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James Best (I)


American character actor and teacher. Born Jules Guy in Powderly, Kentucky, on July 26, 1926, he was orphaned at three and adopted by Armen and Essa Best, who re-named him James K. Best and raised him in Corydon, Indiana. Following high school he worked briefly as a metalworker before joining the Army shortly after World War II, in December, 1945.... See full bio »
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 2013 The Sweeter Side of Life (TV Movie)
Paddy Kerrigan
 2007 Moondance Alexander
Buck McClancy
 2004 House of Forever (Short)
William Clancy
 1999 The Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for Home (Video Game)
Rosco (voice)
 1998 Death Mask
Wilbur Johnson
 1998 Finders Keepers (Short)
John Massey
 1997 Raney
Uncle Nate
 1991 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Nathan Bedford
- Sweet, Sweet Blues (1991) ... Nathan Bedford
 1990 B.L. Stryker (TV Series)
Mr.Parkinson
- Night Train (1990) ... Mr.Parkinson
 1979 How the West Was Won (TV Mini-Series)
Sheriff Gruner
- Luke (1979) ... Sheriff Gruner
 1979 Centennial (TV Mini-Series)
Hank Garvey
- The Scream of Eagles (1979) ... Hank Garvey
 1978 Hooper
Cully
 1978 The End
Pacemaker Patient
 1977 McLaren's Riders (TV Movie)
Lamarr Skinner
 1977 The Brain Machine
Rev. Emory Neill
 1977 Rolling Thunder
Texan
 1976 Nickelodeon
Jim
 1976 The Savage Bees (TV Movie)
Pelligrino
 1976 Gator (unconfirmed)
 1976 Ode to Billy Joe
Dewey Barksdale
 1975 The Runaway Barge (TV Movie)
Bingo Washington
 1974 Savages (TV Movie)
Sheriff Bert Hamilton
 1973 Hawkins (TV Series)
- Blood Feud (1973)
 1972 Sounder
Sheriff Young
 1970 Run, Simon, Run (TV Movie)
Henry Burroughs
 1970 Dan August (TV Series)
Wiley
- In the Eyes of God (1970) ... Wiley
 1970 Lancer (TV Series)
Clayt
- Goodbye, Lizzie (1970) ... Clayt
 1963-1969 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Charlie Noon / Beal / Dal Creed
- Charlie Noon (1969) ... Charlie Noon
- The Glory and the Mud (1964) ... Beal
- With a Smile (1963) ... Dal Creed
 1967-1969 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Harley Bass / Rake Hanley
- Robber's Roost (1969) ... Harley Bass
- Meeting at Devil's Fork (1967) ... Rake Hanley
 1966-1968 Felony Squad (TV Series)
George Collins / Arnold Wyatt
- The Distant Shore (1968) ... George Collins
- Flame Out (1966) ... Arnold Wyatt
 1968 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Clay Lynch
- The Price of Terror (1968) ... Clay Lynch
 1966-1968 I Spy (TV Series)
The Doctor / Sam
- Suitable for Framing (1968) ... The Doctor
- Lisa (1966) ... Sam
 1961-1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
Sheriff Vern Schaler / Page / Carl Reagan
- The Price of Salt (1968) ... Sheriff Vern Schaler
- The Legacy (1963) ... Page
- The Fugitive (1961) ... Carl Reagan
 1968 Firecreek
Drew
 1967 First to Fight
Gunnery Sgt. Ed Carnavan
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Emile White
- Blind Man's Bluff (1966) ... Emile White
 1966 The Green Hornet (TV Series)
Yale Barton
- Deadline for Death (1966) ... Yale Barton
 1966 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Chico
- High Devil (1966) ... Chico
 1963-1966 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Allan Winford / Martin Potter
- The Case of the Unwelcome Well (1966) ... Allan Winford
- The Case of the Surplus Suitor (1963) ... Martin Potter
 1966 Three on a Couch
Dr. Ben Mizer
 1965 The Virginian (TV Series)
Curt Westley
- Letter of the Law (1965) ... Curt Westley
 1965 Honey West (TV Series)
Vince Zale
- A Matter of Wife and Death (1965) ... Vince Zale
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Tucson, 'The Cowboy'
- Steam Heat (1965) ... Tucson, 'The Cowboy'
 1965 Shenandoah
Carter, Rebel Soldier
 1965 Black Spurs
Sheriff Elkins
 1965 Flipper (TV Series)
Dr. Peter Kellwin
- The Call of the Dolphin (1965) ... Dr. Peter Kellwin
