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James Best

​American character actor and teacher. Born Jules Guy in Powderly, Kentucky, on July 26, 1926, he was orphaned at three and adopted by Armen and Essa Best, who re-named him James K. Best and raised him in Corydon, Indiana. Following high school he worked briefly as a metalworker before joining the Army shortly after World War II, in December, 1945. According to Best, he first acted in a European tour of "My Sister Eileen" directed by Arthur Penn. Upon his return to the U.S., he toured in road and stock companies in plays and musicals, and was finally spotted by a scout from Universal Pictures, who put him under contract. A handsome young man, his rural inflections perhaps kept him from frequent leading man roles. During the 1950s and '60s, he was a familiar face in movies and television in a wide range of roles, from Western bad guys to craven cowards and country bumpkins. Physical ailments curtailed his work for a long period late in his career, and he established a well-respected acting workshop in Los Angeles. He also served as artist-in-residence at the University of Mississippi, teaching and directing. He worked in both acting and producing capacities for Burt Reynolds on several of the latter's films in the late 1970s, before taking on his greatest commercial success. Although the The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) TV series was far beneath his talents, his role as Sheriff Roscoe Coltrane was the part that gave him his greatest fame. He continued teaching, both in Hollywood and later in Florida (at the University of Central Florida). Semi-retired, he makes personal appearances and exhibits his paintings.

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Jul 26, 1926
Кино / ТВ Кредиты:
Впервые появился:
на movie One Way Street 1950-04-01
Последний проект:
Series Pony Express 2016
Известный в фильмах
Poster of Rolling Thunder
Poster of Stagecoach West
Poster of Hot Summer Night
Poster of General Electric Theater
Series Pony Express Unknown 2016
Кино The Sweeter Side of Life Paddy Kerrigan 2013-07-11
Кино Return of the Killer Shrews Thorne Sherman 2012-01-01
Кино Hot Tamale Hank Larson 2007-01-01
Кино Победительница McClancy 2007-04-22
Series Inside Fame Unknown 2005-05-13
Кино The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood Rosco P. Coltrane 2000-06-05
Кино Death Mask Wilbur Johnson 1998-01-01
Кино The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! Boss / Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane 1997-04-25
Series E! Правдивая голливудская история Unknown 1996-03-29
Series B.L. Stryker Unknown 1989-02-13
Series In the Heat of the Night Unknown 1988-03-06
Series The Dukes 1983-02-05
Series Enos Unknown 1980-11-12
Series Дюки их Хаззарда Sheriff Rosco Coltrane 1979-01-26
Кино Хупер Cully 1978-07-28
Series Столетие Unknown 1978-10-01
Кино The Brain Machine Rev. Emory Neill 1977-01-01
Кино Rolling Thunder Texan 1977-10-14
Series Как был завоёван Запад Unknown 1976-01-19
Кино Ode to Billy Joe Dewey Barksdale 1976-06-04
Кино Торговцы грезами Jim 1976-12-21
Кино The Runaway Barge Bingo Washington 1975-03-24
Series The Manhunter Unknown 1974-09-11
Кино Savages Sheriff Bert Hamilton 1974-09-11
Series Хокинс Unknown 1973-03-13
Кино Sounder Sheriff Charlie Young 1972-09-24
Кино Run, Simon, Run Henry Burroughs 1970-12-01
Series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
Кино Файеркрик Drew 1968-01-24
Series Лансье Unknown 1968-09-24
Кино First to Fight Sergeant Carnavan 1967-01-25
Series The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown 1967-09-08
Кино Three on a Couch Dr. Ben Mizer 1966-03-01
Series Hawk Unknown 1966-09-08
Series The Green Hornet Unknown 1966-09-09
Series Felony Squad Unknown 1966-09-12
Кино Black Spurs Ralph Elkins 1965-05-28
Кино Shenandoah Carter, Rebel Soldier 1965-06-03
Series Honey West Unknown 1965-09-17
Кино The Quick Gun Scotty Wade (listed as "Scotty Grant" in end credits but named "Scotty Wade" in the film) 1964-04-01
Series Дэниэл Бун Unknown 1964-09-24
Series Флиппер Unknown 1964-09-19
Кино Шоковый коридор Stuart 1963-09-11
Series Беглец Unknown 1963-09-17
Series Правосудие Бёрка Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Redigo Unknown 1963-09-24
Кино Black Gold Jericho Larkin 1962-07-21
Series Виргинцы Unknown 1962-09-19
Series General Electric True Unknown 1962-09-30
Series The Gallant Men Unknown 1962-10-05
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Series Whispering Smith Unknown 1961-05-08
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Series Overland Trail Unknown 1960-02-07
Series Surfside 6 Unknown 1960-10-06
Series The Barbara Stanwyck Show Unknown 1960-09-19
Кино The Mountain Road Niergaard 1960-06-15
Series Michael Shayne Unknown 1960-09-30
Series Шоу Энди Гриффита Unknown 1960-10-03
Series Stagecoach West Unknown 1960-10-04
Кино The Killer Shrews Thorne Sherman 1959-06-25
Series The Man and the Challenge Unknown 1959-09-12
Кино Cast A Long Shadow Sam Mullen 1959-08-24
Series The David Niven Show Unknown 1959-04-07
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series Black Saddle Unknown 1959-01-10
Кино Ride Lonesome Billy John 1959-02-15
Кино Verboten! Sgt. David Brent 1959-03-25
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Series Гавайский детектив Unknown 1959-10-07
Series Ларами Unknown 1959-09-15
Series The Rebel Unknown 1959-10-04
Series Startime Unknown 1959-10-06
Series Сумеречная зона Unknown 1959-10-02
Series Men into Space Unknown 1959-09-30
Series Lock-Up Unknown 1959-09-28
Series Разыскивается живым или мёртвым Unknown 1958-09-06
Кино The Naked and the Dead Rhidges 1958-08-06
Кино The Left Handed Gun Tom Folliard 1958-05-07
Series Бронко Unknown 1958-09-23
Кино Cole Younger, Gunfighter Kit Caswell 1958-03-30
Series The Texan Unknown 1958-09-29
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Series Стрелок Unknown 1958-09-30
Series Behind Closed Doors Unknown 1958-10-02
Кино Last of the Badmen Ted Hamilton 1957-02-17
Кино Hot Summer Night Kermit 1957-02-01
Series Есть оружие – будут путешествия Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Richard Diamond, Private Detective Unknown 1957-07-01
Кино Man on the Prowl Doug Gerhardt 1957-12-01
Series Перри Мейсон Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Tombstone Territory Unknown 1957-10-16
Series Trackdown Unknown 1957-10-04
Кино Запретная планета Crewman (uncredited) 1956-03-15
Кино Come Next Spring Bill Jackson 1956-03-09
Кино Gaby Jim 1956-05-09
Кино Calling Homicide Det. Arnie Arnhoff 1956-09-30
Series West Point Unknown 1956-10-05
Кино Seven Angry Men Jason Brown 1955-03-27
Кино Top Of The World Serviceman receptionist for Major French 1955-05-01
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Buffalo Bill, Jr. Unknown 1955-03-01
Series Шайенн Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Дымок из ствола Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Альфред Хичкок представляет Unknown 1955-10-02
Series Frontier Unknown 1955-09-25
Series Stories of the Century Unknown 1954-01-23
Кино Восстание Кейна Lt. JG Jorgensen (uncredited) 1954-06-23
Кино The Yellow Tomahawk Private Bliss 1954-05-01
Кино The Raid Lt. Robinson 1954-08-04
Series The Lineup Unknown 1954-10-01
Series Кульминация Unknown 1954-10-07
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Кино Seminole Corporal Gerad 1953-03-01
Кино The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Charlie - Radar Man 1953-06-13
Кино Column South Primrose 1953-05-20
Кино City of Bad Men Deputy Gig 1953-09-11
Кино The Battle at Apache Pass Cpl. Hassett 1952-04-01
Кино The Cimarron Kid Bitter Creek Dalton 1952-01-13
Series Hopalong Cassidy Unknown 1952-09-19
Кино Francis Goes to West Point Cpl. Ransom 1952-07-01
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Кино Apache Drums Bert Keon 1951-04-01
Series The Adventures of Kit Carson Unknown 1951-08-11
Кино Target Unknown Sgt. Ralph Phelps 1951-02-08
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Кино Comanche Territory Sam 1950-05-01
Кино One Way Street Driver (uncredited) 1950-04-01
Кино I Was a Shoplifter Police Broadcaster in Surveillance Plane (uncredited) 1950-05-13
Series The Gene Autry Show Unknown 1950-07-23
Series Люкс-видео театр Unknown 1950-10-02
Кино Kansas Raiders Cole Younger 1950-08-19
Кино Winchester '73 Crater 1950-07-12