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Denver Pyle ACTOR


Denver Pyle was born on May 11th, 1920 in Bethune, Colorado with the birth name Denver Dell Pyle.  He was born into a farming family and for a while he did attend college, but then dropped out to pursue a career as a drummer.   However, being unsuccessful, he then found odd end jobs doing everything from working in an oil filed to working on a shrimp fishing boat. 
In 1940, he relocated to Los Angeles, California and found work with NBC but then left that job to join the Navy during World War II.  In 1943 he was wounded and received a medical discharge and returned back to Los Angeles where he found work at an aircraft plant as a riveter.  He became involved in acting when he got a small role in a theater production and was seen by a talent scout.
He went on to take some acting training classes and soon got the opportunity to debut in his first film, "The Guilt of Janet Ames" (1947).  This was the start of a long lasting career where he would ultimately star in hundreds of films and television series such as, "Gunsmoke" (1955), "Bonanza" (1959), "Frontier" (1955-1956) and such films as, To Hell and Back" (1955), "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) and several John Wayne movies such as "The Horse Soldiers" (1959), "The Alamo" (1960), "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962) and "Cahill U.S. Marshall" (1973).  Denver is most remembered for the roles he took on his later years such as on, "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" (1977) and "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979) playing the role of Uncle Jesse.
Pyle also did some writing and directing during his career for a western called, "Dirty Sally" (1974).  His last cinematic role was in 1994 in the film, "Maverick".       
Denver Pyle was married twice throughout his lifetime, first to Marliee Carpenter from August 8th, 1955 through August 1967.  The couple had two children together, he then married Tippie Johnston in 1983 and they remained together until he passed away on December 25th, 1997 in Burbank, California from lung cancer at the age of seventy seven.    

Two weeks before he passed away, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and even though he was very ill, he managed to attend the ceremony.  Denver Pyle was buried in Forestson, Texas. 


