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Encyclopedia > Bo Duke
Cast of "The Dukes of Hazzard", starting from the left going counter-clockwise: Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg), Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), John Schneider (Bo Duke), James Best (Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane), Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strate), Denver Pyle (Uncle Jesse), Christopher Mayer (Vance Duke), Byron Cherry (Coy Duke), and Ben Jones (Cooter Davenport)
Cast of "The Dukes of Hazzard", starting from the left going counter-clockwise: Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg), Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), John Schneider (Bo Duke), James Best (Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane), Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strate), Denver Pyle (Uncle Jesse), Christopher Mayer (Vance Duke), Byron Cherry (Coy Duke), and Ben Jones (Cooter Davenport)

The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network from 1979 to 1985. Among others, it was directed by Jack Starrett following his departure from Starsky and Hutch (1975). Starrett went on to direct Hill Street Blues (1981). File links The following pages link to this file: The Dukes of Hazzard ... File links The following pages link to this file: The Dukes of Hazzard ... Sorrell Booke, portryaing the character that made him famous, Boss Hogg. Sorrell Booke (January 4, 1930 – February 11, 1994 in Buffalo, New York) was an American actor best known for his role as the heavyset, corrupt politician Jefferson Davis Boss Hogg in the television show The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Tom Wopat (born September 9, 1951 in Lodi, Wisconsin) is an American actor. ... Catherine Bach (March 1, 1954, Warren, Ohio, USA-) is an American actress. ... John Schneider is the name of the following unrelated people: John Schneider is an actor best known for his television roles, particularly The Dukes of Hazzard. ... James Best (born July 26, 1926, in Powderly, Kentucky) is an American character actor best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Sonny Shroyer is an American actor from Georgia who has appeared in various television and movie roles. ... Denver Dell Pyle (May 11, 1920 - December 25, 1997) was born in Bethune, Colorado. ... Chistopher Mayer portrayed Vance Duke, one of the new Duke Boys, in the 1983 season of The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Cherry portrayed Coy Duke, one of the new Duke Boys, in the 1983 season of The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Ben Jones (born August 30, 1941) is an American actor and politician. ... CBSs first color logo, which debuted in the fall of 1965. ... 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jack Starrett (November 2, 1936 – March 27, 1989) was an American actor and director from Refugio, Texas. ... a 1975 Gran Torino, a copy of the distinctive car of the title characters For the film, see Starsky & Hutch. ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Hill Street Blues was a serial police drama that first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran on primetime into 1987. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Main plot

Bo and Luke Duke in their famous car, "The General Lee"
Bo and Luke Duke in their famous car, "The General Lee"

The show was loosely based on the movie Moonrunners (1975) which is based on the life and times of Jerry Rushing. It followed the adventures of two southern good ol' boys, Bo and Luke Duke, living in an unincorporated area of the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia racing around in their souped-up car, the General Lee, evading corrupt Boss Hogg and his inept county sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. Bo and Luke had been sentenced to probation for illegal transportation of moonshine. This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Jerry Rushing 2005 How do you define an American icon? Well, when you have a T.V show, and 2 movies based on the events of your life, that pretty much does it. ... Bo and Luke Duke in their famous car, The General Lee The General Lee is the car driven by the Duke cousins in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Sorrell Booke, portryaing the character that made him famous, Boss Hogg. Spoiler warning: J.D. (Jefferson Davis) Hogg (better known as Boss Hogg) is a fictional character featured in the United States television series, The Dukes of Hazzard. ... On the American TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, Roscoe P. (Pervis) Coltrane is the bumbling sheriff of Hazzard County and right-hand man of its corrupt county administrator, Boss Hogg. ... Shine Road The name tells the history of this back road Hemingway, South Carolina The literal meaning of moonshine is the light of the moon, but because the activity of distilling whiskey unlawfully was usually done at night with as little light as possible, the word became both a verb...


Many episodes revolved around Boss trying to engage in an illegal scheme with criminal associates. Some of them were "get-rich schemes", though many others affected the financial security of the Duke farm (property which Boss long wanted to acquire for various reasons). Other times, Boss hired known criminals to frame Bo and Luke for crimes such as bank robbery (thus, resulting in probation revocation and allowing Boss to easily acquire the Duke farm). It was up to Bo and Luke to uncover the schemes and foil the criminals.


More than once, however, Boss was targeted by former associates who were either seeking revenge or turned against him after a scheme unraveled due to Boss' greedy nature or Rosco's bumbling. Other times, criminals who were even more crooked and ruthless than Boss came to town. Sheriff Rosco also found himself in trouble more than once. In these common situations, Bo and Luke often had to rescue their local Hazzard adversaries before ultimately defeating the bad guys.

Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke.
Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke.

Daisy Duke (portrayed by actress Catherine Bach) raced around Hazzard with her cousins, first in a yellow-and-black 1971 Plymouth Road Runner (which seemed to transform into a Plymouth Satellite in some episodes), and then — after her car was lost over the side of a cliff — she received her trademark white 1980 Jeep CJ7, the "Dixie", with a Golden Eagle emblem on the hood. Daisy also has the distinction of having her trademark provocatively high-cut jean short shorts named after her: "Daisy Dukes". Image File history File links Publicity still of Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazzard. ... Image File history File links Publicity still of Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazzard. ... Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke Daisy Duke is a fictional character, played by Catherine Bach, from the American television series The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Catherine Bach (March 1, 1954, Warren, Ohio, USA-) is an American actress. ... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... 1970 Plymouth Road Runner with Hemi engine and Air Grabber retractable hood scoop Plymouth dealers gave away this promotional windbreaker in 1970. ... The Jeep CJ (or Civilian Jeep) was a commercial version of the famous Military Jeep from World War II. The first CJ (the CJ-2) was introduced in 1944 by Willys, and the same basic vehicle stayed in production through 7 variants and 3 corporate parents until 1986. ... Daisy Dukes are extremely tight short-shorts worn by young women, traditionally in the American South. ...


Uncle Jesse (portrayed by actor Denver Pyle) was the patriarch of the Duke clan, and the father-figure to all Dukes who stayed with him on the dilapitated "Duke Farm". Jesse apparently had no children of his own, and happily provided for his nephews and niece in the unexplained absense of all of their parents (The creator of the show states on the DVDs that their parents were killed in a car wreck, but it was never mentioned in the show). Jesse Duke, in his youth, had been a Ridge-Runner in direct competition with J.D. Hogg, thus beginning the "feud" between the Dukes and the Hoggs. However, it should be noted that, while both Boss Hogg and Uncle Jesse would scowl at the mention of the other's name, the two enjoyed a lifelong "friendship" of sorts; one helping the other when in desperate need. Jesse educated his nephews against Hogg, and often provided the cousins with inspirational sage advice. Denver Dell Pyle (May 11, 1920 - December 25, 1997) was born in Bethune, Colorado. ... Shine Road The name tells the history of this back road Hemingway, South Carolina The literal meaning of moonshine is the light of the moon, but because the activity of distilling whiskey unlawfully was usually done at night with as little light as possible, the word became both a verb... Sorrell Booke, portryaing the character that made him famous, Boss Hogg. Spoiler warning: J.D. (Jefferson Davis) Hogg (better known as Boss Hogg) is a fictional character featured in the United States television series, The Dukes of Hazzard. ...

Daisy Duke drove "Dixie", a white Jeep CJ7 with a Golden Eagle emblem on the hood.
Daisy Duke drove "Dixie", a white Jeep CJ7 with a Golden Eagle emblem on the hood.

Deputy Enos Strate was generally a friend of the Dukes, but during the early years, he too was involved in car chases with Bo and Luke (since he was Rosco's underling). Only after he returned from his stint in Los Angeles did he totally refuse to harass the Dukes without just cause. Daisy Dukes Jeep CJ7 from The Dukes of Hazzard, nicknamed Daisy. ... Daisy Dukes Jeep CJ7 from The Dukes of Hazzard, nicknamed Daisy. ...

Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus Hogg)
Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus Hogg)

Deputy Cletus Hogg (Boss Hogg's cousin) was also generally friendly and dim-witted, but he would gladly assist Boss and Rosco in their unprovoked pursuit of the Dukes. File links The following pages link to this file: The Dukes of Hazzard ... File links The following pages link to this file: The Dukes of Hazzard ... Actor Rick Hurst (* 1 January 1946, Houston, Texas, USA) portrayed Deputy Cletus Hogg, Boss Hoggs cousin, in the 1980 to 1983 seasons of The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Sorrell Booke, portryaing the character that made him famous, Boss Hogg. Spoiler warning: J.D. (Jefferson Davis) Hogg (better known as Boss Hogg) is a fictional character featured in the United States television series, The Dukes of Hazzard. ...


Cooter Davenport (portrayed by actor Ben Jones) was the Hazzard County mechanic. He owned "Cooter's Garage" in Hazzard County Square, directly across from the Police Department and the County Bank. Cooter was also an "Honorary Duke", as he often assisted the Dukes in escaping Rosco's clutches, or helped them to foil Boss Hogg's schemes. Ben Jones (born August 30, 1941) is an American actor and politician. ...


