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James Best (I) (1926–2015)

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KNOWN FOR 
The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985) | The Killer Shrews (1959) | Shenandoah (1965)
AKA 
James K. Best | Jimmy Best | Jim Best
NICKNAME  
Jimmie
BORN 
Jul 26, 1926 (died Apr 6, 2015)
HEIGHT 
6' 1" (1.85m)

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Past Film & Video (72 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
Past Television (112 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for The Sweeter Side of LifeThe Sweeter Side of Life (TV Movie) Paddy Kerrigan  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in HollywoodThe Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood (TV Movie) Rosco P. Coltrane  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! (TV Movie) Boss / Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for In the Heat of the NightIn the Heat of the Night (TV Series) Nathan Bedford ( 1 episode, 1991 )  Less 1991 1
  • Primary photo for B.L. StrykerB.L. Stryker (TV Series) Mr. Parkinson ( 1 episode, 1990 )  Less 1990 1
  • Primary photo for The Dukes of HazzardThe Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series) Sheriff Rosco Coltrane / Woody ( 141 episodes, 1979–1985 ) , Director ( 3 episodes, 1981–1984 )  Less 1979–1985 141
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  • Primary photo for The DukesThe Dukes (TV Series) Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane ( 20 episodes, 1983 )  Less 1983 20
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  • Primary photo for EnosEnos (TV Series) Rosco P. Coltrane ( 1 episode, 1981 )  Less 1981 1
    • Horse Cops (Jan 28, 1981) Rosco P. Coltrane  Less
  • Primary photo for How the West Was WonHow the West Was Won (TV Series) Sheriff Gruner ( 1 episode, 1979 )  Less 1979 1
    • Luke (Apr 2, 1979) Sheriff Gruner  Less
  • Primary photo for CentennialCentennial (TV Mini-series) Hank Garvey ( 1 episode, 1979 )  Less 1979 1
  • Primary photo for McLaren's RidersMcLaren's Riders (TV Movie) Lamarr Skinner  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for The Savage BeesThe Savage Bees (TV Movie) Pelligrino  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for The Runaway BargeThe Runaway Barge (TV Movie) Bingo Washington  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for SavagesSavages (TV Movie) Sheriff Bert Hamilton  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for HawkinsHawkins (TV Series) Sheriff John Early ( 1 episode, 1973 )  Less 1973 1
    • Blood Feud (Dec 4, 1973) Sheriff John Early  Less
  • Primary photo for Run, Simon, RunRun, Simon, Run (TV Movie) Henry Burroughs  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for Dan AugustDan August (TV Series) Wiley ( 1 episode, 1970 )  Less 1970 1
  • Primary photo for LancerLancer (TV Series) Clayt ( 1 episode, 1970 )  Less 1970 1
  • Primary photo for GunsmokeGunsmoke (TV Series) Charlie Noon / Beal / Dal Creed ( 3 episodes, 1963–1969 )  Less 1963–1969 3
  • Primary photo for The Guns of Will SonnettThe Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series) Harley Bass / Rake Hanley ( 2 episodes, 1967–1969 )  Less 1967–1969 2
  • Primary photo for The Felony SquadThe Felony Squad (TV Series) George Collins / Arnold Wyatt ( 2 episodes, 1966–1968 )  Less 1966–1968 2
