The sheriff of Hazzard County is finallygonna spill the beans about those darn Duke boys!
In actor James Best's autobiography, hewrites, "You can share with me the Golden Age of Hollywood, when movieshad unequaled World Class. Now solidly in my eighties, I'm one of the fewliving actors who can hope to tell of the past glory and glamour of Hollywoodas the industry really was way back when.
"This was the Hollywood where Ilived, loved, and worked during the time when she was the ruling queen. Thiswas the time of a wonderful movie industry, where genuine actors and actressescreated truly entertaining musicals, comedies, dramas, and action for an eagermovie-going public.
"Even in those glorious golden daysof Hollywood, my attempt to be a big winner was never all sunglasses andautographs. I tell how I survived in a sometimes cruel town where a lifelongdream can be fulfilled or broken in a heartbeat. I didn't escape without myshare of scars.
"I've written this book for those whomight enjoy reading about the experiences of a very lucky ragtag orphan fromKentucky. I thank God for the opportunities given me. I was blessed to beadopted and to be given both a desire to work hard and, just as important, alove of fishing. I've been in a few scraps along the way, but I've done mylevel best to become a successful actor and to grow as a person.
"If you're curious about the good,the bad, and the beautiful of Hollywood, including The Dukes of Hazzardand many other adventures,it's all in this book. I simply tell my story as I'velived it. I hope you enjoy it."
324 pages and illustrated.
James Best appeared in many films,including Winchester '73 (1950), Abbott and Costello Meet theInvisible Man (1951), The Caine Mutiny (1954), and ForbiddenPlanet (1956).
His extensive American televisionappearances include Wagon Train (three times), The Adventures of KitCarson (twice as Henry Jordan), the Western anthology series Frontier(twice), Sheriff of Cochise, Pony Express, Rescue 8, Behind Closed Doors,The Texan, The Rebel, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Have Gun-Will Travel, Trackdown,The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Tombstone Territory, Whispering Smith, StagecoachWest, The Twilight Zone episodes entitled "The Grave," "TheLast Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank," and "Jess-Belle," Wanted:Dead or Alive, Overland Trail, Bat Masterson, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, TheMan and the Challenge, Combat!, The Mod Squad, I Spy, The Fugitive episodeentitled "Terror At High Point", and In the Heat of the Night.
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