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Sonny Shroyer
Born Otis Burt Shroyer, Jr.
(1935-08-28) August 28, 1935 (age 79)
Valdosta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 1972–present

Otis Burt "Sonny" Shroyer, Jr. (born August 28, 1935) is an American actor who has appeared in various television and movie roles. He is best known for his role as Deputy Sheriff Enos Strate in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He also starred in a spin-off called Enos based on his Dukes of Hazzard character. Shroyer is married and has two sons, Chris and Mark.

Shroyer was born in the town of Valdosta, Georgia. He attended Florida State University on a football scholarship, but his career was cut short by an injury. He finished his degree at the University of Georgia.

He began a career as a professional model in 1961. His first screen role came in the 1972 film Payday. Shroyer almost became typecast as a bad guy before landing the role of the naive Deputy Enos Strate in the hit pop culture series The Dukes of Hazzard in 1978 (first broadcast early 1979).

The Dukes of Hazzard role was Shroyer's most visible. His character was written out at the start of the third season to be given a spinoff series titled Enos in 1980. The new show was not a success and was canceled after eighteen episodes. Shroyer returned to The Dukes of Hazzard at the start of the fifth season in 1982 and remained with the series until it ended in 1985. Shroyer also released a children's album in 1982. The album was called Back in Hazzard and featured a cover of Roger Miller's classic, "You Can't Rollerskate In a Buffalo Herd". He also recorded a song "Children in Need" with fellow actor Randall Franks for Franks's 2001 CD God's Children. He and Franks have made personal appearances together.

Shroyer remains active as a character actor. He portrayed University of Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in Forrest Gump, Delbert Birdsong in The Rainmaker, and Governor Jimmie Davis in Ray. He is also a country and gospel singer.


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The Advocate
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:26:15 -0700

Catherine Bach, who played Daisy Duke; Tom Wopat, who played Luke Duke; and John Schneider, who played Bo Duke, will participate, Innes said, as well as Sonny Shroyer, who played Enos; Rick Hurst, who played Cletus Hogg; and Don Pedro Colley, ...

People Magazine

People Magazine
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:29:22 -0700

Sonny Shroyer, who played Deputy Sheriff Enos Strate in the series, wrote, "James Best will go down as one of the greatest actors that ever lived." Best also formed an acting school where he taught notable Hollywood pupils including Clint Eastwood ...
Penn Live
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:36:18 -0700

Deputy Enos Strate is leaving Hazaard County and coming to Carlisle. Sonny Shroyer, who played Enos on the popular 80s show "The Dukes of Hazzard," will be at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals on July 14 to sign autographs and talk "Dukes" with fans.


Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:28:25 -0700

Statement from Sonny Shroyer costar as Enos Strate on “The Dukes of Hazzard”: “James Best will go down as one of the greatest actors that ever lived—a great. friend and the only sheriff I ever really loved. I will always miss him calling. me “dipstick ...

Gainesville Times

Gainesville Times
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 22:15:00 -0700

Valdosta is also the home of Sonny Shroyer, who played “Enos” on the TV series “Dukes of Hazzard.” It used to be noted on the city limits sign. Years earlier, Waycross was proud of native son Pernell Roberts, who portrayed Adam on “Bonanza.” Here was a ...


Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:06:55 -0700

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Confederate flag is not a hateful symbol but instead a banner with positive historical context despite "the few thousand people that run around wearing sheets and committing atrocities," said Ben Jones, the "Dukes of Hazzard" ...


Wed, 08 Apr 2015 02:20:45 -0700

2/3-before he started chasing the General Lee. His escapades with Sonny Shroyer and Sorrell Booke contributed to the iconic status of the. — Tom Wopat (@wopatofficial) April 8, 2015. 3/3-show as much as the car chases. We were blessed with a very ...
SB Nation
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:02:29 -0800

Jon Voight will play Bear Bryant in the upcoming high school football movie Woodlawn, Variety is reporting. The film will cover forced integration of Alabama's public schools and Tony Nathan, a star African-American player at Woodlawn whom Bryant ...

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