Denver Pyle
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Denver Pyle
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.
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Oakboro Cruise-In features Mayberry star - Salisbury Post
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I recall Denver Pyle put little silver vases on the inside of the doors so they would hold Charlene's mountain flowers. The vases are still there.” Peterson says she would love to show Ms. Applebee at the Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout, but she opts to
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Andy Griffith: Behind The Music - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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Denver Pyle, (later Uncle Jesse on The Dukes of Hazard) and Maggie Peterson were actors and did the talking. Here, they do "Doug's Tune," a banjo showcase. To display this content, you need a JavaScript capable browser. Here's Andy, years later,
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James Stewart's early roles featured Aug 13 on TCM's Summer Under The Stars - Examiner.com
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Typical for Ford's classic films, the supporting cast in a who's who of western film favorites, including Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, John Carradine and Denver Pyle. In the leading lady department, there's Vera Miles and Jeanette Nolan
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'Dukes of Hazzard' homecoming is this weekend - Fredericksburg.com
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“We wanted to do something smaller, with more of a down-home feel to it, not as gigantic as it the first one had become,” said Jones. Nearly all the cast members except for Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle) and Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke), who have both passed
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Bluegrass CD inspired by '60s classic - The Augusta Chronicle
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The CD's title comes from the line that patriarch Briscoe Darling (actor Denver Pyle) would say before his musical family launched into a country tune. The CD is being sold at Cracker Barrel restaurants. In the mountain-sounding style of The Darlings
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Tom Wopat, half of TV's 'Dukes,' waxes rhapsodic about Wilkes-Barre, his career - Daily Journal
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The show also starred Denver Pyle as Uncle Jesse, Sorrell Booke as Boss Hogg and Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke. Wopat is currently starring on Broadway in "Catch Me If You Can." He and his band have a CD out, "Consider it Swung
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I See a Biography of RC "Doc" Anderson in Your Future - The Chattanoogan
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The March 19, 1972 Chattanooga News-Free Press told of the visit of actor Denver Pyle (Briscoe Darling on “Andy Griffith” and Uncle Jesse on “Dukes of Hazzard”) and Texas oil man John Shaw. Doc Anderson had correctly located sixteen of sixteen oil well
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Grascals show Mayberry some love - San Antonio Express
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The title of the seven-song EP comes from the line that Briscoe Darling (Denver Pyle), patriarch of a musically inclined hillbilly family, said before launching into a tune. The Darlings played some of the album's songs on the show, including the
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The almanac - UPI.com
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... Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali in 1904; comic actors Margaret Rutherford in 1892 and Phil Silvers and Winstead Sheffield "Doodles" Weaver, both in 1911; Nobel laureate physicist Richard Feynman in 1918; actor Denver Pyle in 1920;
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Grascals, The - Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot And Ravelin': A Tribute to ... - Country Music News
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Der Familienvorstand wird von Denver Pyle, Onkel Jesse aus der TV-Serie "Ein Duke kommt selten allein", gespielt. Seine vier Söhne werden von der Bluegrassband The Dillards gespielt. Kein Wunder also, dass die Serie vollgestopft mit Bluegrass- und
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Dukes Of Hazzard Cast - Screen Junkies
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Uncle Jesse – Denver Pyle. The Duke family unit in "Dukes of Hazzard" was not as straight-forward as other television families. There were no brothers, sisters, mothers or fathers. As a father figure, the Dukes had Uncle Jesse
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Charles Sellier Jr., 67, 'Grizzly Adams' Creator
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Charles Sellier Jr., a producer and director of family-friendly films and television shows and the creator of the popular 1970s NBC series ''The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,'' died on Monday at his home near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He was 67. Darryl Howard, a longtime friend, said that Mr. Sellier died unexpectedly but he did not specify the
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TELEVISION; An Army Of General Lees Charges Into Nashville
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FOR the sake of a certain automobile, Justin Knotts, 21, recently drove nine hours from his home in Campbell, Mo., to arrive at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Eleven years ago, before Mr. Knotts's feet could reach an accelerator pad, he and his father began restoring a burned-out 1969 Dodge Charger to replicate the General Lee, the
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Two by Ousmane Sembène The leading filmmaker of sub-Saharan Africa (and by some accounts the first), Ousmane Sembène is now 82 but continues to create vivid portraits of his native Senegal, where, in his caustic view, outmoded traditions of both the local and colonial variety persist in impeding social progress. A dedicated Marxist since the
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Denver Pyle, 77, Best Known For 'Dukes of Hazzard' Role
NYTimes - about 19 years
Denver Pyle, a television and film actor known for his roles as a wise Southern uncle on ''The Dukes of Hazzard'' and a melodic mountain man on ''The Andy Griffith Show,'' died Thursday in Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. He was 77. Mr. Pyle was suffering from lung cancer. Born in a Colorado ranch town of 40 people, Mr. Pyle
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Denver Pyle
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1997
    Age 76
    His last known acting role was a reprisal of Jesse Duke in the 1997 CBS made-for-TV movie The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!
