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James Best is a Actor, Director, Writer and Associate Producer American born on 26 july 1926 at Powderly (USA)

James Best

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Birth name Jules Franklin Guy
Nationality USA
Birth 26 july 1926 at Powderly (USA)
Death 6 april 2015 (at 88 years)

James Best (born Jewel Franklin Guy; July 26, 1926 – April 6, 2015) was an American actor, who in six decades of television is best known for his starring role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the CBS television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He also worked as an acting coach, artist, college professor, and musician.


Il est connu pour son rôle du shérif Rosco dans la série Shérif, fais-moi peur (The Dukes of Hazzard) mais il a aussi joué dans des centaines d'épisodes de séries, notamment des Westerns.

Il est éteint du pneumonie.

Usually with

Bud Westmore
Bud Westmore
(14 films)
Russel Gausman
Russel Gausman
(14 films)
Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
(4 films)
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Filmography of James Best (65 films)

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The Sweeter Side of Life, 1h30
Directed by Michael Damian
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Kathryn Morris, James Best, Alastair Mackenzie, Sam Douglas, Jane March, Jerome Holder
Roles Paddy Kerrigan
Rating57% 2.854022.854022.854022.854022.85402
A pampered Manhattanite, Desiree Harper (Morris), is shunned from her circle of well-heeled friends when her husband, Wade Harper (Stephen Hogan), a successful plastic surgeon, announces he wants a divorce. The terms of her prenuptial agreement leaves her penniless, so she returns to her family home in Flemington, New Jersey, to live with her father, Paddy Kerrigan (Best), where she helps with the family business, a bakery. Alienated from her roots and emotionally unavailable to love-interest, Benny Christophe (Alastair Mackenzie), a life as a baker is unacceptable to Desiree.
Moondance Alexander
Directed by Michael Damian
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about animals, Films about horses, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Kay Panabaker, Don Johnson, Lori Loughlin, James Best, Whitney Sloan, Mimi Gianopulos
Roles McClancy
Rating61% 3.0962753.0962753.0962753.0962753.096275
Moondance (Kay Panabaker) is faced with the difficulties of her father's passing and her mother moving on. When she finds a lost pinto horse and discovers his jumping abilities, she convinces his owner Dante Longpre (Don Johnson) to train them to compete in a jumping show. With a lot more to think about, Moondance has to worry about her enemy Fiona Hughes (Sasha Cohen) putting her down constantly with her fancy horse Monte Carlo. When they do a surprisingly good job at the show, Dante isn't questioned anymore about his ability to train riders and horses. Everybody is shocked when Moondance ties Fiona, the reigning Bow River Classic champion.
Hot Tamale
Hot Tamale (2006)
, 1h42
Directed by Michael Damian
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Crime
Actors Randy Spelling, Diora Baird, Carmen Electra, Mike Starr, Jason Priestley, James Best
Roles Hank Larson
Rating55% 2.753012.753012.753012.753012.75301
Harlan Woodruff (Randy Spelling) is a Salsa musician from Wyoming, on a road trip to Los Angeles to realise his dream of making it big as a percussionist. It is revealed that Harlan had a troubled childhood, having found his dead father frozen in a fishing hole. En route to Los Angeles, he runs into Jude, a career criminal on the run from two hit men, Al and Dwayne, who want to retrieve stolen merchandise from him. Desperate, Jude dumps the merchandise into Harlans bag and escapes.
The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood, 2h
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Actors John Schneider, Tom Wopat, James Best, Catherine Bach, Sonny Shroyer, Jay Acovone
Roles Rosco P. Coltrane
Rating55% 2.7596552.7596552.7596552.7596552.759655
Hazzard in Hollywood follows up on the first reunion movie, The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! and begins with Bo and Luke Duke partaking in the Hazzard County festival which features actual country music star Toby Keith as himself.
Death Mask
Death Mask (1998)
, 1h28
Directed by Steve Latshaw
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Horror
Actors James Best, Linnea Quigley, Tom Ferguson
Roles Wilbur Johnson
Rating46% 2.3043352.3043352.3043352.3043352.304335
Au beau milieu d'une fête foraine itinérante se trouve un homme, Wilbur Jonhson (James Best), qui a une affaire à régler. Tourmenté par son passé, il passe son temps à rêver à la nuit où il pourra assouvir sa vengeance. Angel (Linnea Quigley), une belle et séduisante danseuse avec qui il s'est lié d'amitié, le conduit chez une puissante sorcière. Là, Wilbur va vendre son âme au diable en échange d'un masque capable d'infliger subitement une mort violente à tous ceux qui le regardent.
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!, 2h
Directed by Lewis Teague
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Actors John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach, Denver Pyle, James Best, Sonny Shroyer
