Denver Pyle

Born May 11, 1920

Denver Dell Pyle was an American film and television actor. He perhaps is equally widely remembered for playing Briscoe Darling on several different episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" and also as Uncle Jesse in The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985). He was one of the main characters in the popular show.… Read More

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1920 Birth Born on May 11, 1920.


1955 35 Years Old 1 More Event
He had a part in the 1955 Audie Murphy film To Hell and Back and guest starred twice on NBC's 1955-1956 western anthology series Frontier, in "Mother of the Brave" and in "The Voyage of Captain Castle". … Read More
1956 36 Years Old He acted the part of a police detective in the 1956 film noir Please Murder Me starring Raymond Burr, who played a defense attorney pre his Perry Mason role. … Read More
1959 39 Years Old He guest starred with Grant Withers in the 1959 episode "Tumbleweed Ranger" of the syndicated western 26 Men, true stories of the Arizona Rangers.


He appeared in the syndicated series Pony Express in the 1960 episode "Special Delivery". … Read More
1961 41 Years Old Pyle appeared twice on the CBS series "Route 66" with Martin Milner and George Maharis, first in 1961 in the episode "The Newborn" and again in 1962 in the episode "A Long Piece Of Mischief". … Read More
1963 43 Years Old He appeared in the 1963-1964 season in ABC's drama about college life, Channing. … Read More
1965 45 Years Old He was Grandpa Tarleton in all 26 episodes of Tammy in the 1965-66 season. … Read More
1967 47 Years Old Pyle portrayed Texas Ranger Frank Hamer in the 1967 movie, Bonnie and Clyde. … Read More


1970 50 Years Old According to her obituary, "Marilee advised and assisted Denver throughout his fifty-year career in motion pictures and television—uninterrupted by their divorce in 1970—until his death in 1997." Denver married Tippie Johnston in 1983. … Read More
1973 53 Years Old He had a guest starring role in 1973 on The Streets of San Francisco. … Read More
1974 54 Years Old He did some writing and directing for the short-lived half-hour western Dirty Sally starring Jeanette Nolan, which ran on CBS in the first half of 1974. … Read More


1994 74 Years Old In his later life, Pyle played mostly cameo television roles and retired from full-time acting. His last cinematic movie role was alongside Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner in the 1994 film Maverick, playing a cheating cardplayer who jumps off a riverboat to keep his dignity.
1997 77 Years Old 1 More Event
His last known acting role was a reprisal of Jesse Duke in the 1997 made-for-TV movie The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! … Read More
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