More sad news for Hollywood as ‘Dukes of Hazzard” star passes away at 79

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The “Dukes of Hazzard’s” Sheriff Little has died.

Don Pedro Colley passed away on Oct. 11 after battling cancer but his death was not reported by The Hollywood Reporter until last week.

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The actor, who also appeared in George Lucas’ “Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” is probably most remembered for his role of Chickasaw County Sheriff “Big Ed” Little in the popular CBS show that ran from 1979 – 1985.

Colley, 79 was raised in Oregon and attended the University of Oregon before he left college to pursue a career in Hollywood.

The actor also had roles in “Adam-12,” “Night Gallery,” “The A-Team,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Little House on the Prairie” and several “blaxpoitation” movies in the 1970s.

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Colley was the only black cast regular on the “Dukes of Hazzard” but the show did feature other black actors in various episodes such as the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s” Uncle Phil, James Avery in addition to Kevin Peter Hall, Al White, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Hal Williams, Steven Williams, Herb Jefferson Jr., Wally Taylor, Ken Foreeall, Ella Mae Brown, Ernie Hudson, James Reynolds, John Dewey Carter, Woody Strode, Teddy Wilson, Jesse D. Goins, Harrison Page, William Allen Young and Tony Brubaker.

Still the show has been a lightning rod of controversy because its car, the General Lee, had a Confederate battle flag emblazoned on its hood.

The show was pulled from TV Land after Dylann Rood massacred members of a black church in 2015 and photos of the teen with the Confederate battle flag surfaced.

Warner Bros. removed the flag from “Dukes of Hazzard” merchandise.

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