James Best

Highest Rated: 100% Shenandoah (1965)
Lowest Rated: 14% Nickelodeon (1976)
Birthday: Jul 26, 1926
Birthplace: Powderly, Kentucky, USA
James Best started appearing on film in 1950 in such westerns as Winchester 73 and Kansas Raiders, he was touted as a bright new face on the cinematic scene. When Best showed up as a regular on the 1963 TV series Temple Houston, he was promoted as a "promising" performer. When co-starred in Jerry Lewis' Three on a Couch in 1965, Best was given an "and introducing" credit. And in 1979, He finally found his niche when he was cast as Sheriff Roscoe Coltrane on the immensely popular weekly TVer The Dukes of Hazzard. Best played the role for all seven seasons of the show, and returned to it for TV movies and video games. He died in 2015, at age 88.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Earl Hamner Storyteller Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Sweeter Side of Life Paddy 2013
No Score Yet Return Of The Killer Shrews Thorne Sherman 2011
No Score Yet Moondance Alexander McClancy 2007
No Score Yet Hot Tamale Hank Larson 2006
No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood Actor 2000
No Score Yet Death Mask Screenwriter Wilbur Johnson 1998
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane 1997
69% Hooper Cully 1978
62% The End Pacemaker Patient 1978
No Score Yet Centennial Hank Garvey 1978
86% Rolling Thunder Texan 1 1977
14% Nickelodeon Jim 1976
No Score Yet Ode to Billy Joe Dewey Barksdale 1976
No Score Yet The Savage Bees Pelligrino 1976
No Score Yet The Runaway Barge Bingo Washington 1975
No Score Yet Savages Actor 1975
88% Sounder Sheriff Young 1972
No Score Yet The Brain Machine Actor 1972
No Score Yet Run, Simon, Run Actor 1970
No Score Yet Firecreek Drew 1968
No Score Yet First to Fight Sgt. Carnavan 1967
No Score Yet Three on a Couch Dr. Ben Mizer 1966
100% Shenandoah Carter 1965
No Score Yet The Quick Gun Scotty Grant 1964
94% Shock Corridor Stuart 1963
No Score Yet The Mountain Road Niergaard 1960
50% The Killer Shrews Thorne Sherman 1959
No Score Yet Verboten! Sgt. David Brent 1959
86% Ride Lonesome Billy John 1959
83% The Naked and the Dead Ridges 1958
89% The Left Handed Gun Tom Folliard 1958
No Score Yet Cole Younger, Gunfighter Kit Caswell 1958
No Score Yet The Rack Millard Chilson Cassidy 1956
98% Forbidden Planet Crewman 1956
No Score Yet Come Next Spring Bill Jackson 1956
No Score Yet When Gangland Strikes Actor 1956
No Score Yet They Rode West Lt. Finlay 1954
92% The Caine Mutiny Lt. Jorgenson 1954
No Score Yet Riders to the Stars Sidney Fuller 1954
No Score Yet The Raid Lt. Robinson 1954
94% The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms Radar Man 1953
No Score Yet The President's Lady Samuel 1953
No Score Yet Seminole Cpl. Gerard 1953
No Score Yet The Battle at Apache Pass Cpl. Hassett 1952
No Score Yet The Cimarron Kid Bitter Creek Dalton 1952
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair Marvin Johnson 1952
No Score Yet Steel Town Joe Rakich 1952
No Score Yet Francis Goes to West Point Cpl. Ransom 1952
No Score Yet Apache Drums Bert Keon 1951
No Score Yet Kansas Raiders Cole Younger 1950
100% Winchester '73 Crater 1950
No Score Yet Comanche Territory Sam 1950


No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
Rosco P. Coltrane/Ringer Sheriff Rufus Z. Coltrane Rosco P. Coltrane Roscoe P. Coltrane Director
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard
Rosco P. Coltrane Roscoe P. Coltrane
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1979
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Charlie Noon Dal
  • 1969
  • 1963
No Score Yet Bonanza
Shaler Carl Reagan Page
  • 1968
  • 1963
  • 1961
No Score Yet Rawhide
Brock Fuller Cain
  • 1963
No Score Yet The Fugitive
  • 1963
80% The Twilight Zone
Johnny Rob Jeff Myrtlebank Billy-Ben Turner
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Jim Lindsey
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Darby Hennessy Norman Frayne
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1958


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