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James Best Net Worth $500 Thousand Dollars

James Best net worth: James Best is an American actor that has a net worth of $500 thousand dollars. He was afterwards adopted from the Best family, and grew up in Indiana. He started his acting career in 1950, appearing in a small character in the film, “One Way Street”. He went on to a steady career in both film and television projects, including “Winchester ’73”, “Kansas Raiders”, “The Battle at Apache Pass”, “The Caine Mutiny”, “Forbidden Planet”, “The Naked and the Dead”, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Death Sentence”, “The Andy Griffith Show”, “The Mountain Road”, “Shock Corridor”, “Shenandoah”, “The Virginian”, “The Guns of Will Sonnett”, “Sounder”, “Ode to Billy Joe”, “Rolling Thunder”, “Centennial”, “In the Heat of the Night”, and most recently, “The Sweeter Side of Life”. He’s most widely recognized for his work as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on “The Dukes of Hazzard”.



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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Saddle1959TV SeriesBen Travers
Verboten!1959Sgt. David Brent
Ride Lonesome1959Billy John
Rescue 81959TV SeriesChad Curran
Wanted: Dead or Alive1958-1959TV SeriesLuke Perry / Stoner
Behind Closed Doors1958TV SeriesWebb
Trackdown1957-1958TV SeriesJoe Sunday / Bud Ehlers / Rand Marple
The Restless Gun1958TV SeriesJim Kenyon
The Millionaire1958TV SeriesFred Morgan
The Naked and the Dead1958Rhidges
Target1958TV Series
The Left Handed Gun1958Tom Folliard
Cole Younger, Gunfighter1958Kit Caswell
Tombstone Territory1958TV SeriesMitt Porter
Climax!1958TV SeriesShag
Schlitz Playhouse1958TV Series
Man on the Prowl1957Doug Gerhardt
Code 31957TV SeriesArkansas Trueblood
Richard Diamond, Private Detective1957TV SeriesJack Milhoan
West Point1957TV SeriesWilliam Purdom / Cadet Dick Mileston
The People's Choice1957TV SeriesMr. Hunnicut
Last of the Badmen1957Ted Hamilton
Hot Summer Night1957Kermit
The Sheriff of Cochise1957TV SeriesMike Norris
Zane Grey Theater1957TV SeriesPyke Dillon
Cavalcade of America1953-1956TV SeriesSlate Morley / Harry
The Rack1956Millard Chilson Cassidy
Calling Homicide1956Det. Arnie Arnhoff
Telephone Time1956TV SeriesAmerican Soldier
Frontier1956TV SeriesJason Cartwright / Ben Reed
Gaby1956Jim
Crossroads1956TV Series
Forbidden Planet1956Crewman (uncredited)
When Gangland Strikes1956Jerry Ames (uncredited)
Come Next Spring1956Bill Jackson
The Adventures of Champion1955-1956TV SeriesMace Kincaid / Paul Kenyon
Red Ryder1956TV SeriesPerry Cochran
The Lone Ranger1955TV SeriesJim Blake
Cameo Theatre1955TV Series
Lux Video Theatre1953-1955TV SeriesWaldo / Clem Wallace
Top of the World1955Col. French's Orderly (uncredited)
The Eternal Sea1955Student (unconfirmed)
A Man Called Peter1955Man with Jane at Youth Rally (uncredited)
Seven Angry Men1955Jason Brown
Buffalo Bill, Jr.1955TV SeriesTelegrapher Larry Martin
The Adventures of Kit Carson1954-1955TV SeriesHenry Jordan
The Gene Autry Show1954TV SeriesRay Saunders / Bank Teller
The Raid1954Lt. Robinson
Return from the Sea1954Barr
Annie Oakley1954TV SeriesJess Dugan / Scott Warren
The Caine Mutiny1954Lt. JG Jorgensen (uncredited)
Stories of the Century1954TV SeriesDave Ridley
The Yellow Tomahawk1954Private Bliss
They Rode West1954Lt. Finlay (uncredited)
Hopalong Cassidy1954TV SeriesRick Ashton
Riders to the Stars1954Dr. Sidney K. Fuller (as James K. Best)
Skip Taylor1953TV Movie
