James Best

James Best
1926 - 2015
James Best  American Actor

James Best dating history


James Best was previously married to Dorothy Best (1986 - 2015) and Jobee Ayers (1959 - 1977).

James Best was in a relationship with Jeanne Cooper.

James Best had an encounter with Jeanne Carmen.


American Actor James Best was born Jewel Franklin Guy on 26th July, 1926 in Powderly, Kentucky and passed away on 6th Apr 2015 Hickory, North Carolina aged 88. He is most remembered for The Dukes of Hazzard. His zodiac sign is Leo.

James Best was in 7 on-screen matchups, including Anne Francis in The Twilight Zone (1959), Carmen Matthews in Sounder (1972), Fay Spain in Black Gold (1962), Joyce Bulifant in Perry Mason (1957) and Laura Devon in The Twilight Zone (1959).

James Best is a member of the following lists: American film actors, American television actors and American voice actors.


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Relationship Statistics

Married2 30 years, 3 months 24 years, 7 months 19 years
Dating1 - - -
Encounter1 - - -
Total4 30 years, 3 months 12 years, 3 months 19 years


First Name James
Last Name Best
Full Name at Birth Jewel Franklin Guy
Age 88 (age at death) years
Birthday 26th July, 1926
Birthplace Powderly, Kentucky
Died 6th April, 2015
Place of Death Hickory, North Carolina
Cause of Death Complications Of Pneumonia
Height 6' 1" (185 cm)
Build Average
Hair Color Grey
Zodiac Sign Leo
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
Occupation Text Film, television, voice actor, artist, acting coach, college professor, singer and songwriter, guitarist
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame The Dukes of Hazzard
Year(s) Active 1950–present, 1950 - present, 1950–2015, 1950–2013
Official Websites www.jamesbest.com

Jewel Franklin Guy (July 26, 1926 – April 6, 2015), 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).

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James Best88 LeoActor
Dorothy Best75 PiscesActress
Jobee Ayers-
Jeanne Carmen77 LeoActress
Jeanne Cooper84 ScorpioActress


NameGenderBornAgeOther Parent
JojamiFemaleJobee Ayers
JaneenFemale17th July, 196161 years oldJobee Ayers


