Later, he asked Martha's father for her
hand in marriage, and Mr. Clark refused. Jonathan hit him, and has never
spoken to him since. Martha's father is not aware of
Jonathan and Martha manage the Kent Farm together, and they grow organic
On the day of the meteor shower, Jonathan and Martha found 4-year old
Clark in the cornfields with his spaceship. They took the young boy with
them, and hid the spaceship in the back of their truck. On their way
home, the came across Lionel
Luthor, who asked them for their help, because his son,
unconscious, having been hit by the meteor shower. Jonathan hid the
spaceship in the farm's storm cellar.
Martha, who was unable to have children, took care of Clark, and later,
Ethan visited the Kent Farm, he saw and inquired about the
little boy. Put on the spot, Martha lied and claimed that they just
adopted him. Martha and Jonathan then needed to quickly make the story
true, and enlisted the help of Lionel Luthor, owner of an adoption
agency, to falsify adoption papers. Lionel drew up the papers but
required that Jonathan go to Pete Ross' father and convince him to sell the Ross Creamed
Corn Factory to Lionel. Jonathan had no choice, but always regretted it,
and feels responsible for the Luthor's foothold in Smallville.
Jonathan is stubborn and prideful, but loves his family dearly, and
would do anything to keep prying eyes away from Clark and his abilities.
In order to protect his son's secret, he did was against Clark joining
the football team. He also built a "Fortress of Solitude" for Clark in
the barn, so that he could stay away from most normal high school
John's parents divorced when he was 2. He
began acting at 8. He's even done a Coca-Cola commercial. His mother
moved to Atlanta, GA with John when he was 14 where he got involved in
community theatre. In 1977, he had a small role in a Burt Reynolds
movie, Smokey and the Bandit.
However, John will always the face of Bo Duke, one of three cousins, in
the "Dukes of Hazzard" (CBS, 1978-1985). This is John's most memorable
role. For the audition, John put on the full "Country" act that the
producers were looking for, complete with the hat, a week-old beard, the
boots and the beer. John was 18 when he started, but lied and claimed he
Apart from many roles in film, TV, and made-for-TV movies, John
Schneider has had a very successful singing career, mainly in Country
music, having released 11 albums. One album and four singles went to
John is the founder of the Children's Miracle Network (1982) and started
FaithWorks Productions in 1995. The production company is mainly
dedicated to "the distribution and production of quality family
entertainment." (John Schneider Official Website).
"10.5" (2003) Mini TV Series .... Clark Williams
The Nick at Nite Holiday Special (2003) (TV) .... Mr. Schneider, The
Mary Christmas (2002) (TV) ....
Lightning: Fire From the Sky (2001) .... Tom Dobbs
Smallville (2001) TV Series .... Jonathan "Pa" Kent
The Mummy: The Animated Series (2001) TV Series .... Rick O'Connell
Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard In Hollywood, The (2000) (TV) .... Bo Duke
Snow Day (2000) .... Chad Symmonz
Honey, I'm Pregnant Too! A Pregnancy Guide for Men (1999) .... Host
Sam Churchill: Search for a Homeless Man (1999) (TV) .... S. Churchill
Michael Landon, the Father I Knew (1999) (TV) .... Michael Landon
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993) TV Series .... Daniel Simon (97-98)
Ordinary/Extraordinary (1997) TV Series .... Host
True Women (1997) (TV) .... Sam Houston
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! (1997) (TV) .... Bo Duke
The Legend of the Ruby Silver (1996) (TV) .... Tommy Towne
Night of the Twisters (1996) (TV) .... Jack Hatch
The Little CHP (1995) .... Jack Sr.
Texas (1995) (V) .... Davy Crockett
Second Chances (1993) TV Series .... Pete Dyson (1994)
Gus Brown and Midnight Brewster (1985) (TV) .... Gus Brown
The Raccoons and the Lost Star (1983) (TV) .... Dan the Forest Ranger
Eddie Macon's Run (1983) .... Eddie Macon
Happy Endings (1983/II) (TV) .... Nick Callohan
The Dukes (1983) TV Series (voice) .... Bo Duke (Sept.-Nov.)
Kraft Salutes Walt Disneyworld's 10th Anniversary (1982) .... Himself
Dream House (1981) (TV) .... Charley Cross
John Schneider: Back Home (1980) (TV) .... Star
Kraft Salutes Disneyland's 25th Anniversary (1980) (TV) .... Himself
Circus of the Stars #4 (1979) (TV)
The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) TV Series .... Bo Duke
Smokey and the Bandit (1977) (uncredited) .... Teen in Coors Beer
Executive Producer: "Christy,
Choices of the Heart, Part I: A Change of Seasons" (2001), "Christy: The Movie"
(2001-TV), "Christy, Choices of the Heart, Part II: A New Beginning"
Director: "Mary Christmas" (2002-TV),
"Smallville" (2001-"Talisman", season three), "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979-series finale).
Writer: "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979).
Notable TV Appearances: "Touched
by an Angel", "Veronica's Closet", "Walker, Texas Ranger", "JAG", "Dr.
Quinn, Medicine Woman", "Sisters".
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