Actor James Best, who played the often confused Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died on Monday evening after a brief illness and battle with pneumonia, according to his rep. He was 88.
Best got his start as an actor during World War II when he joined the military theatrical company while he was stationed in Germany. After the war ended, Best moved to New York City with the hopes of becoming a Broadway star.
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