The Dukes of Hazzard has gone down in history as one of TV’s best-loved action-comedy shows. For six years, audiences followed the trials and tribulations of the Duke family in their hometown of Hazzard County. And while the last episode went out in 1985 – over three decades ago – the show is still very fondly remembered today. It’s worth seeing, then, how the stars who played Luke, Bo, Daisy and the rest have fared over the years.
10. Tom Wopat (Luke Duke)
Played by Tom Wopat, Luke Duke was, alongside his cousin Bo Duke, one of the main characters in The Dukes of Hazzard. But despite getting into trouble with the law, Luke was actually considered to be the smarter of the two cousins, preferring to use brains rather than brawn.
And while portraying Luke was Wopat’s first taste of fame, it wasn’t his last. Perhaps most notably, he’s since enjoyed a part-time role in Cybill. He’s also appeared in various musicals and released some music records, too. Oh, and in 2014 he reunited with his on-screen cousin, John Schneider, with the pair going on to co-record a Christmas album.
9. John Schneider (Bo Duke)
The aforementioned John Schneider played Bo Duke, Luke’s hot-headed young cousin. And while both Luke and Bo had a propensity for landing on the wrong side of the law, it was usually in fact down to Bo’s impetuous nature.
As for the actor himself, after going on to star as John Kent in Smallville, Schneider embarked on a musical career and has released an impressive total of nine studio albums and 18 singles. Unfortunately, in August 2016 he was also affected by the Louisiana floods, which ruined his home and film studio. As he told news show EyeOpener that month, “The Tickfaw river came through this house. Two and a half feet up in every closet, in every drawer.”
8. Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke)
Catherine Bach’s Daisy Duke legacy still lives on today, thanks to those teeny-tiny denim shorts that became synonymous with her character. Daisy was a cousin of Bo and Luke and often found herself in trouble alongside her family. She was, however, more than capable of holding her own.
After sparking the Daisy Duke craze, however, Bach’s career itself tapered off a little – although she can still be seen in the hit TV soap The Young and the Restless. And unfortunately, Bach’s personal life was marked by grief in 2010 when her husband and the father of her two daughters took his own life.
7. Ben Jones (Cooter)
Portrayed by Ben Jones, Cooter – or “Crazy Cooter,” as he was often known – frequently operated as the Dukes’ getaway guy whenever they were in trouble with the law. There was some behind-the-scenes controversy regarding how Cooter was played, however. Jones wanted Cooter to have a neater, smooth-faced look, and the actor subsequently left the series for a few episodes until he got his way.
What’s more, while Jones didn’t go on to have a successful long-term stint in acting, he did enjoy a successful political career. Indeed, from 1989 to 1993 he served four years in the House of Representatives as a Democrat from Georgia. Since then, he’s dabbled in acting again and has also penned some essays and plays. Oh, and he even owns a string of Dukes of Hazzard museums across the U.S.
6. Sonny Shroyer (Enos Strate)
Lovelorn Deputy Sheriff Enos Strate spent much of his time crushing on Daisy Duke. Indeed, the pair even came close to tying the knot – although unfortunately a nervous Strate broke out in hives and the whole thing was called off. Portrayed by Sonny Shroyer, the sheriff was often affectionately seen as the simpleton of the show.
Still, while Shroyer’s character may have been much loved in The Dukes of Hazzard, he didn’t have a great deal of popularity in his own spin-off show, Enos. In fact, it ran for a mere 18 episodes before it was axed owing to poor ratings. Since then, Shroyer has had more success, however, appearing in numerous TV shows and films, including Forrest Gump, in which he had a bit part.
5. Byron Cherry (Coy Duke)
Byron Cherry joined the Dukes cast for season five of the show, in which he played Coy Duke – yet another cousin of the family. Coy was a womanizer who loved nothing more than to flirt with the females in the show; plus, he got to get behind the wheel of the famous General Lee. Cherry’s time on the show was brief, though: Coy was only in 19 episodes during season five.
Still, other opportunities beckoned. Since leaving Dukes, Cherry went on to act in various TV shows, including Murder She Wrote and In The Heat Of The Night. Plus, he tours all over the world with the notorious General Lee, showing the car off at events.
4. Rick Hurst (Cletus Hogg)
Deputy Cletus Hogg was the lovable, but slightly idiotic, deputy sheriff portrayed by Rick Hurst. Despite not truly wanting to chase the Dukes, as a man of the law he often found himself having no other option. And he, too, had a little soft spot for Daisy.
Now following his stint on the show, Hurst ended up doing more TV work and made-for-TV movies. His last film appearance was, though, in the panned Return of the Killer Shrews in 2012. Nevertheless, he can still often be found popping up at various Hazzard fan conventions.
3. Don Pedro Colley (Sheriff Little)
Don Pedro Colley played Sheriff Little, the only main black cast member and Chickasaw County’s trigger-happy law enforcer. Little was introduced to the show in season three, and the straight-laced cop had a severe dislike of the hapless Rosco.
Colley himself was, however, already known for his portrayal of SRT in George Lucas’ debut film, THX 1138, before he took the part in The Dukes of Hazzard. But the actor has actually had quite a varied career history. Prior to his role in the show, he unsuccessfully tried out for the 1960 Summer Olympics, and afterwards he enrolled in an architecture course.
2. Jeff Altman (Hughie Hogg)
Jeff Altman played Hughie Hogg, a nephew of the crooked Boss Hogg and the go-to guy for intricate plans to capture the Dukes. Yet the Dukes always outwitted Hughie, and each scheme would ultimately end with him being banished from Hazzard. Still, Hughie kept returning, as his uncle put his faith in him time and again – although, ultimately, to no avail.
As for the actor, nowadays Altman is best known for his 41 guest appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman. He’s also enjoyed various acting roles in different movies and TV shows, has directed several shows and even had a successful stand-up comedy act.
1. Ernie Lively (Longstreet B. Davenport)
Portrayed by Ernie Lively, Longstreet B. Davenport was drafted in when Ben Jones temporarily left the series over his character dispute. Davenport played a relative of Cooter’s who filled in for him at his garage, although Cooter’s disappearance was never actually explained in the script.
Nowadays, Ernie Lively is best known as the father of actors Blake and Eric Lively. But he’s also had his own career success following the end of Dukes, having bagged numerous roles in TV and film. Meanwhile, in 2003 Lively suffered a heart attack and became the first person ever to have a unique cardiac stem cell operation – and, thankfully, he’s now returned to full health.