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James Best was born as Jewel Franklin Guy on the 26 July 1926 in Powderly, Kentucky, USA, and passed away on 6th April 2015 in Hickory, North Carolina, USA. He was best known as an actor, remembered for his roles in Westerns such as “Seven Angry Men” (1955), “The Quick Gun” (1964), “Ride Lonesome” (1959), etc, and as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the TV sitcom “The Dukes Of Hazzard” (1979-1985). He was also an acting coach and writer.

Have you ever wondered how rich James Best was? Sources estimated that Best’s net worth was over $500,000, with the main source of this amount of money being, of course, the entertainment industry. Another source was his working as a teacher, and selling his book also added to his net worth.

James Best Net Worth $500,000

James Best was the son of Lark and Lena Guy, but unfortunately after mother’s death, as a three-year-old boy, he was sent to an orphan, and was adopted by Armen and Essa Best, who raised him in Corydon, Indiana. During World War II, he served in the US Army and later he joined the Military Police. At that time he began acting, as he became a member of a special services unit of actors, which performed plays around Europe.

However, his first appearance on screen was in the film “One Way Street” (1950), but his role was uncredited. Nevertheless, he continued his career, and soon earned a role in the film “Comanche Territory” in the same year. During the 1950s he built his career slowly, appearing in films and TV series such as “Seven Angry Man” (1955), “Come Net Spring” (1956), “Crossroads” (1956), “Cavalcade Of America” (1953-1956), “Hot Summer Night” (1957), “The Left Handed Gun” (1958), and others. In the 1960s, he continued at the same pace, adding number of film and TV roles to his name, and by that increasing his overall net worth. Some of the titles include “Rahwide” (1963), “The Green Hornet” (1968), “Firecreeck” (1968), “Gunsmoke” (1963-1969), and other roles which only added to his net worth.

Although he was quite represented in the film industry during the 1950s and 1960s, his first big role came in 1979, when he was chosen for the role of sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the TV series “The Dukes Of Hazzard” (1979-1985). He reprised his role in several sequels of the TV series “The Dukes” (1983), which was later made into films “The Dukes Of Hazzard: Reunion” (1997), and “The Dukes Of Hazzard: Hazzard In Hollywood” (2000). He also gave voice to his character in the video games “The Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for Home” (1999), and “The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee” (2004).

To speak further of his ventures in the entertainment industry, James appeared in such titles as “Hot Tamale” (2006), “Moondance Alexander” (2007), “Return Of The Killer Shrews” (2012), and his last role in the film “The Sweeter Side OF Life” (2013).

Overall, James was a highly respected and successful actor, appearing in over 180 film and TV titles, in a career which lasted seven decades, and making it the main source of his net worth. Thanks to his working on an episode in the series “Sweet, Sweet Blues”, he won the Crystal Reel Award for Best Actor.

Additionally to his successful career as an actor, in 1964 James founded his own acting school in Los Angeles, California, where he has taught students such as Quentin Tarantino, Roger Miller, and Glen Campbell among many others. Later, in 1971, he moved the acting school to Mississippi, where he became an acting coach of drama at the University of Mississippi. His net worth was rising.

Apart from his acting and teaching career, James was known as an artist and painter as well. Besides that, he was also a writer, who published in 2009 his autobiographical book, entitled “Best In Hollywood: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful”. All these also added a lot to his overall wealth.

