Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ben Jones who played 'Cooter' of the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard

Ben Jones played the role of Cooter Davenport in The Dukes of Hazzard. He was the mechanic who built and maintained "The General Lee" which was the bright orange '69 Dodge Charger that belonged to Bo and Luke Duke (John Schneider and Tom Wopat).  He also helped on many of their exploits against Boss Hogg and Sheriff Coltrane.

Ben Jones as 'Cooter' in The Dukes of Hazzard
'The General Lee' still flies in the yearly held 'Duke Fest'
Cast of The Dukes of Hazzard Front: John Schneider (Bo Duke), Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), Denver Pyle (Uncle Jessie), Peggy Rea (Lulu Hogg), and Flash (Roscoe's dog).  Back: Ben Jones (Cooter), Sorrel Booke (Boss Hogg), James Best (Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane), Sonny Shroyer (Enos)

Most surprisingly given the character he played, Ben has had a very active political career since The Dukes of Hazzard.  He served as a congressman for Georgia from 1989 to 1993.  He is a well known writer of political essays and even penned a play. He wrote a book entitled "Red Neck Boy in the Promised Land". He now owns a store/museum that sells Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia called "Cooter's Place". 

Ben Jones in a recent photo posing next to 'The General Lee'

Ben Jones Today
Cast of The Dukes of Hazzard

1 comment:

  1. hey the store is in Gatlinburg Tennessee!