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Sorrell Booke



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Devil Times Five (Peopletoys)
  • Harvey Beckman
2003
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers
  • Sheriff Rufus Buzby
1995
25% 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
71% 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
88% 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
No Score Yet 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 FĂ©lins)
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Purlie Victorious
  • Capt. Cotchipee
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
  • Boss Hogg
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Mr. Watson
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
  • Lionel

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