James Best, 88, passed away earlier this week due to complications from pneumonia.

I learned that he was in numerous shows and movies, like a Ma and Pa Kettle film, Andy Griffith Show, The Twilight Zone Show, and starred with Burt Reynolds in Hooper. He was a very busy guy. He was in a cable movie a couple of years ago and he was going to start production on a film later this year.

James Best did stage work and wrote Best in Hollywood: The Good, The Ugly, and the Beautiful. He even taught, some students included Lindsay Wagner, Roger Miller, Glen Campbell, and Regis Philbin

For me, though, I will remember him as Sheriff RosCO ... P. Coltrane chasing those Duke boys on The Dukes of Hazzard. Here are a few of his one liners:

  • Hush.
  • Freezze!
  • I'm gonna cuff ya and stuff ya.
  • I'm in hot pursuit!
  • Kew, kew I love it, I love it!
  • You dipstick!
  • Buckle up for safety, Flash.

Let's also remember those who have passed away earlier this year,

  • Leonard Nimoy, 83
  • Singer-Songwriter Lesley Gore
  • Correspondent for 60 Minutes Bob Simon, 73.
  • Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, two-time MVP for the Chicago Cubs
  • Little Jimmy Dickens, 94
  • Donna Douglas, 88, Ellie May on the Beverly Hillbillies