Fireside Theatre1953TV Series
McCoy of Abilene1953TV Movie
City of Bad Men1953Deputy Gig (uncredited)
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms1953Charlie - Radar Man (uncredited)
The President's Lady1953Samuel Donelson (uncredited)
Column South1953Primrose
Seminole1953Corp. Gerad
Flat Top1952Radio Operator (uncredited)
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair1952Marvin Johnson
Francis Goes to West Point1952Cpl. Ransom
The Battle at Apache Pass1952Cpl. Hassett
Steel Town1952Joe Rakich
About Face1952Joe - Hal's Roommate (unconfirmed)
The Cimarron Kid1952Bitter Creek Dalton
Apache Drums1951Bert Keon
Air Cadet1951Jerry Connell
Target Unknown1951Sgt. Ralph Phelps
Kansas Raiders1950Cole Younger
Peggy1950Frank Addison
Winchester '731950Crater
I Was a Shoplifter1950Police Broadcaster in Surveillance Plane (uncredited)
Comanche Territory1950Sam
One Way Street1950Driver (uncredited)
The Sweeter Side of Life2013TV MoviePaddy Kerrigan
Return of the Killer Shrews2012Thorne Sherman
Moondance Alexander2007Buck McClancy
Once Not Far from Home2006ShortThe Doctor
Hot Tamale2006Hank Larson
The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee2004Video GameSheriff Rosco. P. Coltrane (voice)
House of Forever2004ShortWilliam Clancy
The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood2000TV MovieRosco P. Coltrane
The Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for Home1999Video GameRosco (voice)
Death Mask1998Wilbur Johnson
Finders Keepers1998ShortJohn Massey
Raney1997Uncle Nate
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!1997TV MovieBoss / Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
In the Heat of the Night1991TV SeriesNathan Bedford
B.L. Stryker1990TV SeriesMr. Parkinson
The Dukes of Hazzard1979-1985TV SeriesSheriff Rosco Coltrane / Woody
The Dukes1983TV SeriesSheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
Enos1981TV SeriesRosco P. Coltrane
How the West Was Won1979TV SeriesSheriff Gruner
Centennial1979TV Mini-SeriesHank Garvey
Hooper1978Cully
The End1978Pacemaker Patient
McLaren's Riders1977TV MovieLamarr Skinner
The Brain Machine1977Rev. Emory Neill
Rolling Thunder1977Texan
Nickelodeon1976Jim
The Savage Bees1976TV MoviePelligrino
Gator1976unconfirmed
Ode to Billy Joe1976Dewey Barksdale
The Runaway Barge1975TV MovieBingo Washington
Savages1974TV MovieSheriff Bert Hamilton
Hawkins1973TV SeriesSheriff John Early
Sounder1972Sheriff Young
Run, Simon, Run1970TV MovieHenry Burroughs
Dan August1970TV SeriesWiley
Lancer1970TV SeriesClayt
Gunsmoke1963-1969TV SeriesCharlie Noon / Beal / Dal Creed
The Guns of Will Sonnett1967-1969TV SeriesHarley Bass / Rake Hanley
The Felony Squad1966-1968TV SeriesGeorge Collins / Arnold Wyatt
Mod Squad1968TV SeriesClay Lynch
I Spy1966-1968TV SeriesThe Doctor / Sam
Bonanza1961-1968TV SeriesSheriff Vern Schaler / Page / Carl Reagan
Firecreek1968Drew
First to Fight1967Gunnery Sgt. Ed Carnavan
Hawk1966TV SeriesEmile White
The Green Hornet1966TV SeriesYale Barton
Iron Horse1966TV SeriesChico Trent
Perry Mason1963-1966TV SeriesAllan Winford / Martin Potter
Three on a Couch1966Dr. Ben Mizer
The Virginian1965TV SeriesCurt Westley
Honey West1965TV SeriesVince Zale
Burke's Law1965TV SeriesTucson, 'The Cowboy'
Shenandoah1965Carter, Rebel Soldier
Black Spurs1965Sheriff Ralph Elkins
Flipper1965TV SeriesDr. Peter Kellwin
Ben Casey1963-1965TV SeriesDr. Joe Sullivan / Simon Waller
Daniel Boone1965TV SeriesWyatt
Death Valley Days1955-1964TV SeriesJim Campbell / Jimmy Burns / Ruel Gridley / ...
