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'Dukes of Hazzard' actor James Best, who played Sheriff Coltrane, dead at 88

'Dukes of Hazzard' actor James Best, who played Sheriff Coltrane, dead at 88

James Best, known for playing the bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on the 1980s comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard,” has died. He was 88. Best died Monday night at a hospice center in Hickory, N.C., after a brief illness following complications from pneumonia, according to a statement from Steve Latshaw, a spokesman for the family. Best got his start in acting in the 1950s, taking small parts in TV shows and Western films, before being cast as the sheriff for “The Dukes of Hazzard,” which ran from 1979 to 1985. "I laughed and learned more from Jimmie in one hour than from anyone else in a whole year," said John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the...

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