by Mark Washburn, The Charlotte Observer
James Best, whose prolific career included 83 movies and 600 TV shows but is best remembered for portraying Rosco P. Coltrane, the bumbling sheriff of Hazzard County, died late Monday in Hickory at age 88.
Best died in hospice after a brief illness of complications from pneumonia, said Steve Latshaw, a longtime friend and Hollywood colleague. Best had fallen ill with respiratory trouble on a cruise and never recovered.
His career included roles in such movies as The Caine Mutiny with Humphrey Bogart and Shenandoah with Jimmy Stewart. As a character actor in television, he was cast on popular shows like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bonanza and The Andy Griffith Show.
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