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James Best

Mostly Credited As: James Best
Sometimes Credited As: James K. Best
Jimmy Best
Jim Best

Birth Name: Jules Franklin Guy
Date Of Birth: July 26, 1926 (Age 88)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Powderly, Kentucky
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

James Best


James began his acting career shortly after WWII by doing a play titled "My Sister Eileen" on a European tour. He then returned to New York and appeared on the stage in both Summer and Winter stock theater versions of the same play. He then moved on to Broadway performing in the musical "Marinka" for 18 months. He was noticed by an executive of Universal Studios and received a 2 year contract to make movies. The result was the making of 83 motion pictures and over 600 TV appearances.

Best went into a brief retirement in the early '70s and began teaching drama at the University of Mississippi. But after four years he signed with Warner Brothers and began acting in his most memorable role as Roscoe P. Coltrane in "The Dukes of Hazzard." In 1992, Best returned to teaching at the University of Central Florida. James has been an actor, teacher and an accomplished painter during his long and productive career.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Dukes (1983)As: Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane -- [Voice]
The Dukes of Hazzard (1979)As: Sheriff Rosco P. Coltraine
Episode Cast Credits 

CMT Insider (2004) 
  Special Edition: The Dukes of Hazzard (2006) As Himself 

CMT Inside Fame (2001) 
  Dukes of Hazzard 01x01: (Feb/25/2005) As Himself 

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  The Dukes of Hazzard 05x03: (Jan/21/2001) As Himself 

In the Heat of the Night (1988) 
  Sweet, Sweet Blues 05x08: (Nov/26/1991) As Nathan Bedford 

B.L. Stryker (1989) 
  Night Train 02x07: (May/05/1990) As Unknown 

The Midnight Special (1973) 
  Host: John Schneider 09x23: (Mar/13/1981) As Himself 

Enos (1980) 
  Horse Cops 01x05: (Dec/17/1980) As Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane 

How the West Was Won (1978) 
  Luke 02x09: (Apr/02/1979) As Sheriff Gruner 

Centennial (1978) 
  The Scream of Eagles 01x12: (Feb/04/1979) As Hank Garvey 

The Manhunter (1974) 
  The Windy City (aka School For Crime) 01x23: (Mar/12/1975) As Kenny Wagner 

Hawkins (1973) 
  Blood Feud 01x05: (Dec/04/1973) As Unknown 

Dan August (1970) 
  Murder by Proxy 01x01: (Sep/23/1970) As Wiley 

Lancer (1968) 
  Goodbye, Lizzie 02x23: (Apr/28/1970) As Clay 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  Charlie Noon 15x07: (Nov/03/1969) As Charlie Noon, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Glory and the Mud 09x14: (Jan/04/1964) As Sam Beal 
  With a Smile 08x29: (Mar/30/1963) As Dal Creed 

The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967) 
  Robber's Roost 02x15: (Jan/17/1969) As Harley Bass 
  Meeting at Devil's Fork 01x08: (Oct/27/1967) As Rake Hanley 

The Felony Squad (1966) 
  The Distant Shore 03x11: (Dec/02/1968) As George 'Lucky' Collins 
  Flame Out 01x06: (Oct/17/1966) As Arnold Wyatt 

The Mod Squad (1968) 
  The Price of Terror 01x08: (Nov/26/1968) As Frank Lynch 

I Spy (US) (1965) 
  Suitable for Framing 03x23: (Mar/25/1968) As The Doctor 
  Lisa 02x13: (Dec/07/1966) As Sam 

Bonanza (1959) 
  The Price of Salt 09x19: (Feb/04/1968) As Vern Schaler 
  The Legacy 05x11: (Dec/15/1963) As Page 
  The Fugitive 02x20: (Feb/04/1961) As Carl Reagan 

Hawk (1966) 
  Blind Man's Bluff 01x17: (Dec/29/1966) As Emile 

The Green Hornet (1966) 
  Deadline for Death 01x12: (Dec/02/1966) As Yale Barton 

The Iron Horse (1966) 
  High Devil 01x03: (Sep/26/1966) As Chico 

Perry Mason (1957) 
  The Case of the Unwelcome Well 09x25: (Apr/03/1966) As Allan Winford 
  The Case of the Surplus Suitor 06x19: (Feb/28/1963) As Martin Potter 

The Virginian (1962) 
  Letter of the Law 04x14: (Dec/22/1965) As Curt Westley 

Honey West (1965) 
  A Matter of Wife and Death 01x04: (Oct/08/1965) As Unknown 

Burke's Law (1963) (1963) 
  Steam Heat 03x03: (Sep/29/1965) As Tucson, 'The Cowboy' 

Flipper (1964) (1964) 
  The Call of the Dolphin 01x29: (Apr/03/1965) As Dr. Peter Kellwin 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow 04x22: (Mar/08/1965) As Dr. Joe Sullivan 
  Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast 03x10: (Nov/13/1963) As Simon Waller 

Daniel Boone (1964) (1964) 
  The Devil's Four 01x21: (Mar/04/1965) As Jethro Wyatt 