  • Primary photo for The Mod SquadThe Mod Squad (TV Series) Clay Lynch ( 1 episode, 1968 )  Less 1968 1
  • Primary photo for I SpyI Spy (TV Series) The Doctor / Sam ( 2 episodes, 1966–1968 )  Less 1966–1968 2
  • Primary photo for BonanzaBonanza (TV Series) Sheriff Vern Schaler / Page / Carl Reagan ( 3 episodes, 1961–1968 )  Less 1961–1968 3
  • Primary photo for HawkHawk (TV Series) Emile White ( 1 episode, 1966 )  Less 1966 1
  • Primary photo for The Green HornetThe Green Hornet (TV Series) Yale Barton ( 1 episode, 1966 )  Less 1966 1
  • Primary photo for Iron HorseIron Horse (TV Series) Chico Trent ( 1 episode, 1966 )  Less 1966 1
  • Primary photo for Perry MasonPerry Mason (TV Series) Allan Winford / Martin Potter ( 2 episodes, 1963–1966 )  Less 1963–1966 2
  • Primary photo for The VirginianThe Virginian (TV Series) Curt Westley ( 1 episode, 1965 )  Less 1965 1
  • Primary photo for Honey WestHoney West (TV Series) Vince Zale ( 1 episode, 1965 )  Less 1965 1
  • Primary photo for Burke's LawBurke's Law (TV Series) Tucson, 'The Cowboy' ( 1 episode, 1965 )  Less 1965 1
    • Steam Heat (Sep 29, 1965) Tucson, 'The Cowboy'  Less
  • Primary photo for FlipperFlipper (TV Series) Dr. Peter Kellwin ( 1 episode, 1965 )  Less 1965 1
  • Primary photo for Ben CaseyBen Casey (TV Series) Dr. Joe Sullivan / Simon Waller ( 2 episodes, 1963–1965 )  Less 1963–1965 2
  • Primary photo for Daniel BooneDaniel Boone (TV Series) Wyatt ( 1 episode, 1965 )  Less 1965 1
  • Primary photo for Death Valley DaysDeath Valley Days (TV Series) Jim Campbell / Jimmy Burns / Ruel Gridley / Tiny Stoker ( 4 episodes, 1955–1964 )  Less 1955–1964 4
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  • Primary photo for RawhideRawhide (TV Series) Art Fuller / Brock Quade / Willie Cain ( 3 episodes, 1963–1964 )  Less 1963–1964 3
  • Primary photo for DestryDestry (TV Series) Curly Beamer ( 1 episode, 1964 )  Less 1964 1
  • Primary photo for Temple HoustonTemple Houston (TV Series) Gotch ( 3 episodes, 1963–1964 )  Less 1963–1964 3
  • Primary photo for The Alfred Hitchcock HourThe Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series) Tom Carmody ( 1 episode, 1964 )  Less 1964 1
    • The Jar (Feb 14, 1964) Tom Carmody  Less
  • Primary photo for Combat!Combat! (TV Series) Trenton ( 1 episode, 1964 )  Less 1964 1
  • Primary photo for The FugitiveThe Fugitive (TV Series) Dan Murray ( 1 episode, 1963 )  Less 1963 1
  • Primary photo for RedigoRedigo (TV Series) Les Fay ( 1 episode, 1963 )  Less 1963 1
  • Primary photo for The Gallant MenThe Gallant Men (TV Series) Pvt. Hook ( 1 episode, 1963 )  Less 1963 1
  • Primary photo for The Twilight ZoneThe Twilight Zone (TV Series) Billy Ben Turner / Jeff Myrtlebank / Johnny Rob ( 3 episodes, 1961–1963 )  Less 1961–1963 3
  • Primary photo for The Andy Griffith ShowThe Andy Griffith Show (TV Series) Jim Lindsey ( 2 episodes, 1960–1961 ) , Performer ("New River Train") ( 2 episodes, 1960–1963 ) , Performer ("Midnight Special") ( 1 episode, 1961 )  Less 1960–1963 3
    • Rafe Hollister Sings (Feb 11, 1963) Performer ("New River Train")  Less
    • The Guitar Player Returns (May 15, 1961) Jim Lindsey, Performer ("Midnight Special")  Less
    • The Guitar Player (Oct 17, 1960) Jim Lindsey, Performer ("New River Train")  Less
  • Primary photo for G.E. TrueG.E. True (TV Series) Ernie Swift ( 1 episode, 1963 )  Less 1963 1
  • Primary photo for Hawaiian EyeHawaiian Eye (TV Series) Johnny Olin ( 1 episode, 1962 )  Less 1962 1
