Ben Lewis Jones (born August 30, 1941) is an American actor, politician, playwright and essayist, probably best known for his role as Cooter Davenport in The Dukes of Hazzard.
Ben Jones has had a long and varied career in show business and political life. Born in North Carolina, he grew up in a "railroad shack" in a freight yard on the docks of Portsmouth, Virginia. Working his way through college with a series of odd jobs, he discovered theatre at the University of North Carolina, and almost immediately forged a professional career. After appearing as an actor in over two hundred films, television shows, and theatrical productions, he was cast as "Cooter," the amiable sidekick mechanic in the mega-hit television classic, "The Dukes of Hazzard."
Along the way he has worked with the likes of James Earl Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Eva Marie Saint, and John Travolta. He has appeared onstage at the Kennedy Center and the prestigious Berkshire Theatre Festival, and appeared in such films as "Primary Colors" and "Meet Joe Black".