Death Valley Days (1952) 
  Hero of Fort Halleck 13x02: (Oct/09/1964) As Jim Campbell 
  Sixty-Seven Miles of Gold 12x09: (Jan/14/1964) As Jimmy Burns 
  The $275,000 Sack of Flour 11x06: (Oct/10/1962) As Ruel Gridley 
  Million Dollar Wedding 03x10: (Mar/01/1955) As Tiny Stoker 

Rawhide (1959) 
  Incident of El Toro 06x26: (Apr/09/1964) As Art Fuller 
  Incident of the Rawhiders 06x08: (Nov/14/1963) As Brock Quade 
  Incident at Spider Rock 05x16: (Jan/18/1963) As Willy Cain 

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) 
  The Jar 02x17: (Feb/14/1964) As Tom Carmody 

Combat! (1962) 
  Mail Call 02x21: (Feb/04/1964) As Trenton, [Special Guest Stars]

The Fugitive (1963) (1963) 
  Terror at High Point 01x13: (Dec/17/1963) As Dan 

Redigo (1963) 
  Little Angel Blue Eyes 01x06: (Oct/29/1963) As Les Fay 

The Gallant Men (1962) 
  The Warriors 01x20: (Feb/23/1963) As Pvt. Hook 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  Jess-Belle 04x07: (Feb/14/1963) As Billy-Ben Turner 
  The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank 03x23: (Feb/23/1962) As Jeff Myrtlebank 
  The Grave 03x07: (Oct/27/1961) As Johnny Rob 

General Electric True (1962) 
  Open Season 01x14: (Jan/06/1963) As Ernie Swift 

Cheyenne (1955) (1955) 
  Sweet Sam 07x03: (Oct/08/1962) As Sam 
  Satonka 07x02: (Oct/01/1962) As Ernie Riggins 

Hawaiian Eye (1959) 
  Day in the Sun 04x01: (Oct/02/1962) As Johnny Olin 

Bronco (1958) 
  Then the Mountains 04x18: (Aug/20/1962) As Banton 

The Rifleman (1958) 
  The Day the Town Slept 04x29: (Apr/16/1962) As Barrett (Bob Barrett), [Special Guest Stars]

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  The Long Shot Caper 04x27: (Mar/23/1962) As Babe Mackie 

Laramie (1959) 
  The Runaway 03x17: (Jan/23/1962) As Johnny Best 
  Company Man 01x21: (Feb/09/1960) As Ben Leach 
  The Lawbreakers 01x06: (Oct/20/1959) As Dallas 

SurfSide 6 (1960) 
  One for the Road 02x03: (Oct/02/1961) As Ernie Jordan 

Whispering Smith (1961) 
  The Hemp Reeger Case 01x11: (Jul/17/1961) As Hemp Reeger 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  Make My Death Bed 06x37: (Jun/27/1961) As Bish Darby 
  Cell 227 05x34: (Jun/05/1960) As Hennessy 
  Death Sentence 03x30: (Apr/27/1958) As Norman Frayne 

The Andy Griffith Show (1960) 
  The Guitar Player Returns 01x31: (May/15/1961) As Jim Lindsey 
  The Guitar Player 01x03: (Oct/17/1960) As Jim Lindsey 

Stagecoach West (1960) 
  The Dead Don't Cry 01x30: (May/02/1961) As Mike Pardee 
  The Arsonist 01x19: (Feb/14/1961) As Jack Craig 
  High Lonesome 01x01: (Oct/04/1960) As Les Hardeen 

The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1960) 
  The Choice 01x28: (Apr/17/1961) As Joe 

Michael Shayne (1960) 
  Strike Out 01x23: (Mar/10/1961) As Danny 

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957) 
  A Quiet Night in Town (2) 04x18: (Jan/14/1961) As Roy Smith 
  A Quiet Night in Town (1) 04x17: (Jan/07/1961) As Roy Smith 
  The Long Night 01x10: (Nov/16/1957) As Andy Fisher 

Bat Masterson (1958) 
  Dakota Showdown 03x08: (Nov/17/1960) As Danny Dakota 
  Stampede at Tent City 01x04: (Oct/29/1958) As Joe Best 

The DuPont Show With June Allyson (1959) 
  Love on Credit 02x08: (Nov/17/1960) As Jovan Wilanskov 

The Rebel (1959) 
  Deathwatch 02x06: (Oct/23/1960) As Abel Wares 
  Night on a Rainbow 01x34: (May/29/1960) As Ted Evans 

Lock-Up (1959) 
  Beau and Arrow Case 02x05: (Oct/22/1960) As Roy 

The Overland Trail (1960) 
  The Escort Detail 01x15: (May/22/1960) As Frank Cullen 

Men into Space (1959) 
  Beyond the Stars 01x31: (May/11/1960) As Lt. John Leonard 

