Byron Cherry (born April 17, 1955, in Atlanta) is an American actor. He was the voce of Coy Duke in the first season of The Dukes.


Byron Cherry was raised in Atlanta, and graduated from North Side High School in the 1970s. After winning a scholarship to East Tennessee State University, he played football as a running back with his big brother, Nat. Byron also received his black belt in karate soon after college.

After three years of college football, Cherry decided to pursue acting. He enrolled in film school at Georgia State University, Atlanta. One day while walking by the student center, he was approached by a casting agent working on a TV commercial. She approached him and asked him to audition for the commercial. He was told that he had "the look" that she needed for this scene and all he needed to do was to look for the beautiful blonde, sit next to her and kiss her. Cherry thought the casting director had to be kidding. It was that easy. He got the part! After college, he auditioned for the hit TV series The Dukes of Hazzard and got the lead part as Coy Duke.

Cherry now lives in California with his beautiful wife, Krista, and their two kids. His son, Christopher, recently graduated from college and is currently living on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Cherry continues to travel year round with the world famous General Lee Dodge Charger, making appearances both nationally and abroad at car shows, charity benefits, concerts and other events.

Just as he did in Hazzard County, Cherry is still "straightening the curves and flattening the hills" of his home town in his own General Lee. Cherry really enjoys getting out and meeting the Dukes fans. He travels with his own photos to autograph, as well as his own hats and specially made "Coy Duke" T-shirts and tank tops in assorted sizes to fit men, women and children of all ages. He also has been known to autograph various car parts on fan-owned General Lees.

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