Actor Allusion: In one of the BanditAction PackMade For TV Movies (based on the Smokey and the Bandit films) John Schneider plays a sheriff going after Bandit who seems to have gotten a passing grade (though not all As) from the Roscoe P. Coltrane driving academy.
Sorrell Booke died in 1994, three years before the first reunion movie aired. Rather than hire another actor who could reasonably play Boss Hogg, it was decided to also reveal that Boss had passed on. A tender scene is seen early in the film, where Rosco sees a large portrait of Boss hanging in his office and gets emotional. It is revealed that Boss had died not long before the events of the first reunion movie, the circumstances of which are not told.
Denver Pyle died in 1997, just months after the first reunion movie aired. The writers of the second reunion movie, aired in 2000 – which depicts, in part, a homecoming celebration in Hazzard – make several references to Uncle Jesse being deceased but well thought of, some two years after the Duke patriarch's passing.
Several times is was mentioned that Enos was childhood friends with the Duke cousins, but Sonny Shroyer is about 20 years older than any of the Dukes. Currently, the Duke actors are between 50 and 60, Shroyer is 75. Shroyer has always looked much younger than he actually is, though, so the casting worked.
John Schneider was 18 when he was hired to play Bo, whose character is said to be in his mid-20s when the series began. (Indeed, the casting directors were looking for a mid-20s man, and Schneider has recalled in interviews where he lied about his age (and background) to audition for the part.)
Directed by Cast Member: Multiple instances, with episodes directed by James Best, Sorrell Booke, Denver Pyle, John Schneider and Tom Wopat (Schneider directed the Series Finale, which he also co-wrote - he was the only cast member to write an episode).
Despite all the southern charm (and southern stereotypes) of the show, none of the four main actors were actually from Dixie. (John Schneider was from New York, Tom Wopat was from Wisconsin, Catherine Bach was from Ohio and the '69 Dodge Charger was from Michigan.) Due to the popularity of the series, they have been accepted as honorary Southerners, however.
Meanwhile, Denver Pyle (Uncle Jesse) was from Colorado and Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg) was from Buffalo, New York. (Booke was actually a graduate of Yale.)
Jerry Rushing, a real life ex-moonshiner whose reminisces were used as the basis for Moonrunners (and who had a Real Person Cameo in that film), went on to sue Warner Brothers for developing Dukes without giving him credit.
The Red Stapler: "Daisy Duke" shorts, tight jeans cut off just below the buttocks, remain in fashion among teenage girls (though the name hasn't been in use since the early 90's), becoming stock jailbait attire.