The Quick Gun1964Scotty Grant
Rawhide1963-1964TV SeriesArt Fuller / Brock Quade / Willie Cain
Destry1964TV SeriesCurly Beamer
Temple Houston1963-1964TV SeriesGotch
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1964TV SeriesTom Carmody
Combat!1964TV SeriesTrenton
The Fugitive1963TV SeriesDan Murray
Redigo1963TV SeriesLes Fay
Shock Corridor1963Stuart
The Gallant Men1963TV SeriesPvt. Hook
The Twilight Zone1961-1963TV SeriesBilly Ben Turner / Jeff Myrtlebank / Johnny Rob
G.E. True1963TV SeriesErnie Swift
Hawaiian Eye1962TV SeriesJohnny Olin
Cheyenne1962TV SeriesErnie Riggins
Black Gold1962Jericho Larkin
Bronco1962TV SeriesFrankie Banton
The Rifleman1962TV SeriesBob Barrett
77 Sunset Strip1962TV SeriesBabe Mackie
Laramie1959-1962TV SeriesJohnny Best / Ben Leach / Dallas
Surfside 61961TV SeriesErnie Jordan
Whispering Smith1961TV SeriesHemp Reeger
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1958-1961TV SeriesBish Darby / Hennessy / Norman Frayne
The Andy Griffith Show1960-1961TV SeriesJim Lindsey
Stagecoach West1960-1961TV SeriesMike Pardee / Jack Craig / Les Hardeen
The Barbara Stanwyck Show1961TV SeriesJoe
Michael Shayne1961TV SeriesDanny
Have Gun - Will Travel1957-1961TV SeriesRoy Smith / Andy Fisher
Aftermath1960TV MovieHardy Couter
Bat Masterson1958-1960TV SeriesDanny Dakota / Joe Best
The DuPont Show with June Allyson1960TV SeriesJovan Wilanskov
The Rebel1960TV SeriesAbel Waares / Ted Evans
Lock Up1960TV SeriesRoy Duggan
The Mountain Road1960Niergaard
Overland Trail1960TV SeriesPvt. Frank Cullen
Men Into Space1960TV SeriesLt. John Leonard
Markham1960TV SeriesDon Lennard
The Texan1960TV SeriesClay Kirby
General Electric Theater1960TV SeriesHardy Coulter
Pony Express1960TV SeriesBart Gentry
Wagon Train1959-1960TV SeriesArt Bernard / Bowman Lewis / Garth English
Good Deed1959TV MovieFrank Simms
Startime1959TV SeriesDuke
The Lineup1955-1959TV SeriesRhodes / Jim Kasino
The Man and the Challenge1959TV SeriesDavid Mallory
Cast a Long Shadow1959Sam Mullen
The David Niven Show1959TV SeriesFrank Simms / Pvt. Boland
The Killer Shrews1959Thorne Sherman

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dukes of Hazzard1981-1984TV Series 3 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Return of the Killer Shrews2012
Death Mask1998writer
Hooper1978uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Andy Griffith Show1960-1963TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1961TV Series performer - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The End1978associate producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gator1976assistant to producers

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Earl Hamner Storyteller2015DocumentaryHimself
CMT Insider2006TV SeriesHimself
After They Were Famous2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The CMT Music Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
Inside Fame2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The 20th Anniversary Hazzard County BBQ2004Video documentary shortHimself
TV Road Trip2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (The Dukes of Hazzard)
Family Feud1982TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Contestant
The Midnight Special1981TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Family Feud Special1979TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks2014TV Series documentaryThorne Sherman
The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller2002TV Movie documentarySgt. David Brent (uncredited)
Gunfighters of the Old West1992Video documentaryFolliard (uncredited)
Frontier Justice1959TV SeriesPyke Dillon

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#Fact
1James Best passed away on April 6, 2015, at age 88, only five days after Cynthia Lennon, and within two months of four television legends, also born in 1926, aged 88: Roger Mayer, Robert H. Schuller, Stan Freberg and Betsy Palmer.
2Ex-boyfriend of Jeanne Cooper - his son-in-law Michael Damian's acting mentor.
3Best formed the first school to teach actors Motion Picture Camera Technique.
4The James Best Theatre Center was located in Toluca Lake on Riverside Drive (at the southwest corner of Mariota) in the upstairs rear portion of the Honey Baked Ham building. The primary purpose of the James Best Theatre Center was to teach actors how to act for motion pictures and television and to provide an understanding of what the camera "sees".
