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James Best dies at 88; actor played sheriff in 'Dukes of Hazzard'

James Best dies at 88; actor played sheriff in 'Dukes of Hazzard'

James Best, an actor best-known for playing the bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on the TV sitcom "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 family spokesman Steve Latshaw. Best got his start in acting in the 1950s, appearing in Western films and TV shows that would include episodes of "The Twilight Zone," "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Gunsmoke" before being cast in "The Dukes of Hazzard." The show, which ran from 1979 to 1985 on CBS, starred Tom Wopat and John Schneider as...

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