John Schneider’s favorite memories from his time on “The Dukes of Hazzard” related to a particular co-star.
The actor starred as Bo Duke on the hit sitcom from 1979 to 1985. During his time on the set, he developed a lasting friendship with co-star Denver Pyle, who played Uncle Jesse.
The series also played Tom Wopat as Luke Duke and Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke, among others.
“All of my fondest memories of ‘Dukes’ are with Denver Pyle,” the 61-year-old recently told Closer Weekly. “We would be talking about ‘The Doris Day Show’. [which he co-starred on] and what it was like for him to work with John Ford and John Wayne. We talked a lot about life in general. He was like a real uncle to me in every way. In all the years I’ve made ‘Dukes’ we’ve been thick as thieves. “
The character actor died of lung cancer in 1997 at the age of 77. Less than two weeks before his death, Pyle had the strength to attend the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Denver Pyle played as Buck Webb on “The Doris Day Show”.
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In “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Pyle was a grizzled and eccentric relative who gave wise advice to two southern cousins when they ran into the law in their souped-up car.
In later years, Pyle turned personal appearances as Uncle Jesse into fundraisers for children’s charities.
Schneider told the point of sale that he was not surprised that the show continued to resonate with fans.
“We became and will remain part of the extended human family,” explained Schneider. “For a lot of people it is [more than] just a TV show. It’s the lessons they learned from it or the time they spent with their now-deceased grandparents watching episodes. We are people you spent time with at a very important time in your life. It’s a special show and I’m honored to be a part of it. “
Schneider told the point of sale that he doesn’t mind being recognized for his character decades later.
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Actor Denver Pyle and actor John Schneider attend the John Wayne Cancer Clinic Bellamy Scene Beautiful People Awards on March 28, 1982 at SmokeHouse Restaurant in Burbank, California.
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“It’s a wonderful compliment,” he said. “A new generation of kids are now watching Dukes and loving it. It’s great. I just did a concert in North Carolina and there were people aged 6 to 80 in the audience. They all love the show. “
Schneider is still playing and busy on social media today. However, keeping in touch with fans is not always easy.
“I have my Facebook page and a YouTube channel and read the comments,” Schneider admitted. “I don’t know why I’m doing this. I can read 1,000 wonderful things, but the only troll who feels that his only purpose in life is to be mad at me – well, I remember every word.” I don’t know why. I wish compliments lasted as long as insults, but they don’t. “
Still, Schneider is not thinking of retiring anytime soon – or at all.
“Oh no! Retirement? I couldn’t imagine it, ”he said. “We keep making the films we love. I write every day. I’ve finished enough scripts that even if I turn 120, I still won’t live long enough to finish all of the things I want to do! “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.