 1963-1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dr. Joe Sullivan / Simon Waller
- Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast (1963) ... Simon Waller
 1965 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Wyatt
- The Devil's Four (1965) ... Wyatt
 1955-1964 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Jim Campbell / Jimmy Burns / Ruel Gridley / ...
- Hero of Fort Halleck (1964) ... Jim Campbell
- Sixty-Seven Miles of Gold (1964) ... Jimmy Burns
- The $275,000 Sack of Flour (1962) ... Ruel Gridley
- Million Dollar Wedding (1955) ... Tiny Stoker
 1964 The Quick Gun
Scotty Grant
 1963-1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Art Fuller / Brock Quade / Willie Cain
- Incident of El Toro (1964) ... Art Fuller
- Incident of the Rawhiders (1963) ... Brock Quade
- Incident at Spider Rock (1963) ... Willie Cain
 1964 Destry (TV Series)
Curly Beamer
- Go Away, Little Sheba (1964) ... Curly Beamer
 1963-1964 Temple Houston (TV Series)
Gotch
- Do Unto Others, Then Gallop (1964) ... Gotch
- The Case for William Gotch (1964) ... Gotch
- Fracas at Kiowa Flats (1963) ... Gotch
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Tom Carmody
- The Jar (1964) ... Tom Carmody
 1964 Combat! (TV Series)
Trenton
- Mail Call (1964) ... Trenton
 1963 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Dan
- Terror at High Point (1963) ... Dan
 1963 Redigo (TV Series)
Les Fay
- Little Angel Blue Eyes (1963) ... Les Fay
 1963 Shock Corridor
Stuart
 1963 The Gallant Men (TV Series)
Pvt. Hook
- The Warriors (1963) ... Pvt. Hook
 1961-1963 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Billy Ben Turner / Jeff Myrtlebank / Johnny Rob
- Jess-Belle (1963) ... Billy Ben Turner
- The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank (1962) ... Jeff Myrtlebank
- The Grave (1961) ... Johnny Rob
 1963 G.E. True (TV Series)
Ernie Swift
- Open Season (1963) ... Ernie Swift
 1962 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Johnny Olin
- Day in the Sun (1962) ... Johnny Olin
 1962 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Ernie Riggins
- Satonka (1962) ... Ernie Riggins
 1962 Black Gold
Jericho Larkin
 1962 Bronco (TV Series)
Banton
- Then the Mountains (1962) ... Banton
 1962 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Bob Barrett
- The Day a Town Slept (1962) ... Bob Barrett
 1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Babe Mackie
- The Long Shot Caper (1962) ... Babe Mackie
 1959-1962 Laramie (TV Series)
Johnny Best / Ben Leach / Dallas
- The Runaway (1962) ... Johnny Best
- Company Man (1960) ... Ben Leach
- The Lawbreakers (1959) ... Dallas
 1961 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Ernie Jordan
- One for the Road (1961) ... Ernie Jordan
 1961 Whispering Smith (TV Series)
Hemp Reeger
- The Hemp Reeger Case (1961) ... Hemp Reeger
 1958-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Bish Darby / Hennessy / Norman Frayne
- Make My Death Bed (1961) ... Bish Darby
- Cell 227 (1960) ... Hennessy (as James K. Best)
- Death Sentence (1958) ... Norman Frayne
 1960-1961 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Jim Lindsey
- The Guitar Player Returns (1961) ... Jim Lindsey
- The Guitar Player (1960) ... Jim Lindsey
 1960-1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Mike Pardee / Jack Craig / Les Hardeen
- The Dead Don't Cry (1961) ... Mike Pardee
- The Arsonist (1961) ... Jack Craig
- High Lonesome (1960) ... Les Hardeen
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Joe
- The Choice (1961) ... Joe
 1961 Michael Shayne (TV Series)
Danny
- Strike Out (1961) ... Danny
 1957-1961 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Roy Smith / Andy Fisher
- A Quiet Night in Town: Part 2 (1961) ... Roy Smith
- A Quiet Night in Town: Part 1 (1961) ... Roy Smith
- The Long Night (1957) ... Andy Fisher
 1960 Aftermath (TV Movie)
Hardy Couter
 1958-1960 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Danny Dakota / Joe Best
