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Tom Wopat & John Schneider
Tom Wopat and John Schneider, “The Dukes of Hazzard”
As good ol’ boys Luke and Bo Duke, Wopat and Schneider headlined CBS’s Southern-fried action series -- and saw their faces plastered on T-shirts and lunchboxes. So prior to Season 5, the duo went on strike to get a cut of the show’s lucrative merchandising deals. But the network thought anyone could drive the General Lee, so they replaced the pair with lookalike actors playing Bo and Luke’s cousins Coy and Vance, simply plugging the new names into pre-existing scripts. Viewers did notice, though, and the 17-episode standoff decimated the show’s once-stellar ratings, leading the network to cave in and re-hire Schneider and Wopat.