The Sweeter Side of Life2013Paddy KerriganTV Movie
Return of the Killer Shrews2012Thorne ShermanMovie
Moondance Alexander2007Buck McClancyMovie
Hot Tamale2006Hank LarsonMovie
Once Not Far from Home2006The DoctorShort Film
The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee2004Sheriff Rosco. P. Coltrane (voice)Unknown
House of Forever2004William ClancyShort Film
The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood2000Rosco P. ColtraneTV Movie
The Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for Home1999Rosco (voice)Unknown
Death Mask1998Wilbur JohnsonMovie
Finders Keepers1998John MasseyShort Film
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!1997Boss, Sheriff Rosco P. ColtraneTV Movie
Raney1997Uncle NateMovie
B.L. Stryker1989Mr. ParkinsonTV Show
In the Heat of the Night1988Nathan BedfordTV Show
The Dukes1983Sheriff Rosco P. ColtraneTV Show
The CBS Saturday Morning Preview Special1983Sheriff Rosco ColtraneTV Movie
Enos1980Rosco P. ColtraneTV Show
The Dukes of Hazzard1979Rufus Z. Coltrane, Sheriff Rosco Coltrane, WoodyTV Show
The End1978Pacemaker PatientMovie
Centennial1978Hank GarveyTV Show
Rolling Thunder1977TexanMovie
The Brain Machine1977Rev. Emory NeillMovie
Tales of the Unexpected1977Anne's FatherTV Show
McLaren's Riders1977Lamarr SkinnerTV Movie
Ode to Billy Joe1976Dewey BarksdaleMovie
How the West Was Won1976Sheriff GrunerTV Show
The Savage Bees1976PelligrinoTV Movie
The Runaway Barge1975Bingo WashingtonTV Movie
Savages1974Sheriff Bert HamiltonTV Movie
Hawkins1973Sheriff John EarlyTV Show
Sounder1972Sheriff YoungMovie
Run, Simon, Run1970Henry BurroughsTV Movie
Dan August1970WileyTV Show
West Texas1970WilburMovie
Lancer1968ClaytTV Show
Mod Squad1968Clay LynchTV Show
First to Fight1967Gunnery Sgt. Ed CarnavanMovie
The Guns of Will Sonnett1967Harley Bass, Rake HanleyTV Show
Three on a Couch1966Dr. Ben MizerMovie
Felony Squad1966Arnold Wyatt, George CollinsTV Show
Hawk1966Emile WhiteTV Show
The Green Hornet1966Yale BartonTV Show
Iron Horse1966Chico TrentTV Show
Shenandoah1965Carter - Rebel SoldierMovie
Honey West1965Vince ZaleTV Show
I Spy1965Sam, The DoctorTV Show
Black Spurs1965Sheriff Ralph ElkinsMovie
The Quick Gun1964Scotty GrantMovie
Daniel Boone1964Jethro WyattTV Show
Flipper1964Dr. Peter KellwinTV Show
Destry1964Curly BeamerTV Show
Shock Corridor1963StuartMovie
Burke's Law1963Tucson, 'The Cowboy'TV Show
Temple Houston1963GotchTV Show
The Fugitive1963Dan MurrayTV Show
Redigo1963Les FayTV Show
Combat!1962TrentonTV Show
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1962Tom CarmodyTV Show
The Gallant Men1962Pvt. HookTV Show
The Virginian1962Curt WestleyTV Show
G.E. True1962Ernie SwiftTV Show
Black Gold1962Jericho LarkinMovie
Ben Casey1961Dr. Joe Sullivan, Simon WallerTV Show
Whispering Smith1961Hemp ReegerTV Show
Rio1961Matt ComerfordTV Movie
The Mountain Road1960NiergaardMovie
Michael Shayne1960DannyTV Show
Stagecoach West1960Jack Craig, Les Hardeen, Mike PardeeTV Show
Surfside 61960Ernie JordanTV Show
The Andy Griffith Show1960Jim LindseyTV Show
The Barbara Stanwyck Show1960JoeTV Show
Overland Trail1960Pvt. Frank CullenTV Show
Aftermath1960Hardy CouterTV Movie
Cast a Long Shadow1959Sam MullenMovie
Ride Lonesome1959Billy JohnMovie
The Killer Shrews1959Thorne ShermanMovie
Verboten!1959Sgt. David BrentMovie
Black Saddle1959Ben TraversTV Show
Bonanza1959Carl Reagan, Page, Sheriff Vern SchalerTV Show
Hawaiian Eye1959Johnny OlinTV Show
Laramie1959Ben Leach, Dallas, Johnny BestTV Show
Lock Up1959Roy DugganTV Show
Men Into Space1959Lt. John LeonardTV Show
Rawhide1959Art Fuller, Brock Quade, Willie CainTV Show
Startime1959DukeTV Show
The DuPont Show with June Allyson1959Jovan WilanskovTV Show
The Rebel1959Abel Waares, Ted EvansTV Show
The Twilight Zone1959Billy Ben Turner, Jeff Myrtlebank, Johnny RobTV Show
Pony Express1959Bart GentryTV Show
The David Niven Show1959Boland, Frank SimmsTV Show
The Man and the Challenge1959David MalloryTV Show
Markham1959Don LennardTV Show
The Left Handed Gun1958Tom FolliardMovie
The Naked and the Dead1958RhidgesMovie
