James Best

Actor · Writer · Producer
IVA Star Rating : 65
Jewel Franklin Guy, known professionally as James Best, was an American television, film, stage, and voice actor, as well as a writer, director, acting coach, artist, college professor, and musician. During a career that spanned more than 60 years, he performed not only in feature films but also in scores of television series, as well as appearing... read more

Jewel Franklin Guy, known professionally as James Best, was an American television, film, stage, and voice actor, as well as a writer, director, acting coach, artist, college professor, and musician. During a career that spanned more than 60 years, he performed not only in feature films but also in scores of television series, as well as appearing on various country music programs and talk shows. Television audiences, however, perhaps most closely associate Best with his role as the bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the action-comedy series The Dukes of Hazzard, which originally aired on CBS between 1979 and 1985. He reprised the role in 1997 and 2000 for the made-for-television movies The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! and The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood (2000).

Birth Name

Jewel Franklin Guy

Born

Monday, 26 July 1926

Died

Monday, 06 April 2015

Actor Filmography

The Purge: Election Year Charlie Roan's Brother (uncredited) 2016
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks Thorne Sherman 2014
Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (archive footage) 2013
River Town Fighter in Barn, Turpentine Worker 2013
The Sweeter Side of Life Paddy Kerrigan 2013
Return of the Killer Shrews Thorne Sherman 2012
Moondance Alexander McClancy 2007
Hot Tamale Hank Larson 2006
The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood Rosco P. Coltrane 2000
After They Were Famous Himself 1999
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

