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'Dukes of Hazzard' actor James Best dies

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James Best, an actor known for playing Rosco P. Coltrone on The Dukes of Hazzard, has died “after a brief illness,” according to his website. He was 88.

Best got his start in the ’50s and appeared on dozens of TV shows ranging from The Twilight Zone to The Andy Griffith Show. By 1979, he had what many consider his most successful role as a sheriff in The Dukes of Hazzard. He went on to star in the show until the series’ 1985 conclusion.

Best continued to take acting jobs and also spent some time teaching and writing (his autobiography came out in 2009). But it’s his Dukes of Hazzard turn that remains the most memorable—and his co-stars, like his fans, are grieving his death. “Darling Jimmy,” fellow Dukes star Catherine Bach wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “Thank you for all the laughs, support and love. I will miss you like crazy honey.”

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