Speaking about his personal life, James Best was married thrice, but there is no any information about his first marriage. His second marriage was with Jobee Ayers from 1959 to 1977, and the couple had two daughters. Later, he married Dorothy Collier, with whom remained until his death. He died at the age of 88 from complications of pneumonia.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bonanza 1961-1968 TV Series Sheriff Vern Schaler / Page / Carl Reagan
Firecreek 1968 Drew
First to Fight 1967 Gunnery Sgt. Ed Carnavan
Hawk 1966 TV Series Emile White
The Green Hornet 1966 TV Series Yale Barton
Iron Horse 1966 TV Series Chico
Perry Mason 1963-1966 TV Series Allan Winford / Martin Potter
Three on a Couch 1966 Dr. Ben Mizer
The Virginian 1965 TV Series Curt Westley
Honey West 1965 TV Series Vince Zale
Burke's Law 1965 TV Series Tucson, 'The Cowboy'
Shenandoah 1965 Carter, Rebel Soldier
Black Spurs 1965 Sheriff Ralph Elkins
Flipper 1965 TV Series Dr. Peter Kellwin
Ben Casey 1963-1965 TV Series Dr. Joe Sullivan / Simon Waller
Daniel Boone 1965 TV Series Wyatt
Death Valley Days 1955-1964 TV Series Jim Campbell / Jimmy Burns / Ruel Gridley / ...
The Quick Gun 1964 Scotty Grant
Rawhide 1963-1964 TV Series Art Fuller / Brock Quade / Willie Cain
Destry 1964 TV Series Curly Beamer
Temple Houston 1963-1964 TV Series Gotch
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1964 TV Series Tom Carmody
Combat! 1964 TV Series Trenton
The Fugitive 1963 TV Series Dan Murray
Redigo 1963 TV Series Les Fay
Shock Corridor 1963 Stuart
The Gallant Men 1963 TV Series Pvt. Hook
Twilight Zone 1961-1963 TV Series Billy Ben Turner / Jeff Myrtlebank / Johnny Rob
G.E. True 1963 TV Series Ernie Swift
Hawaiian Eye 1962 TV Series Johnny Olin
Cheyenne 1962 TV Series Ernie Riggins
Black Gold 1962 Jericho Larkin
Bronco 1962 TV Series Frankie Banton
The Rifleman 1962 TV Series Bob Barrett
77 Sunset Strip 1962 TV Series Babe Mackie
Laramie 1959-1962 TV Series Johnny Best / Ben Leach / Dallas
Surfside 6 1961 TV Series Ernie Jordan
Whispering Smith 1961 TV Series Hemp Reeger
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1958-1961 TV Series Bish Darby / Hennessy / Norman Frayne
The Andy Griffith Show 1960-1961 TV Series Jim Lindsey
Stagecoach West 1960-1961 TV Series Mike Pardee / Jack Craig / Les Hardeen
The Barbara Stanwyck Show 1961 TV Series Joe
Michael Shayne 1961 TV Series Danny
Have Gun - Will Travel 1957-1961 TV Series Roy Smith / Andy Fisher
Aftermath 1960 TV Movie Hardy Couter
Bat Masterson 1958-1960 TV Series Danny Dakota / Joe Best
The DuPont Show with June Allyson 1960 TV Series Jovan Wilanskov
The Rebel 1960 TV Series Waares / Ted Evans
Lock Up 1960 TV Series Roy Duggan
The Mountain Road 1960 Niergaard
Overland Trail 1960 TV Series Pvt. Frank Cullen
Men Into Space 1960 TV Series Lt. John Leonard
Markham 1960 TV Series Don Lennard
The Texan 1960 TV Series Clay Kirby
General Electric Theater 1960 TV Series Hardy Coulter