  • Primary photo for CheyenneCheyenne (TV Series) Ernie Riggins ( 1 episode, 1962 )  Less 1962 1
    • Satonka (Oct 1, 1962) Ernie Riggins  Less
  • Primary photo for BroncoBronco (TV Series) Frankie Banton ( 1 episode, 1962 )  Less 1962 1
  • Primary photo for The RiflemanThe Rifleman (TV Series) Bob Barrett ( 1 episode, 1962 )  Less 1962 1
  • Primary photo for 77 Sunset Strip77 Sunset Strip (TV Series) Babe Mackie ( 1 episode, 1962 )  Less 1962 1
  • Primary photo for LaramieLaramie (TV Series) Johnny Best / Ben Leach / Dallas ( 3 episodes, 1959–1962 )  Less 1959–1962 3
  • Primary photo for Surfside 6Surfside 6 (TV Series) Ernie Jordan ( 1 episode, 1961 )  Less 1961 1
  • Primary photo for Whispering SmithWhispering Smith (TV Series) Hemp Reeger ( 1 episode, 1961 )  Less 1961 1
  • Primary photo for Alfred Hitchcock PresentsAlfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) Bish Darby / Hennessy / Norman Frayne ( 3 episodes, 1958–1961 ) , Performer ("Barbara Allen") ( 1 episode, 1961 )  Less 1958–1961 3
    • Make My Death Bed (Jun 27, 1961) Bish Darby, Performer ("Barbara Allen") (uncredited)  Less
    • Cell 227 (Jun 5, 1960) Hennessy (as James K. Best)  Less
    • Death Sentence (Apr 27, 1958) Norman Frayne  Less
  • Primary photo for Stagecoach WestStagecoach West (TV Series) Mike Pardee / Jack Craig / Les Hardeen ( 3 episodes, 1960–1961 )  Less 1960–1961 3
  • Primary photo for The Barbara Stanwyck ShowThe Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series) Joe ( 1 episode, 1961 )  Less 1961 1
  • Primary photo for Michael ShayneMichael Shayne (TV Series) Danny ( 1 episode, 1961 )  Less 1961 1
  • Primary photo for Have Gun - Will TravelHave Gun - Will Travel (TV Series) Roy Smith / Andy Fisher ( 3 episodes, 1957–1961 )  Less 1957–1961 3
  • Primary photo for RioRio (TV Movie) Actor  Less 1961
  • Primary photo for The DuPont Show with June AllysonThe DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series) Jovan Wilanskov ( 1 episode, 1960 )  Less 1960 1
  • Primary photo for Bat MastersonBat Masterson (TV Series) Danny Dakota / Joe Best ( 2 episodes, 1958–1960 )  Less 1958–1960 2
  • Primary photo for The RebelThe Rebel (TV Series) Abel Waares / Ted Evans ( 2 episodes, 1960 )  Less 1960 2
  • Primary photo for Lock UpLock Up (TV Series) Roy Duggan ( 1 episode, 1960 )  Less 1960 1
  • Primary photo for Overland TrailOverland Trail (TV Series) Pvt. Frank Cullen ( 1 episode, 1960 )  Less 1960 1
  • Primary photo for Men Into SpaceMen Into Space (TV Series) Lt. John Leonard ( 1 episode, 1960 )  Less 1960 1
  • Primary photo for MarkhamMarkham (TV Series) Don Lennard ( 1 episode, 1960 )  Less 1960 1
  • Primary photo for The TexanThe Texan (TV Series) Clay Kirby ( 1 episode, 1960 )  Less 1960 1
  • Primary photo for General Electric TheaterGeneral Electric Theater (TV Series) Hardy Coulter ( 1 episode, 1960 )  Less 1960 1
    • Aftermath (Apr 17, 1960) Hardy Coulter  Less
  • Primary photo for Pony ExpressPony Express (TV Series) Bart Gentry ( 1 episode, 1960 )  Less 1960 1
  • Primary photo for Wagon TrainWagon Train (TV Series) Art Bernard / Bowman Lewis / Garth English ( 3 episodes, 1959–1960 )  Less 1959–1960 3
  • Primary photo for AftermathAftermath (TV Movie) Hardy Couter  Less 1960
  • Primary photo for StartimeStartime (TV Series) Duke ( 1 episode, 1959 )  Less 1959 1
  • Primary photo for The LineupThe Lineup (TV Series) Rhodes / Jim Kasino ( 3 episodes, 1955–1959 )  Less 1955–1959 3
