The Dukes of Hazzard Actor James Best Dies at 88

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R.I.P.

TIME

James Best, the actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the CBS comedy The Dukes of Hazzard, has died. He was 88.

The actor passed away Monday evening in Hickory, North Carolina, after a brief illness and complications from pneumonia, according to an obituary posted to the actor’s personal website.

The Kentucky-born actor appeared in many film and television roles throughout his lengthy career. His credits includeThe Caine Mutiny (1954), alongside actor Humphrey Bogart, and 1958’s The Left Handed Gun with Paul Newman. He also appeared on popular TV programs including The Andy Griffith Show,Bonanza and Gunsmoke.

Best’s recurring role as the silly officer of Hazzard County in The Dukes of Hazzard brought him to national fame during its run from 1979 to 1985.

“He was a fine actor, director and mentor, and an even better friend,”…

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