Character actor Sorrell Booke, best known as the corpulent, blustery Jefferson Davis “Boss” Hogg on the good ol’ boy comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard,” has died of cancer. He was 64.
Booke died Friday at his Sherman Oaks home with daughter Alexandra and son Nicholas at his bedside, his longtime friend and former road manager Lauralee Fitzgerald said Monday.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at Hillside Memorial Park Chapel, followed by burial. In addition to his daughter and son, the divorced Booke is survived by a brother, Fred Booke.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Jan. 4, 1930, Booke began his show business career by entertaining patients in the waiting room of the office of his father, a doctor.
He went to Columbia and Yale universities before beginning an entertainment career on radio, stage, motion pictures and TV.
Booke had roles on “Dr. Kildare” and “All in the Family,” but it was “The Dukes of Hazzard” (1979-85) that made his character “Boss” Hogg a household name.
Booke’s movie credits included “Purlie Victorious,””Fail Safe,””Up the Down Staircase,””Bye Bye Braverman,””What’s Up Doc?,””The Iceman Cometh” and “The Other Side of Midnight.”