Miscellaneous Rumbles

RIP James Best

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HICKORY, N.C., April 6, 2015—James Best, the actor best known for his portrayal of bumbling yet endearing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died at 9:28 p.m. ET Monday after a brief illness and complications of pneumonia. He was 88.

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Sad news. I grew up with the Dukes of Hazzard.

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Dukes of Hazard was always a favorite. As an adult, had a great time at the DOH museum in Nashville. RIP, Mr. Best. You gave us a lot of laughs! Now he can walk ol' Flash again....

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Pretty sad. Lots of good memories as a little kid watching the Dukes of Hazzard with my grandparents on Friday nights. I still watch reruns quite a bit. Just a fun show - and Roscoe P. Coltrane was one of our favorites.

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He started acting in 1950, did lots of Twilight Zones. Best had a long history in acting, and taught a lot of people as well.

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I remember him from about 2 decades before Dukes (well, not directly - I saw it in reruns) as a guest star in some episodes of the Andy Griffith Show. He played a Mayberry boy with guitar skills who hitches his wagon to a band that's traveling through town. I'm pretty sure there was another episode where he comes back home.

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Sad news, for sure. The car and the Duke boys might have been the main attraction (or for a lot of us, Daisy was), but Boss Hogg and Roscoe were the funniest part. Excellent actors, both of them. RIP, Mr. Best.

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Great obituary - link in Ratrod's opening post. What an interesting and full life he had.

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Even though he will be remembered by most as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane, his stint on "The Dukes" is only a drop in the bucket in his acting career.

While he did a lot of bit parts in westerns, his Twilight Zone episodes were amazing... also had a short rockabilly/country singing career as well.


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