- Dakota Showdown (1960) ... Danny Dakota
- Stampede at Tent City (1958) ... Joe Best
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Jovan Wilanskov
- Love on Credit (1960) ... Jovan Wilanskov
 1960 The Rebel (TV Series)
Waares / Ted Evans
- Deathwatch (1960) ... Waares
- Night on a Rainbow (1960) ... Ted Evans
 1960 Lock Up (TV Series)
Roy Duggan
- The Beau and Arrow Case (1960) ... Roy Duggan
 1960 The Mountain Road
Niergaard
 1960 Overland Trail (TV Series)
Pvt. Frank Cullen
- Escort Detail (1960) ... Pvt. Frank Cullen
 1960 Men Into Space (TV Series)
Lt. John Leonard
- Beyond the Stars (1960) ... Lt. John Leonard
 1960 Markham (TV Series)
Don Lennard
- The Sitting Duck (1960) ... Don Lennard
 1960 The Texan (TV Series)
Clay Kirby
- Killer's Road (1960) ... Clay Kirby
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Hardy Coulter
- Aftermath (1960) ... Hardy Coulter
 1960 Pony Express (TV Series)
Bart Gentry
- The Story of Julesberg (1960) ... Bart Gentry
 1959-1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Art Bernard / Bowman Lewis / Garth English
- The Clayton Tucker Story (1960) ... Art Bernard
- The Colonel Harris Story (1960) ... Bowman Lewis
- The Andrew Hale Story (1959) ... Garth English
 1959 Good Deed (TV Movie)
Frank Simms
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
Duke
- Cindy's Fella (1959) ... Duke
 1955-1959 The Lineup (TV Series)
Rhodes / Jim Kasino
- Lonesome as Midnight (1959) ... Rhodes
- The Kasino Case (1955) ... Jim Kasino
 1959 The Man and the Challenge (TV Series)
David Mallory
- Maximum Capacity (1959) ... David Mallory
 1959 Cast a Long Shadow
Sam Mullen
 1959 The David Niven Show (TV Series)
Frank Simms / Pvt. Boland
- Good Deed (1959) ... Frank Simms
- Portrait (1959) ... Pvt. Boland
 1959 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Ben Travers
- Client: Nelson (1959) ... Ben Travers
 1959 Verboten!
Sgt. David Brent
 1959 Ride Lonesome
Billy John
 1959 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
Chad Curran
- Trail by Fire (1959) ... Chad Curran
 1958-1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Luke Perry / Stoner
- Six-Up to Bannach (1959) ... Luke Perry
- Sheriff of Red Rock (1958) ... Stoner
 1958 Behind Closed Doors (TV Series)
Webb
- The Enemy on the Flank (1958) ... Webb
 1957-1958 Trackdown (TV Series)
Joe Sunday / Bob Ahler / Rand Marple
- Sunday's Child (1958) ... Joe Sunday
- The Mistake (1958) ... Bob Ahler
- The Marple Brothers (1957) ... Rand Marple
 1958 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Jim Kenyon
- Jebediah Bonner (1958) ... Jim Kenyon
 1958 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Fred Morgan
- The Fred Morgan Story (1958) ... Fred Morgan
 1958 The Naked and the Dead
Rhidges
 1958 Target (TV Series)
- Assassin (1958)
 1958 The Left Handed Gun
Tom Folliard
 1958 Cole Younger, Gunfighter
Kit Caswell
 1958 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Mitt Porter
- Guilt of a Town (1958) ... Mitt Porter
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Shag
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1957 Man on the Prowl
Doug Gerhardt
 1957 Code 3 (TV Series)
Arkansas Trueblood
- Death in an Alley (1957) ... Arkansas Trueblood
 1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Jack Milhoan
- Merry-Go-Round Case (1957) ... Jack Milhoan
 1957 West Point (TV Series)
William Purdom
- Dragoon Patrol (1957) ... William Purdom
 1957 The People's Choice (TV Series)
Mr. Hunnicut
- One-Ring Circus (1957) ... Mr. Hunnicut
 1957 Last of the Badmen
Ted Hamilton
 1957 Hot Summer Night
Kermit
 1957 Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
Mike Norris
- Lynching Party (1957) ... Mike Norris
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Pyke Dillon
- Three Graves (1957) ... Pyke Dillon
 1953-1956 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Slate Morley / Harry
- Woman's Work (1956) ... Slate Morley
