We are sad to announce the passing of Don Pedro Colley who died after a very courageous battle with cancer. Don Pedro was a big man with a big voice, a big smile, a big laugh, and a big heart. He loved his role as Sheriff “Big Ed” Little on the “Dukes of Hazzard” as much as anything he ever did in his remarkably diverse life. He will be missed by his family, his friends, and his fans, and he will be remembered by all for his wit, his talents, and his good heart.
Colley was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon to Muriel and Pete Colley. He attended Klamath Union High School and actively played football and track and field, which led to an unsuccessful try-out for the 1960 Summer Olympics. He later attended the University of Oregon and studied architecture. Later, he became a theatre member and spent five years learning his craft in various productions in San Francisco.
Colley appeared in several 1960s and ’70s television Westerns that included The Wild, Wild West, Cimarron Strip, The Virginian, Nichols, and Iron Horse. He was a guest at the 2012 Memphis Film Festival’s “A Gathering of Guns 4: A TV Western Reunion” at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
During the 1970s Blaxploitation era, Don appeared alongside Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, D’Urville Martin, and Gloria Hendry in such films as Legend of Nigger Charley, Black Caesar, and Sugar Hill.
Throughout his career, Don made several guest appearances in many popular TV series, including Adam 12, Night Gallery, Ironside, The Streets of San Francisco, Harry O, Little House on the Prairie, Starsky and Hutch, The Bionic Woman, Fantasy Island,and The A-Team. However, he is probably best known for his roles of Gideon in the series Daniel Boone, SRT in George Lucas’ THX 1138, in Beneath the Planet of the Apes as Ongaro, and as Sheriff Little in the TV series Dukes of Hazzard.