  • Primary photo for The Man and the ChallengeThe Man and the Challenge (TV Series) David Mallory ( 1 episode, 1959 )  Less 1959 1
  • Primary photo for The David Niven ShowThe David Niven Show (TV Series) Frank Simms / Pvt. Boland ( 2 episodes, 1959 )  Less 1959 2
  • Primary photo for Black SaddleBlack Saddle (TV Series) Ben Travers ( 1 episode, 1959 )  Less 1959 1
  • Primary photo for Rescue 8Rescue 8 (TV Series) Chad Curran ( 1 episode, 1959 )  Less 1959 1
  • Primary photo for Wanted: Dead or AliveWanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series) Luke Perry / Stoner ( 2 episodes, 1958–1959 )  Less 1958–1959 2
  • Primary photo for Good DeedGood Deed (TV Movie) Frank Simms  Less 1959
  • Primary photo for Behind Closed DoorsBehind Closed Doors (TV Series) Webb ( 1 episode, 1958 )  Less 1958 1
  • Primary photo for TrackdownTrackdown (TV Series) Joe Sunday / Bud Ehlers / Rand Marple ( 3 episodes, 1957–1958 )  Less 1957–1958 3
  • Primary photo for The Restless GunThe Restless Gun (TV Series) Jim Kenyon ( 1 episode, 1958 )  Less 1958 1
  • Primary photo for The MillionaireThe Millionaire (TV Series) Fred Morgan ( 1 episode, 1958 )  Less 1958 1
  • Primary photo for TargetTarget (TV Series) Actor ( 1 episode, 1958 )  Less 1958 1
  • Primary photo for Tombstone TerritoryTombstone Territory (TV Series) Mitt Porter ( 1 episode, 1958 )  Less 1958 1
  • Primary photo for Climax!Climax! (TV Series) Shag ( 1 episode, 1958 )  Less 1958 1
  • Primary photo for Schlitz Playhouse of StarsSchlitz Playhouse of Stars (TV Series) Actor ( 1 episode, 1958 )  Less 1958 1
  • Primary photo for Code 3Code 3 (TV Series) Arkansas Trueblood ( 1 episode, 1957 )  Less 1957 1
  • Primary photo for Richard Diamond, Private DetectiveRichard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series) Jack Milhoan ( 1 episode, 1957 )  Less 1957 1
  • Primary photo for West PointWest Point (TV Series) William Purdom / Cadet Dick Mileston ( 2 episodes, 1957 )  Less 1957 2
  • Primary photo for The People's ChoiceThe People's Choice (TV Series) Mr. Hunnicut ( 1 episode, 1957 )  Less 1957 1
  • Primary photo for The Sheriff of CochiseThe Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series) Mike Norris ( 1 episode, 1957 )  Less 1957 1
  • Primary photo for Zane Grey TheaterZane Grey Theater (TV Series) Pyke Dillon ( 1 episode, 1957 )  Less 1957 1
  • Primary photo for Cavalcade of AmericaCavalcade of America (TV Series) Slate Morley / Harry ( 5 episodes, 1953–1956 )  Less 1953–1956 5
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  • Primary photo for Telephone TimeTelephone Time (TV Series) American Soldier ( 1 episode, 1956 )  Less 1956 1
  • Primary photo for FrontierFrontier (TV Series) Jason Cartwright / Ben Reed ( 2 episodes, 1956 )  Less 1956 2
  • Primary photo for CrossroadsCrossroads (TV Series) Actor ( 2 episodes, 1956 )  Less 1956 2
  • Primary photo for The Adventures of ChampionThe Adventures of Champion (TV Series) Mace Kincaid / Paul Kenyon ( 2 episodes, 1955–1956 )  Less 1955–1956 2
  • Primary photo for Red RyderRed Ryder (TV Series) Perry Cochran ( 1 episode, 1956 )  Less 1956 1
  • Primary photo for The Lone RangerThe Lone Ranger (TV Series) Jim Blake ( 1 episode, 1955 )  Less 1955 1
  • Primary photo for Cameo TheatreCameo Theatre (TV Series) Actor ( 1 episode, 1955 )  Less 1955 1
  • Primary photo for Lux Video TheatreLux Video Theatre (TV Series) Waldo / Clem Wallace ( 2 episodes, 1953–1955 )  Less 1953–1955 2
