James Best, an actor most known for playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard, died on the evening of Monday, April 6. He was 88-years-old.
James sadly passed away in a hospice facility after battling complications from pneumonia, a close friend of the late star told the 'Charlotte Observer.'
James as Sheriff Coltrane on 'Dukes' in January 1980. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
During his more than six-decade career in television, the father-of-three starred on hit shows including 'Gunsmoke,' 'Mod Squad,' 'I Spy,' 'Bonanza,' 'Perry Mason,' and 'Rawhide.' He landed his most recognizable role on 'Dukes' in 1979 and remained on the series until its culmination in 1985.
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In addition to performing, James also worked as an acting coach, artist, college professor and musician. In the 1970s, he established an acting school where he taught future stars Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Lindsay Wagner, Farrah Fawcett and Quentin Tarantino, among others.
'TMZ' first reported this news.
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