Who was Sorrell Booke?
Sorrell Booke was an American TV, movie as well as stage actor. He is still remembered for appearing as Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg in the show ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’. His other television shows include ‘Dr. Kildare’, ‘12 O-Clock High’, ‘M*A*S*H’, ‘All in the Family’, ‘Good Times’, ‘Soap’, ‘Naked City’, ‘Dr. Max’, ‘Crazy Like a Fox’, ‘Droopy’, ‘Master Detective’, ‘The Love Boat’ and ‘The Rockford Files’, to name a few. Booke also acted in a number of movies, the popular ones being ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’, ‘Up the Down Staircase’, ‘The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery’, ‘Black Like Me’, ‘A Fine Madness’, ‘Fail-Safe’, 'Bye Bye Braverman', 'Bank Shot', 'Mastermind', 'Freaky Friday' and 'Record City'. On stage, the American actor performed in the plays ‘The Sleeping Prince’, ‘Fiorello’, ‘Caligula’, ‘The Iceman Cometh’ and ‘Morning, Noon and Night’. Booke, who had also served in the counter-intelligence department during the Korean War, died just a month after his 64th birthday in 1994 due to colorectal cancer.
During Sorrell Booke’s early Hollywood acting career, he gained attention for notable roles in movies, such as ‘A Fine Madness’, ‘Black Like Me’, ‘Fail-Safe’, ‘Matchless’ and ‘Up the Down Staircase’. During this, time, he was also part of plays like ‘Fiorello’, 'Caligula', 'The Iceman Cometh' and 'Morning, Noon and Night'. He guest-starred in an episode of ‘12 O-Clock High’ as well.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the actor mainly focussed on television roles and voice acting roles respectively. Booke got featured in 1970s’ shows such as 'M*A*S*H', 'Gunshot', 'Alias Smith and Jones', ‘All in the Family’, 'Cannon', 'The Streets of San Francisco', 'The Bob Newhart Show', 'Soap', 'Good Times', 'The Rockford Files', 'The Love Boat', The New Dick Van Dyke Show', 'Columbo: Swan Song', 'Rich Man, Poor Man Book II' and 'Bigfoot and Wildboy'.
He played his breakthrough role of Boss Hogg on the series ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ from 1979 to 1895. During the 1980s and 1990s, the American actor did several voice projects including 'The Smurfs', 'The Dukes', 'The Pound Puppies', 'Fantastic Max', 'Don Coyote & Sancho Panda', 'Gravedale High', 'Capitol Critters' and 'Bonkers'.
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Sorrell Booke was born on January 4, 1930, in Buffalo, New York, USA. He has a brother named Fred. He earned his educational degrees from Yale University as well as Columbia University. Before starting his career as an actor, Brooke served as a counterintelligence officer in the United States Army. His lingual talents were the reason he got the opportunity to serve during the Korean War.
Talking about the American star’s love life, he was married to Miranda Knickerbocker from 1958 to 1973. The couple had two children together, Alexandra and Nicholas.
Sorrell Booke died on February 11, 1994, just a month after his 64th birthday, in Sherman Oaks, California. He had been suffering from colorectal cancer. He was cremated in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery (California).