- Crisis in Paris (1955)
- One Day at a Time (1955) ... Harry
- Night Strike (1953)
 1956 The Rack
Millard Chilson Cassidy
 1956 Calling Homicide
Det. Arnie Arnhoff
 1956 Telephone Time (TV Series)
American Soldier
- The Gingerbread Man (1956) ... American Soldier
 1956 Frontier (TV Series)
Jason Cartwright / Ben Reed
- Out from Texas (1956) ... Jason Cartwright (as Jim Best)
- The Texicans (1956) ... Ben Reed
 1956 Gaby
Jim
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
 1956 Forbidden Planet
Crewman (uncredited)
 1956 When Gangland Strikes
Jerry Ames (uncredited)
 1956 Come Next Spring
Bill Jackson
 1955-1956 The Adventures of Champion (TV Series)
Mace Kincaid / Paul Kenyon
- Andrew and the Deadly Double (1956) ... Mace Kincaid
- The Stone Heart (1955) ... Paul Kenyon
 1956 Red Ryder (TV Series)
Perry Cochran
- Gun Trouble Valley (1956) ... Perry Cochran
 1955 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Jim Blake
- Framed for Murder (1955) ... Jim Blake (as Jimmy Best)
 1953-1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Waldo / Clem Wallace
- The Inside Story (1955) ... Waldo
- Three Just Men (1953) ... Clem Wallace
 1955 Top of the World
Major French's Orderly (uncredited)
 1955 The Eternal Sea
Student (unconfirmed)
 1955 A Man Called Peter
Man with Jane at Youth Rally (uncredited)
 1955 Buffalo Bill, Jr. (TV Series)
Telegrapher Larry Martin
- The Death of Johnny Ringo (1955) ... Telegrapher Larry Martin (as Jimmy Best)
 1954-1955 The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV Series)
Henry Jordan
- Frontier Empire (1954) ... Henry Jordan
 1954 The Gene Autry Show (TV Series)
Ray Saunders / Bank Teller
- Hoodoo Canyon (1954) ... Ray Saunders
- Holdup (1954) ... Bank Teller
 1954 The Raid
Lt. Robinson
 1954 Return from the Sea
Barr
 1954 Annie Oakley (TV Series)
Jess Dugan / Scott Warren
- Annie and the Outlaw's Son (1954) ... Jess Dugan
- Outlaw Mesa (1954) ... Scott Warren
 1954 The Caine Mutiny
Lt. JG Jorgensen (uncredited)
 1954 Stories of the Century (TV Series)
Dave Ridley
- Little Britches (1954) ... Dave Ridley
 1954 The Yellow Tomahawk
Private Bliss
 1954 They Rode West
Lt. Finlay (uncredited)
 1954 Hopalong Cassidy (TV Series)
Rick Ashton
- Silent Testimony (1954) ... Rick Ashton
 1954 Riders to the Stars
Sidney K. Fuller (as James K. Best)
 1953 Skip Taylor (TV Movie)
 1953 McCoy of Abilene (TV Movie)
 1953 City of Bad Men
Deputy Gig (uncredited)
 1953 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Charlie - Radar Man (uncredited)
 1953 The President's Lady
Samuel Donaldson (uncredited)
 1953 Column South
Primrose
 1953 Seminole
Corp. Gerad
 1952 Flat Top
Radio Operator (uncredited)
 1952 Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair
Marvin Johnson
 1952 Francis Goes to West Point
Cpl. Ransom
 1952 The Battle at Apache Pass
Cpl. Hassett
 1952 Steel Town
Joe Rakich
 1952 About Face
Joe - Hal's Roommate (unconfirmed)
 1952 The Cimarron Kid
Bitter Creek Dalton
 1951 Apache Drums
Bert Keon
 1951 Air Cadet
Jerry Connell
 1951 Target Unknown
Sgt. Ralph Phelps
 1950 Peggy
Frank Addison
 1950 I Was a Shoplifter
Police Broadcaster in Surveillance Plane (uncredited)
 1950 Comanche Territory
Sam
 1950 One Way Street
Driver (uncredited)
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Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
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Unsold pilot: Starred in the pilot for a proposed NBC western series called "Pony Express". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Article | See more »

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Alternate Names:

James K. Best | Jimmy Best | Jim Best

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Trivia:

Began his career as a contract player for Universal in 1949. See more »

Trademark:

Gravelly, husky voice. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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