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.