5According to his Face Book page James has moved from Charlotte to Hickory, NC... [April 2010]
6It was Best's idea to bring his real-life dog on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), with him. He named her 'Flash'.
7His hobbies: sailing, painting, fishing, writing plays, traveling, and playing guitars.
8Graduated from Corydon Central High School in Corydon, Indiana, in 1944.
9Is also a fan of Ron Howard's movies.
10Is a fan of the following shows: Sanford and Son (1972), The Golden Girls (1985), Two and a Half Men (2003), Boston Legal (2004), Diagnosis Murder (1993), Matlock (1986) (which featured his best friend Andy Griffith), Barnaby Jones (1973), Quincy M.E. (1976), The Untouchables (1959), Murder, She Wrote (1984), Kojak (1973) and The Rockford Files (1974).
11Began his career as a contract player for Universal in 1949.
12Before he was a successful actor and teacher, he was once a bagger at Kroger Supermarket.
13When he guest-starred on one of the three episodes of Laramie (1959), the writers jokingly created the name of Johnny Best, whose character was named after him.
14Met James Drury on an episode of The Virginian (1962), where they became best friends.
15Was a lifelong friend with Andy Griffith, until his death on July 3, 2012. Obviously, Best met him on an episode of The Andy Griffith Show (1960), who would later attend Mayberry Days with him.
16With Denver Pyle's death on Christmas Day 1997, Best along with Sonny Shroyer, became the last 2 mature surviving cast members of The Dukes of Hazzard (1979).
17His adoptive father, Armen Neely Best, died on June 1, 1984. He lived to be age 87.
18Best friends with Denver Pyle from 1958, until his passing on Christmas Day, 1997.
19Close friend of Sorrell Booke.
20Met Denver Pyle in the movie The Left Handed Gun (1958). Some 21 years later, he would later co-star, opposite him on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), as the patriarch of the family.
21His adoptive mother, Essa Knowland Best, died on March 30, 1988. She lived to be age 92.
22Friends with: Denver Pyle, Denny Miller, Brian Keith, Ann Doran, Robert Fuller, John Smith, James Drury, Doug McClure, Adam West, Sorrell Booke, James Arness, Ken Curtis, Alex Cord, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Robert Horton, Claude Akins, Eric Fleming, Lee Marvin, Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, James Garner, Andy Griffith, Nancy Stafford, Robert Conrad and Dabbs Greer.
23Acting mentor and friends of Tom Wopat, John Schneider and Catherine Bach.
24Best known by the public for his starring role as Sheriff P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979).
25In a 1984 episode of The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), The Dukes of Hazzard: The Dukes in Hollywood (1984), Roscoe (Best) and Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) are discussing who should play them in a fictional movie about Hazzard County. Roscoe picks Burt Reynolds. Reynolds was a former acting student of Best, and the two had been friends for many years. Reynolds later played "Boss Hogg" in the The Dukes of Hazzard (2005).
26Before she took up acting, Lindsay Wagner babysat for Best's children. It was Best who encouraged Wagner to take acting lessons and, in effect, kick-started her career.
27He formed the first school to teach actors Motion Picture Technique in the 1970s. He taught in Hollywood for 25 years and worked with such prominent stars as Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Gary Busey, Teri Garr, Lindsay Wagner, Farrah Fawcett, and Quentin Tarantino.
28Moved to Florida in 1987 and taught on campus at the University of Central Florida. He was also appointed to the Advisory Council for the Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Industry of Florida. In 1992 he was the recipient of Florida's "Crystal Reel Award" for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, for an episode of In the Heat of the Night (1988) with Carroll O'Connor.
29He and his wife Dorothy Best, along with Kevin Lang, have formed their own Production Company. Called "Best Friend Films," the company specializes in high definition production, featuring the Panasonic Varicam, with a Pro 35 lens adapter, which enables them to use Panavision 35mm film lenses on a digital camera. They also feature an HD online edit suite, making them a "one stop shop in HD production" for the Independent Producer.
30In the mid 1970s he decided to take a semi-retirement, and became an artist-in-residence at the University of Mississippi. During his two years there, he taught Motion Picture technique and Drama; directed four plays, established the Mississippi Film Commission and was elected to the University's Hall of Fame.
31The sixth of seven children, his mother died when he was 3 and he was taken to an orphanage when his Kentucky-born coal-mining father, an alcoholic, could no longer keep the family together. He was adopted at age 5 by Armen and Essa Best of Indiana.
