One of the stars of the hit TV series Dukes of Hazzard has passed away.
The show has received much scorn in recent years, with TV Land even pulling it off of the air after Dylann Roof killed nine black parishioners in a Charleston church and was seen in pictures displaying the Confederate Flag, but it still helped launch the careers of many black actors. Included in the list was Don Pedro Colley, who played Chickasaw County Sheriff “Big Ed” Little in the popular series.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Colley died last month on Oct.11, but his death was kept under wraps until this week. Sadly, Colley, who was 79 when he passed, had been battling cancer for some time before finally succumbing to the vicious disease.
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The actor also appeared in “Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” “Adam-12,” “Night Gallery,” “The A-Team,” “Starsky and Hutch,” Little House on the Prairie,” and several other movies from the 1970s. While he was the only regular black cast member on the Dukes of Hazzard, Colley was joined by other black actors occasionally on the show, including “Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s” Uncle Phil, James Avery, as well as Ken Foreeall, Ella Mae Brown, Ernie Hudson, James Reynolds, John Dewey Carter, Woody Strode, Teddy Wilson, Jesse D. Goins, Harrison Page, William Allen Young, Kevin Peter Hall, Al White, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Hal Williams, Steven Williams, Herb Jefferson Jr., Wally Taylor, and Tony Brubaker.
More on Colley from the Hollywood Reporter:
Colley also had roles in The World’s Greatest Athlete (1973), Herbie Rides Again (1974) and Piranha(1995) and in blaxpoitation films including The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972), Black Caesar (1973) and, playing a voodoo lord of the dead, Sugar Hill (1974).
The 6-foot-4 Colley portrayed the mutant Ongaro in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), the second of the five original films in the franchise, and was the hologram SRT in Lucas’ maiden directorial effort, THX 1138 (1971).
He is perhaps best known for playing the straight-shooting Sheriff “Big Ed” Little of Chickasaw County on the 1979-85 action comedy The Dukes of Hazzard.