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James Best

Highest Rated:   100% The Left Handed Gun (1958)
Lowest Rated:   14% Nickelodeon (1976)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
67% Hooper
  • Cully
1978
No Score Yet Centennial
  • Hank Garvey
1978
85% 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
No Score Yet 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
83% Ride Lonesome
  • Billy John
1959
No Score Yet The Naked and the Dead
  • Ridges
1958
100% 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 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
  • Rosco P. Coltrane Roscoe P. Coltrane
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Johnny Rob Jeff Myrtlebank Billy-Ben Turner
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961

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