Both Ben Jones and Mark Myers are from Georgia. Both had bit parts in Smokey and the Bandit.
But did you know...
Both Ben Jones and Mark Myers auditioned for the part of "Cooter" for the TV series Dukes of Hazzard? Mark all but had the part and Ben came in at the last minute and won over the casting director. When Mark enquired why he lost the part he was told "he wasn't sleazy enough".
Both Ben Jones and Mark Myers ran for congress in 1988. Ben ran and won his seat representing the 4th District of Georiga and served from 1989 thru 1992. Mark ran for the 10th District of Georgia but lost to the incumbant in the primary.
According to the script, Mark Myers character's name is "Ben" in Smokey and the Bandit.
Ben Jones character's name is not mentioned in the script, but it does say the red head next to him is his wife.
Ben Jones operates Cooter's Place (https://cootersplace.com/) which consists of 3 stores plus an online store that specializes in Dukes of Hazzard merchandise.
Mark Myers operates Myers Team Realty (https://myersteam.com/) out of Loganville, GA. He services several communities in the metro Atlanta area including home sales and property management.