Roles Boss / Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
Rating60% 3.045183.045183.045183.045183.04518
Hazzard County is having a reunion festival, which includes a Toughman-style contest, and a rattlesnake chili cookoff, along with several other events. Uncle Jesse is the grand marshal of the reunion and at the same time, is facing a lawsuit filed by Mama Josephine Maxx for access across Duke property to the Hazzard swamp where she intends to build a theme park. Jesse however, refused access, not wanting to see the swamp destroyed. This however, has made the rest of the townsfolk angry with him, as the new theme park means new jobs, and revenue for Hazzard County.
The End
The End (1978)
, 1h40
Directed by Burt Reynolds
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about suicide, Buddy films
Actors Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Sally Field, Strother Martin, David Steinberg, Joanne Woodward
Roles Pacemaker Patient
Rating60% 3.0462553.0462553.0462553.0462553.046255
California real-estate salesman Wendell "Sonny" Lawson (Burt Reynolds) is informed by his doctor (Norman Fell) that he's dying from a rare toxic blood disease and has six months to live. Not wanting to endure the inevitable pain, nor wanting to spend his last days in a hospital bed, he decides to take his own life.
Hooper (1978)
, 1h37
Directed by Hal Needham
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Actors Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Adam West, Sally Field, Brian Keith, Robert Klein
Roles Cully
Rating63% 3.1989153.1989153.1989153.1989153.198915
Sonny Hooper (Burt Reynolds), known as "Hollywood's Greatest Stuntman," is Adam West's stunt double on the action film The Spy Who Laughed at Danger. Hooper's on-set antics and wisecracks are a trial for egotistical director Roger Deal (Robert Klein), and even more so for Roger's bossy, obnoxious (but cowardly) assistant Tony (Alfie Wise), who gets Hooper in trouble with the Humane Society over a stunt involving a dog. Years of physical abuse on are fast catching up with Hooper, with the numerous stunts (referred to in the movie business as "gags") and his use of painkillers beginning to take their toll on his body.
Rolling Thunder, 1h35
Directed by John Flynn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Political films
Actors William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, James Best, Linda Haynes, Dabney Coleman, Luke Askew
Roles Texan
Rating68% 3.4492853.4492853.4492853.4492853.449285
In 1973, Major Charles Rane (William Devane) returns home to San Antonio with Master Sergeant Johnny Vohden (Tommy Lee Jones), and two other soldiers, after spending seven years as a POW in Hanoi. He finds a home very different from the one he left when he meets his wife Janet (Lisa Blake Richards), his son Mark (Jordan Gerler), and local policeman Cliff (Lawrason Driscoll), waiting to drive him home. Rane soon realizes that his son doesn't remember him, and that Cliff seems overly familiar with Janet and Mark. Janet admits that she has become engaged to Cliff and has no plans to break it off, despite still having feelings for Rane. Rane stoically accepts this, but privately reacts by self-imposing the same institutionalized daily regime he had in captivity.
Ode to Billy Joe, 1h45
Directed by Max Baer Jr.
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, LGBT-related films, Musical films, Teen LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Joan Hotchkis, James Best
Roles Dewey Barksdale
Rating64% 3.2467953.2467953.2467953.2467953.246795
Set in 1953, the film explores the budding relationship between Billy Joe McAllister (Benson) and Bobbie Lee Hartley (O'Connor) (who corresponds to the unnamed narrator of the original song), despite resistance from Hartley's family, who contend she is too young to date. One night at a jamboree, McAllister gets drunk and seems nauseated and confused when entering a makeshift whorehouse behind the gathering.
Nickelodeon, 2h1
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about films
Actors Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal, Brian Keith, Stella Stevens, John Ritter
Roles Jim
Rating61% 3.0983853.0983853.0983853.0983853.098385
In 1914, going from a lawyer to a writer, and then to a film director, is the career path on which we find Leo Harrigan (Ryan O'Neal). But Leo has problems as well, such as being hopelessly smitten with his leading lady, who chooses to grab his attentions by getting herself engaged to his vulgar and ignorant leading man, Buck Greenaway (Burt Reynolds). Leo is forced to move from New Jersey to California to keep one step ahead of the Motion Picture Patents Company, who are out to destroy any non-authorized equipment violating the Edison Trust. Leo finally settles in with other filmmakers in Hollywoodland, California, and makes a series of dramatic, romantic, and comedic shorts as throwaways. While initially believing movies are just a brief flickering kind of entertainment, Leo is profoundly affected by the 1915 world premiere of D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation, which transforms the motion picture industry.
Savages (1974)
, 1h14
Directed by Lee H. Katzin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller
Actors Andy Griffith, Sam Bottoms, Noah Beery, Jr, James Best, Randy Boone
Roles Sheriff Bert Hamilton
Rating66% 3.334823.334823.334823.334823.33482
A successful Los Angeles lawyer and hunter, Horton Madec, (Andy Griffith) receives a rare permit to hunt Bighorn Sheep in the nearby Mojave Desert. He hires a timid college student currently working as a filling station attendant named Ben (Sam Bottoms), who will drive him into the desert with his Jeep CJ and help show Madec where the bighorn are. Ben is studying to be a geologist, so therefore he knows the desert very well. After Madec accidentally shoots an ewe with his .30-06 Winchester Model 70 rifle, he buries it and although Ben is disappointed, he agrees that they should pretend like the incident never happened. However, Ben realizes that what Madec shot was no female sheep; upon noting a bloody human hand underneath the grass. Horrified, Ben digs it up and realizes that Madec has actually shot a local prospector named Winnie Haas, who was Ben's friend and mentor. Madec apologizes, but argues that he can't afford to sit in jail, as he is too important and has a family to take care of. Refusing to cover it up, Ben argues that the honest thing to do would be for the two of them to report the accidental shot, but Madec refuses, even going as far to bribe Ben with thousands of dollars just to keep quiet about the incident. It is then that Madec decides to eliminate the only witness to the crime - Ben. Madec forces Ben to strip down to nothing but his shorts at gunpoint. He intends to make up a story saying that the two became separated, Ben went crazy, tore off all his clothes and died within a matter of hours due to dehydration and heat. Ben attempts to escape by walking forty-five miles to the nearest highway. Madec watches Ben the entire distance while aiming at him with his rifle. After trying to climb the nearby Big Lizard butte, Ben is shot by Madec, causing him to fall and injure his back. Time is running out as he begins to hallucinate. Suffering from dehydration, hunger, sunburn, and gunshot wounds, Ben needs to find, food, water, shelter, and a weapon. Ben later gets a slingshot from the prospector's tent and uses it to breathe after he buries himself to avoid Madec finding him. Ben eventually uses survival techniques the prospector taught him to locate water inside a cave, later overpowering Madec by lighting his tent on fire, distracting him and allowing him to shoot Madec in the hand with the slingshot. He then drives them back to town and attempts to convince the local police to believe his story, however Madec's story is more meticulously detailed and convincing to them. Madec claims that Ben shot the prospector after a drunken dispute, backing up his story by stating that he never knew the prospector. As the police can't find the slingshot, either, they have to go with Madec's story. However, right as Madec is preparing to leave town and filling up with gasoline, there is something lodged in the pump. Ben unclogs it by putting a pole into the underground tank and unearthing the slingshot which Madec had earlier put there and hidden from the police. The local police believe Ben's story and tell Madec to get a lawyer, only for Madec to reply that he is a lawyer. They apologize to Ben for the confusion and Ben replies that he only wanted to report an accident.
Sounder (1972)
, 1h45
Directed by Martin Ritt
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Children's films
Actors Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks, Carmen Mathews, James Best, Janet MacLachlan
Roles Sheriff Charlie Young
Rating74% 3.7469653.7469653.7469653.7469653.746965
The Morgans (Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks), a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers in Louisiana in 1933 right in the middle of the Great Depression, face a serious family crisis when the husband and father, Nathan Lee Morgan, is convicted of a petty crime and sent to a prison camp. After some weeks or months, the wife and mother, Rebecca Morgan, sends the oldest son, who is about 11 years old, to visit his father at the camp. The trip becomes something of an odyssey for the boy. During the journey he stays for a while with a dedicated black schoolteacher.
Firecreek (1968)
, 1h44
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens, Jay C. Flippen, Jacqueline Scott, Gary Lockwood
Roles Drew
Rating67% 3.395473.395473.395473.395473.39547
After years of backing away from criminals and gunfights, one resident of the small western town of Firecreek decides to fight back. Part-time sheriff Johnny Cobb (James Stewart) decides to avenge the death of a young man against gunmen led by Bob Larkin (Henry Fonda).
First to Fight, 1h32
Origin USA
Genres War
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Chad Everett, Dean Jagger, Bobby Troup, Claude Akins, Gene Hackman, James Best
Roles Sergeant Carnavan
Rating57% 2.8584352.8584352.8584352.8584352.858435
In 1942, a force of American Marines are attacked by the Japanese in the jungles at Guadalcanal. Sergeant "Shanghai" Jack Conell (Chad Everett) is the sole survivor of his squad, and when he makes it back to his own lines, he is given a field promotion to Lieutenant and awarded the Medal of Honor by Lt. Col. Baseman (Dean Jagger).