Sad news to hear of the death of James Best whom I always associate with one of my favorite westerns, RIDE LONESOME (1959)
James was probably best known for his starring role in TV’s THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, but I remember him from his films in the 1950’s.
James joined Universal in 1949 and can be seen briefly in WINCHESTER 73 (along with Tony Curtis).
James was also seen in THE CAINE MUTINY(1954) and FORBIDDEN PLANET(1956).
James had small parts in two Ann Sheridan films in the 50s – STEEL TOWN (1952) and COME NEXT SPRING (1956)
James was at home in westerns and he was one of the central characters in RIDE LONESOME, and his ten years of acting experience produced a very good performance alongside Randolph Scott.
James spent more time on television than in films from the early 50s onwards. He must hold some kind of record for the sheer number of TV shows that he appeared in. And of course he had great success as one of the stars of popular show, The Dukes of Hazzard.
James also spent many years teaching acting, and in 2009 his autobiography was published.