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James Best

Actor / Screenwriter / Film Producer | * 07/26/1926 († 88, 04/06/2015) | Powderly, Kentucky (United States of America (USA))
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Jewel Franklin Guy (July 26, 1926 – April 6, 2015), known professionally as James Best, was an American television, film, stage, and voice actor, as well as a writer, director, acting coach, artist, college professor, and musician. During a career that spanned more than 60 years, he performed not only in feature films but also in scores of television series, as well as appearing on various country music programs and talk shows. Television audiences, however, perhaps most closely associate Best with his role as the bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the action-comedy series The Dukes of Hazzard, which originally aired on CBS between 1979 and 1985. He reprised the role in 1997 and 2000 for the made-for-television movies The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! and The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood (2000). ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Western | Crime

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Movies with James Best as Actor(64)

as Paddy Kerrigan2013 The Sweeter Side of Life
as Thorne Sherman2012 Return of the Killer Shrews
as McClancy2007 Moondance Alexander
as Hank Larson2006 Hot Tamale
as Wilbur Johnson1998 Death Mask
as Boss / Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane1997 The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!
as Cully1978 Hooper
as Rev. Emory Neill1977 The Brain Machine
as Texan1977 Rolling Thunder
as Jim1976 Nickelodeon
as Dewey Barksdale1976 Ode to Billy Joe
as Pellegrino1976 The Savage Bees
as Bingo Washington1975 The Runaway Barge
as Sheriff Bert Hamilton1974 Savages
as Sheriff Charlie Young1972 Sounder
as Henry Burroughs1970 Run, Simon, Run
as Drew1968 Firecreek
as Sergeant Carnavan1967 First to Fight
as Dr. Ben Mizer1966 Three on a Couch
as Ralph Elkins1965 Black Spurs
as Carter, Rebel Soldier1965 Shenandoah
as Scotty Wade (listed as "Scotty Grant" in end credits but named "Scotty Wade" in the film)1964 The Quick Gun
as Stuart1963 Shock Corridor
as Jericho Larkin1962 Black Gold
as Niergaard1960 The Mountain Road
as Sgt. David Brent1959 Verboten!
as Sam Mullen1959 Cast a Long Shadow
as Thorne Sherman1959 The Killer Shrews
as Billy John1959 Ride Lonesome
as Rhidges1958 The Naked and the Dead
as Kit Caswell1958 Cole Younger, Gunfighter
as Tom Folliard1958 The Left Handed Gun
as Ted Hamilton1957 Last of the Badmen
as Kermit1957 Hot Summer Night
as Doug Gerhardt1957 Man on the Prowl
as Crewman (uncredited)1956 Forbidden Planet
as Jim1956 Gaby
as Bill Jackson1956 Come Next Spring
as Det. Arnie Arnhoff1956 Calling Homicide
as Millard Chilson Cassidy1956 The Rack
as Col. French's Orderly (uncredited)1955 Top Of The World
as Jason Brown1955 Seven Angry Men
as Dr. Sidney K. Fuller1954 Riders to the Stars
as Lt. JG Jorgensen1954 The Caine Mutiny
as Private Bliss1954 The Yellow Tomahawk
as Lt. Robinson1954 The Raid
as Corporal Gerad1953 Seminole
as Primrose1953 Column South
as Deputy Gig1953 City of Bad Men
as Joe Rakich1952 Steel Town
as Corporal Ransom1952 Francis Goes to West Point
as Cpl. Hassett1952 The Battle at Apache Pass
as Bitter Creek Dalton1952 The Cimarron Kid
as Marvin Johnson1952 Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair
as Bert Keon1951 Apache Drums
as Sgt. Ralph Phelps1951 Target Unknown
as Police Broadcaster in Surveillance Plane (uncredited)1950 I Was a Shoplifter
as Driver (uncredited)1950 One Way Street
as Frank Addison1950 Peggy
as Crater1950 Winchester '73
as Cole Younger1950 Kansas Raiders

TV Shows/Series with James Best as Actor(72)

as Sheriff Rosco Coltrane1983 The Dukes
1980 Enos
as Rosco P. Coltrane1979 The Dukes of Hazzard
as Sheriff John Early1973 Hawkins
1968 Lancer
as Vince Zale1965 Honey West
1964 Flipper
1963 Redigo
as Dan Murray1963 The Fugitive
1962 Combat!
as Tom Carmody1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
as Jim Lindsey1960 The Andy Griffith Show
as Bart Gentry1960 Pony Express
1959 Laramie
1959 Rawhide
1959 Lock-Up
as Billy-Ben Turner1959 The Twilight Zone
as Jeff Myrtlebank1959 The Twilight Zone
1958 Bronco
as Allan Winford1957 Perry Mason
1954 Climax!

Movies with James Best as Crew(5)

Writing/Writer2012 Return of the Killer Shrews
Writing/Writer1998 Death Mask
Writing/Co-Writer1978 Hooper
Production/Associate Producer1978 The End
Production/Production Assistant1976 Gator

TV Shows/Series with James Best as Crew(1)

Directing/Director1979 The Dukes of Hazzard

Full Name: Jules Guy
Born: Monday, 07/26 1926 (July) in Powderly, Kentucky (United States of America (USA))
Died: Monday, 04/06 2015 (April) in Hickory (aged: 88)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Tiger)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Employer: University of Mississippi
Other names for James Best (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Jewel Franklin Guy"
"James K. Best"
"Jimmy Best"
"Jim Best"
James Best frequently works together with these people:
Barbara Stanwyck (33x, Actress)
Claude Akins (32x, Actor)
Virginia Gregg (29x, Actress)
John Anderson (29x, Actor)
Vaughn Taylor (28x, Actor)
Dabbs Greer (27x, Actor)
John Dehner (27x, Actor)
Denver Pyle (27x, Actor)
William Schallert (26x, Actor)
J. Pat O'Malley (26x, Actor)
Lawrence Dobkin (26x, Actor)
Burt Reynolds (8x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:75652, Added: 05/24/2018, Last updated: 12/31/2021