James Best

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James Best
Birth name Jules Guy
Born July 26, 1926 in Powderly, Kentucky, USA
Died April 6, 2015 in Hickory, North Carolina, USA from complications from pneumonia
Sometimes credited as Jimmy Best,
James K. Best
Notable Roles Rosco in The Dukes of Hazzard
Notable Episodes
Awards

Contents

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Dukes of Hazzard Rosco P. Coltrane 1979-1985 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Annie Oakley 1x25 - Outlaw Mesa June 26, 1954
Annie Oakley 1x26 - Annie and the Outlaw's Son July 3, 1954
Richard Diamond, Private Detective Jack Milohan 1x12 - The Merry-Go-Round Case September 23, 1957
Trackdown Rand Marple 1x01 - The Marple Brothers October 4, 1957
Have Gun - Will Travel Andy Fisher 1x10 - The Long Night November 16, 1957
Bat Masterson Joe Best 1x04 - Stampede at Tent City October 29, 1958
Wanted: Dead or Alive Stoner 1x13 - Sheriff of Red Rock November 29, 1958
Wanted: Dead or Alive Luke Perry 1x19 - Six-Up to Bannach January 10, 1959
Wagon Train Garth English 2x35 - The Andrew Hale Story June 3, 1959
Laramie Dallas 1x06 - The Lawbreakers October 20, 1959
Wagon Train Bowman Lewis 3x15 - The Colonel Harris Story January 13, 1960
Laramie Ben Leach 1x21 - Company Man February 9, 1960
Wagon Train Art Bernard 3x18 - The Clayton Tucker Story February 10, 1960
General Electric Theater Hardy Coulter 8x28 - Aftermath April 17, 1960
Bat Masterson Danny 3x08 - Dakota Showdown November 17, 1960
Have Gun - Will Travel Roy Smith 4x17 - A Quiet Night in Town (1) January 7, 1961
Have Gun - Will Travel Roy Smith 4x18 - A Quiet Night in Town (2) January 14, 1961
Bonanza Carl Reagan 2x20 - The Fugitive February 4, 1961
The Barbara Stanwyck Show Joe 1x28 - The Choice April 17, 1961
Surfside 6 Ernie Jordan 2x03 - One for the Road October 2, 1961
The Twilight Zone Johnny Rob 3x07 - The Grave October 27, 1961
The Twilight Zone Jeff Myrtlebank 3x23 - The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank February 23, 1962
77 Sunset Strip Babe Mackie 4x27 - The Long Shot Caper March 23, 1962
The Rifleman Bob Barrett 4x29 - The Day the Town Slept April 16, 1962
Hawaiian Eye Johnny Olin 4x01 - Day in the Sun October 2, 1962
Rawhide Willie Cain 5x16 - Incident at Spider Rock January 18, 1963
The Twilight Zone Billy-Ben Turner 4x07 - Jess-Belle February 14, 1963
The Gallant Men 1x20 - The Warriors February 23, 1963
Perry Mason Martin Potter 6x19 - The Case of the Surplus Suitor February 28, 1963
Gunsmoke Dal 8x29 - With a Smile March 30, 1963
Ben Casey Simon Waller 3x10 - Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast November 13, 1963
Bonanza Page 5x11 - The Legacy December 15, 1963
The Fugitive Dan 1x13 - Terror at High Point December 17, 1963
Gunsmoke Beal 9x14 - The Glory and the Mud January 4, 1964
Rawhide Art Fuller 6x26 - Incident of El Toro April 9, 1964
Daniel Boone Jethroe Wyatt 1x21 - The Devil's Four March 4, 1965
Ben Casey Dr. Joe Sullivan 4x22 - A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow March 8, 1965
Flipper (1964) Dr. Peter Kellwin 1x29 - The Call of the Dolphin April 3, 1965
Honey West Vince Zales 1x04 - A Matter of Wife and Death October 8, 1965
Perry Mason Alan Winford 9x25 - The Case of the Unwelcome Well April 3, 1966
The Felony Squad Arnold Wyatt 1x06 - Flame Out October 17, 1966
Hawk 1x17 - Blind Man's Bluff December 29, 1966
Bonanza Vern Schaler 9x19 - The Price of Salt February 4, 1968
The Mod Squad Frank Lynch 1x08 - The Price of Terror November 26, 1968
The Felony Squad George "Lucky" Collins 3x11 - Hostage December 13, 1968
Gunsmoke Charlie Noon 15x07 - Charlie Noon November 3, 1969
Dan August Wyler 1x05 - In the Eyes of God October 21, 1970
Enos Rosco P. Coltrane 1x04 - Grits and Greens Strike Again December 17, 1980
In the Heat of the Night Nathan 5x08 - Sweet, Sweet Blues November 26, 1991

Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! Rosco P. Coltrane April 25, 1997 The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood! Rosco P. Coltrane May 19, 2000 The Dukes of Hazzard

Director

Series Episode Airdate
The Dukes of Hazzard 4x03 - Diamonds in the Rough October 23, 1981
The Dukes of Hazzard 6x14 - Dead and Alive January 20, 1984
The Dukes of Hazzard 7x09 - Cale Yarborough Comes to Hazzard November 23, 1984