James Best is familiar to audiences as Sheriff Roscoe Coltrane on the television series Dukes of Hazzard from 1979 through 1985. Best was born in Powderly, KY, on July 26, 1926, as Jewel Franklin Guy. During the 1950s and 1960s, Best appeared in television Westerns including Bonanza, Gunsmoke,…more
His character on The Dukes of Hazzard used to be an honest cop who turned crooked after getting cheated out of his pension.
Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane was his most visible role.
James was semi-retired.
James is a highly respected acting coach.
When he was adopted, he went to live in Corydon, Indiana, a suburb of Louisville.
James has been reunited with his blood cousins Phil and Don Everly.
He taught drama and acting techniques in L.A. for 25 years.
He's earned a name for himself as a talented artist and painter.
He runs a production company and occasionally takes acting roles.
He taught at the University of Central Florida.
The caricature-like personna of Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane was from a voice Best would play with his children.
He has appeared over 600 times in numerous television shows.
He first began appearing on film in the 1950s.
His mother died when he was about three years old and was sent to live in an orphanage, and was later adopted by Armen and Essa Best.
His daughter, Janeen, played Mary Lou in the episode "A Baby for the Dukes."
He has two daughters, Janeen and Jojami, as well as a son named Gary.
Dorothy Best (15 August 1986 - present)
Jobee Ayers (1959 - 1977) (divorced) 2 daughters
He was a character in the Burt Reynold's film Hooper playing Culley.
James Best: That's why you wanted to go to work in the morning, to watch Daisy Duke run around in those shorts.