“The Dukes of Hazzard” story originates with a real person: Jerry Elijah Rushing, who began running moonshine at the age of 12 for his uncle. He often was assisted by his brother and female cousin. His stories were the basis the 1975 movie “Moonrunners,” which was the inspiration for “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
Producer Gy Waldron conceived the show after seeing that country music accounted for a sixth of all record sales, yet no TV shows were aimed at the country market.
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Sorrell Booke, who played Boss Hogg, was actually a highly intelligent, sophisticated man who spoke five languages fluently. He had a great talent for mimicking dialects and based the Boss Hogg voice on South Carolina U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond. Booke died of cancer in 1994.
The show originally planned a very different outfit for Daisy Duke, portrayed by Catherine Bach. However, she asked if she could bring her own outfit, and showed up wearing very short cutoff jeans and a tied-off shirt. It made her one of the show’s most iconic characters.
While filming the pilot episode in Covington, two directors were having lunch when a car drove by and blew a horn that played “Dixie.” They chased down the vehicle, paid the owner $300 for it, and used it as the horn for the General Lee.
Sonny Shroyer, who played Deputy Enos Strate, portrayed legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant in the movie “Forrest Gump.”
Sources: John Farrier at www.neatorama.com and imdb.com.