James Best

James Best


Powderly, Kentucky, USA



Birth Name

Jules Guy



Also Known As

James K. Best, Jimmy Best
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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


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  • Talented!

    James Best is probably best remembered for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on the television show "The Dukes of Hazzard." In my opinion James Best is a very very talented actor. He always seemed so real. It was like he wasn't acting. It seemed like he WAS the person that he was portraying. He's known for his thick southern accent. I could hear his voice anywhere and automatically know it was James Best. He's such a funny person. He always made me laugh when I watched him on "The Dukes of Hazzard." In my mind, James Best will always be Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane.moreless
  • He was a very talented actor.

    He played many roles in the movies and on TV. But he will always be remembered in most hearts as Sheriff Roscoe Coltrane. In the show he started out as a somewhat honest lawman who had lost his pension, which made him greedy and dishonest. He then changed and went into a more bumbling sheriff role. He had his famous speed trap and a dog named Flash. He also had a giggling laugh. He even though he wanted to arrest the Dukes for everything from stealing illegal gambling equipment to Boss Hogg’s watch didn't want anything bad to happen to them. He showed this very well in the episode 'Ghost of General Lee' in which he cries when they supposedly drowned. He could also play different roles such as a bad guy who look exactly like him. He even directed and wrote episodes he was great. I love it I love it.moreless