Pony Express 1960 TV Series Bart Gentry
Wagon Train 1959-1960 TV Series Art Bernard / Bowman Lewis / Garth English
Good Deed 1959 TV Movie Frank Simms
Startime 1959 TV Series Duke
The Lineup 1955-1959 TV Series Rhodes / Jim Kasino
The Man and the Challenge 1959 TV Series David Mallory
Cast a Long Shadow 1959 Sam Mullen
The David Niven Show 1959 TV Series Frank Simms / Pvt. Boland
The Killer Shrews 1959 Thorne Sherman
Black Saddle 1959 TV Series Ben Travers
Verboten! 1959 Sgt. David Brent
Ride Lonesome 1959 Billy John
Rescue 8 1959 TV Series Chad Curran
Wanted: Dead or Alive 1958-1959 TV Series Luke Perry / Stoner
Behind Closed Doors 1958 TV Series Webb
Trackdown 1957-1958 TV Series Joe Sunday / Bud Ehlers / Rand Marple
The Restless Gun 1958 TV Series Jim Kenyon
The Millionaire 1958 TV Series Fred Morgan
The Naked and the Dead 1958 Rhidges
Target 1958 TV Series
The Left Handed Gun 1958 Tom Folliard
Cole Younger, Gunfighter 1958 Kit Caswell
Tombstone Territory 1958 TV Series Mitt Porter
Climax! 1958 TV Series Shag
Schlitz Playhouse 1958 TV Series
Man on the Prowl 1957 Doug Gerhardt
Code 3 1957 TV Series Arkansas Trueblood
Richard Diamond, Private Detective 1957 TV Series Jack Milhoan
West Point 1957 TV Series William Purdom / Cadet Dick Mileston
The People's Choice 1957 TV Series Mr. Hunnicut
Last of the Badmen 1957 Ted Hamilton
Hot Summer Night 1957 Kermit
The Sheriff of Cochise 1957 TV Series Mike Norris
Zane Grey Theater 1957 TV Series Pyke Dillon
Cavalcade of America 1953-1956 TV Series Slate Morley / Harry
The Rack 1956 Millard Chilson Cassidy
Calling Homicide 1956 Det. Arnie Arnhoff
Telephone Time 1956 TV Series American Soldier
Frontier 1956 TV Series Jason Cartwright / Ben Reed
Gaby 1956 Jim
Crossroads 1956 TV Series
Forbidden Planet 1956 Crewman (uncredited)
When Gangland Strikes 1956 Jerry Ames (uncredited)
Come Next Spring 1956 Bill Jackson
The Adventures of Champion 1955-1956 TV Series Mace Kincaid / Paul Kenyon
Red Ryder 1956 TV Series Perry Cochran
The Lone Ranger 1955 TV Series Jim Blake
Cameo Theatre 1955 TV Series
Lux Video Theatre 1953-1955 TV Series Waldo / Clem Wallace
Top of the World 1955 Major French's Orderly (uncredited)
The Eternal Sea 1955 Student (unconfirmed)
A Man Called Peter 1955 Man with Jane at Youth Rally (uncredited)
Seven Angry Men 1955 Jason Brown
Buffalo Bill, Jr. 1955 TV Series Telegrapher Larry Martin
The Adventures of Kit Carson 1954-1955 TV Series Henry Jordan
The Gene Autry Show 1954 TV Series Ray Saunders / Bank Teller
The Raid 1954 Lt. Robinson
Return from the Sea 1954 Barr
Annie Oakley 1954 TV Series Jess Dugan / Scott Warren
The Caine Mutiny 1954 Lt. JG Jorgensen (uncredited)
Stories of the Century 1954 TV Series Dave Ridley
The Yellow Tomahawk 1954 Private Bliss
They Rode West 1954 Lt. Finlay (uncredited)
Hopalong Cassidy 1954 TV Series Rick Ashton
Riders to the Stars 1954 Dr. Sidney K. Fuller (as James K. Best)
Skip Taylor 1953 TV Movie
Fireside Theatre 1953 TV Series
