‘Dukes of Hazzard’: 5 Actors Also Directed Episodes of the Show

by Will Shepard
(Photo by Ron Galella/Getty Images)

In the 1980s, Dukes of Hazzard took America by storm. The show is one of the classics from the era and still enjoys success in syndication to this day.

Nonetheless, there were a lot of actors on Dukes of Hazzard that got their big break from the show. Many of the actors on the show were relatively unknown beforehand. So, when the popularity of the show took off, as did their careers.

Because the actors’ careers were blossoming, their desire to expand became powerful. So, one of the things that the show did to accommodate them was to let several of the actors direct episodes. Letting them direct gave the actors a lot of power over the show.

Five Actors Got to Direct at Least One Episode of the “Dukes of Hazzard” in the 1980s

Even though the actors themselves weren’t writing the scripts, they had the opportunity to direct. According to IMDB, five of the Dukes of Hazzard actors got to direct at least one of the episodes. These actors were not responsible for directing a major chunk of the episodes. But, their unique styles are evident in the episodes they got to direct.

Denver Pyle played Uncle Jesse on Dukes of Hazzard and was in 146 of the episodes. He was one of the show’s biggest stars. More importantly, he got to direct the most episodes of the actors on the show with twelve under his belt. The episodes he made were spread out from 1980 to 1983. They include episodes like “The Great Santa Clause Chase” and “Lawman of the Year.”

Then, Tom Wopat, who played Luke Duke for 128 episodes, got to direct five episodes. His unique style is evident in Dukes of Hazzard with the episode “Happy Birthday, General Lee.”

Sorrell Booke got to direct four of the episodes of Dukes of Hazzard. In addition to being one of the show’s main attractions, his four episodes as director were awesome.

Meanwhile, his partner on the Dukes of Hazzard, James Best, who played Sheriff Coltrane, directed three. One of his episodes, “Diamonds in the Rough,” is one of the show’s most memorable.

Finally, John Schneider, who played many people’s favorite character, Bo Duke, directed one. His first foray into directing was Duke of Hazzard’s series finale in 1985.