But how have the actors braved the test of time? Are they still smoking hot or more smoking pot? Let’s take a look at 6 favorites from the cast and see what they looked like back then and how they’re bearing up today. You won’t believe your eyes in some cases – the change in appearance is so dramatic.
12. Daisy Duke – Then
Possibly the most memorable member of the cast for their good looks, Daisy Duke (played by Catherine Bach) inspired a million men to watch the series and a million women to wonder what they would look like in cut-off jeans shorts. Her look was designed by Catherine Bach herself and the shorts would be known as “Daisy Dukes” for years to come.
11. Catherine Bach – Now
Catherine Bach is still acting and appears on TV and in movies fairly regularly even today. However, she still makes quite a bit of her income from Daisy Duke, and runs a jewelry brand called (wait for it) “Daisy Dukes” online. She regularly attends fan events and conventions for Dukes of Hazzard.
10. Bo Duke – Then
John Schneider took the part of Bo Duke and it was his big break after he’d appeared in minor parts previously (including a walk-on role in Smokey and the Bandit). He’d always been a fan of cowboys in the movies and that’s the style he brought to Bo Duke.
9. John Schneider – Now
John continued on an upward trajectory in his career and has starred in many TV shows over the years. He was opposite Jane Seymour in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, took time out with Superman in Smallville and even appeared in the smash hit show Desperate Housewives. He’s also a country music star.
8. Luke Duke – Then
Luke Duke (played by Tom Wopat) made his way to the show through a series of Broadway shows, including a beloved production of Guys and Dolls. He’d been on TV a couple of times before, but Luke Duke was definitely Tom Wopat’s career-defining role from a television acting perspective.
7. Tom Wopat – Now
Tom left the Dukes of Hazzard to go into music again. He’s released several albums and been nominated for a Tony award for his stage musical appearance in Annie Get Your Gun. He’s also been back on TV with John Schneider in Smallville and a couple of Dukes reunion shows.
6. Cooter Davenport – Then
The most famous star of the show wasn’t a human being. It was a car, the General Lee. It was Cooter Davenport’s role in the show to take care of the car and he was responsible for modifying the Dodge Charger in the first place. Ben Jones was Cooter in the show.
5. Ben Jones – Now
Ben stopped appearing on TV after Dukes of Hazzard finished, and while he makes some money from his days on the show through his store “Cooter’s Place,” he’s most widely known in politics now. He served as Georgia’s congressman back in the early 90s and wrote a bunch of political essays.
4. Jefferson Davis “Boss” Hogg – Then
Sorrell Booke was the show’s villain-in-chief Boss Hogg. He’d appeared in a fair amount of TV previously, including appearances on MASH, Dr. Kildare and Naked City. When he wasn’t in front of the camera, he was behind it and he directed four episodes of Dukes of Hazzard himself.
3. Sorrell Booke – Now
Sorrell’s career moved from TV into voice work, and he was the voice of many a well-loved children’s TV cartoon characters such as Scooby Doo in Scooby Doo Meets the Boo Brothers. Sadly, his last role was in Bonkers before he contracted cancer and passed away in February of 1994.
2. Lulu Hogg – Then
Peggy Rea played the wife of Boss Hogg, and she already had quite an impressive CV when she arrived on the show. She’d started out on I Love Lucy and then appeared in The Man From UNCLE, Bonanza, Mission Impossible and many other TV series before The Dukes of Hazzard.
1. Peggy Rea – Now
She moved on from the show in style and began to pick up regular work in Hollywood in movies such as Made in America and Devil in a Blue Dress. She returned to TV in 1993 to star in Grace Under Fire. She died at the age of 89 in 2011.
Time flies. It’s something we all know but can never quite come to grips with. If you remember The Dukes of Hazzard from the first run on TV, then you’ll be feeling the passage of the years too.
Getting older doesn’t mean becoming less valuable though, and as you can see, while they may not be quite as young as they once were, many of the cast are doing very well for themselves with their post-Hazzard acting careers and with life in general.
Now we’d like to know what happened to the General Lee, wouldn’t you?