James Best

American actor, musician, artist James Best

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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Birthday
26 July 1926
home town
Kentucky
Death Place
City of Hickory
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Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda And Candice Bergen Will Play 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Obsessives
Huffington Post - 10 months
Good news is hard to find these days, but here’s some: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and a fourth actress yet to be announced will play book-clubbers who are awakened after reading Fifty Shades of Grey.  Yep, that’s right: Three of your favorite septuagenarians are about to be very horny. The California-set movie is called “Book Club,” and Deadline reported Thursday that distribution rights for the comedy will be sold at this month’s Cannes Film Festival. It marks the directorial debut of Bill Holderman, who co-wrote and produced 2015’s “A Walk in the Woods,” starring fellow septuagenarians Robert Redford (who has since turned 80) and Nick Nolte.  Keaton, Fonda and Bergen will play lifelong friends whose lives are “changed forever” after reading E.L. James’ best-seller. The character descriptions, according to Deadline, are too delicious for us to wait for this movie to materialize: Keaton will play Diane, who is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage,...
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'Longform' Podcast Names Best Magazine Articles Of 2016
NPR - about 1 year
NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Max Linsky, editor of the podcast and website, "Longform," about three of the best magazine articles of 2016 and why they're worth a read.
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Brooklyn Nightlife Comes Together To Celebrate Accomplishments, Community
Huffington Post - over 1 year
On Saturday, May 21, the movers and shakers of various industries that intersect within the nightlife community in Brooklyn, New York, came together to celebrate one another's accomplishments -- and one another. Curated by Brooklyn drag queen Merrie Cherry, the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards are a chance for a large-scale queer community to be recognized for individual work as creatives. Now in its fourth incarnation, the range of awards is widespread, from "Best Drag Queen" to "Best Fashion Designer" to "Best Visual Artist." As HuffPost Queer Voices explored in the series "After Dark," nightlife acts as a major source of cultural production for a multitude of other industries, both within the context of the queer community and the fabric of our society as a whole. The BNAs provides a platform to recognize this. "Who doesn't like a good excuse to dress up and show out?" Merrie Cherry told The Huffington Post. "That aside, I think it is important to represent the people and places ...
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A Good-Old-Boy Thing: Remembering Actor James Best
NPR - almost 3 years
Actor James Best died last week at age 88. He was best known for playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard." NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with him in 2013. » E-Mail This
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Actor James Best dies at 88
CNN - almost 3 years
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James Best: Character actor best known for his role as the hapless Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazzard
The Independent - almost 3 years
Alongside the country soundtrack, cut-off jeans and car stunts that crowded the amiably silly TV series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-85), a constant was the character actor James Best. His performance as the bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, constantly confounded in his attempts to run in the Duke boys, was enjoyably over the top.
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'Dukes of Hazzard' actor James Best dies
CNN - almost 3 years
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Rita Ora Cast In '50 Shades Of Grey'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
This is how she do: Rita Ora has been cast in the upcoming adaptation of "50 Shades of Grey." The 23-year-old singer has booked the role of Mia, the adopted sister of Christian Grey, this according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ora joins a cast which already includes Jamie Dornan (who will be playing Grey), Dakota Johnson (Grey's love interest, Anastasia Steele), and Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, and Max Martini. Ora is saying "R.I.P." to the singer she used to be and turning her focus to the major film project. She released her last album, "Ora," in 2012, and has since made appearances in an episode of "90210" and in the latest "Fast & Furious" movie, "Fast Six." Hitting theaters on Feb. 13, 2015, the adaptation of E L James' best-selling novel began filming this week. The upcoming movie tells the story of the kinky relationship that forms between Grey and Steele. [via THR]
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Older Marathoners Reveal Secrets For Getting In Shape
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Here's a fact that will quash all of your excuses for not working out: Over 12,000 people over 50 will pound the pavement in the ING New York City Marathon Sunday. The oldest runner is 93! Many of these marathoners have been running for more than half their lives. Here's what keeps three incredible runners -- marathoners for decades -- going strong: Ken Rosen, 64 Ken has run every single New York City Marathon since 1979. The New Jersey native started running one block at a time and eventually built up to the 26.2 mile race. He says running is part of who he is. Literally. Even his license plate reads "I Run Far." Ken Rosen What do you love about running? After a while it just becomes part of your being -- just something you do. I can't imagine not doing it... it's part of who I am. What's the toughest part of a race? I think a marathon really is about mental toughness. You just have to persevere. One foot up, other foot down, eventually until you get there. It's as much ...