The Texan (1958) 
  Killer's Road 02x33: (Apr/25/1960) As Clay Kirby 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  Aftermath 08x28: (Apr/17/1960) As Hardy Coulter 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Clayton Tucker Story 03x18: (Feb/10/1960) As Art Bernard 
  The Colonel Harris Story 03x15: (Jan/13/1960) As Bowman Lewis/Red Bow 
  The Andrew Hale Story 02x35: (Jun/03/1959) As Garth English 

Pony Express (1959) 
  The Story of Julesberg 01x01: (1960) As Unknown 

Ford Startime (1959) 
  Cindy's Fella 01x11: (Dec/15/1959) As Duke 

The Lineup (1954) 
  Lonesome as Midnight 06x08: (Nov/18/1959) As Unknown 

The Man and the Challenge (1959) 
  Maximum Capacity 01x02: (Sep/19/1959) As David Mallory 

Frontier Justice (1958) 
  The Three Graves 02x01: (Jul/06/1959) As Pyke Dillon 

The David Niven Show (1959) 
  Portrait 01x10: (Jun/16/1959) As Frank Simms 

Black Saddle (1959) 
  Client: Nelson 01x16: (May/02/1959) As Ben Travers 

Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958) 
  Six-Up to Bannach 01x19: (Jan/10/1959) As Luke Perry 
  Sheriff of Red Rock 01x13: (Nov/29/1958) As Stoner 

Behind Closed Doors (1958) 
  The Enemy on the Flank 01x09: (Dec/04/1958) As Webb 

Trackdown (1957) 
  Sunday's Child 02x12: (Nov/21/1958) As Joe Sunday 
  The Mistake 01x27: (Apr/18/1958) As Bud Ehlers 
  The Marple Brothers 01x01: (Oct/04/1957) As Rand Marple 

The Restless Gun (1957) 
  Jebediah Bonner 02x01: (Sep/22/1958) As Jim Kenyon 

The Millionaire (1955) 
  Millionaire Fred Morgan 05x03: (Sep/17/1958) As Fred Morgan 

Tombstone Territory (1957) 
  Guilt of a Town 01x23: (Mar/19/1958) As Matt Porter 

Climax! (1954) 
  The Secret Love of Johnny Spain 04x22: (Feb/20/1958) As Shag 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  Guys Like O'Malley 07x15: (Jan/10/1958) As guest star 

Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957) 
  The Merry-Go-Round Case 01x12: (Sep/23/1957) As Jack Milhoan 

West Point Story (1956) 
  Dragoon Patrol 01x37: (Jun/14/1957) As William Purdom 

Zane Grey Theatre (1956) 
  The Three Graves 01x14: (Jan/04/1957) As Pyke Dillon 

Cavalcade of America (1952) 
  Woman's Work 05x08: (Nov/20/1956) As guest star 
  One Day at a Time 04x07: (Nov/15/1955) As Harry 
  Night Strike 01x16: (Apr/29/1953) As guest star 

Frontier (US) (1955) 
  Out From Texas 01x28: (Jun/24/1956) As Jason Cartwright 
  The Texicans 01x12: (Jan/08/1956) As Ben Reed 

The Adventures of Champion (1955) 
  Andrew And The Deadly Double 01x15: (Feb/13/1956) As Unknown 
  The Stone Heart 01x11: (Dec/13/1955) As Unknown 

The Lone Ranger (1949) (1949) 
  Framed for Murder 04x47: (Jul/28/1955) As Jim Blake 

Buffalo Bill Jr. (1955) 
  The Death of Johnny Ringo 01x06: (Mar/22/1955) As Larry Martin (as Jimmy Best) 

The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951) 
  The Phantom Uprising 04x24: (Jan/08/1955) As guest star 
  Frontier Empire 04x18: (Nov/27/1954) As guest star 

The Gene Autry Show (1950) 
  Hoodoo Canyon 04x07: (Aug/17/1954) As Ray Saunders 
  Holdup 04x03: (Jul/20/1954) As Bank Teller 

Annie Oakley (1954) 
  Annie and the Outlaw's Son 01x26: (Jul/03/1954) As guest star 
  Outlaw Mesa 01x25: (Jun/26/1954) As Scott Warren 

Stories of the Century (1954) 
  Little Britches 01x22: (Jun/17/1954) As Dave Ridley 

Hopalong Cassidy (1952) 
  Silent Testimony 02x20: (Feb/19/1954) As Rick Alston 

The Lux Video Theatre (1950) 
  Three Just Men 04x14: (Dec/10/1953) As Clem Wallace 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  McCoy of Abilene 03x03: (Oct/18/1953) As guest star 
Crew Credits

Show Crew



Episode Crew


The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
Cale Yarborough Comes to Hazzard 07x09 Nov/23/1984 As: Director
Dead and Alive 06x14 Jan/20/1984 As: Director
Diamonds in the Rough 04x03 Oct/23/1981 As: Director
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Trivia

James is best known for his role of Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard.

Is a cousin of Phil and Don, The Everly Brothers.

Father of actress/writer/producer Janeen Damian.

Father-in-Law of actor/singer/writer/producer/director Michael Damian.

Among his pupils is Quentin Tarantino.

Was a B-17 gunner in WWII.

Is a black belt in Karate.

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