Sorrell Booke

booke1January 4, 1930 – February 11, 1994

Sit back. I’m gonna blow your mind.

The guy who played hilariously corrupt county commissioner, Boss Hogg, on the 1970’s and ’80’s backwoods stereotypin’, dirt road car-jumpin’, moonshine runnin’ series The Dukes of Hazzard…was an Ivy Leaguer.  A DOUBLE Ivy Leaguer to be exact. Sorrell Booke graduated with degrees from both Columbia and Yale. And he was a spy in the Korean War. Boss Hogg was.

Yes, it’s true that Booke had a pretty decent stage career and decades of recurring and guest starring roles before he donned the white hat and settled in Hazzard, but he will always be remembered most for playing the bumbling, easily-agitated politician opposite the rabble-rousin’  Duke boys. Not too bad for a kid with only a couple of Ivy League degrees and a military career to fall back on.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Court of Dedication, Block 2, plot 72, space 4B; In the lawn section at the southwest corner of the park, Sorrell’s grave is under a tree just off of the sidewalk.

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