John Schneider shows love for LoHud roots, brings ‘Razzle Dazzle’ to Broadway

schneider.jpgIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for Mount Kisco native John Schneider, an actor perhaps best known for his role as Bo Duke on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Five days before selling his model of the “General Lee” — a bright-orange 1969 Dodge Charger made famous on the show — at a Jan. 19 auction for $450,000, Schneider returned to Broadway to begin a stint as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in “Chicago.” His run is expected to last through March 16, according to Playbill.

Yesterday, he appeared on NBC’s “Today” show to talk about his Lower Hudson Valley roots, his career and his Broadway return.

Near the start of the interview, Schneider said he was amazed by “Hazzard’s” lasting impact and explained why he had to lie a little to land his big break in the industry.

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I’m from Westchester County, New York. I’m a New Yorker. They wanted a good-old southern boy, 24 to 30 years old, and I’m actually — at that point — I was 18, from Mount Kisco, New York, you know. So, I walked in with a ripped-up T-shirt and a six-pack of beer — no kidding, I had this kind of nerve at 18 years old — six-pack of beer, popped open one of the beers, offered ’em one and said, ‘Hey, y’all want one of these?’

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In the process of explaining that he’d been acting since he was 8, he gave many more shout-outs to the Lower Hudson Valley:

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I went to the movies all the time in Mount Kisco, saw double-features on Saturday, and loved John Wayne and Robert Redford. I wanted to be in the movies; I wanted to be on television. And I didn’t know it wasn’t possible. So, I started doing theater at 8 years old up at Fox Lane High School, at John Jay High School. And of course a dream was always to wind up one day here on Broadway.

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After offering a deafening “Yeee-ha!” to close the segment, he reminded viewers yet again where he honed that skill.

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There’s Westchester County for ya!

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Check out the full 4-minute, 44 second video of his “Today” appearance here.

Learn more about Schneider’s upcoming morning show appearances and his Broadway background after the break.

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: ‘General Lee’ payday, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ mayday and Aidan Quinn’s heyday

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Didi Conn, who played Frenchie in the movie version of “Grease,â€? once visited visited Nyack Middle School to see its production of that musical. In that show, the role of Danny Zuko was played by what actor who would go on to star in “Freaks and Geeksâ€??

A. John Francis Daley
B. James Franco
C. Seth Rogen

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John Schneider, TV’s Bo Duke, finally sells ‘General Lee’ for $450K

schneider11.jpgGestation periods of nine months should apply to humans, not novelty car sales.

Mount Kisco native John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard,â€? on Saturday was finally able to sell his model of the bright orange 1969 Dodge Charger known to fans as the “General Lee.”

After Schneider failed to sell the car three times on eBay, it collected $450,000 on a literal auction floor in Scottsdale, Ariz. While not comparable to the initial $10 million online bid in May that turned out to be a hoax, it’s still better than the $100,000 bid Schneider rejected in his third attempt.

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Fourth time’s the charm? John Schneider seeks Good Ol’ Bid in ‘General Lee’ sale

schneider11.jpgMount Kisco native John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV show, last year failed three times on eBay to sell his model of the “General Lee,” the show’s iconic, bright-orange 1969 Dodge Charger.

He’s hoping the fourth time is the charm Jan. 19, when the auction will be moved from the Internet to an actual floor at the Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Ariz.

In a first attempt to sell the car in early May, Schneider sought a seven-figure sale to fund a sequel to his movie “Collier & Co.” Although someone posted a $10 million bid, it was a goof.

Even with a stricter bidder screening process, the second attempt — this time for charity — crashed a week before the auction deadline when the eBay listing was deemed erroneous on May 22.

His third attempt was May 29, when the auction resulted in only one bid of $100,000, which was less than the minimum Schneider established before the second auction, according to CNN.

Get your checkbooks ready!

(Associated Press file photo by Damian Dovarganes)

John Schneider’s cool dad character abandons Superman, but returns for ‘Sydney White’

js.jpgWhen a Good-Ol’-Boy grows up, it must make him a Cool-Ol’-Dad.

Take Mount Kisco native John Schneider, who got his big break playing the playfully rebellious Bo Duke on “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Almost two decades later, Schneider would win over a completely new generation, portraying überprotagonist Jonathan Kent — Clark Kent/Superman’s adoptive father — on “Smallville,” only for his character to die of a heart attack in the series’ 100th episode.

But Schneider’s days of playing paternal with panache continue on the big screen. He serves as father figure to another legendary character in the upcoming Amanda Bynes movie, “Sydney White.” In the movie trailer for this retelling of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Schneider tells Bynes’ title character, “Your mom would be so excited…” making it approximately the 2,194th time he’s expressed emotional pride to on-screen offspring in the last seven years.

The most devout Suburbarazzi might recognize the trailer’s biggest scene-stealer. Jeremy Howard, at 6’3½,” is the tallest of the reinvented “Dwarfs.” He provides the trailer’s final punch line — or, more accurately, the trailer’s repeated-door-frame-face-slam line.

What’s Howard’s extended connection to the Lower Hudson Valley? Find out after the break.

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Shark report scares off crew for John Schneider’s latest project

schneider2.jpgPerhaps seeking some screen time and a Screen Actors Guild card, a real shark reportedly swam its way onto the set of “Shark Swarm,” a TV movie starring Mount Kisco native John Schneider, Armand Assante and Daryl Hannah.

