Sorrell Booke

Biography: The son of a Buffalo physician, Sorrell Booke was encouraged from an early age to entertain his relatives with jokes, songs, and imitations. An inveterate radio fan, young Booke would send away to the major networks for copies of scripts, then act out all the parts -- a different voice for each character -- in the privacy of his room. He turned his hobby into a vocation after high school, appearing with frequency in locally produced dramatic radio programs. While attending Columbia and Yale, Booke spent his summers playing old men in various stock companies, then appeared with the Provincetown Playhouse in Massachusetts. During the Korean War, Booke spent two years in counterintelligence, where his mastery of five languages came in handy. After making his Broadway debut in 1955, Booke understudied Tom Bosley in Fiorello! and created the role of bombastic white supremacist Ol' Captain Cotchipee in Ossie Davis' Purlie Victorious, repeating the latter assignment in the 1963 filmThe son of a Buffalo physician, Sorrell Booke was encouraged from an early age to entertain his relatives with jokes, songs, and imitations. An inveterate radio fan, young Booke would send away to the major networks for copies of scripts, then act out all the parts -- a different voice for each character -- in the privacy of his room. He turned his hobby into a vocation after high school, appearing with frequency in locally produced dramatic radio programs. While attending Columbia and Yale, Booke spent his summers playing old men in various stock companies, then appeared with the Provincetown Playhouse in Massachusetts. During the Korean War, Booke spent two years in counterintelligence, where his mastery of five languages came in handy. After making his Broadway debut in 1955, Booke understudied Tom Bosley in Fiorello! and created the role of bombastic white supremacist Ol' Captain Cotchipee in Ossie Davis' Purlie Victorious, repeating the latter assignment in the 1963 film version. For all his greyed-up character parts, Booke's most fondly remembered role of the early '60s was the mentally retarded brother of Martin Balsam in an episode of TV's Dr. Kildare. Likewise essayed with unexpected subtlety and sensitivity were his characters in the theatrical features Bye Bye Braverman (1968) and Up the Down Staircase (1970). But neither subtlety nor sensitivity were required for Booke's signature role: the lovably larcenous Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg on the weekly adventure series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985). Sorrell Booke's last film assignment was a typically blustery voice-over in the animated feature Rock-a-Doodle; he died of cancer in 1994, just one month after his 64th birthday. Expand

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Full House: Season 2 Oct 14, 1988 Lionel 5.8
tbd The Smurfs: Season 8 Sep 10, 1988 Additional Voices tbd
tbd Newhart: Season 4 Sep 30, 1985 Sheik tbd
tbd Pound Puppies: Season 1 Jan 1, 1985 The Mayor tbd
tbd The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 7 Sep 21, 1984 Jefferson Davis (J.D.)Hogg / Director / Boss Hogg / Thaddeus Hoggs tbd
tbd Alice (1985): Season 8 Oct 2, 1983 Boss tbd
tbd The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 6 Sep 23, 1983 Jefferson Davis (J.D.)Hogg / Director / Boss Hogg tbd
tbd The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 5 Sep 24, 1982 Jefferson Davis (J.D.)Hogg / Director / Boss Hogg tbd
tbd The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 4 Oct 8, 1981 Jefferson Davis (J.D.)Hogg / Boss Hogg tbd
tbd The Love Boat: Season 4 Oct 25, 1980 Lucius Kergo tbd
tbd The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 3 Sep 16, 1980 Jefferson Davis (J.D.)Hogg / Boss Hogg tbd
tbd The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 2 Sep 21, 1979 Jefferson Davis (J.D.)Hogg / Boss Hogg 6.8
tbd The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 1 Jan 26, 1979 Jefferson Davis (J.D.)Hogg / Boss Hogg 8.0
tbd The Rockford Files (1974): Season 5 Sep 22, 1978 Ward tbd
tbd What's Happening!!: Season 3 Sep 21, 1978 Finley tbd
tbd Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Season 3 Sep 9, 1978 Sheriff Rufus Buzby, T.J. Buzby tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 8 Oct 2, 1977 Sanders tbd
tbd Good Times: Season 5 Sep 21, 1977 Galbraith tbd
tbd Little House on the Prairie: Season 4 Sep 19, 1977 Mr. Watson tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 6 Oct 10, 1976 Hastings tbd
tbd The Bob Newhart Show: Season 5 Sep 25, 1976 Mr.Perlmutter tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 6 Sep 8, 1975 Sanders tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 5 Sep 14, 1974 Joseph Sanders tbd
tbd M*A*S*H: Season 1 Sep 17, 1972 Gen. Barker tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 3 Sep 16, 1972 Lyle Bennett tbd
tbd Ironside: Season 2 Sep 19, 1968 Actor tbd
tbd Mission: Impossible: Season 1 Sep 17, 1966 Peter Kiri tbd
tbd Route 66: Season 3 Sep 21, 1962 Sam Frazier tbd