James Best Dead: Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff Dies at Age 88

James Best as Rosco P. Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazzard
James Best as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazzard. 

Actor James Best died at age 88 on Monday, April 6, TMZ reports. Best passed away after suffering complications from pneumonia. 

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He was best known for playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard TV series from 1979 to 1985 and on the short-lived spin-off, The Dukes, in 1983. 

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The seasoned actor had 187 film and TV credits to his name and was next set to appear in the film Old Soldiers, which is supposed to come out later this year. 

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Some of his other acting credits from his almost seven-decade career include roles on Wanted: Dead or Alive, The Andy Griffith Show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Twilight Zone, Rawhide, I Spy, Bonanza, and Gunsmoke

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Best also ran an acting school in the ‘70s, teaching legendary stars like Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Farrah Fawcett, and director Quentin Tarantino

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