James Best (I) (1926–2015)

Actor | Director | Writer
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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 (73 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), Director (3 episodes, 1981)  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)  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)  Less 1967–1969 2
  • Primary photo for The Felony SquadThe Felony Squad (TV Series) George Collins / Arnold Wyatt (2 episodes, 1966)  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)  Less 1966–1968 2
  • Primary photo for BonanzaBonanza (TV Series) Sheriff Vern Schaler / Page / Carl Reagan (3 episodes, 1961)  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)  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)  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)  Less 1955–1964 4
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  • Primary photo for RawhideRawhide (TV Series) Art Fuller / Brock Quade / Willie Cain (3 episodes, 1963)  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)  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)  Less 1961–1963 3
  • 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)  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), 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 The Andy Griffith ShowThe Andy Griffith Show (TV Series) Jim Lindsey (2 episodes, 1960), Performer ("New River Train") (1 episode, 1960), Performer ("Midnight Special") (1 episode, 1961)  Less 1960–1961 2
    • 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 Stagecoach WestStagecoach West (TV Series) Mike Pardee / Jack Craig / Les Hardeen (3 episodes, 1960)  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)  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)  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)  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)  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)  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)  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)  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)  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)  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)  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)  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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