1997 The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!  
1997 Podunk Possum 
1994 Father and Scout 
1994 Maverick 
1994 L.A. Law
1993 Wind in the Wire
1990 Dallas
1988 Murder, She Wrote
1987 Delta Fever 
1986 Return to Mayberry 
1986 The Love Boat
1979-1985 The Dukes of Hazzard
1983 The Dukes
1981 Legend of the Wild 
1980 Enos
1979 How the West Was Won
1977-1978 The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
1978 Once Upon a Starry Night 
1978 How Bugs Bunny Won the West 
1978 Return from Witch Mountain 
1959-1978 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
1978 Legend of the Northwest
1976 Guardian of the Wilderness
1976 Welcome to L.A. 
1976 The Last of Mrs. Lincoln 
1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson 
1976 Hawmps! 
1976 Barnaby Jones
1976 Petrocelli
1976 The Adventures of Frontier Fremont 
1975 Winterhawk 
1975 The Family Holvak
1975 The Boy Who Talked to Badgers 
1975 Death Among Friends 
1975 Escape to Witch Mountain 
1975 Karen 
1974 The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams 
1974 The Manhunter
1974 Murder or Mercy 
1974 Sidekicks 
1974 The Legend of Hillbilly John 
1973-1974 Kung Fu
1974 Dirty Sally
1974 Hog Wild 
1974 The New Perry Mason
1974 Cannon
1973 The Streets of San Francisco 
1973 Cahill U.S. Marshal 
1956-1973 Gunsmoke
1972 The Waltons
1961-1972 Bonanza
1971 Something Big 
1971 Hitched 
1968-1971 The Doris Day Show
1970 Here Come the Brides
1968 5 Card Stud 
1968 Bandolero!
1968 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
1968 The Guns of Will Sonnett
1967 Cimarron Strip
1967 Hondo
1967 The High Chaparral
1967 Bonnie and Clyde
1967 Tammy and the Millionaire 
1967 Welcome to Hard Times 
1963-1966 The Andy Griffith Show
1953-1966 Death Valley Days
1958-1966 Perry Mason
1966 Gunpoint 
1965-1966 Tammy
1966 Incident at Phantom Hill 
1965 Mara of the Wilderness 
1965 The Great Race 
1965 Shenandoah 
1957-1965 Wagon Train
1965 Slattery's People
1965 The Rounders 
1964 Mr. Novak
1964 Cheyenne Autumn 
1964 Black Like Me 
1964 The Lieutenant 
1964 Mail Order Bride 
1964 The Great Adventure
1964 Temple Houston
1964 Twilight Zone
1964 Dr. Kildare 
1963 Arrest and Trial
1963 Rawhide
1963 The Dick Van Dyke Show
1963 Channing
1963 Terrified 
1963 The Virginian
1959-1963 Laramie
1961-1963 Ripcord
1961-1962 Cheyenne
1962 Lassie
1962 Empire
1962 Kraft Mystery Theater
1959-1962 Lawman 
1962 Geronimo 
1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 
1962 Ben Casey 
1962 Cain's Hundred 
1962 Thriller
1961-1962 Route 66
1961 The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor
1959-1961 The Rifleman 
1961 Bronco 
1961 National Velvet 
1961 Two Faces West 
1961 Checkmate
1956-1961 Zane Grey Theater 
1959-1961 The Deputy
1959-1961 Bat Masterson 
1961 Maverick 
1957-1960 Have Gun - Will Travel 
1960 Stagecoach West
1955-1960 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
1960 The Alamo  
1960 Riverboat
1960 The Real McCoys
1960 The Aquanauts
1960 The Tall Man
1960 Wrangler
1960 Tombstone Territory
1960 The Man from Blackhawk
1960 Overland Trail 
1960 Hotel de Paree
1960 Pony Express
1960 Wichita Town
1959-1960 The Texan
1960 Home from the Hill 
1960 Law of the Plainsman
1960 Shotgun Slade
1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
1959 Men Into Space
1959 Bourbon Street Beat
1957-1959 Tales of Wells Fargo
1959 Cast a Long Shadow 
1959 The Horse Soldiers
1958-1959 26 Men
1959 King of the Wild Stallions 
1957-1959 The Restless Gun 
1959 Rescue 8
1959 Good Day for a Hanging 
1958 Jefferson Drum
1958 Tales of the Texas Rangers
1958 Behind Closed Doors 
1958 The Party Crashers 
1958 Bitter Heritage 
1958 Mike Hammer
1958 China Doll 
1958 Fort Massacre
1958 The Left Handed Gun 
1958 Playhouse 90
1958 Broken Arrow
1958 Man Without a Gun
1957 Casey Jones 
1957 Domino Kid 
1957 The Court of Last Resort
1957 Jet Pilot 
1957 The Lonely Man 
1956-1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour
1957 Code 3
1957 Destination 60,000 
1957 Gun Duel in Durango 
1957 State Trooper
1956-1957 The Adventures of Jim Bowie
1957 The Gray Ghost
1956 7th Cavalry
1951-1956 The Lone Ranger 
1956 Yaqui Drums
1955-1956 My Friend Flicka 
1956 The Naked Hills 
1956 I Killed Wild Bill Hickok 
1956 Please Murder Me 
1955-1956 Crossroads
1956 The Loretta Young Show
1953-1956 You Are There 
1956 Frontier
1956 The Millionaire
1956 Sheriffs of the USA 
1955 Top Gun 
1955 Steve Donovan, Western Marshal
1955 Fury 
1955 The Lineup
1955 Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe 
1955 To Hell and Back
1954-1955 Medic
1954-1955 The Public Defender
1955 Run for Cover 
1955 Buffalo Bill, Jr.
1955 Rage at Dawn
1955 Ten Wanted Men
1955 The Man Behind the Badge
1954 The Yellow Mountain 
1954 Drum Beat
1951-1954 The Gene Autry Show 
1952-1954 The Adventures of Kit Carson 
1954 Johnny Guitar
1954 Annie Oakley 
1954 Ramar of the Jungle 
1954 Stories of the Century
1954 The Boy from Oklahoma 
1954 Ride Clear of Diablo 
1954 Adventures of Superman 
1952-1954 Hopalong Cassidy
1954 The Command 
1954 Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson 
1954 The Lone Wolf
1953 Texas Bad Man 
1953 Vigilante Terror 
1953 Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
1953 The Fighting Lawman 
1953 Topeka 
1953 I'm the Law
1953 The Lone Hand 
1953 Goldtown Ghost Riders 
1953 Column South 
1953 Rebel City 
1952-1953 The Roy Rogers Show
1953 A Perilous Journey 
1953 Gunsmoke 
1951-1953 The Range Rider
1952 Cowboy G-Men
1952 The Maverick 
1952 Canyon Ambush 
1952 Fargo 
1952 Desert Passage 
1952 Man from the Black Hills 
1952 Oklahoma Annie 
1952 Mutiny 
1951-1952 The Cisco Kid
1951 Drums in the Deep South 
1951 The Hills of Utah 
1951 Million Dollar Pursuit 
1951 Rough Riders of Durango 
1950 The Old Frontier 
1950 Customs Agent
1950 Dynamite Pass
1950 Federal Agent at Large
1950 Singing Guns 
1950 Captain China  
1949 The Big Wheel 
1949 Flame of Youth 
1949 Too Late for Tears 
1949 Rim of the Canyon
1949 Hellfire
1949 Red Canyon 
1949 Streets of San Francisco
1949 El Paso 
1948 The Man from Colorado 
1948 Marshal of Amarillo 
1948 Train to Alcatraz 
1947 Where the North Begins 
1947 Devil Ship 
1947 The Guilt of Janet Ames       

Matinee Classics - Medic starring Richard Boone, Mary Stewart, Jean Engstrom, Robert Bray, Robert Stevenson, Scott Forbes, Barry Atwater and Denver Pyle
Matinee Classics - Hills of Utah starring Gene Autry, Elaine Riley, Donna Martell, Onslow Stevens, Denver Pyle, William Fawcett, Harry Lauter, Keene Duncan, Pat Butram, Harry Harvey and Sandy Sanders
Matinee Classics - 5 Card Stud starring Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens, Roddy McDowall, Katherine Justice, Yaphet Koto, Denver Pyle, Whit Bissell, Ted de Corsia and John Anderson
Matinee Classics - Cahill, United States Marshal starring John Wayne and George Kennedy
Matinee Classics - Rage at Dawn starring Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, Mala Powers, J. Carrol Naish, Edgar Buchanan, Myron Healey, Howard Petrie, Ray Teal, William Forrest, Denver Pyle, Trevor Bardette and Kenneth Tobey
Matinee Classics - The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams starring Dan Haggerty, Denver Pyle, Don Shanks and Ben the bear
Matinee Classics - The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams starring Dan Haggerty, Denver Pyle, Don Shanks and Ben the bear
Matinee Classics - The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams starring Dan Haggerty, Denver Pyle, Don Shanks and Ben the bear
Matinee Classics - Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Dub Taylor, Denver Pyle, Gene Wilder and Estelle Parsons
Matinee Classics - The Great Race starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn, Dorothy Provine, Larry Storch, Hal Smith, Denver Pyle, Arthur O'Connell, Vivian Vance, Ross Martin, Marvin Kaplan, George Macready, Joyce Nizzari and William Bryant

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