    More Details Hide Details Pyle sponsored Uncle Jesse's Fishing Tournament in Lamar County, Texas. In 10 years of operation, the tournament raised more than $160,000 to support children's programs there. Pyle has a star in the Motion Pictures section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard. It was dedicated December 12, 1997. In 1991, the Texas Senate passed a resolution honoring Pyle and his wife for their work with Special Olympics and the Denver Pyle's Children's Charities.
  • 1994
    Age 73
    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 62
    In 1983, Pyle married Tippie Johnston.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1974
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also played a small role on The Waltons as a relative to the Baldwin sisters. Pyle's best-known and longest-running television role was that of Uncle Jesse Duke in the CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985) (146 episodes).
  • FORTIES
  • 1970
    Age 49
    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."
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  • 1968
    Age 47
    He said in 1968 that he based his acting in that role on his father's personality.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Pyle had a guest-starring role in 1973 on The Streets of San Francisco. In 1975, Walt Disney Productions released a film based on the novel Escape to Witch Mountain. In this film, Tony and Tia were played by Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards, Lucas Deranian by Donald Pleasence, and the children's Uncle Bené by Pyle. He appeared as a judge residing in the town of Purgatory in the first-season episode of Kung Fu, titled "Ancient Warrior". Pyle played the role of Mad Jack in 36 episodes of the NBC series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (1977–1978). He played Buck Webb (Doris Day's television series father) during the first two seasons of CBS's The Doris Day Show (1968–1970).
  • 1967
    Age 46
    Pyle portrayed the vengeful Texas Ranger Frank Hamer in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in an episode of The High Chaparral as a general who had lost his son.
  • 1966
    Age 45
    He also is known for portraying both the suspect and the murder victim on the last original Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Final Fadeout" in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details He was the only actor to play a victim, a suspect and the actual murderer (in previous episodes) on the series in six appearances. Among his other appearances he played defendant Robert Crane in "The Case of the Deadly Double" in 1958, murderer Tilden Stuart in "The Case of the Jealous Journalist" and murderer Emery Fillmore in "The Case of the Renegade Refugee" (both in 1961), and murderer Frank Honer in "The Case of the Shifty Shoebox" in 1963. Pyle portrayed Grandpa Tarleton in all twenty-six episodes of Tammy in the 1965–1966 season.
    Pyle played the frontier character Deadwood Dick in the 1966 episode "The Resurrection of Deadwood Dick" on the syndicated anthology series Death Valley Days.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared twice in Cheyenne starring Clint Walker. He played Sergeant Tripp in the episode "The Enemy" of the James Arness ABC series How the West Was Won.
  • 1964
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Pyle appeared 14 times on Gunsmoke, seven times on Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre, and twice on Frontier Justice, all on CBS. He appeared in seven episodes as Ben Thompson (and twice as other characters) on the ABC western series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O'Brian. He also appeared in an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show as a feisty uncle of Rob Petrie.
  • 1963
    Age 42
    He appeared in the 1963–1964 season of ABC's drama about college life Channing.
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  • 1961
    Age 40
    Pyle guest-starred 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 "A Long Piece Of Mischief".
    More Details Hide Details One of Pyle's early roles was as a villain in an Adventures of Superman episode called "Beware the Wrecker". He also played the father in the episode "Black Leather Jackets" of the CBS series, The Twilight Zone.
    Pyle was cast as Jed Corrigan in the 1961 episode "The Tramp" of the NBC family drama series National Velvet.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 39
    About this time, Pyle appeared in the segment "Lawyer in Petticoats" of William Bendix's 1960 NBC western series Overland Trail, and thereafter in 1961 in "Hand of Vengeance" of the syndicated western series Two Faces West.
