Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Former Dukes of Hazzard Star Exclusive Interview with SurfKY News

 

james best 500

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (1/18/12) - When actor James Best, who played the role of Rosco P. Coltraine in the Dukes of Hazzard, left the hills of Western Kentucky for the Hollywood hills, his first role was an unaccredited appearance in the James Mason film "One Way Street", in which another young actor named Rock Hudson also appeared, also without credit. Decades later, it seems James Best is finally getting credit where it's due.

Earlier this week, Surfky.com news announced that Western Kentucky native James Best of Powderly, will star in "The Sweeter Side of Life”, a major Hallmark Movie Channel release set to premiere this Saturday at 8:00 PM CST. It co-stars Kathryn Morris of the hit show, "Cold Case" as Best's daughter.
 
Surfky.com news now presents our exclusive interview with Mr. Best about his return to the screen, and what else is on the 86-year-old actor’s mind.
 
"You know, my daughter Janeen Damian wrote 'The Sweeter Side of Life', and her husband Michael Damian directed it,” said Best. “Michael played Danny on the daytime drama 'The Young and The Restless' for 18 years, and Janeen co-wrote the script. Janeen is widely respected in Hollywood as an actress, writer, composer, producer, and was even a stunt performer in the blockbuster "Basic Instinct".
 
Best went on to state that, "This is about the fourth movie I've made with Hallmark. We filmed it in Romania. It was very exciting. I got to work with Kathryn Morris. She's not only beautiful, but one of the finest actresses I've ever worked with. My daughter writes wonderful dialog. I didn't have to ad lib like I did on 'The Dukes of Hazzard'."

Best told reporters that he enjoys making movies with his family, for families.

"I was getting tired of what was coming out of Hollywood,” he said. “All the dirty language and excessive violence. Hallmark is part of a new wave that I'm proud to be included in. They really try to produce family-oriented movies. I went to Hollywood a few weeks ago and met with Hallmark executives, and they were very pleased with my performance. I told them I'd love to do more and they assured me that would happen. So maybe I've got a new career going here," the 86-year-old laughed... adding "Heck, my body's ok, I think I just need a head transplant! I loved doing "Dukes of Hazzard, which ran for years all over the world. But a lot of people still don't realize I was a serious actor before, and I don't have be the bumbling Rosco, yelling 'KEE! KEE! KEE!'....even though I really do love it."

james best2

Switching gears, Best says, of the hundreds of TV shows he appeared on, he really enjoyed being on the Emmy winning sci-fi classic, 'The Twilight Zone'.
 
"I starred on three 'Twilight Zones', including 'The Grave' with Lee Marvin < www.youtube.com/watch?v=yScuVGZ9xZQ > , another called 'Jesse Belle', and 'The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank', where I'm dead for three days, put in the coffin, and then come back to life," Best said with a cackle, making one wonder if he might not enjoy continuing his career in a vampire movie or two.
 
Best says he also enjoyed appearing on one of the most bizarre, horrific episodes ever of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents".
 
"Yeah, it was called 'The Jar', with Pat Buttram. That casting was a big switch for him too, because Pat was best known as the sidekick to Gene Autry in his westerns."
 
Best seems proud to reminisce about his achievements on the big screen.
 
"I made five movies with Jimmy Stewart, I starred with Humphey Bogart... heck I worked with just about everyone in Hollywood up to doing 'The Dukes'. I loved working with Jerry Lewis in 'Three on a Couch'. We had a ball. Working with Jerry is a blessing in disguise. He does it all. Acts, produces, he is a total professional."
 
When Best is not acting he still tours with his one man show across the nation, which features excerpts from his career. He says he'd love to return home.
 
"I just love Kentucky. The whole cast of "Dukes" came back there a few years back. We raised over a million and a half dollars for injured miners, and the families of miners who had been killed."
 
As surfky.com finished our phone interview with Mr. Best from his North Carolina home, he just couldn't say "Goodbye". Instead, he gave us a rare treat by yelling 'This is Rosco P. Coltrane saying 'Keep your petal to the metal, I'm gone! KEE! KEE!'
 
Most likely he's gone off to make another great movie!
 
Keep up with James Best on his web site, www.jamesbest.com.
 
Paul McRee
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
button classifieds

In Other News...

Humphries Cemetery Patriot Graves to Be Cleaned and Restored in January

CADIZ, Ky. (12/28/14) — Nestled beside a pasture at the end of Humphries Road in rural Trigg County, the Humphries… Read More

Most Read This Week

December 24, 2014 12813

Christmas Eve Bloody Brawl Erupts on Dulin Street

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis
December 25, 2014 8891

Gift Returns Done Right

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 25, 2014 6350

Arrests Made After Dulin Avenue Christmas Eve…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer C.P. Haynie
December 25, 2014 4627

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - December 25, 2014

in Video by Crime Stoppers
December 23, 2014 4191

Couple's Alleged Dispute over Blanket Leads to…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 22, 2014 4146

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 22, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 23, 2014 3658

Alleged Theft at Walmart Sends Two to Jail

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 23, 2014 3275

Disturbance Results in Vehicle, Foot Pursuit,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer Tyler Russell
December 26, 2014 3181

2014 Looking Back: World Mourns Watson Family…

in Top News For All Sites by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
December 26, 2014 3175

5-Year-Old Boy Kills Buck/Doe

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Randy Adams

Stories Trending Today

December 27, 2014 2572

John Prine to be Recognized at Grammy Awards

in Top News For All Sites by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
December 27, 2014 2271

2014 Concludes with Record Investments for…

in Top News For All Sites by Angela Blank
December 28, 2014 2128

Patriot to Idle Two Mines Tomorrow; 600-700 Jobs…

in Top News For All Sites by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
December 27, 2014 1611

Four Time Management Tips for the New Year by…

in General News For All Sites by David Taylor
December 26, 2014 1479

Simple Ways to Maintain Your Mental Acuity

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 27, 2014 1378

The Dangers of Belly Fat

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 27, 2014 1366

Women's Heart Attack Symptoms Can Differ from…

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 27, 2014 1360

How to Live as a One Income Family

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 27, 2014 1357

What to Look for in An Investment Property

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 27, 2014 1265

Keeping the Faith - 'The Puzzles of the Past'

in General News For All Sites by Ronnie McBrayer

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss