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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).

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).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 143

Birthday 1926-07-26

Day of Death 2015-04-06

Place of Birth Powderly, Kentucky, USA

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Also Known As

  • Jewel Franklin Guy
  • James K. Best
  • Jimmy Best
  • Jim Best

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Pony Express (1 episode)
2013 The Sweeter Side of Life as Paddy Kerrigan
2012 Return of the Killer Shrews as Thorne Sherman
2007 Moondance Alexander as McClancy
2007 Hot Tamale as Hank Larson
2005 Inside Fame (1 episode)
2000 The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood as Rosco P. Coltrane
1998 Death Mask as Wilbur Johnson
1997 The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! as Boss / Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
1996 E! True Hollywood Story (1 episode)
1989 B.L. Stryker (1 episode)
1988 In the Heat of the Night (1 episode)
1983 The Dukes (20 episodes) as Sheriff Rosco Coltrane
1980 Enos (1 episode)
1979 The Dukes of Hazzard (147 episodes) as Rosco P. Coltrane
1978 Centennial (1 episode)
1978 Hooper as Cully
1977 Rolling Thunder as Texan
1977 The Brain Machine as Rev. Emory Neill
1976 Nickelodeon as Jim
1976 Ode to Billy Joe as Dewey Barksdale
1976 How the West Was Won (1 episode)
1975 The Runaway Barge as Bingo Washington
1974 Savages as Sheriff Bert Hamilton
1974 The Manhunter (1 episode)
1973 Hawkins (1 episode)
1972 Sounder as Sheriff Charlie Young
1970 Run, Simon, Run as Henry Burroughs
1968 The Mod Squad (1 episode)
1968 Lancer (1 episode)
1968 Firecreek as Drew
1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett (2 episodes)
1967 First to Fight as Sergeant Carnavan
1966 Felony Squad (2 episodes)
1966 The Green Hornet (1 episode)
1966 Hawk (1 episode)
1966 Three on a Couch as Dr. Ben Mizer
1965 Honey West (1 episode)
1965 Shenandoah as Carter, Rebel Soldier
1965 Black Spurs as Ralph Elkins
1964 Daniel Boone (1 episode)
1964 Flipper (1 episode)
1964 The Quick Gun as Scotty Wade (listed as "Scotty Grant" in end credits but named "Scotty Wade" in the film)
1963 Redigo (1 episode)
1963 Burke's Law (2 episodes)
1963 The Fugitive (1 episode)
1963 Shock Corridor as Stuart
1962 The Gallant Men (1 episode)
1962 Combat! (1 episode)
1962 General Electric True (1 episode)
1962 The Virginian (1 episode)
1962 Black Gold as Jericho Larkin
1961 Ben Casey (2 episodes)
1961 Whispering Smith (1 episode)
1960 Surfside 6 (1 episode)
1960 Stagecoach West (3 episodes)
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (2 episodes) as Jim Lindsey
1960 Michael Shayne (1 episode)
1960 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1 episode)
1960 The Mountain Road as Niergaard
1960 Overland Trail (1 episode)
1959 Hawaiian Eye (1 episode)
1959 Startime (1 episode)
1959 The Rebel (2 episodes)
1959 The Twilight Zone (3 episodes)
1959 Men into Space (1 episode)
1959 Lock-Up (1 episode)
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1 episode)
1959 Laramie (3 episodes)
1959 The Man and the Challenge (1 episode)
1959 Cast a Long Shadow as Sam Mullen
1959 The Killer Shrews as Thorne Sherman
1959 The David Niven Show (1 episode)
1959 Verboten! as Sgt. David Brent
1959 Ride Lonesome as Billy John
1959 Black Saddle (1 episode)
1959 Rawhide (3 episodes)
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 Bat Masterson (2 episodes)
1958 Behind Closed Doors (1 episode)
1958 The Rifleman (1 episode)
1958 The Texan (1 episode)
1958 Bronco (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (2 episodes)
1958 The Naked and the Dead as Rhidges
1958 The Left Handed Gun as Tom Folliard
1958 Cole Younger, Gunfighter as Kit Caswell
1957 Man on the Prowl as Doug Gerhardt
1957 Tombstone Territory (1 episode)
1957 Trackdown (3 episodes)
1957 Perry Mason (2 episodes) as Allan Winford
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (3 episodes)
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1 episode)
1957 Last of the Badmen as Ted Hamilton
1957 Hot Summer Night as Kermit
1956 The Rack as Millard Chilson Cassidy
1956 West Point (1 episode)
1956 Calling Homicide as Det. Arnie Arnhoff
1956 Gaby as Jim
1956 Forbidden Planet as Crewman (uncredited)
1956 Come Next Spring as Bill Jackson
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (3 episodes)
1955 Frontier (2 episodes)
1955 Cheyenne (2 episodes)
1955 Gunsmoke (3 episodes)
1955 Top Of The World as Serviceman receptionist for Major French
1955 Seven Angry Men as Jason Brown
1955 Buffalo Bill, Jr. (1 episode)
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1954 Climax! (1 episode)
1954 The Lineup (1 episode)
1954 The Raid as Lt. Robinson
1954 Return from the Sea as Barr
1954 The Caine Mutiny as Lt. JG Jorgensen (uncredited)
1954 The Yellow Tomahawk as Private Bliss
1954 Stories of the Century (1 episode)
1954 Riders to the Stars as Dr. Sidney K. Fuller
1953 City of Bad Men as Deputy Gig
1953 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms as Charlie - Radar Man
1953 Column South as Primrose
1953 Seminole as Corporal Gerad
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 Cavalcade of America (3 episodes)
1952 Hopalong Cassidy (1 episode)
1952 Francis Goes to West Point as Cpl. Ransom
1952 Steel Town as Joe Rakich
1952 The Battle at Apache Pass as Cpl. Hassett
1952 The Cimarron Kid as Bitter Creek Dalton
1952 Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair as Marvin Johnson
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 The Adventures of Kit Carson (2 episodes)
1951 Apache Drums as Bert Keon
1951 Target Unknown as Sgt. Ralph Phelps
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1950 Kansas Raiders as Cole Younger
1950 The Gene Autry Show (2 episodes)
1950 Winchester '73 as Crater
1950 Peggy as Frank Addison
1950 I Was a Shoplifter as Police Broadcaster in Surveillance Plane (uncredited)
1950 Comanche Territory as Sam
1950 One Way Street as Driver (uncredited)

Writing

2012 Return of the Killer Shrews Writer
1998 Death Mask Writer
1978 Hooper Writer

Production

1978 The End Associate Producer

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