32The son of a coal miner.
33A former military policeman, served in Germany after the end of WWII.
34Has a black belt in karate.
35Brother-in-law of John Collier.
36Father-in-law of Michael Damian.
37Director Quentin Tarantino has said that the work of Best "taught me how to act". Ironically, when Tarantino appeared in a 1990s Broadway revival of the play "Wait Until Dark", he received some of his worst acting reviews ever.
38Father of Janeen Damian.
39Cousin of singers Don Everly and Phil Everly.
40His billing for Three on a Couch (1966) read: "Introducing James Best", despite the fact that he had been in movies for 16 years and had appeared in over 30 films.

#Quote
1I started painting when I was in high school.
2[on his feelings towards aging and death] The only thing that makes me sad about having so little time left is leaving the people I love and those who love me. There are also films and other projects that I want to get done, and there are always fish that need catching.
3[on getting into trouble while under contract with Universal]: Well, actually I didn't make a habit of doing that, because I heard, if ... well, you're not supposed to take the girls that are 'under contract.' I made a mistake, she was beautiful, she's been on Look Magazine and I was honored to go out with her, but she was a blabbermouth and she came back to the studio, and everybody said, 'You were out with this and you heard? Well, how did you find out?' I said, 'She was taking everybody, we had six month options and I've been there for 2 years. I had 3 first features unreleased and all of a sudden, they called me ... my option came up and said, 'Well, I want a raise,' and he said, 'No, you stay on the same salary or we're going to dump you.' I said, 'You're kidding, of course!' I got 3 features unreleased and they said, 'We're serious!'
4[in 2013]: I did meet The Everly Brothers once and we talked for awhile. Then we figured out we were first cousins! My late mother was the sister of Don and Phil's father, Ike Everly.
5[on Sorrell Booke]: Scenes with Boss Hogg, were 90 percent ad-libbed. He was such a professional.
6[in 2012 about playing the guitar, for his guest-starring role on The Andy Griffith Show (1960)]: I'm not in the habit of lying, and yes, it's really important and they called me and say, 'Can you play the guitar?' I said, 'Are you kidding? I have 2 guitars and I got over on the set and this is the music and I said, 'I can't play that.' They said, 'You lied, you could play the guitar.' I said, 'No, I didn't lie.' I said, 'I have 2 guitars.'
7[in 2010]: I do mostly Southern landscapes. I do beautiful old barns that are falling down, and beautiful trees reflecting in the water. My lovely wife Dorothy and I travel quite a bit, so I take pictures of different things that inspire me to come home, when I come home here in North Carolina, into my art studio and paint these things. I put them on my web page and I'm proud to say that I'm selling paintings all over the world now. Some of them are commissioned. But I try to price my paintings in such a way that the average person can afford them. They make good Christmas gifts. It's a wonderful pastime for me, and it's been very profitable.
8[in 2009]: I acted the part, as good as I could. Rosco, let's face it, was a charmer. It was a fun thing.
9Well, I was very lucky, because I was under contract with Universal Studios for two years, and after I got out of there, I got up with Gene Autry and his series. So I was working constantly.
10When I was putting the "Best of Hollywood" book together, I sat down and added up just the list of Westerns I've done, and it came to well over 200.
11[on his favorite The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) episode of all]: What I really enjoyed was the episode where Rosco thinks he inherits a million dollars, and makes Boss Hogg his deputy. That was a fun, fun show. And then the other show that I enjoyed, I got to play a dual role, where I play a guy who actually has his face built like Rosco, and he's trying to imitate Rosco. So I actually play Rosco two different ways. That one was fun. But I'll be very honest with you. Almost every show that I worked, it was a blessing. I worked, of course, mostly with Boss Hogg. Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg) spoke five languages. He was a brilliant actor, and he let me ad lib all over the place, and he would go along with it.
12[on Norman Lloyd turning 100 in 2014]: I had the honor to have been directed by Norman in a Hitchcock episode called "The Jar". Having worked with hundreds of directors in my career, I found very few that had Norman's qualities. He was most kind, gracious and patient with his actors. He is in all respects a complete gentleman in his personal life and I found it a genuine pleasure just to be in the presence of such a talented man. I am also doubly honored to consider him my friend. We are so blessed to have such a man among us for so long.

#Trademark
1The role of Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979).
2Gravelly, husky voice.
3Roles in Westerns.
4Southern accent.

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