Dukes of Hazzard Star James Best Dead at 88 (A Top Story)

On Wednesday Dukes of Hazzard Star James Best Dead at 88 was a top story. Here is the recap: (Radio.com) Best known for his roll as the bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltraine on Dukes of Hazzard, James Best died at the age of 88 in Hickory, North Carolina.

According to wife Dorothy, Best was overcome by complications from pneumonia. Although a busy actor, it wasn't until 1977 when Dukes of Hazzard began the first of its seven seasons that Best was launched into stardom.

An obituary posted to Best's website explains he performed in hundreds of episodes for TV, including iconic roles in multiple installments of hits such as The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock and The Andy Griffith Show.

"It's such a shame to hear of the loss of James Best," explains Burt Reynolds in a statement. "Jimmie really was a great actor, but more than that he was a great teacher of acting. I was fortunate enough to call him my friend since the day he walked on the set of Gunsmoke back in the early 60s." Read more - here.

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