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 Pyle was born in Bethune in Kit Carson County, Colorado, on May 11, 1920 to farmer Ben H. Pyle (1895–1988) and his wife Maude (1899–1985); Pyle's brother, Willis Pyle (1914-2016), was an animator known for his work with Walt Disney Animation Studios and UPA. … Read More


1951 - 1954 3 More Events
1955 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Pyle was cast as Carter in the 1955 episode "Joey's Father" of the NBC children's western series Fury, starring Peter Graves and Bobby Diamond. … Read More
1956 36 Years Old In 1956 Pyle appeared as "Vance Kiley" in the episode called "Quicksand" in the TV western series Lone Ranger, starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels.
1958 38 Years Old In 1958, Pyle starred with Judith Evelyn in the episode "Man in the Moon" of the NBC docudrama about the Cold War Behind Closed Doors, hosted by and occasionally starring Bruce Gordon.
1959 39 Years Old 1 More Event
He appeared as a Professor in the syndicated Men Into Space series' 1959 episode Moonquake. … Read More


He appeared seven times on Richard Boone's CBS western Have Gun – Will Travel, his final appearance on the show in 1960 as the character Croft in "The Puppeteer".
1961 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Pyle was cast as Jed Corrigan in the 1961 episode "The Tramp" of the NBC family drama series National Velvet.
1963 43 Years Old He appeared in the 1963–1964 season of ABC's drama about college life Channing.
1964 44 Years Old He portrayed the character Brill in the 1964 episode, "Johnny Ride the Pony: One, Two, Three", of the NBC education drama series, Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus. … Read More
1966 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Pyle played the frontier character Deadwood Dick in the 1966 episode "The Resurrection of Deadwood Dick" on the syndicated anthology series Death Valley Days. … Read More
1967 47 Years Old Pyle portrayed the vengeful Texas Ranger Frank Hamer in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde. … Read More
1968 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968 he appeared as Titus Purcell, patriarch of a family of homesteaders, in the episode "The Price of Tomatoes" in the sitcom Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Working for the first time with Jim Nabors playing Gomer Pyle, spun-off from the Andy Griffith Show, he utilized a screen persona similar to Briscoe Darling, Jr. … 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 even by their divorce in 1970—until his death in 1997."
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


1983 63 Years Old In 1983, Pyle married Tippie Johnston. … 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, in which he portrayed 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 CBS made-for-TV movie The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! … Read More
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