In this week’s TBR Radio Presents: The Dixie Heritage Hour Dr. Ed calls iconic television and movie actor Rick Hurst to talk about his acting career and, specifically, what it was like to portray Deputy Cletus Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard.
Rick tells Dr. Ed about his college days, why he started as a pre-med student but changed his major to psychology, and how
Actors and actresses have a “natural generosity,” according to Rick, and the excessive generosity of the cast of Dukes is one of the reasons that, more than 40 years later, it is still a very successful show.
Rick’s character on Dukes, Cletus Hogg, was supposed to be a one-episode character. But when Sonny Shroyer’s appendix burst, his medical recovery time followed by his moving to a spin-off show of his own left a hole in the cast, and Deputy Cletus ended up becoming a permanent character.
Rick talks about his
Also discussed are Bea Arthur’s divorce and political activism, and an explanation of how the political activism of Hollywood in the ‘
Hurst is saddened by the removal of the Dukes of Hazzard and the iconic General Lee car from television and believes that the
Uncle Jessie, he said, had a strong moral code that was taught by example and the Dukes characters were great role models who do not deserve to be the victims of “political correctness” gone too far.
Both of Rick’s sons have followed in their father’s footsteps. His younger son Colin is appearing in Progressive commercials and his older son Ryan is currently a star on The Living Dead. So after bragging a little on his kids, Rick talks about what it is like, 40 years later, to still be Cletus Hogg and to still be making the circuit to car shows and other events where he is always recognized and remembered as Deputy Cletus.
Rick makes it a point to end the show thanking Dr. Ed and Dixie Heritage for keeping the truth about the South in the forefront of the national conscience.