James Best

James Best

  • Born on
    • July 26th, 1926
  • Died on
    • April 6th, 2015
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia James Best (born Jewel Franklin Guy; July 26, 1926 – April 6, 2015) was an American television, film, character, voice, and stage actor, as well as a writer, director, acting coach, artist, college professor, and musician, whose career spanned seven decades of television. He appeared as a guest on various country music and talk shows. One of the busiest actors in Hollywood, who began his contract career with Universal Studios in 1949, where he met unfamiliar actors Julie Adams, Piper Laurie, Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. Best's long career began in films in 1950. He appeared primarily in Westerns, playing opposite Audie Murphy in Kansas Raiders (1950), The Cimarron Kid (1952) and The Quick Gun (1964), Raymond Massey in Seven Angry Men (1955), George Montgomery in Last of the Badman (1957), Frank Lovejoy in Cole Younger Gunfighter (1958), and Randolph Scott in Ride Lonesome (1959). He also starred in the science fiction cult movie, The Killer Shrews (1959) and its sequel, Return of the Killer Shrews (2012). He is most known for playing bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the action/comedy Dukes of Hazzard, a role that he revised in The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! (1997) as his character was now "boss" of Hazzard County as well as sheriff, and again in The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood (2000).

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Acting (39 Credits)

2013The Sweeter Side of Life as Paddy Kerrigan
2007Moondance Alexander as McClancy
2006Hot Tamale as Hank Larson
2000The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood as Rosco P. Coltrane
1997The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! as Boss / Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
1979The Dukes of Hazzard as Rosco P. Coltrane
1978Hooper as Cully
1977Rolling Thunder as Texan
1976Ode to Billy Joe as Dewey Barksdale
1976The Savage Bees as Pellegrino
1976Nickelodeon as Jim
1972Sounder as Sheriff Charlie YoungWatch Free
1968Firecreek as Drew
1966Three on a Couch as Dr. Ben Mizer
1965Shenandoah as Carter, Rebel Soldier
1964The Quick Gun as Scotty Wade (listed as "Scotty Grant" in end credits but named "Scotty Wade" in the film)
1963Shock Corridor as Stuart
1960The Mountain Road as Niergaard
1959The Killer Shrews as Thorne ShermanWatch Free
1959Verboten! as Sgt. David Brent
1959Ride Lonesome as Billy John
1959Cast a Long Shadow as Sam Mullen
1958The Left Handed Gun as Tom Folliard
1958The Naked and the Dead as Rhidges
1956The Rack as Millard Chilson Cassidy
1956Forbidden Planet as Crewman (uncredited)
1954The Raid as Lt. Robinson
1954Riders to the Stars as Dr. Sidney K. Fuller
1954The Caine Mutiny as Lt. JG Jorgensen
1953Seminole as Corporal Gerad
1953The Beast from 20, 000 Fathoms as Charlie - Radar Man
1953Column South as Primrose
1952Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair as Marvin Johnson
1952The Cimarron Kid as Bitter Creek Dalton
1952The Battle at Apache Pass as Cpl. Hassett
1951Apache Drums as Bert Keon
1950Kansas Raiders as Cole Younger
1950Comanche Territory as Sam
1950Winchester '73 as Crater


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