Denver Pyle

Denver Pyle

Highest Rated: 100% Shenandoah (1965)

Lowest Rated: 0% Something Big (1971)

Birthday: May 11, 1920

Birthplace: Bethune, Colorado, USA

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.

Highest rated movies

Shenandoah
To Hell and Back
Too Late for Tears
Johnny Guitar
The Left Handed Gun
Bonnie and Clyde
Escape to Witch Mountain
The Great Race

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 88% The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! Uncle Jesse Duke (Character) - 1997
66% 71% Maverick Old Gambler on Riverboat (Character) $101.5M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Delta Fever Walt (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Legend of the Wild Unknown (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carnival of Thrills Uncle Jesse (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Renewal Mad Jack (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Once Upon a Starry Night Mad Jack (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Legend of the Northwest Unknown (Character) - 1978
50% 40% Return From Witch Mountain Uncle Bene (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mountain Man Unknown (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guardian of the Wilderness Galen Clark (Character) - 1977
67% 49% Buffalo Bill and the Indians McLaughlin (man who delivers Sitting Bull) (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 85% Hawmps! Col. Seymour Hawkins (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Frontier Fremont Old mountain man (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 73% Winterhawk Arkansas (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. R Morgan (Character) - 1975
76% 59% Escape to Witch Mountain Uncle Bene (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hog Wild Dr. Larson (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder or Mercy Amos Champion (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sidekicks Drunk (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hitched Ben Barnstable (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Legend of Hillbilly John Grandpappy John (Character) - 1972
0% No Score Yet Something Big Junior Frisbee (Character) - 1971
20% 50% Bandolero! Muncie Carter (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 52% Five Card Stud Sig Evers (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tammy and the Millionaire Grandpa Mordecai Tarleton (Character) - 1967
88% 88% Bonnie and Clyde Frank Hamer (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunpoint Cap (Character) - 1966
100% 79% Shenandoah Pastor Bjoerling (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 54% The Rounders Bull (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mara of the Wilderness Kelly (Character) - 1965
74% 83% The Great Race Sheriff (Character) - 1965
52% 63% The Alamo Thimblerig (the Gambler) (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cast a Long Shadow Preacher Harrison (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet King of the Wild Stallions Doc Webber (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 27% China Doll Col. Wiley (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 38% Fort Massacre Pvt. Collins (Character) - 1958
90% 54% The Left Handed Gun Ollinger (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 46% Good Day for a Hanging Deputy Ed Moore (Character) - 1958
60% 39% Jet Pilot Mr. Simpson (uncredited) (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 18% The Lonely Man Brad (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Naked Hills Bert Killian/Narrator (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Killed Wild Bill Hickok Jim Bailey (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 42% 7th Cavalry Dixon (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 50% Rage at Dawn Clint Reno (Character) - 1955
100% 82% To Hell and Back Thompson (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 35% Please Murder Me Lieut. Bradley (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 42% Ride Clear of Diablo Reverend Moorehead (Character) - 1954
93% 85% Johnny Guitar Posseman (uncredited) (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Canyon Ambush Tom Carlton-Replaced (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oklahoma Annie Skip (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hills of Utah Bowie French (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rough Riders of Durango Lacey (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flying Saucer Turner (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flame of Youth Lytz (Character) - 1949
100% 63% Too Late for Tears Youth at Union Station (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hellfire Rex (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 28% The Man From Colorado Easy Jarrett (uncredited) (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Where the North Begins Henchman Jim "Rocky" Rockwell (Character) - 1947

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cybill Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dallas Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Uncle Jesse Duke (Character),
Director
1979-1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Password 79 Guest 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Disney's Wonderful World Uncle Bene (Character) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet How the West Was Won Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Mad Jack (Character) 1977-1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1973-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Sheriff (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Carl Armstrong (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Caleb Nash (Guest Star) 1973 1962-1967 1959-1960 1956-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Buck Webb (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star),
Director
1968-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1972 1970 1968 1961-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Brides Duncan Bolt (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shotgun Slade Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Titus Purcell (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Ortho Williams (Character),
Director
1966-1968 1963-1964 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show Briscoe Darling (Guest Star) 1966 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Emery Fillmore (Guest Star) 1966 1963 1960-1961 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tammy Grandpa Tarleton (Character) 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lieutenant Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Stu Tillman (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show Uncle George Petrie (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Sheriff Hailey (Guest Star) 1963 1959-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Mr. Madden (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Timmy & Lassie Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Dallas Hopewell (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cain's Hundred Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1960-1961 1957-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1957-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stagecoach West Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1960 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Ben Thompson (Guest Star) 1957-1960 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Marshal Dave Leggert (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Men Into Space Dr. Peter Riber (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun Sheriff Jay (Guest Star) 1959 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Dan Morgan (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind Closed Doors Unknown (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1953-1956 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Behind the Badge Detective Lashley (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures of Kit Carson Unknown (Guest Star) 1952-1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Medic Dr. Carthage (Guest Star) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gene Autry Show Professor Sharp (Guest Star) 1954 1951-1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Annie Oakley Unknown (Guest Star) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stories of the Century Unknown (Guest Star) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Unknown (Guest Star) 1954 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Roy Rogers Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1952-1953

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