In this June 4, 2005 file photo, "Dukes of Hazzard" cast member James Best sings during the DukesFest 2005 at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Bristol Herald Courier, Earl Neikirk, File)
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American actor James Best, famous for his role as the bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard" television show, died Monday night after a brief illness, according to his website.He later founded an acting workshop in Los Angeles, where his students included celebrities Quentin Tarantino, Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood, and taught acting at universities in Mississippi and Florida.His greatest commercial success came from his part on "The Dukes of Hazzard" series, which ran on CBS from 1979 to 1985 and remained popular in reruns, keeping Best busy in his later years with appearances at festivals and fan gatherings.
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