Sorrell Booke

Highest Rated: 95% Fail-Safe (1964)
Lowest Rated: 20% Rock-a-Doodle (1992)
Birthday: Jan 4, 1930
Birthplace: Not Available
The son of a Buffalo physician, Sorrell Booke was encouraged from an early age to entertain his relatives with jokes, songs, and imitations. An inveterate radio fan, young Booke would send away to the major networks for copies of scripts, then act out all the parts -- a different voice for each character -- in the privacy of his room. He turned his hobby into a vocation after high school, appearing with frequency in locally produced dramatic radio programs. While attending Columbia and Yale, Booke spent his summers playing old men in various stock companies, then appeared with the Provincetown Playhouse in Massachusetts. During the Korean War, Booke spent two years in counterintelligence, where his mastery of five languages came in handy. After making his Broadway debut in 1955, Booke understudied Tom Bosley in Fiorello! and created the role of bombastic white supremacist Ol' Captain Cotchipee in Ossie Davis' Purlie Victorious, repeating the latter assignment in the 1963 film version. For all his greyed-up character parts, Booke's most fondly remembered role of the early '60s was the mentally retarded brother of Martin Balsam in an episode of TV's Dr. Kildare. Likewise essayed with unexpected subtlety and sensitivity were his characters in the theatrical features Bye Bye Braverman (1968) and Up the Down Staircase (1970). But neither subtlety nor sensitivity were required for Booke's signature role: the lovably larcenous Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg on the weekly adventure series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985). Sorrell Booke's last film assignment was a typically blustery voice-over in the animated feature Rock-a-Doodle; he died of cancer in 1994, just one month after his 64th birthday.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Devil Times Five (Peopletoys) Harvey Beckman 2003
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers Sheriff Rufus Buzby 1995
20% Rock-a-Doodle Pinky 1992
No Score Yet Record City Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Other Side of Midnight Lanchon 1977
No Score Yet The Amazing Howard Hughes Fiorello LaGuardia 1977
68% Freaky Friday Mr. Dilk 1976
No Score Yet Special Delivery Bank Manager Zane 1976
No Score Yet The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery Dr. Melon 1975
No Score Yet Bank Shot Al G. Karp 1974
89% The Iceman Cometh Hugo 1973
77% Slaughterhouse-Five Lionel Merble 1972
90% What's Up, Doc? Harry 1972
No Score Yet Mastermind Max Engstrom 1969
43% Bye Bye, Braverman Holly Levine 1968
80% Up the Down Staircase Bester 1967
No Score Yet A Fine Madness Leonard Tupperman 1966
95% Fail-Safe Cong. Raskob 1964
No Score Yet Les Felins Harry 1964
No Score Yet Black like Me Dr. Jackson 1964
No Score Yet Joy House (Les Félins) Actor 1964
No Score Yet Purlie Victorious Capt. Cotchipee 1963

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
Lionel
  • 1988
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
Sheik
  • 1985
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
Director Thaddeus Hoggs Boss Hogg
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
Boss Hogg
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1979
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Mr. Watson
  • 1978
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
Galbraith
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Ward
  • 1978
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Hastings
  • 1977
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Joseph Sanders Lyle Bennett Sanders
  • 1977
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
Mr.Perlmutter
  • 1976
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Sheriff
  • 1974
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Gen. Barker
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Heisel
  • 1968
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Peter Kiri
  • 1967

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