James Best, The Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff, Dead at 88

James Best, the actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the CBS comedy The Dukes of Hazzard, has died. He was 88.

The actor passed away Monday evening in Hickory, North Carolina, after a brief illness and complications from pneumonia, according to an obituary posted to the actor’s personal website.

The Dukes of Hazzard Star John Schneider's Wife Files for Divorce

John Schneider – who famously played Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard – is headed for divorce.

Elvira “Elly” Schneider, his wife of 21 years, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, according to court documents filed in Los Angeles county on Nov. 14.

The couple have three adult children – Leah, Chasen, and Karis – and Elvira is reportedly seeking spousal support.

Personal Bests: See the Hottest These Stars Have Ever Looked

Unless they’re trying to win awards, being hot is a 24/7 mandate for today’s stars. But what happens when one of them takes a role that requires them to stand out from the pack? How do they raise the stakes? The answer is easy, even if getting there isn’t: They need to achieve superhuman levels of babe-itude.

In honor of our Hottest Bodies issue, let’s look at 10 actors who attained peak hotness for a role. If Oscar were a little more ripped, these are the roles they’d give him out for.

Johnny Knoxville

Johnny Knoxville is making some out-of-work actors wish they’d skipped drama school and just dumped a Porta Potti on their heads. After all, the former Jackass is now a bona fide movie star, thanks to his lead role in The Dukes of Hazzard. And despite persistent gossip linking him to his Dukes costar Jessica Simpson, the Knoxville, Tenn., native (born Philip John Clapp) is a married father: He and wife Melanie have a daughter, Madison, 9. Knoxville, 34, talked recently about getting dramatic, his nightmarish Daisy Duke experience and those darn Jessica rumors.

Hazardous Reviews of Jessica's Daisy Duke

Jessica Simpson showed up for the Hollywood world premiere of her movie The Dukes of Hazzard with husband Nick Lachey on her arm and butterflies in her stomach.

“I have walked a lot of red carpets but tonight I was so nervous I thought I was going to fall on my face,” she told reporters at Grauman’s Chinese Theater as Lachey often petted her bare back, USA Today reports.

Playing the movie’s sex symbol Daisy Duke, Simpson wears a skimpy costume, and early trade reviews of the movie – critical reaction is mixed – note that her role is similarly brief.

Former Dukes Star Calls for Movie Boycott

Jessica Simpson shouldn’t expect any fan mail from Ben Jones, a former Georgia congressman who played wisecracking mechanic “Cooter” on TV’s 1979-85 Dukes of Hazzard.

Jones, who claims to have read the script to this summer’s Dukes movie – starring Simpson, Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott – is not amused by the profanity and sexual content he alleges is contained n the widescreen version of the family-friendly old series.

Knoxville, Scott the New Dukes of Hazzard

Jessica Simpson is still jockeying to become America’s favorite rural babe. But for now, Warner Bros. has put up its Dukes: Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott have just been cast, respectively, as Luke and Bo Duke, those fast-drivin’ good ol’ boys, in the big-screen adaptation of the 1979-85 The Dukes of Hazzard TV series, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue.

And while the role of Daisy Duke is not yet hers, Simpson dressed the part in a denim miniskirt when she showed up on the studio lot in Burbank Sept. 1 to meet the pair.