77 Sunset Strip1958Babe MackieTV Show
Bat Masterson1958Danny Dakota, Joe BestTV Show
Bronco1958Frankie BantonTV Show
Rescue 81958Chad CurranTV Show
The Rifleman1958Bob BarrettTV Show
The Texan1958Clay KirbyTV Show
Wanted: Dead or Alive1958Luke Perry, StonerTV Show
Cole Younger, Gunfighter1958Kit CaswellMovie
Behind Closed Doors1958WebbTV Show
Target1958TV Show
Hot Summer Night1957KermitMovie
I Was a Teenage Werewolf1957Kid at party who gets slapped (uncredited)Movie
Have Gun - Will Travel1957Andy Fisher, Roy SmithTV Show
Perry Mason1957Allan Winford, Martin PotterTV Show
Richard Diamond, Private Detective1957Jack MilhoanTV Show
The Restless Gun1957Jim KenyonTV Show
Tombstone Territory1957Mitt PorterTV Show
Trackdown1957Bud Ehlers, Joe Sunday, Rand MarpleTV Show
Wagon Train1957Art Bernard, Bowman Lewis, Garth EnglishTV Show
Last of the Badmen1957Ted HamiltonMovie
Code 31957Arkansas TruebloodTV Show
Man on the Prowl1957Doug GerhardtMovie
Come Next Spring1956Bill JacksonMovie
Forbidden Planet1956Crewman (uncredited)Movie
The Rack1956Millard Chilson CassidyMovie
The Sheriff of Cochise1956Mike NorrisTV Show
Telephone Time1956American SoldierTV Show
West Point1956Cadet Carl M Placek, William PurdomTV Show
Zane Grey Theater1956Pyke DillonTV Show
Calling Homicide1956Det. Arnie ArnhoffMovie
When Gangland Strikes1956Jerry Ames (uncredited)Movie
A Man Called Peter1955Man with Jane at Youth Rally (uncredited)Movie
Seven Angry Men1955Jason BrownMovie
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1955Bish Darby, Hennessy, Norman FrayneTV Show
Cheyenne1955Ernie RigginsTV Show
Crossroads1955PierreTV Show
Gunsmoke1955Beal, Charlie Noon, DalTV Show
The Adventures of Champion1955Mace Kincaid, Paul KenyonTV Show
The Millionaire1955Fred MorganTV Show
The People's Choice1955Mr. HunnicutTV Show
The Eternal Sea1955Student (unconfirmed)Movie
Top of the World1955Col. French's Orderly (uncredited)Movie
Buffalo Bill, Jr.1955Telegrapher Larry MartinTV Show
Frontier1955Ben Reed, Jason CartwrightTV Show
Riders to the Stars1954Dr. Sidney K. Fuller (as James K. Best)Movie
The Caine Mutiny1954Lt. JG Jorgensen (uncredited)Movie
The Raid1954Lt. RobinsonMovie
The Yellow Tomahawk1954Pvt. BlissMovie
They Rode West1954Lt. Finlay (uncredited)Movie
Annie Oakley1954Jess Dugan, Scott WarrenTV Show
Climax!1954ShagTV Show
The Lineup1954Jim Kasino, RhodesTV Show
Return from the Sea1954BarrMovie
Stories of the Century1954Dave RidleyTV Show
City of Bad Men1953Deputy Gig (uncredited)Movie
Seminole1953Corp. GeradMovie
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms1953Charlie - Radar Man (uncredited)Movie
The President's Lady1953Samuel Donelson (uncredited)Movie
G.E. True Theater1953Hardy CoulterTV Show
Column South1953PrimroseMovie
Skip Taylor1953TV Movie
McCoy of Abilene1953TV Movie
Flat Top1952Radio Operator (uncredited)Movie
Francis Goes to West Point1952Cpl. RansomMovie
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair1952Marvin JohnsonMovie
Steel Town1952Joe RakichMovie
The Battle at Apache Pass1952Cpl. HassettMovie
The Cimarron Kid1952Bitter Creek DaltonMovie
Cavalcade of America1952Harry, Slate MorleyTV Show
Death Valley Days1952Jim Campbell, Jimmy Burns, Ruel GridleyTV Show
Hopalong Cassidy1952Rick AshtonTV Show
About Face1952Joe - Hal's Roommate (unconfirmed)Movie
Apache Drums1951Bert KeonMovie
Red Ryder1951Perry CochranTV Show
Schlitz Playhouse1951TV Show
The Adventures of Kit Carson1951Henry Jordan, JohnnyTV Show
Air Cadet1951Jerry ConnellMovie
Target Unknown1951Sgt. Ralph PhelpsMovie
Comanche Territory1950SamMovie
I Was a Shoplifter1950Police Broadcaster in Surveillance Plane (uncredited)Movie
Kansas Raiders1950Cole YoungerMovie
One Way Street1950Driver (uncredited)Movie
Peggy1950Frank AddisonMovie
Winchester '731950CraterMovie
Lux Video Theatre1950Clem Wallace, WaldoTV Show
The Gene Autry Show1950Bank Teller, Ray SaundersTV Show
Cameo Theatre1950Clint MurrayTV Show
Fireside Theatre1949TV Show
The Lone Ranger1949Jim BlakeTV Show
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