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Ben Best (1974–2021), “Eastbound & Down” co-creator and star

by Linnea Crowther

Ben Best was an actor and screenwriter known for co-creating and starring in the HBO series “Eastbound & Down” and the cult indie film “The Foot Fist Way.”

Acting career

Best worked alongside Danny McBride in co-creating “Eastbound & Down,” in which he co-starred as bartender Clegg. The two also co-wrote “The Foot Fist Way,” in which Best played Tae Kwon Do expert Chuck “The Truck” Wallace, and “Your Highness.” Best is also known for roles in movies including “Superbad,” “Observe and Report,” “What Happens in Vegas,” and “Land of the Lost.”

Tributes to Ben Best

Full obituary: Deadline


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