  • Primary photo for Buffalo Bill, Jr.Buffalo Bill, Jr. (TV Series) Telegrapher Larry Martin ( 1 episode, 1955 )  Less 1955 1
  • Primary photo for The Adventures of Kit CarsonThe Adventures of Kit Carson (TV Series) Henry Jordan ( 2 episodes, 1954–1955 )  Less 1954–1955 2
  • Primary photo for The Gene Autry ShowThe Gene Autry Show (TV Series) Ray Saunders / Bank Teller ( 2 episodes, 1954 )  Less 1954 2
  • Primary photo for Annie OakleyAnnie Oakley (TV Series) Jess Dugan / Scott Warren ( 2 episodes, 1954 )  Less 1954 2
  • Primary photo for Stories of the CenturyStories of the Century (TV Series) Dave Ridley ( 1 episode, 1954 )  Less 1954 1
  • Primary photo for Hopalong CassidyHopalong Cassidy (TV Series) Rick Ashton ( 1 episode, 1954 )  Less 1954 1
  • Primary photo for Fireside TheatreFireside Theatre (TV Series) Actor ( 2 episodes, 1953 )  Less 1953 2
  • Primary photo for McCoy of AbileneMcCoy of Abilene (TV Movie) Actor  Less 1953
  • Primary photo for Skip TaylorSkip Taylor (TV Movie) Actor  Less 1953
Self (9 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Earl Hamner StorytellerEarl Hamner Storyteller Himself  Less 2015 $250K
  • Primary photo for CMT InsiderCMT Insider (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2006 )  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for After They Were FamousAfter They Were Famous (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for The CMT Music AwardsThe CMT Music Awards (TV Special) Himself  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Inside FameInside Fame (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for The 20th Anniversary Hazzard County BBQThe 20th Anniversary Hazzard County BBQ (Video) Himself  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for TV Road TripTV Road Trip (TV Movie) Himself (The Dukes of Hazzard)  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for All-Star Family Feud SpecialAll-Star Family Feud Special (TV Series) Himself - Celebrity Contestant ( 2 episodes, 1979–1982 )  Less 1979–1982
  • Primary photo for The Midnight SpecialThe Midnight Special (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1981 )  Less 1981
Archive Footage (6 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for The 67th Primetime Emmy AwardsThe 67th Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special) Himself - In Memoriam (archive footage)  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror PicksPop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks (TV Series) Thorne Sherman ( 1 episode, 2014 )  Less 2014
    • The Killer Shrews (Oct 6, 2014) Thorne Sherman (archive footage)  Less
  • Primary photo for Gore Vidal: The United States of AmnesiaGore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia Self (archive footage)  Less 2013 $128K / —
  • Primary photo for The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel FullerThe Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller (TV Movie) Sgt. David Brent (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Gunfighters of the Old WestGunfighters of the Old West (Video) Folliard (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 1992
  • Primary photo for Frontier JusticeFrontier Justice (TV Series) Pyke Dillon ( 1 episode, 1959 )  Less 1959
    • The Three Graves (Jul 6, 1959) Pyke Dillon (archive footage)  Less
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