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Also Known As: Died: December 25, 1997
Born: May 11, 1920 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Bethune, Colorado, USA Profession: actor, aircraft plant worker

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion (1997) Uncle Jesse
2.
 Father and Scout (1994) George Rosebrock
3.
 Maverick (1994) Old Gambler
4.
 Delta Fever (1987)
5.
 Return To Mayberry (1986) Briscoe Darling
6.
 Return From Witch Mountain (1978) Uncle Ben
8.
 Welcome To L.A. (1976) Carl Barber
9.
 Mountain Man (1976) Galen Clark
10.
 Adventures of Frontier Freemont, The (1976) "Big Bill" Driggers
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Raised in Bethune, CO
1940:
Moved to L.A.
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Served in the US Navy during WWII; he was wounded off Guadalcanal and received a medical discharge in 1942
1947:
Film debut, "The Guilt of Janet Ames"
1951:
Played a variety of featured roles on "The Roy Rogers Show" (CBS)
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Appeared as one-half of the outlaw Thompson Brothers on the first season of the ABC Western "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp"
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Played the recurring role of Caleb on "Gunsmoke" (CBS)
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Had a recurring role of the musical mountain man Briscoe Darling on "The Andy Griffith Show"
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Played the grandfather on the ABC sitcom "Tammy"
1967:
Portrayed the Texas ranger on the hunt for "Bonnie and Clyde" in Arthur Penn's feature
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Co-starred as Doris Day's father on the CBS sitcom "The Doris Day Show"
1975:
Created the role of a crusty lobbyist in the pilot of "Karen," an ABC sitcom starring Karen Valentine
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Co-starred on "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" (NBC)
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Played Uncle Jesse on "The Dukes of Hazzard" (CBS)
1986:
Again appeared as Briscoe Darling in the NBC TV movie "Return to Mayberry"
1994:
Final feature, a small role in "Maverick"
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
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Education

Colorado State University: Denver , Colorado -

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wife:
Tippy Pyle. Survived him.

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brother:
Willie Pyle.
son:
David Pyle. Survived him.
son:
Tony Pyle. Survived him.

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