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Best brings back 1-man show


September 18, 2013 | 08:50 AM

One of Corydon's most famous residents, famed actor and artist James Best, will make a return visit in a one-man show at the Corydon Jamboree Friday while also displaying his paintings at the Artisan Center on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

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Best, who is probably best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on the television show "Dukes of Hazzard," will present his show, titled "Best in Hollywood: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful."

The show includes unique stories from the golden years of Hollywood through Best's eyes, video clips from film and television and an autograph session after the show.

Best, who was born in Powderly, Ky., was adopted by Armen and Essa Best of Corydon and grew up here until he went into the armed forces.

Best last visited Corydon with his one-man show in 2010, when he was honored with "James Best Day" and given several tokens of appreciation from people in Corydon, including an inscribed boulder along the Indian Creek Trail.

Best had a reoccurring role as the guitar player Jim Lindsey on the "Andy Griffith Show" and appeared in more than 80 films and 600 television shows, including "The Twilight Zone," "Gunsmoke," "Rawhide," "Wagon Train," "The Rebel," "Bonanza," "Mod Squad," "Perry Mason" and "The Fugitive." Best has worked alongside the likes of Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Audie Murphy, Randolph Scott, Henry Fonda, Rock Hudson, Anthony Quinn, Burt Reynolds and others.

For reservations at the Jamboree, call 738-1130, 1-270-422-3122, 1-270-307-2678 or 267-4709.

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