The Dukes of Hazzard has achieved real cult status! The American series was produced from 1979 to 1985 and seven seasons were aired. A bunch of TV movies as well as video games came after it and added to the appeal of the "Dukes". But what happened to the show‘s actors and actresses?
Tom Wopat, alias "Luke Duke", was one of the two lead actors.Together with his cousin "Bo", "Luke" constantly stirs up trouble and almost always barely escapes the County Commissioner "Boss Hogg" and his henchmen.
By now, Tom Wopat is in his sixties, but there's no retirement in sight. The actor and singer was featured on the sitcom Cybill after The Dukes of Hazzard ended. Fortunately, Tom Wopat is still working in show business. These days, you will probably find him on a Broadway stage rather than in front of a camera though!
The second member of the dynamic duo in The Dukes of Hazzard is John Schneider, who played "Bo Duke". He was always sitting next to his cousin "Luke" in their car, which they call the "General Lee". The two handsome actors somehow always managed to get away!
John Schneider is still highly successful in the entertainment business. In 2016, he was featured in the horror film Exit 14. Besides his acting career, "Bo" also spearheads some great charity organizations. For instance, the Hollywood star founded a company called FaithWorks Productions in 1995.
She's by far the most important woman in The Dukes of Hazzard, "Daisy Duke", who is embodied by the gorgeous Catherine Bach. She lives next to "Luke", "Bo" and "Uncle Jesse" on a farm, working at the local watering hole, "Boar's Nest". This is also the location of several bar fights and a important location for the show.
Catherine Bach started making waves in the fashion business after the show ended. Even today, "Daisy-Duke-Jeans" are still well known, referring to the very short and cropped jean shorts "Daisy" always wore in the show. From 1991 until 2010 the popular actress was married to the late actor and hotshot lawyer Peter Lopez (†61) with whom she has two daughters.
He was the patriarch, the boss at the "Duke Farm" and father figure for the "Duke" boys, although he was 'only' just the uncle of "Luke", "Bo" and "Daisy".
Denver Pyle died at the age of 77 in 1997 in California. He had been working as an actor until right before his passing. Denver Pyle was also featured in the TV movie The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! which was based on The Dukes of Hazzard TV show.
After the second season ended in 1985, there were two more reunion movies in the following years: The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! in 1997, and in 2000 The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood. In addition there have been two spin-off-series: Enos and The Dukes.
"Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane", embodied by James Best, was the County Commissioner "Boss Hoggs'" top stooge. His dog "Flash" was always at "Sheriff Rosco's" side. "Rosco" was also the one who always chased "Luke" and "Bo Duke" around the county in his police car.
James Best died in 2015 at the age of 88 from pneumonia. Until he died, Best constantly worked as an actor and a lecturer - mostly for acting classes - as well. James was married three times and had two daughters and also one son.
He was a real villain, and he also appeared in every single one of the 146 episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard. The County Commissioner "Boss Hogg" always wore his white Stetson and had a cigar in his hand! At age 74, the actor Sorrell Booke died in 1994 in California. The actor was featured in roughly 100 movies and was even nominated for an Emmy Award in 1964 for his performance in Dr. Kildare. The talented man had a handle on five languages, which he spoke fluently - including Japanese.
The good "Uncle Jesse" and the series' villain "Boss Hogg" are the pure embodiment of "good" and "bad". Although the two were fighting over and over again, "Jesse" and "Boss" have been inextricably connected with a love-hate relationship since their early childhood.
"Luke" and "Bo Duke's" car was of huge importance to both of them. This 1969 Dodge Charger was such an important part in the series, it even got its own name: "General Lee"!
The famous singer and songwriter Waylon Jennings was not only the one who composed and sang the show's famous theme song "Good Ol' Boys", but he also served as the show's narrator, or "The Balladeer", as he was officially called.