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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 1973–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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65 news items

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.

Valdosta State University News

Valdosta State University News
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:22:30 -0800

Highlights include Sonny Shroyer, who portrayed Deputy Enos Strate on the long-running series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” sharing how he got into movies and television; vegetarian cooking lessons in the kitchen; a look at life in Khabarovsk, Russia, near ...
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 ...

The Times and Democrat

The Times and Democrat
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 23:02:45 -0800

When I brought together a country music package adding Donna and Sonny Shroyer, Enos from “The Dukes of Hazzard” to my show, she was such a gracious cast member. She was definitely a child of God who showed his love in her everyday life.
The Saratogian
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:22:30 -0700

Today's Birthdays: Actor Sonny Shroyer is 79. Actor Ken Jenkins is 74. Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen is 74. Actor David Soul is 71. Former pop singer-musician Honey Lantree (The Honeycombs) is 71. Former MLB manager and player Lou ...

San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco Examiner
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:26:15 -0700

Country singer Shania Twain is 49. ... Actress Emma Samms ("Dynasty") is 54. ... Olympic gold medal figure skater Scott Hamilton is 56. ... Drummer Honey Lantree of The Honeycombs is 71. ... Actor Sonny Shroyer "("Dukes of Hazzard") is 79. More Gossip ».
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:08:47 -0700

Actor Sonny Shroyer ("The Dukes of Hazzard") is 79. Actor Ken Jenkins ("Scrubs") is 74. Actor David Soul and former MLB player and Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella are 71. Actress Barbara Bach is 68. Singer Wayne Osmond (The Osmonds) is 63.
AMCtv.com (blog)
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:43:18 -0700

Bear Bryant is played by Sonny Shroyer, best known as Enos on The Dukes of Hazzard and its Enos spin-off. Before this, Robin Wright (Jenny) was mostly known for her starring role in The Princess Bride (1987). Bubba's mother is played by Marlena Smalls, ...

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