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Started by lapsedcat on Sep 28, 2015 2:13:55 PM
The astonishing life of Sorrell Booke

Sorrell Booke, probably best remembered today for playing sweaty Boss Hogg on TV's The Dukes of Hazzard, spoke five languages fluently, including Russian and Japanese, and had been a spy during the Korean War. His wife was called Miranda Knickerbocker (whose father was Hubert Renfro Knickerbocker (1898–1949), a Pulitzer prize-winner) and his kids were called Nicholas and Alexandra. He appeared in two episodes of Columbo, most notably as a murder victim, and other TV appearances included The Girl From UNCLE, Kung Fu, Capitol Critters and The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery. He also portrayed WC Fields and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

He died aged 64.

thismorning - 28 Sep 2015 16:30:18 (#1 of 19)

Kids named after Czar and his wife who were butchered by the commies? I think disinfo. Spy? Supreme Court Justice more like.

Agaliarept - 28 Sep 2015 16:56:36 (#2 of 19)


Booke was born in Buffalo, New York, a cousin of Max Yasgur of Woodstock fame.

RosyLovelady - 28 Sep 2015 16:58:19 (#3 of 19)

< He appeared in two episodes of Columbo, most notably as a murder victim ... >

Did the character say anything before he died?

lapsedcat - 28 Sep 2015 17:04:57 (#4 of 19)

"Argh" I think.

clammy - 28 Sep 2015 17:14:41 (#5 of 19)

Lapsed you are full of interesting stories. Good stuff.

lapsedcat - 28 Sep 2015 17:19:08 (#6 of 19)

You enjoy the Dukes of Hazzard, clammy?

I'm maybe going out on a limb here by suggesting that the delightful Daisy Duke would have been a personal favourite of yours.

clammy - 28 Sep 2015 17:24:01 (#7 of 19)

Lapsed I honestly never bothered watching even one episode. Its the reality thing, not much of a animation fan either.

Macpaddy - 28 Sep 2015 17:27:27 (#8 of 19)

And his deputy Roscoe P Coltrane played by James Best -

In 1991, in contrast to the comical Roscoe Coltrane of Dukes of Hazzard, Best appeared in an episode of the NBC crime drama In the Heat of the Night. He won the Crystal Reel Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Nathan Bedford in the episode "Sweet, Sweet Blues", directed by Vincent McEveety and written by William James Royce, Best plays a retired Sheriff and repentant killer who has to come to terms with being involved in the death of now Sparta police officer Sweet's grandfather.

He later moved to Florida and taught at the University of Central Florida (Orlando). After semi-retiring, Best ran a production company and took occasional acting roles. He also earned a name for himself as an artist and painter. Best formerly resided in Lake Murray, South Carolina before moving once again, this time to Hickory, North Carolina. An acting coach, Best taught drama and acting techniques for more than a quarter century in Los Angeles. He also served as artist-in-residence and taught drama at the University of Mississippi (Oxford) for two years prior to his stint on The Dukes of Hazzard. In 2009, he completed his autobiography, Best In Hollywood: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful. The book, published in 2009 through Bear Manor Media, premiered at the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Aberdeen, Maryland.

lapsedcat - 28 Sep 2015 17:28:00 (#9 of 19)

Hm. Did he speak five languages though?

Macpaddy - 28 Sep 2015 17:29:45 (#10 of 19)


clammy - 28 Sep 2015 17:30:45 (#11 of 19)

Good stuff thanks Mac.

Going to the meet Mac maybe drag lapsed along,

SinnerBoy - 29 Sep 2015 08:08:37 (#12 of 19)

Was Boss Hogg only 64?

Ah, I assume that he carked it some years ago.

Agaliarept - 29 Sep 2015 10:57:02 (#13 of 19)

Ah, I assume that he carked it some years ago.

He died in 1994!

MaisonLazlique - 29 Sep 2015 11:51:34 (#14 of 19)

Putting him in his 40s in DOH?

lapsedcat - 29 Sep 2015 11:52:04 (#15 of 19)

That's depressing

lapsedcat - 29 Sep 2015 11:53:08 (#16 of 19)

Check him out (he's the one next to Johnny Cash):

MaisonLazlique - 29 Sep 2015 11:53:43 (#17 of 19)

Is that the one set in a health farm?

lapsedcat - 29 Sep 2015 12:46:22 (#18 of 19)

No, the one where Johnny Cash kills his wife and mistress by crashing a plane. Sorrell plays Cash's record producer.

lapsedcat - 29 Sep 2015 12:46:29 (#19 of 19)


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