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James Best in WWII

James Best appeared in the Combat! episode "Mail Call." When interviewed for the book Combat! A Viewer's Companion by Jo Davidsmeyer he recalled, "Vic [Morrow] was a very nice guy, really friendly. It was a pleasure to work with the whole cast. A very congenial shoot. Some of 'em aren't that congenial. On those shows, you'd really look forward to going to work. Of course, the Combat! thing was interesting to me, because I was in WWII. I was a radio gunner in a B-17."

Mini biography by Jim Beaver

American character actor and teacher. Although a native of Indiana, he grew up in the South. A handsome young man, his rural inflections perhaps kept him from frequent leading man roles. During the 1950s and '60s, he was a familiar face in movies and television in a wide range of roles, from Western bad guys to craven cowards and country bumpkins. Physical ailments curtailed his work for a long period late in his career, and he established a well-respected acting workshop in Los Angeles. Although the "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979) TV series was far beneath his talents, his role as Sheriff Roscoe Coltrane was the part that gave him his greatest fame.

Book by James Best

Related Links:
www.JamesBest.com, a site maintained by James Best himself

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