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    Pyle was cast in the 1960 episode "Three Wise Men" of ABC's Stagecoach West as an outlaw who promises to turn himself into the authorities if he can spend Christmas with his family.
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    Pyle guest starred in 1960 in several other westerns, including the episode "Special Delivery" of the syndicated Pony Express, in The Rifleman season 2 episode 36, "The Hangman" as Harold Tanner, in "The Man Who Wanted Everything" of ABC's The Man from Blackhawk, and in "Crime Epidemic" of the Pat Conway series Tombstone Territory.
    More Details Hide Details Pyle guest-starred in the episode "Trail of the Dead", the story of five missing western prospectors, of Rod Cameron's modern western syndicated series State Trooper. He appeared with Sammy Jackson in the episode "Resurrection" of the syndicated American Civil War drama, The Gray Ghost. Pyle was cast as Big Red in the 1959 episode "Woman in the River" of the ABC/Warner Bros. detective series Bourbon Street Beat, starring Andrew Duggan and Richard Long. Pyle made several appearances as Briscoe Darling, Jr., the gruff patriarch of the Darling clan of musical hillbillies, on the CBS series, The Andy Griffith Show. Pyle was cast in a number of western movies by John Ford, including The Horse Soldiers with William Holden and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. He played a Tennessee soldier (called "Thimblerig") in John Wayne's The Alamo (1960). He portrayed Sam Houston in several episodes of CBS's The Adventures of Jim Bowie. He guest-starred as a law enforcement officer in Jim Davis' other syndicated series, Rescue 8, and appeared as well in an episode of the ABC sitcom, The Real McCoys, starring Walter Brennan and Richard Crenna.
    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".
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  • 1959
    Age 38
    He guest starred with Grant Withers in the 1959 episode "Tumbleweed Ranger" of Tris Coffin's syndicated western series 26 Men, billed as true stories of the Arizona Rangers.
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    He appeared as a Professor in the syndicated Men Into Space series' 1959 episode Moonquake.
    More Details Hide Details In an episode of Ripcord he played a suicidal parachutist. Pyle appeared twice each on the CBS western series My Friend Flicka and NBC's The Restless Gun with John Payne.
  • 1958
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1956
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1955
    Age 34
    In 1955, Pyle married Marilee Carpenter (1924–2010), a production assistant at 20th Century Fox.
    More Details Hide Details They had sons, David and Tony in 1956 and 1957, respectively.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Three years later, he played an arsonist in the episode "The Fire Watchers" of the same series.
  • 1954
    Age 33
    In 1954, he was cast as a henchman of the outlaw Sam Bass in Jim Davis's syndicated series Stories of the Century.
    More Details Hide Details Pyle was twice cast on CBS's The Public Defender in the role of George Hansen, and three times on the religious anthology series, Crossroads on ABC. He acted the part of a police detective in the 1956 film noir Please Murder Me, starring Raymond Burr, who played a defense attorney before his starring role in CBS's Perry Mason.
  • 1953
    Age 32
    In 1953, Pyle appeared as Emil Hatch in episode # 46 of The Adventures of Superman entitled "Beware the Wrecker."He had a part in the 1955 Audie Murphy film To Hell and Back, appeared twice on NBC's 1955–1956 western anthology series Frontier (in "Mother of the Brave" and in "The Voyage of Captain Castle").
    More Details Hide Details Pyle appeared twice as an unidentified bank robber in Duncan Renaldo's syndicated western series The Cisco Kid.
  • 1951
    Age 30
    Pyle guest-starred between 1951 and 1953 fourteen times on the syndicated television series The Range Rider with Jock Mahoney and Dick Jones, appeared as an outlaw in a 1951 episode of the television series The Lone Ranger titled "Backtrail", episode 71, "The Outcast", episode 166, "Woman in the White Mask and episode 187, "Cross of Santo Domingo".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After graduating from high school, Pyle briefly attended Colorado State University, but dropped out to enter show business. Pyle was a drummer and band member until the United States entered World War II, when he joined in the United States Navy.) After the war, Pyle embarked on his film career. He starred in several movies and on television during the 1950s and 1960s.
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