Flags In Hazzard County Are Being Flown At Half Mast; James Best, AKA Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, Has Died

James Best

James Best, left, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of Kansas Raiders in 1950. The two bet that if they were still in the business in 40 years they would collaborate.

Hickory, NC—James Best, best known as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane from “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died Monday night due to complications from pneumonia. He was 88.

Before landing his most famous television role, Best appeared on such television classics as “The Twilight Zone,” The Andy Griffith Show,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Rifleman.”

Besides his prolific work on television, Best also appeared on the big screen in films like “The Killer Shrews,” “Ode to Billy Joe,” “RECOiL” and “Return of the Killer Shrews.”

He served in the US Army Air Forces during World War II.

He is survived by his third wife, Dorothy Collier; his son, Gary; daughters JoJami and Janeen; and three grandchildren. Continue reading

She Found Her Happy Place; Frances Bay Dies

Frances Bay

It was Frances Bay who actually invented the "marble rye" bit when she snatched a marble rye from creator/director Brian DiMaio on the set of RECOiL, and refused to give it back..

Los Angeles—Frances Bay, Happy Gilmore’s grandmother in “Happy Gilmore,” died Thursday. She was 92.

Born in Mannville, Alberta and raised in Manitoba, Bay, born Frances Goffman, put her burgeoning acting career on hold when she got married. She moved with her husband, Charles, to South Africa until the 1970s, when Charles’ job moved them to California. It was then that she again turned to acting, in her mid-fifties.

Besides appearing most recently on ABC’s “The Middle” as Aunt Ginny, Bay also appeared as Fonzie’s grandmother on “Happy Days,” guest-starred in “The Dukes of Hazzard” and famously refused to give up her marble rye on “Seinfeld.”
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