Actor James Best, who was best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on TV's "The Dukes of Hazzard", has passed away in Hickory, North Carolina on Monday. He was 88 years old.

Best died in hospice care after a brief illness of complications from pneumonia, this according to Steve Latshaw, a longtime friend and Hollywood colleague.

His prolific career spanned 83 movies and 600 TV shows, but of course most folks know him as the bumbling sheriff of Hazzard County.

The Dukes of Hazzard ran on CBS from 1979 to 1985.

"I acted the part as good as I could,” said Best in a 2009 interview with The Charlotte Obsserer. “Rosco – let’s face it – was a charmer. It was a fun thing.”

Best is survived by his wife, actress Dorothy Collier, his son Gary Allen Best and wife Angela Best, daughter JoJami Best Tyler and husband Eric Tyler, and daughter Janeen Damian and husband Michael Damian along with three grandchildren.




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