Bo and Luke leave the show

The Dukes of Hazzard was consistently among the top-rated television series (at one point, ranking second only to Dallas, which immediately followed the show on CBS' Friday night schedule). Then, in the spring of 1982, series stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat walked off the set in a contract dispute over their salaries and merchandising royalties. Dallas title card used during the shows first season. ... John Richard Schneider (born April 8, 1960 in Mount Kisco, New York) shot to fame in the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, but is probably better known now a days as Jonathan Kent the adoptive father of Clark Kent on the hit show Smallville. ... Tom Wopat (born September 9, 1951 in Lodi, Wisconsin) is an American actor. ...


Two "replacement Dukes" were subsequently hired (Byron Cherry as Coy, Christopher Mayer as Vance), and the ratings immediately sank. The "faux Dukes" (one of the more polite ways viewers described the "long-lost nephews" of Uncle Jesse) were never popular with viewers, and were immediately written out the show when Schneider and Wopat reached a settlement and returned to the series in early 1983. Some fans consider this period as "The Scabs of Hazzard". Cherry portrayed Coy Duke, one of the new Duke Boys, in the 1983 season of The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Chistopher Mayer portrayed Vance Duke, one of the new Duke Boys, in the 1983 season of The Dukes of Hazzard. ...


While the return of Bo and Luke was welcomed by hardcore fans, the show never regained its former popularity, and by 1985, The Dukes of Hazzard quietly ended its run.


Tourist attraction

Although Hazzard County, Georgia was a fictional location (the early episodes of the show were filmed in Covington, Georgia), the real-life town of Hazard, Kentucky was a beneficiary of the show's popularity. Members of the cast were frequent visitors to the town's annual Black Gold Festival. Covington is a city located in Newton County, Georgia. ... Hazard is a city located in Perry County, Kentucky. ...


The "Cousin Countin' Game"

Many people have tried to decipher the Duke's family tree in an attempt to understand how it is that so many people could be cousins, all with the last name "Duke". The last unofficial word is that Jesse Duke would have had to have come from a family of six boys, including himself, as he would have had to have five brothers to have produced offspring named "Duke".

  • Brother 1 - Jeb Stuart and Luke's father
  • Brother 2 - Bo's father
  • Brother 3 - Daisy's father
  • Brother 4 - Coy's father
  • Brother 5 - Vance's father
  • Brother 6 - Jesse Duke

Gaylord Duke appeared in the episode "Duke of Duke" (Episode 26, Season 2) claiming to be a cousin by marriage, but turned out to be a con man not related to the Dukes.


Characters on the show

Main characters

Cast of The Dukes of Hazzard, starting from the left going counter-clockwise: Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg), Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), John Schneider (Bo Duke), James Best , Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strate), Denver Pyle (Uncle Jesse), Christopher Mayer (Vance Duke), Byron Cherry (Coy Duke), and Ben... John Richard Schneider (born April 8, 1960 in Mount Kisco, New York) shot to fame in the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, but is probably better known now a days as Jonathan Kent the adoptive father of Clark Kent on the hit show Smallville. ... Tom Wopat (born September 9, 1951 in Lodi, Wisconsin) is an American actor. ... Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke Daisy Duke is a fictional character, played by Catherine Bach, from the American television series The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Catherine Bach (March 1, 1954, Warren, Ohio, USA-) is an American actress. ... Denver Dell Pyle (May 11, 1920 - December 25, 1997) was born in Bethune, Colorado. ... Spoiler warning: On the American television series The Dukes of Hazzard, Boss J.D. (Jefferson Davis) Hogg is the greedy Commissioner of Hazzard County, and owns most of it, whether directly or by holding the mortgages over its land. ... Sorrell Booke, portryaing the character that made him famous, Boss Hogg. Sorrell Booke (January 4, 1930 – February 11, 1994 in Buffalo, New York) was an American actor best known for his role as the heavyset, corrupt politician Jefferson Davis Boss Hogg in the television show The Dukes of Hazzard. ... On the American TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, Roscoe P. (Pervis) Coltrane is the bumbling sheriff of Hazzard County and right-hand man of its corrupt county administrator, Boss Hogg. ... James Best (born July 26, 1926, in Powderly, Kentucky) is an American character actor best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Sonny Shroyer is an American actor from Georgia who has appeared in various television and movie roles. ... Actor Rick Hurst (* 1 January 1946, Houston, Texas, USA) portrayed Deputy Cletus Hogg, Boss Hoggs cousin, in the 1980 to 1983 seasons of The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Ben Jones (born August 30, 1941) is an American actor and politician. ... Jeff Altman (born in Syracuse, New York, August 13, 1951) is a comedian who has appeared as a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman 36 times. ... Cherry portrayed Coy Duke, one of the new Duke Boys, in the 1983 season of The Dukes of Hazzard. ... Chistopher Mayer portrayed Vance Duke, one of the new Duke Boys, in the 1983 season of The Dukes of Hazzard. ... This is a list of fictional dogs from literature, movies etc. ... Waylon Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was a respected and influential American country music singer and guitarist, born in Littlefield, Texas. ... Bo and Luke Duke in their famous car, The General Lee The General Lee is the car driven by the Duke cousins in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... 1966 Dodge Charger There have been a number of vehicles bearing the Dodge Charger nameplate, but the name has generally denoted a performance model in the Dodge range. ...

