Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sonny Shroyer - Deputy Enos Strate from The Dukes of Hazzard

Sonny Shroyer who played Deputy Enos Strate was that not-so-bright deputy who spent more time ogling over Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach) than helping out Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (James Best) along with his fellow deputy Cletus Hogg (Rick Hurst).  He was born in 1935 as Otis Shroyer in Georgia.  He worked in his Father's ice cream stand.  He was an excellent football player in high school and college which later helped him land a role in The Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds.  Sonny has a more extensive acting career than you may think.  He first starred in the movie Payday in 1973.  He then steadily appeared in many movies over the years including several films in the 1970s with Burt Reynolds including The Longest Yard, Gator,  and Smokey and the Bandit.  He also starred in both the TV and movie versions of The Young Runaways.  During the The Dukes of Hazzard years he also did some other work in both TV and movies including Freedom Road and The Devil and Max Devlin.  In 1980-81 there was an spin-off with his own show called Enos which was nominated for two People's Choice awards.  

Sonny Shroyer as Deputy Enos Strate from The Dukes of Hazzard
Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strate), John Schneider (Bo Duke), Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), and James Best (Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane) from 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)

His post Dukes of Hazzard work include TV shows such as I'll Fly Away, In The Heat of the Night, and Matlock.  He has appeared in many movies and made for TV movies including the football coach in Forrest Gump, Bastard out of Carolina, The Dukes of Hazzard Reunion!, The Rainmaker, Paradise Falls, Freedom Song, The Runaway, The Rosa Parks Story, Ray, Opening Day, Van Wilder: Freshman Year, The Way Home, and will be appearing in Dead End scheduled for 2013.

Sonny Shroyer today

Sonny Shroyer now


  1. Next to General Lee, he is the character that I really enjoyed the most!!!!!!!!!! I wish him all the best in his future endeavours!!!!! A "Dukes" fan...

  2. Next to the General Lee, he is may favorite character in the Dukes of Hazzard! I wish him all the best in his future endeavours!

  3. Why did Enos and Dassy get back together on the Dukes of Hazzard? They were a great couple