McCoy of Abilene 1953 TV Movie
City of Bad Men 1953 Deputy Gig (uncredited)
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms 1953 Charlie - Radar Man (uncredited)
The President's Lady 1953 Samuel Donaldson (uncredited)
Column South 1953 Primrose
Seminole 1953 Corp. Gerad
Flat Top 1952 Radio Operator (uncredited)
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair 1952 Marvin Johnson
Francis Goes to West Point 1952 Cpl. Ransom
The Battle at Apache Pass 1952 Cpl. Hassett
Steel Town 1952 Joe Rakich
About Face 1952 Joe - Hal's Roommate (unconfirmed)
The Cimarron Kid 1952 Bitter Creek Dalton
Apache Drums 1951 Bert Keon
Air Cadet 1951 Jerry Connell
Target Unknown 1951 Sgt. Ralph Phelps
Kansas Raiders 1950 Cole Younger
Winchester '73 1950 Crater
Peggy 1950 Frank Addison
I Was a Shoplifter 1950 Police Broadcaster in Surveillance Plane (uncredited)
Comanche Territory 1950 Sam
One Way Street 1950 Driver (uncredited)
The Sweeter Side of Life 2013 TV Movie Paddy Kerrigan
Return of the Killer Shrews 2012 Thorne Sherman
Moondance Alexander 2007 Buck McClancy
Once Not Far from Home 2006 Short The Doctor
Hot Tamale 2006 Hank Larson
The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee 2004 Video Game Sheriff Rosco. P. Coltrane (voice)
House of Forever 2004 Short William Clancy
The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood 2000 TV Movie Rosco P. Coltrane
The Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for Home 1999 Video Game Rosco (voice)
Death Mask 1998 Wilbur Johnson
Finders Keepers 1998 Short John Massey
Raney 1997 Uncle Nate
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! 1997 TV Movie Boss / Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
In the Heat of the Night 1991 TV Series Nathan Bedford
B.L. Stryker 1990 TV Series Mr. Parkinson
The Dukes of Hazzard 1979-1985 TV Series Sheriff Rosco Coltrane / Woody
The Dukes 1983 TV Series Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
Enos 1980 TV Series Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
How the West Was Won 1979 TV Mini-Series Sheriff Gruner
Centennial 1979 TV Mini-Series Hank Garvey
Hooper 1978 Cully
The End 1978 Pacemaker Patient
McLaren's Riders 1977 TV Movie Lamarr Skinner
The Brain Machine 1977 Rev. Emory Neill
Rolling Thunder 1977 Texan
Nickelodeon 1976 Jim
The Savage Bees 1976 TV Movie Pelligrino
Gator 1976 unconfirmed
Ode to Billy Joe 1976 Dewey Barksdale
The Runaway Barge 1975 TV Movie Bingo Washington
Savages 1974 TV Movie Sheriff Bert Hamilton
Hawkins 1973 TV Series Sheriff John Early
Sounder 1972 Sheriff Young
Run, Simon, Run 1970 TV Movie Henry Burroughs
Dan August 1970 TV Series Wiley
Lancer 1970 TV Series Clayt
Gunsmoke 1963-1969 TV Series Charlie Noon / Beal / Dal Creed
The Guns of Will Sonnett 1967-1969 TV Series Harley Bass / Rake Hanley
Felony Squad 1966-1968 TV Series George Collins / Arnold Wyatt
Mod Squad 1968 TV Series Clay Lynch
I Spy 1966-1968 TV Series The Doctor / Sam

