Then/Now: The Cast of 'The Dukes of Hazzard'

   

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    The Dukes of Hazzard Cast

    'The Dukes of Hazzard' was a wildly popular series that ran on CBS from 1979-1985. The show followed cousins Bo (John Schneider) and Luke Duke (Tom Wopat), who lived in the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia, racing around in their 1969 Dodge Charger "The General Lee," and evading corrupt county commissioner Boss Hogg (Sorrell Brooke) and sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, while often foiling their dastardly plans.   The show was so popular, they remade it as a feature film in 2006 - a film that became Jessica Simpson's sole big screen success.
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    The Duke Family

    The boys lived with their Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle), who acted as a father figure to all the Dukes, and their pretty younger cousin, Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach).
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    The Duke Cousins

    Fun Fact: "The Dukes of Hazard" was based on the 1975 movie "Moonrunners," about the life of moonshiner Jerry Rushing, starring James Mitchum. Country music star Waylon Jennings narrated both the movie and the series.
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    Then: Catherine Bach

    Catherine Bach had several roles on TV and in film before being cast to play Daisy Duke, a role which made her an icon. Daisy was sweet, kind and would often use her good looks to help cousins Bo and Luke stop the unscrupulous Boss Hogg and  Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. She was known for her signature ultra-short denim shorts, a style now commonly referred to as “Daisy Dukes.”
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    Now: Catherine Bach

    After the series, Bach, now 55, starred in the Canadian TV series “African Skies” from 1991-1994. She has made appearances for "Dukes of Hazzard" reunion specials, and her most recent acting role was a guest spot on the USA series “Monk” in 2006.
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    Then: Denver Pyle

    Denver Pyle was a seasoned pro before landing the role of patriarch Jesse Duke and had starred in several films and appeared on countless TV shows, including regular appearances on "The Andy Griffith Show," throughout the 50's and 60's.
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    Denver Pyle: 1920-1997

    Pyle mostly retired from acting after the series but continued to make cameo appearances on TV with guest roles on" Dallas," "Murder She Wrote,"" L.A. Law" and others. His last movie role was in the 1994 film “Maverick.” His final performance was a reprisal of his role as Jesse in the 1997 made-for-TV movie “Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!” Pyle died of lung cancer on Christmas Day 1997 at the age of 77.
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    Then: James Best

    James Best had an incredibly successful film and TV career and took on countless roles, portraying a wide range of characters from the 50's through the 70's. However, he is best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane.
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    Now: James Best

    James, now 83, continued to act after the show was canceled, but later moved to Florida to teach at the University of Central Florida. He is currently semi-retired but takes on occasional acting roles. In 2009, completed his autobiography, "Best in Hollywood: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful" which was just published in August. (20th Century Fox)
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    Then: John Schneider

    John Schneider got his big break playing handsome and rambunctious Bo Duke on the series. John also found success as a country music singer during the 80's, releasing nine studio albums.
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    Now: John Schneider

    Schneider, 49, continued to work steadily after the show's cancellation. He starred as Jonathan Kent on "Smallville" from 2001-2006. After, he made guest appearances on several shows including "CSI: Miami,"" Nip/Tuck,"" Dirty Sexy Money,"" The Secret Life of the American Teenager," and more. It was recently announced that he will be joining the cast of "90210" as Liam's plastic-surgeon stepfather.
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    Then: Tom Wopat

    Tom Wopat got his start on Broadway before gaining fame playing strapping Luke Duke. Luke was the more mature, rational cousin and would often be the man with the plan.
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    Now: Tom Wopat

    After "Dukes," Tom, now 57, went back to his true love - music. He recorded several albums and appeared in appearing in scores of plays. In 2009 he acted opposite Kevin Bacon in the HBO production “Taking Chance,� and he is currently starring as Frank Abignail Sr. in the new musical “Catch Me If You Can,� based on the 2002 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
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    Sorrell Brooke: 1930-1994

    Sorrell Brooke earned degrees from both Columbia and Yale University, served in the Korean War as a counterintelligence officer, and had supporting roles in several noteworthy 1960s films and TV shows before landing his most high-profile role playing corrupt politician Boss Hogg. After "Dukes," Sorrell did mostly voice over work. He died of colorectal cancer in 1994 at the age of 64.
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    Then: Sonny Shroyer

    Sonny Shroyer played Rosco Coltrane's deputy Enose Strate. He was the friendliest law enforcement official in Hazzard County, but none too bright.
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    Now: Sonny Shroyer

    Shroyer, now 74, became a star all his own with his short-lived 1980 spin-off "Enos." Since his "Dukes" days, he has continued to act on TV and in films, with roles in "Forrest Gump," "Paradise Falls," and "Ray."
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    Then: Rick Hurst

    Rick Hurst played another Hazzard County deputy, Cletus Hogg, often paired with Enos in hair-brained schemes to catch the Duke boys. Cletus and Enos usually wound up in their squad car in the river after losing out in yet another car chase with The General Lee.
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    Now: Rick Hurst

    Rick Hurst, now 63, continues to act off and on, and is a regular at "Dukes" reunions.
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