Denver Pyle

Actor, Aircraft plant worker
A World War II veteran who worked numerous odd jobs before becoming an actor, Denver Pyle appeared in over 200 television programs and is best known for his role as Uncle Jesse in the popular 1980s television series ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1920 in Bethune, Colorado, USA


Actor (77)

Cybill 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)


L.A. Law 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)


Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1989, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)


The Doris Day Show 1968 - 1974, 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The Dukes of Hazzard 1968 - 1974, 1978 - 1985, 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Great American Music: A Salute to Fast Cars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Maverick 1994 (Movie)

Old Gambler (Actor)

Wind in the Wire 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Randy Travis -- Happy Trails 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Delta Fever 1987 (Movie)


The Dukes 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)


The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams 1977 - 1979 (TV Show)


Return From Witch Mountain 1978 (Movie)

Uncle Ben (Actor)

Hawmps 1976 (Movie)

Colonel Seymour Hawkins (Actor)

Welcome to L.A. 1976 (Movie)

Carl Barber (Actor)

Escape to Witch Mountain 1975 (Movie)

Uncle Ben (Actor)

Guardian of the Wilderness 1975 (Movie)

Galen Clark (Actor)

The Adventures of Frontier Fremont 1975 (Movie)

"Big Bill" Driggers (Actor)

Winterhawk 1975 (Movie)

Arkansas (Actor)

Sidekicks 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Hitched 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


Cahill, United States Marshal 1972 (Movie)

Denver (Actor)

Something Big 1971 (Movie)

Frisbee (Actor)

Who Fears the Devil? 1971 (Movie)

Grandpappy John (Actor)

Here Come the Brides 1968 - 1970 (TV Show)


5 Card Stud 1968 (Movie)

Sig Evers (Actor)

Bandolero! 1968 (Movie)

Muncie Carter (Actor)

The Andy Griffith Show 1960 - 1968 (TV Show)


Bonnie and Clyde 1967 (Movie)

Frank Homer (Actor)

Welcome to Hard Times 1967 (Movie)

Alfie (Actor)

Gunpoint 1965 (Movie)


Shenandoah 1965 (Movie)

Pastor Bjoerling (Actor)

The Great Race 1965 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Cheyenne Autumn 1964 (Movie)

Sen Henry (Actor)

The Rounders 1964 (Movie)

Bull (Actor)

The Roy Rogers Show 1951 - 1964 (TV Show)


Mail Order Bride 1963 (Movie)

Preacher Pope (Actor)

Thriller 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)


Geronimo 1961 (Movie)

Sen Conrad (Actor)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1961 (Movie)

Amos Carruthers (Actor)

The Alamo 1960 (Movie)

Gambler (Actor)

The Horse Soldiers 1959 (Movie)

Jagger Joe (Actor)

Cast a Long Shadow 1958 (Movie)

Harrison (Actor)

China Doll 1958 (Movie)

Colonel Wiley (Actor)

Good Day For a Hanging 1958 (Movie)

Moore (Actor)

The Left-Handed Gun 1958 (Movie)

Ollinger (Actor)

Crossroads 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)


Fort Massacre 1957 (Movie)

Collins (Actor)

Gun Duel in Durango 1957 (Movie)

Ranger Captain (Actor)

Jet Pilot 1957 (Movie)

Mr Simpson (Actor)

The Lonely Man 1957 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

The Party Crashers 1957 (Movie)

Mr Bickford (Actor)

Medic 1954 - 1956 (TV Show)


Rage at Dawn 1955 (Movie)

Clint Reno (Actor)

Run For Cover 1955 (Movie)

Harvey (Actor)

Seventh Cavalry 1955 (Movie)

Dixon (Actor)

To Hell and Back 1955 (Movie)

Thompson (Actor)

Top Gun 1955 (Movie)

Gorse (Actor)

Crown Theater With Gloria Swanson 1953 - 1954 (TV Show)


Johnny Guitar 1954 (Movie)

Posee Member (Actor)

Ride Clear of Diablo 1953 (Movie)

Reverend Moorehead (Actor)

Goldtown Ghost Riders 1952 (Movie)

Bernie Malloy (Actor)

Death Among Friends (TV Show)


Desert Passage (Movie)

Allen (Actor)

Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion (TV Show)


Father and Scout (TV Show)


How Bugs Bunny Won the West (TV Show)


Karen (TV Show)


Murder or Mercy (TV Show)


Return to Mayberry (TV Show)


Terrified (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

The Flying Saucer (Movie)

Turner (Actor)

Too Late for Tears (Movie)

Youth (Actor)

Where the North Begins (Movie)

Director (1)

Dirty Sally 1973 - 1974, 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)



A World War II veteran who worked numerous odd jobs before becoming an actor, Denver Pyle appeared in over 200 television programs and is best known for his role as Uncle Jesse in the popular 1980s television series "The Dukes of Hazzard. " Born in Bethune, Colorado, Pyle briefly attended college before enlisting in the Merchant Marines. His first screen credit came in 1947, when he landed a small role in the high-seas adventure "Devil Ship." He worked steadily throughout the 1950s, appearing in the Western anthology series "Frontier" and on the popular family series "My Friend Flicka." Although he acted primarily in western and crime television dramas like "Gunsmoke" and "Perry Mason," Pyle also landed roles in films like "The Horse Soldiers" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." In 1963, he appeared in six episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" as Briscoe Darling, the gruff leader of a local hilbilly gang. He also appeared as Doris Day's father in three seasons of "The Doris Day Show." In 1979 Pyle enjoyed his biggest success yet, as the wise and kind-hearted Uncle Jesse on the family drama "The Dukes of Hazzard." He continued his role in the short-lived spin-off show "The Dukes," which ended after only one season. Pyle, who was terminally ill with lung cancer by the time of the reunion show in 1997, died on December 25, 1997.


Willie Pyle


Tippy Pyle

survived him

David Pyle

survived him

Tony Pyle

survived him


Colorado State University

Denver , Colorado



Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December


Reprised the role of Uncle Jesse for "Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion" (CBS)


Final feature, a small role in "Maverick"


Again appeared as Briscoe Darling in the NBC TV movie "Return to Mayberry"


Created the role of a crusty lobbyist in the pilot of "Karen," an ABC sitcom starring Karen Valentine


Portrayed the Texas ranger on the hunt for "Bonnie and Clyde" in Arthur Penn's feature


Played a variety of featured roles on "The Roy Rogers Show" (CBS)


Film debut, "The Guilt of Janet Ames"


Moved to L.A.

Co-starred as Doris Day's father on the CBS sitcom "The Doris Day Show"

Co-starred on "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" (NBC)

Served in the US Navy during WWII; he was wounded off Guadalcanal and received a medical discharge in 1942

Raised in Bethune, CO

Played Uncle Jesse on "The Dukes of Hazzard" (CBS)

Appeared as one-half of the outlaw Thompson Brothers on the first season of the ABC Western "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp"

Played the grandfather on the ABC sitcom "Tammy"

Had a recurring role of the musical mountain man Briscoe Darling on "The Andy Griffith Show"

Played the recurring role of Caleb on "Gunsmoke" (CBS)