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Luke Grimes Joins '50 Shades Of Grey' Cast As Christian's Brother
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Amid the endless hunt for an actor to play Christian Grey, you may have forgotten that "50 Shades of Grey" has other characters in it, too. Thank goodness Luke Grimes is here to jog your memory. The "True Blood" actor has been cast as Christian's brother, Elliot, in the adaptation of E L James' best-selling novel, Variety reports. Grimes is the fourth actor to join the cast. Dakota Johnson has been on board as Anastasia Steele since the first casting reports emerged, Jamie Dornan was announced earlier this week as Charlie Hunnam's replacement in the title role, and Jennifer Ehle will play Anastasia's mother. Grimes, 29, starred in the indie thriller "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" and "Taken 2." He also had a recurring role on ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" before being cast as Deborah Ann Woll’s new love interest, James, on "True Blood." The news of Dornan's casting broke on Wednesday night, and many have responded positively to the choice. Now the movie just has a few more supp...
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Charlie Hunnam Explains His '50 Shades Of Grey' Exit
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Earlier this month, it was announced that Charlie Hunnam was stepping down from his role of Christian Grey in the upcoming adaptation of E L James' "Fifty Shades of Grey." As soon as his exit was made public, speculation began that Hunnam had dropped the role for a multitude of reasons, including an issue with scheduling conflicts and reported clashes between Hunnam and Universal Pictures over the direction of the script. The "Sons of Anarchy" actor finally broke his silence on his choice to drop the "Fifty Shades" movie this week. Hunnam appeared at an event in Burbank, Calif. and opened up to E! News about his decision. "I am doing good. I am just really concentrating on work. It's been a really busy time," he told the publication. Hunnam, whose father reportedly passed away in May, added, "I have had some family stuff going on so just trying to stay focused and stay positive and keep trying to do a good job at work and be with my family and stay positive." As to what's ahead...
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'Smash' Star Goes Rock 'N' Roll For Cabaret Return
Huffington Post - over 4 years
New York nightspot 54 Below is set to welcome back one of its inaugural stars when Brian d'Arcy James takes the stage Sept. 5. Though he's predominately known as a song-and-dance man, the two-time Tony Award nominee ("Sweet Smell of Success," "Shrek the Musical") will mostly eschew showtunes in favor of rock and pop songs for "Under The Influence," an eclectic "hodgepodge" show that he premiered at 54 Below to great acclaim last year, shortly after the club opened. "I've always said this endeavor was a bit of a selfish one," James, 45, said in an interview with The Huffington Post, noting that the 2013 version of his set will comprises tunes by Billy Joel, Steve Winwood and Squeeze. "Since it was the first time I've really put together an official show of my own, I gravitated towards the music that I grew up listening to, which is predominately a traditional pop sound." James' renditions of pop-rock tunes earned him raves during his 2012 engagement: The New York Time...
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Will He Star In '50 Shades Of Grey'?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Charlie Hunnam is the latest actor rumored to play Christian Grey in "50 Shades of Grey," this according to a report from TWITCH. HuffPost Entertainment contacted Hunnam's representation for comment on the matter; this post will be updated with their response. Hunnam, who stars on "Sons of Anarchy" and played the lead in this summer's "Pacific Rim," joins Garrett Hedlund and Ian Sommerhalder as actors who have been mentioned for the Grey role. (Neither Hedlund nor Sommerhalder are expected to star.) Regardless of who plays Grey and his paramour, Anastasia Steele, expect some casting announcement soon. The adaptation of E L James' best-selling book is due out in theaters on Aug. 1, 2014. Sam Taylor-Johnson was hired to direct the "50 Shades" film, from a script by Kelly Marcel. For more, head to TWITCH. To find out who could play Steele, head to Indiewire.
