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Actor James Best, of TV's 'Dukes of Hazzard' dies at 88

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/8/2015 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

World War II veteran had acting credits in both movies and TV shows miles long

James Best, best known for his portrayal of bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on TV's "The Dukes of Hazzard," has died following a brief illness at the age of 88. He died after a bout of pneumonia while in hospice in Hickory, North Carolina.

Born Jewel Guy on July 26, 1926, in Powderly, Kentucky, Best was orphaned at three years of age. Adopted by Armen and Essa Best, he served in the Army during World War II before launching his acting career.

Born Jewel Guy on July 26, 1926, in Powderly, Kentucky, Best was orphaned at three years of age. Adopted by Armen and Essa Best, he served in the Army during World War II before launching his acting career.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
4/8/2015 (4 years ago)

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Keywords: James Best, Dukes of Hazzard, movies, TV, actor


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Best had a career in both movies and television several miles long before he took the role in "Hazzard" in 1979. As Sheriff Coltrane, he won the world over with his easygoing, cornpone charm.

Best's sheriff chased the moonshine-running Duke boys back and forth across the back roads of fictitious Hazzard County, Georgia for seven long seasons. His hot pursuits usually ended with him crashing his patrol car.

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Best gave his character a childlike enthusiasm that got laughs and made him endearing. "The Dukes of Hazzard" ran until 1985 and spawned TV movies, an animated series and video games.

"I laughed and learned more from Jimmie in one hour than from anyone else in a whole year," co-star John Schneider, who played Bo Duke, said on Twitter. "Give Uncle Jesse my love when you see him dear friend."


"Jimmy Best was the most constantly creative person I have ever known," Ben Jones, who played mechanic Cooter on the show, said in a Facebook post. "Every minute of his long life was spent acting, writing, producing, painting, teaching, fishing, or involved in another of his life's many passions."

Born Jewel Guy on July 26, 1926, in Powderly, Kentucky, Best was orphaned at three years of age. Adopted by Armen and Essa Best, he served in the Army during World War II before launching his acting career.


In the 1950s and 1960s, he played in such TV shows as "The Twilight Zone," "Bonanza," "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Gunsmoke." He later appeared in a handful of Burt Reynolds' movies, including "Hooper" and "The End."

Best will always be best known for his "Hazzard" role, which lives on in reruns.


"Jimmie was my teacher, mentor, close friend and collaborator for 26 years," Latshaw said. "I directed two of his feature films, including the recent 'Return of the Killer Shrews,' a sequel he co-wrote and was quite proud of as he had made the first one more than 50 years earlier."

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