Thursday, June 14, 2007

Art Blogging: James Best

James Best (1926- ) is an American actor, drama instructor, and painter. He was born in Powderly, Kentucky with the name Jewel Guy and raised in an orphanage. Best found success in the Western genre, but became most famous for his role as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazzard. He was also a highly accomplished acting coach and taught at the University of Mississippi and the University of Central Florida. Best is now retired and operates a rural resort in Ontario. He also paints extensively, mostly landscapes with oils and acrylics.

Clucks Galore.

Heidelberg Hills.

Greek Isle.


DogBlogger said...

I had no idea he was a painter, too. Thanks for sharing.

Dan Trabue said...

Who knew?!

Jeff the Baptist said...

I'm not sure whether his name was "Jewel" or Jules. Wikipedia says the former for all that's worth.

Best is also an avid fisherman and hosted a cable fishing program.

doodlebugmom said...

I never would have guessed he was an artist, I like the roosters :o)

John said...

I didn't know that he had a fishing program.

He played a lot of villains in old Westerns.