James Best, Dukes of Hazzard's Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, Dead at 88

James Best Dies

Actor James Best, best known to ’80s audiences as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on Dukes of Hazzard, died Monday from complications of pneumonia, the Associated Press reports. He was 88.

Best played the inept lawman during the CBS show’s entire seven-season run (1979-1985).  Additional TV credits included guest stints on The Andy Griffith Show and In the Heat of the Night.

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19 Comments
  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    RIP Rosco P. Coltrane. The character was flat out funny.

    • rowan77 says:

      He really was. Even now, whenever I hear the name Roscoe, in my head I’m going “Roscoe P Coltrane!” RIP James Best

  2. Ralph says:

    Farewell and thanks for all the laughs!

  3. He was also in one of my favorite Twilight Zone eps — Jess-Belle. RIP.

  4. CBWBDK1 says:

    RIP James Best.

  5. Bob Backus says:

    He was also a professor at the University of Central Florida for a time.

  6. Grey says:

    RIP. That man/character cracked me up back in the day. :-)

  7. Chad says:

    RIP James Best. Tomorrow is my 40th birthday, but today it feels like I’ve lost one of the touchstones of my childhood. I was such a big Dukes of Hazzard fan as a kid.

  8. DramaMomma says:

    Loved him on the Dukes! Great character. He also had a beautiful singing voice. Check some of his guest spots on The Andy Griffith Show and you will wonder why they never had him sing on the Dukes.

  9. dand says:

    James Best was a really good guitar player and you can see him playing on an episode of Andy Griffith. RIP.

  10. Carla Krae says:

    RIP, sir.

  11. He was also an amazing painter.

  12. amalek says:

    its sad how people are just up and dieing all of sudding i tell you man i am sick and tired of this people dieing everywhere

  13. Rick Z says:

    He was the best cop on the whole running of The Dukes,loved watching him in action.