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dukes of Hazzard 1981-1984 TV Series 3 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Return of the Killer Shrews 2012
Death Mask 1998 writer
Hooper 1978 uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The End 1978 associate producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1961 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gator 1976 assistant to producers

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Earl Hamner Storyteller 2015 Documentary Himself
CMT Insider 2006 TV Series Himself
After They Were Famous 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The CMT Music Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
Inside Fame 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The 20th Anniversary Hazzard County BBQ 2004 Video documentary short Himself
TV Road Trip 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (The Dukes of Hazzard)
Family Feud 1982 TV Series Himself / Himself - Contestant
The Midnight Special 1981 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks 2014 TV Series documentary Thorne Sherman
The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller 2002 TV Movie documentary Sgt. David Brent (uncredited)
Gunfighters of the Old West 1992 Video documentary Folliard (uncredited)
It Came from Hollywood 1982 Documentary
Frontier Justice 1959 TV Series Pyke Dillon

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#Fact
1 James Best passed away on April 6, 2015, at age 88, only five days after Cynthia Lennon, and within two months of four television legends, also born in 1926, aged 88: Roger Mayer, Robert H. Schuller, Stan Freberg and Betsy Palmer.
2 Ex-boyfriend of Jeanne Cooper - his son-in-law Michael Damian's acting mentor.
3 Best formed the first school to teach actors Motion Picture Camera Technique.
4 The James Best Theatre Center was located in Toluca Lake on Riverside Drive (at the southwest corner of Mariota) in the upstairs rear portion of the Honey Baked Ham building. The primary purpose of the James Best Theatre Center was to teach actors how to act for motion pictures and television and to provide an understanding of what the camera "sees".
5 According to his Face Book page James has moved from Charlotte to Hickory, NC... [April 2010]
6 It was Best's idea to bring his real-life dog on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), with him. He named her 'Flash'.
7 His hobbies: sailing, painting, fishing, writing plays, traveling, and playing guitars.
8 Graduated from Corydon Central High School in Corydon, Indiana, in 1944.
9 Is also a fan of Ron Howard's movies.
10 Is a fan of the following shows: Sanford and Son (1972), The Golden Girls (1985), Two and a Half Men (2003), Boston Legal (2004), Diagnosis Murder (1993), Matlock (1986) (which featured his best friend Andy Griffith), Barnaby Jones (1973), Quincy M.E. (1976), The Untouchables (1959), Murder, She Wrote (1984), Kojak (1973) and The Rockford Files (1974).
11 Began his career as a contract player for Universal in 1949.
12 Before he was a successful actor and teacher, he was once a bagger at Kroger Supermarket.
13 When he guest-starred on one of the three episodes of Laramie (1959), the writers jokingly created the name of Johnny Best, whose character was named after him.
14 Met James Drury on an episode of The Virginian (1962), where they became best friends.
15 Was a lifelong friend with Andy Griffith, until his death on July 3, 2012. Obviously, Best met him on an episode of The Andy Griffith Show (1960), who would later attend Mayberry Days with him.
16 With Denver Pyle's death on Christmas Day 1997, Best along with Sonny Shroyer, became the last 2 mature surviving cast members of The Dukes of Hazzard (1979).
17 His adoptive father, Armen Neely Best, died on June 1, 1984. He lived to be age 87.
18 Best friends with Denver Pyle from 1958, until his passing on Christmas Day, 1997.
19 Close friend of Sorrell Booke.
20 Met Denver Pyle in the movie The Left Handed Gun (1958). Some 21 years later, he would later co-star, opposite him on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), as the patriarch of the family.
21 His adoptive mother, Essa Knowland Best, died on March 30, 1988. She lived to be age 92.
22 Friends with: Denver Pyle, Denny Miller, Brian Keith, Ann Doran, Robert Fuller, John Smith, James Drury, Doug McClure, Adam West, Sorrell Booke, James Arness, Ken Curtis, Alex Cord, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Robert Horton, Claude Akins, Eric Fleming, Lee Marvin, Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, James Garner, Andy Griffith, Nancy Stafford, Robert Conrad and Dabbs Greer.
23 Acting mentor and friends of Tom Wopat, John Schneider and Catherine Bach.
24 Best known by the public for his starring role as Sheriff P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979).
25 In a 1984 episode of The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), The Dukes of Hazzard: The Dukes in Hollywood (1984), Roscoe (Best) and Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) are discussing who should play them in a fictional movie about Hazzard County. Roscoe picks Burt Reynolds. Reynolds was a former acting student of Best, and the two had been friends for many years. Reynolds later played "Boss Hogg" in the The Dukes of Hazzard (2005).
26 Before she took up acting, Lindsay Wagner babysat for Best's children. It was Best who encouraged Wagner to take acting lessons and, in effect, kick-started her career.
27 He formed the first school to teach actors Motion Picture Technique in the 1970s. He taught in Hollywood for 25 years and worked with such prominent stars as Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Gary Busey, Teri Garr, Lindsay Wagner, Farrah Fawcett, and Quentin Tarantino.
28 Moved to Florida in 1987 and taught on campus at the University of Central Florida. He was also appointed to the Advisory Council for the Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Industry of Florida. In 1992 he was the recipient of Florida's "Crystal Reel Award" for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, for an episode of In the Heat of the Night (1988) with Carroll O'Connor.
29 He and his wife Dorothy Best, along with Kevin Lang, have formed their own Production Company. Called "Best Friend Films," the company specializes in high definition production, featuring the Panasonic Varicam, with a Pro 35 lens adapter, which enables them to use Panavision 35mm film lenses on a digital camera. They also feature an HD online edit suite, making them a "one stop shop in HD production" for the Independent Producer.
30 In the mid 1970s he decided to take a semi-retirement, and became an artist-in-residence at the University of Mississippi. During his two years there, he taught Motion Picture technique and Drama; directed four plays, established the Mississippi Film Commission and was elected to the University's Hall of Fame.
31 The sixth of seven children, his mother died when he was 3 and he was taken to an orphanage when his Kentucky-born coal-mining father, an alcoholic, could no longer keep the family together. He was adopted at age 5 by Armen and Essa Best of Indiana.
32 The son of a coal miner.
33 A former military policeman, served in Germany after the end of WWII.
34 Has a black belt in karate.
35 Brother-in-law of John Collier.
36 Father-in-law of Michael Damian.
37 Director Quentin Tarantino has said that the work of Best "taught me how to act". Ironically, when Tarantino appeared in a 1990s Broadway revival of the play "Wait Until Dark", he received some of his worst acting reviews ever.
38 Father of Janeen Damian.
39 Cousin of singers Don Everly and Phil Everly.
40 His billing for Three on a Couch (1966) read: "Introducing James Best", despite the fact that he had been in movies for 16 years and had appeared in over 30 films.

