Saturday, November 13, 2010

Rick Hurst - Deputy Cletus Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard

Rick Hurst played Cletus Hogg the bumbling deputy that was the cousin of Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) in the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard.  He spent most of his time being yelled at by his boss, Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (James Best) and bumping heads with Deputy Enos (Sonny Schroyer).

Beginning his acting career in 1972, he played mostly in TV shows in the early 70's but did a few movies including To Hell You Preach (1972), Tunnel Vision, and The Cat From Outer Space.  His many TV credits include Sanford and Son, The Partridge Family, The Doris Day Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Love, American Style, Gunsmoke, Kojak with Telly Savalas and Kevin Dobson, Happy Days, Little House on the Prairie, The Six Million Dollar Man with Lee Majors, On the Rocks, Baretta, M*A*S*H with Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Harry Morgan, Gary Burghoff, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, William Christopher, Larry Linville, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, and Kellye Nakahara; and CHiPs with Larry Wilcox and Eric Estrada.  

Rick Hurst as Cletus on The Dukes of Hazzard
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)
After The Dukes of Hazzard, Sonny did a more movies and made-for-TV movies than TV shows after his days as Cletus Hogg such as Blue City, Jackals, Earth Girls Are Easy, The Karate Kid  Part III, Mothers, Daughters and Lovers, Worth Winning, Steel Magnolias, In the Line of Fire, The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!, Suckers, and Anywhere But Here.  His later TV show credits include Highway to Heaven
starring Michael Landon, Victor French and James Troesh, Starman, Murder, She Wrote, 227, The Wonder Years starring Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano, Dan Lauria, Jason Hervey, Alley Mills, and Olivia d'Abo; Family Matters starring Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Darius McCrary, JoMarie Payton, Telma Hopkins, and Kellie Shanygne Williams; Melrose Place starring Thomas Calabro, Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Jack Wagner, Josie Bissett, Doug Savant, and Laura Leighton; The John Larroquette Show, and The Guardian in 1993 was his last acting appearance.

Rick Hurst now

Rick Hurst returns as "Cletus Hogg" at the annual Duke Fest

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