KCAL in Los Angeles quoted propmaster George Hobbs, who said “stunt guys were going into the water off a pier for a shot when the lifeguards spotted a 6-foot Mako shark.” Production was halted for 90 minutes after the alleged sighting at 2 p.m. July 27.

Henry Blunt, a lifeguard, said the “shark looked around a couple of times and then took off and hasn’t been seen since.” Neither has the shark’s agent. But hey, if David Caruso can come back, this shark’s got nothing to worry about.

After the break, get ready to be suprised by the movie’s ridiculous premise and even more shocked by which channel will be broadcasting it.

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No $ale: Lone ‘General Lee’ bid of $100K isn’t enough for John Schneider

schneider11.jpgThis story is becoming more tired than my puns involving “The Dukes of Hazzard.” (If that’s even possible.)

Mount Kisco native John Schneider has tried three times on eBay to sell his model of the “General Lee,” the orange 1969 Dodge Charger featured on the show.

He’ll need to try a fourth, because yesterday’s auction resulted in only one bid of $100,000, which was less than the minimum Schneider established before the second auction, CNN reports.

The first attempt to sell the car ended with a $10 million bid that was allegedly a goof. The second attempt crashed a week early when the eBay listing was deemed erroneous.

CNN says Schneider will test his luck a fourth(!) time, but not until January, when the car will be “put up for auction at Barrett-Jackson collectible car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.”

I can’t wait that long. So, I’ll just have to toss a couple mil at a Batmobile in the meantime.

(Associated Press file photo by Damian Dovarganes)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN

Yesterday on RNN, Suburbarazzi’s Chris Serico talked about Rosie O’Donnell’s “Nuclear Wednesday” and the fallout from her feud with Elisabeth Hasselbeck, as well as John Schneider’s quest to sell the General Lee and Jimmy Fink’s 1980 firing from WPLJ.

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Third time’s a charm? ‘General Lee’ auction down to wire

schneider11.jpgThere are fewer that five-and-a-half hours remaining for eBay visitors to bid on John Schneider’s “General Lee” from TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard.” With an opening bid of $100,000, who needs to send your kid to college, anyway?

Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the show, for weeks has been trying to sell his personal edition of the series’ iconic, bright-orange 1969 Dodge Charger. On his first attempt, the top bid of just under $10 million was deemed a hoax.

Suburbarazzi was first to report that the second eBay attempt, which subjected prospective bidders to a screening process, ended prematurely “because of an error in the listing.” The listing was since fixed, and we’re now back on the clock, which expires at 8 p.m. EST.

If I’m reading the listing correctly at the time this item is published, it appears that there’s only one bid of $100,000. That’s a lot of money, but I know a few people who’d prefer the General Lee to a custom Lexus, so it’s not over yet.

(Associated Press file photo by Damian Dovarganes)

EXCLUSIVE: Choking ‘Hazzard’: ‘General Lee’ auction nixed — again!

schneider11.jpgThe second auction to sell John Schneider’s car from TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard” appears to have ended prematurely “because of an error in the listing,” according to eBay.

I’ve seen no other reports in the mainstream media on this development, so for now you can consider this a Suburbarazzi Exclusive! (Insert fancy news music here.)

The saga just won’t end for the Mount Kisco native, who played Bo Duke on the show that featured the “General Lee” — the series’ iconic, bright-orange 1969 Dodge Charger.

The first time Schneider tried to sell the car on eBay, he planned to collect $1 million to fund a sequel to his movie “Collier & Co.” But the plan stalled when the top bid of just under $10 million was deemed a hoax.

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From $10M to $100,000: Bids start anew for John Schneider’s ‘General Lee’

Just when it seems like the Dukes are spinning out, we often forget: Bo knows tenacity.

schneider11.jpgMount Kisco native John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on “The Dukes of Hazzard,” isn’t giving up on selling his personal “General Lee,” a 1969 Dodge Charger that was featured on the TV show. Schneider had been seeking $1 million for the car on eBay to fund a sequel to his movie, “Collier & Co.”, but the top bid of just short of $10 million was deemed a hoax.

A few things are different this time around.

For starters, all prospective buyers are being subjected to a screening process before they can register bids on eBay.

In addition, eBay might be preventing nosy folk (including this Suburbarazzo) from checking how high the bids are climbing before bidding ends a week from today; what I do know is the starting bid is $100,000. I’ve read that car experts don’t estimate the vehicle’s actual worth eclipsing $1 million, even with its celebrity tie-ins.

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John Schneider’s eBay ‘Hazzard’: $10M ‘General Lee’ bid likely a hoax

Perhaps selling John Schneider’s “General Lee” on eBay was even more misguided than producing a movie version of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” (At least the latter featured Jessica Simpson in a bikini, for cryin’ out loud.)

The nearly $10 million eBay bid for the Mount Kisco native’s 1969 Dodge Charger appears to be a hoax, The (New York) Daily News is reporting.

schneider1.jpgSchneider, who played Bo Duke on the ’80s TV show, reportedly sought at least $1 million to produce a sequel to his film “Collier & Co.” Now, he plans to auction the car off-line and is mulling legal action against the allegedly fraudulent bidder, according to Allen Stockman, Schneider’s estate holder. Added Stockman:

<blockquote><div>If this guy was just doing it as a prank or to ruin someone else’s chances, he deserves to be hit in the pocketbook.</div></blockquote>

The winning bidder was listed as William Fisher, but I think we all know this is likely to be a pseudonym … for none other than Boss Hogg.

(Associated Press photo by Damian Dovarganes)