#Quote
1 I started painting when I was in high school.
2 [on his feelings towards aging and death] The only thing that makes me sad about having so little time left is leaving the people I love and those who love me. There are also films and other projects that I want to get done, and there are always fish that need catching.
3 [on getting into trouble while under contract with Universal]: Well, actually I didn't make a habit of doing that, because I heard, if ... well, you're not supposed to take the girls that are 'under contract.' I made a mistake, she was beautiful, she's been on Look Magazine and I was honored to go out with her, but she was a blabbermouth and she came back to the studio, and everybody said, 'You were out with this and you heard? Well, how did you find out?' I said, 'She was taking everybody, we had six month options and I've been there for 2 years. I had 3 first features unreleased and all of a sudden, they called me ... my option came up and said, 'Well, I want a raise,' and he said, 'No, you stay on the same salary or we're going to dump you.' I said, 'You're kidding, of course!' I got 3 features unreleased and they said, 'We're serious!'
4 [in 2013]: I did meet The Everly Brothers once and we talked for awhile. Then we figured out we were first cousins! My late mother was the sister of Don and Phil's father, Ike Everly.
5 [on Sorrell Booke]: Scenes with Boss Hogg, were 90 percent ad-libbed. He was such a professional.
6 [in 2012 about playing the guitar, for his guest-starring role on The Andy Griffith Show (1960)]: I'm not in the habit of lying, and yes, it's really important and they called me and say, 'Can you play the guitar?' I said, 'Are you kidding? I have 2 guitars and I got over on the set and this is the music and I said, 'I can't play that.' They said, 'You lied, you could play the guitar.' I said, 'No, I didn't lie.' I said, 'I have 2 guitars.'
7 [in 2010]: I do mostly Southern landscapes. I do beautiful old barns that are falling down, and beautiful trees reflecting in the water. My lovely wife Dorothy and I travel quite a bit, so I take pictures of different things that inspire me to come home, when I come home here in North Carolina, into my art studio and paint these things. I put them on my web page and I'm proud to say that I'm selling paintings all over the world now. Some of them are commissioned. But I try to price my paintings in such a way that the average person can afford them. They make good Christmas gifts. It's a wonderful pastime for me, and it's been very profitable.
8 [in 2009]: I acted the part, as good as I could. Rosco, let's face it, was a charmer. It was a fun thing.
9 Well, I was very lucky, because I was under contract with Universal Studios for two years, and after I got out of there, I got up with Gene Autry and his series. So I was working constantly.
10 When I was putting the "Best of Hollywood" book together, I sat down and added up just the list of Westerns I've done, and it came to well over 200.
11 [on his favorite The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) episode of all]: What I really enjoyed was the episode where Rosco thinks he inherits a million dollars, and makes Boss Hogg his deputy. That was a fun, fun show. And then the other show that I enjoyed, I got to play a dual role, where I play a guy who actually has his face built like Rosco, and he's trying to imitate Rosco. So I actually play Rosco two different ways. That one was fun. But I'll be very honest with you. Almost every show that I worked, it was a blessing. I worked, of course, mostly with Boss Hogg. Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg) spoke five languages. He was a brilliant actor, and he let me ad lib all over the place, and he would go along with it.
12 [on Norman Lloyd turning 100 in 2014]: I had the honor to have been directed by Norman in a Hitchcock episode called "The Jar". Having worked with hundreds of directors in my career, I found very few that had Norman's qualities. He was most kind, gracious and patient with his actors. He is in all respects a complete gentleman in his personal life and I found it a genuine pleasure just to be in the presence of such a talented man. I am also doubly honored to consider him my friend. We are so blessed to have such a man among us for so long.

#Trademark
1 The role of Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979).
2 Gravelly, husky voice.
3 Roles in Westerns.
4 Southern accent.
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