James Best

Actor + Musician + Artist
Born Jul 26, 1926
Age 89
Hometown Powderly, Kentucky
Death Place Hickory
Other Names Guy, Jewel Franklin

James Best is an American actor best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the CBS television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He has also worked as an acting coach, artist, college professor, and musician.

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  • Dorothy Best
    Married 1986 - Present
  • Jobee Ayers
    Married 1959
  • Jobee Ayers
    Married 1958 - 1977

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1926 Birth Born on July 26, 1926.


1950 23 Years Old He began his acting career with an uncredited role in the 1950 film, One Way Street.
1955 28 Years Old Best portrayed a variety of characters in a wide spectrum of film genres. Some of his more notable roles include Jason Brown in the 1955 historical drama about the abolitionist John Brown entitled Seven Angry Men and as Kit Caswell in the 1958 western Cole Younger, Gunfighter, based on the infamous outlaw.


1958 31 Years Old He was further cast as Private Rhidges in the 1958 film adaptation of Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead. … Read More
1959 32 Years Old In 1959, Best married the former Jobee Ayers, and the couple had two daughters, Janeen and Jojami. They divorced in 1977. … Read More
1960 33 Years Old In 1960, Best appeared in the episode "Love on Credit" of CBS's anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson. … Read More


1979 52 Years Old Best played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard from the show's debut in 1979 until the series ended in 1985, and this role was Best's most visible success. … Read More
1986 59 Years Old He married his current wife, Dorothy Best, in 1986. … Read More


1991 64 Years Old In 1991, in contrast to the comic Coltrane of Dukes of Hazzard, Best appeared in an episode of the NBC crime drama In the Heat of the Night. … Read More
2009 82 Years Old In 2009, James Best completed his autobiography, Best In Hollywood: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful. … Read More
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