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

Filmography

Actor (77)

Cybill 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

Old Gambler (Actor)

Wind in the Wire 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Delta Fever 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Dukes 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Voice

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

Actor

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)

Actor

Hitched 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

5 Card Stud 1968 (Movie)

Sig Evers (Actor)

Bandolero! 1968 (Movie)

Muncie Carter (Actor)

The Andy Griffith Show 1960 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Bonnie and Clyde 1967 (Movie)

Frank Homer (Actor)

Welcome to Hard Times 1967 (Movie)

Alfie (Actor)

Gunpoint 1965 (Movie)

(Actor)

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)

Actor

Mail Order Bride 1963 (Movie)

Preacher Pope (Actor)

Thriller 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

Desert Passage (Movie)

Allen (Actor)

Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion (TV Show)

Actor

Father and Scout (TV Show)

Actor

How Bugs Bunny Won the West (TV Show)

Actor

Karen (TV Show)

Actor

Murder or Mercy (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Mayberry (TV Show)

Actor

Terrified (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

The Flying Saucer (Movie)

Turner (Actor)

Too Late for Tears (Movie)

Youth (Actor)

Where the North Begins (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (1)

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

Director

Biography

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.

Relationships

Willie Pyle

Brother

Tippy Pyle

Wife
survived him

David Pyle

Son
survived him

Tony Pyle

Son
survived him

EDUCATION

Colorado State University

Denver, Colorado

Milestones

1997

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

1997

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December

1994

Final feature, a small role in "Maverick"

1986

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

1975

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

1967

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

1951

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

1947

Film debut, "The Guilt of Janet Ames"

1940

Moved to L.A.

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 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 recurring role of Caleb on "Gunsmoke" (CBS)

Raised in Bethune, CO

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

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

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

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