Notable roles: The Dukes of Hazzard (CBS, 1979-1985)
Political position: U.S. Representative, Georgia (1989-1993)
After watching him play the oil-splattered mechanic Cooter on The Dukes of Hazzard, the American public had pretty much made peace with the fact that they would never see Ben Jones again. But in 1989, Jones re-emerged again when he made a successful run to become a congressman for Georgia’s Fourth District after a surprising win on his second attempt at the seat.
He was even popular enough to get elected for a second term, but he hasn’t held an office since then. Still, for someone that became famous solely for playing a character named Cooter, what Jones did is admirable.