Screenwriter Ben Best, known as the co-creator and star of Eastbound & Down, has died at the age of 46. Having created the series with Danny McBride and Jody Hill, Best wrote the first three episodes of the series and also appeared in eight episodes of the show as Clegg. News of the writer’s death was shared on Instagram by Rough House Pictures, the McBride and Hill-owned production company, but the cause of death has not been revealed.
The publication read: “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our good friend Ben better. We lost him the day before he was 47 years old. A great friend and a creative force. It inspired us and made us laugh. Charming and fun. He left too soon. We love you and we miss you.”
In addition to his writing work, Best starred in several films throughout the 2000s, including Land of the Lost, Superbad, What Happens In Vegas and The way of the foot fist. Although McBride and Hill continued to collaborate on various projects, Best’s last work was on To the east and down in 2013, and did not participate in any more projects.
To the east and down was a sports comedy starring Danny McBride as a former professional baseball pitcher who returns to his hometown and becomes a substitute PE teacher at his old high school in Shelby, North Carolina, after a series of ups and downs in his career. The series was promoted by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and ran for four seasons between 2009 and 2013. He best made appearances as Clegg in both the first and second seasons, and although he was a writer in the first season, he had no further participation in He shows her after season two, as well as executive producer and co-creator credit.
With the same team as Best, McBride and Hill, the feature film The way of the foot fist in 2006 he was Best’s best-known lead role, playing Chuck “The Truck” Wallace, an action hero from the movie B. At the time, Best was part of the music band Pyramid, and provided the songs that appeared on the movie through them, plus the band members playing Chuck’s friends in a party scene in the movie. Taking more than $ 245,000 at the box office from its $ 80,000 budget, the film was by no means a flop, but it received mixed reviews. The general consensus on the film was that “the harshness and scathing humor of this martial arts comedy will keep audiences laughing and cringing in turns.”
The Instagram post gathered a series of comments from Best’s fans, all offering their sympathy and remembering the star. User tonycavalero wrote: “I’m so sorry to hear you. Praying for your family and friends.” Armirchou added, “Oh man, I loved him as Chuck The Truck. Man, one of a kind. Rest in peace.” Luchafur said what many seemed to be thinking, commenting: “This is so heartbreaking. What an immense loss, I am deeply sorry for everyone who loved him.” We echo those sentiments and offer our condolences to family and friends at this time.