A veteran actor known for his role on the popular CBS series “The Dukes of Hazzard” has died. TMZ.com reports that James Best, who played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, died Monday night in a hospice facility. He was 88.
Best reportedly died after a brief illness and after suffering complications from pneumonia.
“The Dukes of Hazzard” ran for seven seasons, from 1979-1985. It was the No. 2 show on television in the 1981-82 season.
Best had a long string of TV credits going back to the early days of the medium, including multiple appearances on “Gunsmoke,” “I Spy,” “Annie Oakley,” “The Adventures of Kit Carson,” “Cavalcade of America” and “Perry Mason.”
He also ran an acting school, where his students reportedly included household names such as Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett and Clint Eastwood.