The Purge: Election Year Charlie Roan's Brother (uncredited) 2016
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks Thorne Sherman 2014
Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (archive footage) 2013
River Town Fighter in Barn, Turpentine Worker 2013
The Sweeter Side of Life Paddy Kerrigan 2013
Return of the Killer Shrews Thorne Sherman 2012
Moondance Alexander McClancy 2007
Hot Tamale Hank Larson 2006
The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood Rosco P. Coltrane 2000
After They Were Famous Himself 1999
Death Mask Wilbur Johnson 1998
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! Boss / Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane 1997
B.L. Stryker Mr. Parkinson 1989
In the Heat of the Night Nathan Bedford 1988
The Dukes Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (voice) 1983
Enos Rosco P. Coltrane 1980
The Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff Rosco Coltrane, Rosco P. Coltrane 1979
Centennial Hank Garvey 1978
Hooper Cully 1978
The End Pacemaker Patient 1978
Rolling Thunder Texan 1977
The Brain Machine Rev. Emory Neill 1977
Nickelodeon Jim 1976
The Savage Bees Pelligrino 1976
Gator (unconfirmed) 1976
Ode To Billy Joe Dewey Barksdale 1976
How the West Was Won Sheriff Gruner 1976
Savages Sheriff Bert Hamilton 1974
Hawkins Sheriff John Early 1973
Sounder Sheriff Young 1972
The Midnight Special Himself 1972
Run, Simon, Run Henry Burroughs 1970
Dan August Wiley 1970
Lancer Clayt 1968
Mod Squad Clay Lynch 1968
Firecreek Drew 1968
The Guns of Will Sonnett Harley Bass, Rake Hanley 1967
First To Fight Sergeant Carnavan 1967
The Felony Squad Arnold Wyatt, George Collins 1966
Iron Horse Chico Trent 1966
The Green Hornet Yale Barton 1966
Hawk Emile White 1966
Three on a Couch Dr. Ben Mizer 1966
Honey West Vince Zale 1965
I Spy Sam, The Doctor 1965
Shenandoah Carter - Rebel Soldier 1965
Black Spurs Sheriff Ralph Elkins 1965
Daniel Boone Wyatt 1964
Flipper Dr. Peter Kellwin 1964
The Quick Gun Scotty Grant 1964
Destry Curly Beamer 1964
Redigo Les Fay 1963
Burke's Law Tucson, 'The Cowboy' 1963
Temple Houston Gotch 1963
The Fugitive Dan Murray 1963
Shock Corridor Stuart 1963
The Gallant Men Pvt. Hook 1962
Combat! Trenton 1962
G.E. True Ernie Swift 1962
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Tom Carmody 1962
The Virginian Curt Westley 1962
Black Gold Jericho Larkin 1962
Ben Casey Dr. Joe Sullivan, Simon Waller 1961
Whispering Smith Hemp Reeger 1961
Stagecoach West Jack Craig, Les Hardeen, Mike Pardee 1960
Surfside 6 Ernie Jordan 1960
The Andy Griffith Show Jim Lindsey 1960
Michael Shayne Danny 1960
The Barbara Stanwyck Show Joe 1960
The Mountain Road Niergaard 1960
Pony Express Bart Gentry 1960
Overland Trail Pvt. Frank Cullen 1960
Hawaiian Eye Johnny Olin 1959
Startime Duke 1959
The Rebel Abel Waares, Ted Evans 1959
The Twilight Zone Billy Ben Turner, Jeff Myrtlebank, Johnny Rob 1959
Men into Space Lt. John Leonard 1959
Lock Up Roy Duggan 1959
The DuPont Show with June Allyson Jovan Wilanskov 1959
Laramie Ben Leach, Dallas, Johnny Best 1959
The Man and the Challenge David Mallory 1959
Bonanza Carl Reagan, Page, Sheriff Vern Schaler 1959
Cast A Long Shadow Sam Mullen 1959
The Killer Shrews Thorne Sherman 1959
Markham Don Lennard 1959
The David Niven Show Frank Simms, Pvt. Boland 1959
Verboten! Sgt. David Brent 1959
Ride Lonesome Billy John 1959
Black Saddle Ben Travers 1959
Rawhide Brock Quade, Willie Cain, Art Fuller 1959
77 Sunset Strip Babe Mackie 1958
Bat Masterson Danny Dakota, Joe Best 1958
Behind Closed Doors Webb 1958
The Rifleman Bob Barrett 1958
The Texan Clay Kirby 1958
Rescue 8 Chad Curran 1958
Bronco Frankie Banton 1958
Wanted: Dead or Alive Luke Perry, Stoner 1958
The Naked and the Dead Rhidges 1958
Frontier Justice Pyke Dillon 1958
The Left Handed Gun Tom Folliard 1958
Cole Younger, Gunfighter Kit Caswell 1958
Target 1958
Man on the Prowl Doug Gerhardt 1957
Tombstone Territory Mitt Porter 1957
Trackdown Bud Ehlers, Joe Sunday, Rand Marple 1957
The Restless Gun Jim Kenyon 1957
Perry Mason Allan Winford, Martin Potter 1957
Wagon Train Art Bernard, Bowman Lewis, Garth English 1957
Have Gun - Will Travel Roy Smith, Andy Fisher 1957
Richard Diamond, Private Detective Jack Milhoan 1957
Code 3 Arkansas Trueblood 1957
Last of the Badmen Ted Hamilton 1957
Hot Summer Night Kermit 1957
The Rack Millard Chilson Cassidy 1956
West Point William Purdom, Cadet Dick Mileston 1956
Zane Grey Theater Pyke Dillon 1956
Calling Homicide Det. Arnie Arnhoff 1956
The Sheriff of Cochise Mike Norris 1956
Gaby Jim 1956
Telephone Time American Soldier 1956
Forbidden Planet Crewman 1956
Come Next Spring Bill Jackson 1956
Crossroads 1955
The People's Choice Mr. Hunnicut 1955
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Hennessy, Norman Frayne, Bish Darby 1955
Frontier Ben Reed, Jason Cartwright 1955
The Adventures of Champion Mace Kincaid, Paul Kenyon 1955
Cheyenne Ernie Riggins 1955
Gunsmoke Beal, Charlie Noon, Dal Creed 1955
The Eternal Sea Student 1955
Top Of The World Serviceman receptionist for Major French 1955
Seven Angry Men Jason Brown 1955
Buffalo Bill, Jr. Telegrapher Larry Martin 1955
The Millionaire Fred Morgan 1955
They Rode West Lt. Finlay 1954
Climax! Shag 1954
The Lineup Jim Kasino, Rhodes 1954
The Raid Lt. Robinson 1954
Return from the Sea Barr 1954
The Caine Mutiny Lt. JG Jorgensen (uncredited) 1954
The Yellow Tomahawk Private Bliss 1954
Stories of the Century Dave Ridley 1954
Riders To The Stars Dr. Sidney K. Fuller (as James K. Best) 1954
Annie Oakley Jess Dugan, Scott Warren 1954
City of Bad Men Deputy Gig 1953
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms Charlie - Radar Man 1953
Column South Primrose 1953
Seminole Corp. Gerad 1953
General Electric Theater Hardy Coulter 1953
Flat Top 1952
Death Valley Days Jim Campbell, Jimmy Burns, Ruel Gridley, Tiny Stoker 1952
Cavalcade of America Harry, Slate Morley 1952
Hopalong Cassidy Rick Ashton 1952
Francis Goes to West Point Cpl. Ransom 1952
The Battle at Apache Pass Cpl. Hassett 1952
Steel Town Joe Rakich 1952
The Cimarron Kid Bitter Creek Dalton 1952
About Face Joe - Hal's Roommate (unconfirmed) 1952
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair Marvin Johnson 1952
The Adventures of Kit Carson Henry Jordan 1951
Apache Drums Bert Keon 1951
Air Cadet Jerry Connell 1951
Target Unknown Sgt. Ralph Phelps 1951
Kansas Raiders Cole Younger 1950
Lux Video Theatre Clem Wallace, Waldo 1950
The Gene Autry Show Bank Teller, Ray Saunders 1950
Winchester '73 Crater 1950
Peggy Frank Addison 1950
Cameo Theatre 1950
I Was a Shoplifter Police Broadcaster in Surveillance Plane (uncredited) 1950
Comanche Territory Sam 1950
One Way Street Driver (uncredited) 1950
Fireside Theatre 1949

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Producer Filmography

The End 1978
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