James Best, 'Dukes of Hazzard' Star, Dead at 88
Prolific film and television actor James Best, who played the iconic role of Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on classic series "The Dukes of Hazzard," has died of complications from pneumonia. He was 88.

Best portrayed Coltrane on "Dukes" from 1979 through 1985, and remained active in the "Dukes" fan community, appearing at multiple reunions and festivals in the years since the show's conclusion.

Aside from that memorable role, Best starred in hundreds of episodes of television series, including "The Twilight Zone," "The Andy Griffith Show," and "Gunsmoke." He also had a busy film career, working both in front of and behind the camera on movies such as "Winchester '73," "Sounder," and "The Left-Handed Gun."

In addition to his passion for acting, Best was also a devoted dog lover. His family has asked fans to make donations to their local humane society in his name in lieu of sending flowers.

"He was a fine actor, director and mentor, and an even better friend," said Tom Wopat, who starred as Luke Duke on "Hazzard," in a statement. "He will be greatly missed."

Best is survived by his wife, Dorothy, three children, and three grandchildren.

[via: JamesBest.com]

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