Recurring characters who appeared occasionally

  • "Miz (Emma) Tisdale" (Nedra Volz), the elderly postmistress of the Hazzard Post Office; she had a huge crush on Uncle Jesse.
  • Emery Potter, a Hazzard County employee who was a friend of the Dukes.
  • Sheriff "Big Ed" Little (Don Pedro Colley), the chief law enforcement officer for neighboring Chickasaw County. The ill-tempered sheriff hated Bo and Luke immensely, and was well aware that they were not allowed to enter his county. Sheriff Little was also constantly frustrated by the bumbling performance of Boss and Rosco, although he thought highly of Enos.
  • Doc Appleby (Parley Baer), Hazzard County's most prolific physician.

Parley Baer (August 5, 1915 - November 22, 2002) was an American character actor in film, television, and radio. ...

Theme song

The theme song "The Good Ol' Boys" was written and performed by the late Waylon Jennings. He was also the Balladeer of the show. Waylon Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was a respected and influential American country music singer and guitarist, born in Littlefield, Texas. ...


Movies

There were two made-for-TV reunion movies, The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! (1997) and The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard In Hollywood (2000)


A feature film remake of the series, The Dukes of Hazzard is scheduled to premiere on August 5, 2005. Promotional poster for The Dukes of Hazzard The Dukes of Hazzard is a 2005 movie based on the American television sit-com The Dukes of Hazzard; it is scheduled for release on August 5. ...


Spin offs

  • The character of Deputy Sheriff Enos Strate was spun off into his own short-lived detective show called Enos, which ran from 1980-81.
  • An animated version of the show called The Dukes aired in 1983.
  • Three video games based on the show were created:
    • The Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for Home (1999)
    • The Dukes of Hazzard 2: Daisy Dukes It Out (2000)
    • The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee (2004)
  • In 2005, the Humana Festival of New American Plays premiered a full-length comedy-drama entitled Hazzard County by Allison Moore. The story centers on a young widowed mother and a visit she receives from a big city television producer. Interspersed with recollections of Bo, Luke, and Daisy, the play takes a deep look at southern "Good Ole Boy" culture and its popularization through the lens of American mass media.

For the British Army regiment nicknamed The Dukes, see the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment. ... Actors Theatre of Louisville is a performing arts theater located in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. ...

Reruns

Until TNN was purchased by Viacom, it aired reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard. After the creation of "The New TNN", the program was strangely absent from all television. CMT Canada and Showcase Action airs The Dukes in Canada. CMT America began airing the series in late February 2005. Spike TV is a cable network that began as The Nashville Network (TNN), founded by Gaylord Entertainment Company and Group W Satellite Communications in March 1983. ... Viacom (short for Video & Audio Communications) [pronunciation: pre-Redstone/pre-1987: vee-a-com; post-Redstone acquisition: vi-a-com] (NYSE: VIA), (NYSE: VIAB) is an international media conglomerate. ... Showcase Action is a cable network in Canada, which features action movies and television shows such as The Dukes of Hazzard and Batman. ... For the disease CMT see Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. ...


DVD Releases

Season 1 was released on Region 1 DVD on June 1, 2004. DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for storing data, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for storing data, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Season 2 was released on Region 1 DVD on January 25, 2005. January 25 is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...


Season 3 was released on Region 1 DVD on May 31, 2005. May 31 is the 151st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (152nd in leap years), with 214 days remaining, as the last day of May. ...


Season 4 will be released on Region 1 DVD on August 2, 2005. August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ...


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