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Pat Gallagher: 'Dukes Of Hazzard' Star Discusses Family Tragedy
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Catherine Bach had the perfect life. And then, the unthinkable happened. On April 30, 2010, her beloved husband of 20 years, entertainment lawyer Peter Lopez, committed suicide, and life, as she knew it, changed forever. Bach, who played the sexy, sassy Daisy Duke on the CBS action adventure TV show The Dukes of Hazzard from 1979 to 1885, spends her time these days portraying Chelsea's mother, Anita Lawson, on The Young and the Restless as well as overseeing her Catherine Bach Signature Line of jewelry and participating in Dukes Fan Fairs where she signs autographs for thousands of fans with fellow castmates John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Rick Hurst, Sonny Shroyer, James Best and Ben Jones -- and, most importantly, she takes great care of her precious teenage daughters, Laura and Sophia. Bach has not spoken of her husband's suicide in depth until now. She graciously sat down with The Huffington Post to talk about the heart-breaking circumstances that took place before and ...
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Watch: Peter Travers Names Best and Worst Movies of the Year (So Far)
ABC News - over 4 years
This week on "Popcorn with Peter Travers," Peter names the best and worst movies of the year so far!     
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Best
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 88
    Best died on April 6, 2015, in Hickory, North Carolina from complications of pneumonia.
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  • 2014
    Age 87
    On November 9, 2014, Best and fellow actor Robert Fuller (along with their wives) attended the 100th birthday celebration of lifelong friend and fellow actor, Norman Lloyd.
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  • 2009
    Age 82
    In 2009, he completed his autobiography, Best In Hollywood: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful.
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  • 1991
    Age 64
    In 1991, in contrast to the comical Rosco Coltrane of The Dukes of Hazzard, Best appeared in an episode of the NBC crime drama In the Heat of the Night.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 59
    He married his third (and last) wife, Dorothy Collier, in 1986.
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  • 1979
    Age 52
    Best played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on CBS's The Dukes of Hazzard from the debut of the program in 1979 until the series ended in 1985.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 36
    In 1963 he played title character Martin Potter in "The Case of the Surplus Suitor," and in 1966 he played defendant and oilman Allan Winford in "The Case of the Unwelcome Well".
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  • 1962
    Age 35
    In 1962, he played the part of Art Fuller in the episode "Incident of El Toro" on CBS's Rawhide and in 1963, he returned to play Willie Cain in the episode "Incident at Spider Rock".
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  • 1960
    Age 33
    In 1960, Best appeared in the episode "Love on Credit" of CBS's anthology series, The DuPont Show with June Allyson.
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  • 1959
    Age 32
    In 1959, Best married his second wife, Jobee Ayers. The couple had two daughters, Janeen and Jojami. They divorced in 1977.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 29
    He was cast in the religion anthology series, Crossroads, in the 1956 episode "The White Carnation".
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  • 1954
    Age 27
    In 1954, Best appeared twice on the syndicated Annie Oakley series, starring Gail Davis and Brad Johnson.
    In 1954, he played the outlaw Dave Ridley, opposite Gloria Winters as the female bandit "Little Britches" in an episode of Stories of the Century.
  • 1950
    Age 23
    Best began his screen acting career with an uncredited role in the 1950 film, One Way Street.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1944
    Age 17
    He served honorably in the United States Army in World War II, training in 1944 in Biloxi, Mississippi as a gunner on a B-17 bomber, but by the time he finished training the war was almost at an end and he joined the Military Police.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    James Best was born as Jewel Franklin Guy on July 26, 1926, in Powderly, Kentucky, to Lark and Lena Guy.
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