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Whatever happened to ...; THE DUKES OF HAZZARD 1979-85.

TOM WOPAT and John Schneider were the car-chasing, women-loving, hell- raising Dukes of Hazzard for six years.

Who can forget the way Bo and Luke Duke gave poor old Sheriff Roscoe Coltrane a heart-attack in every episode?

Daisy was the brother's third cousin, and they all lived with their wise old Uncle Jesse somewhere east of the Mississippi and south of the Ohio.

Avoiding traps set by their corrupt adversaries, the fat, white-suited Boss Hogg - a local politician, played brilliantly by Sorrell Brooke and his incompetent brother- in-law Sheriff Coltrane, the Dukes rode to the rescue of the good folk of Hazzard County.

For a while the boys were replaced when Wopat and Schneider fell out with producers over merchandising royalties. Byron Cherry and Christopher Mayer played two more Duke cousins, and Luke and Bo were off trying their luck in the motor-racing circuit.

Daisy's denim cut-off shorts became forever referred to as `Daisy Dukes'. Daisy (Catherine Bach) never became as famous as her shorts - and took the route many actresses do - into TV series and movies of little note.

John Schneider - who directed the show along with Tom Wopak - did some more acting, notably starring in Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, but more recently ended up hosting an American TV show called Ordinary/Extraordinary.

Tom Wopat who played Luke Duke - the dark-haired one - was probably the less popular at the time, but went on to the greatest things. In 1995 he took up a starring role in sitcom Cybill, with Cybill Shepherd, as her ex- husband Jeff Robbins. But the ultimate starring role came in 1997 when he was a guest voice and cartoon character on cult series South Park. In 1997 all the cast were reunited to make a one-off film, The Dukes of Hazzard Reunion.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 20, 1999
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