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Denver Dell Pyle was born on the 11th May 1920 in Bethune, Kit Carson County, Colorado USA, and was a film and television actor best remembered for playing Uncle Jesse in “The Dukes of Hazzard” (1979 – 1985). Pyle was active in the entertainment industry from 1947 to 1997 when he passed away.

How much was the net worth of Denver Pyle? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the overall size of his wealth was as much as $5 million, converted to the present day.

Denver Pyle Net Worth $5 Million

To begin with, Pyle was the son of farmers Ben H. Pyle (1895-1988) and Maude (1899-1985). After matriculating from high school, Pyle attended college but dropped out to enter show business. He was a band drummer until World War II started, and he enlisted in the Merchant Marine.

After the war, Pyle pursued his film career, appearing in several films and on television during the 1950s and ‘60s, including a role in the noted film “To Hell and Back” (1955). He appeared in “The CBS Public Defender” in the role of George Hansen, and in the series “Crossroads” aired on ABC. In 1954, Pyle played a trusted man of Sam Bass in the syndicated series “Stories of the Century”, and in 1958 starred opposite Judith Evelyn in an episode of the NBC docudrama “Cold War”. He also appeared in the John Ford western series, including “The Man Who Killed Liberty Valance”, and was also known for playing both the suspect and the victim in the last episode of TV’s “Perry Mason”. All contributed steadily to his net worth.

He was the grandfather Tarleton in the 26 episodes of “Tammy” (1965 – 1966), and created the role of General Sam Houston in several episodes of “The Adventures of Jim Bowie”. His best known role on television may have been as Uncle Jesse Duke in the CBS series “The Dukes of Hazzard” (1979-1985) in which he appeared in 146 episodes. In addition, Pyle played the role of Mad Jack in the NBC series “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” (1977 – 1978). He also created Frank Hamer’s antagonist in “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), Buck Webb in the television series “Show Doris Day” (1968 – 1970), and Briscoe Darling in “The Andy Griffith Show” (1960 – 1968). He also did some writing and directing for the series “Sally West” (1974).

In his later life, Pyle played mostly minor television roles, and retired from full time acting. His last film role was alongside Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner in “Maverick” (1994), playing a card cheat who jumps off a boat to maintain his dignity rather than being evicted. His last known role was that of Jesse Duke in the film “The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!” (1997).

Finally, in the personal life of the actor, Denver was married to Betty O’Brian (1949-57) and they had a son and a daughter. Then, Denver married Lucille Martino-Walton in 1957, inheriting two stepchildren, but they divorced in 1963. Denver married Loretta Weston in 1983; they had a son, and were married until Pyle died on the 25th December 1997 in Burbank, California, from lung cancer.

Quick Facts

Birth date: May 11, 1920, Bethune, Colorado, United States
Birth place: Bethune
Death date: December 25, 1997, Burbank, California, United States
Height:6 ft (1.85 m)
Profession:Actor, Television Director, Drummer, Sailor, Voice Actor
Education:Merchant Marine
Nationality:American
Spouse:Betty O'Brian (1942-1957), Lucille Martino-Walton (1957-1963), Loretta Weston (1983-1997)
Children:David Matthew Pyle, Margaret Maude Catalano
Parents:Ben H. Pyle, Maude Pyle
Siblings:Willis Pyle
Awards:Golden Boot Awards (1984)
Nominations:Hollywood Walk of Fame (1997)
Movies:The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! (1997), Maverick (1994), Welcome to L.A. (1976), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Adventures of Superman: Beware the Wrecker (1953), The Adventures of Jim Bowie, To Hell and Back (1955), The Puppeteer (1960), Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
TV shows:The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (1977–1978), The Andy Griffith Show, The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985), Tammy (1965–1966), The Range Rider (1951–1953), The CBS Public Defender, Crossroads, Frontier (1955–1956), The Cisco Kid, Stories of the Century (1954), National Velvet (1961)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1His brother was Willis Pyle, animator and painter who drew Bambi and Pinocchio for Walt Disney studios and died at the age of 101 on 21 June 2016.
2Has the distinction of playing the last murder victim in the original Perry Mason (1957) series (and in the same episode, "The Case of the Final Fade-Out", Mason's second-to-last client).
3Best friends with James Best from 1958 to 1997.
4Met James Best in the movie The Left Handed Gun (1958). Some 21 years later, he would later co-star, opposite him on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), as his sheriff.
5His mother lived to 104 and his brother lived to 102.
6During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Navy, was wounded in the battle for Guadalcanal and received a medical discharge in 1943.
7Best known for his role as Uncle Jesse Duke on the television series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979).
8While working with John Wayne on The Alamo (1960), Wayne became impressed with Pyle's photography and made special arrangements with his public relations office to designate Pyle as the official set photographer for the picture.
9His middle name was "Dell", the name of his parents' favorite city.
10Received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California just two weeks before his death. Despite his weakened condition, caused by the cancer that would eventually kill him, he managed to attend the ceremony.
11Was originally cast to play Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke (1955) when James Arness turned down the first request to audition for the role.
12Brother of animator Willis Pyle and cousin of Ernie Pyle.


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 12 December 1997. At 7083 Hollywood Blvd.
1984Golden BootGolden Boot Awards


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mutiny1952Gunner / Mutineer (uncredited)
The Cisco Kid1951-1952TV SeriesBank Robber / Professor Jerry Roark
The Hills of Utah1951Bowie French
Drums in the Deep South1951Union Soldier Breaking Window (uncredited)
Million Dollar Pursuit1951Nick Algren
Rough Riders of Durango1951Henchman Lacey
The Old Frontier1950Henchman George
Customs Agent1950Al
Dynamite Pass1950Thurber Henchman
Federal Agent at Large1950'Jumpy' Jordan
Singing Guns1950Richards Henchman
Captain China1950Steve
The Flying Saucer1950Turner
The Big Wheel1949Doctor
Flame of Youth1949Lytz
Too Late for Tears1949Youth at Union Station (uncredited)
Rim of the Canyon1949Cash Collins (uncredited)
Hellfire1949Rex
Red Canyon1949Hutch
Streets of San Francisco1949Ed Quinn
El Paso1949Vigilante (uncredited)
The Man from Colorado1948Easy Jarrett (uncredited)
Marshal of Amarillo1948The Night Clerk
Podunk Possum1997TV SeriesPodunk Possum
Train to Alcatraz1948Hutch Hutchins
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!1997TV MovieUncle Jesse Duke
Where the North Begins1947ShortJim 'Rocky' Rockwell
Cybill1996TV SeriesDenver Pyle
Devil Ship1947Carl
The Cartoon Cartoon Show1996TV SeriesPodunk Possum
The Guilt of Janet Ames1947Masher (uncredited)
Father and Scout1994TV MovieGeorge Rosebrock
Maverick1994Old Gambler on Riverboat
L.A. Law1994TV SeriesHarold Nordoff
Wind in the Wire1993TV Movie
Dallas1990TV SeriesBlackie Callahan
Murder, She Wrote1988TV SeriesEben Connors
Delta Fever1987Walt
Return to Mayberry1986TV MovieBriscoe Darling
The Love Boat1986TV SeriesEric Springer
The Dukes of Hazzard1979-1985TV SeriesUncle Jesse
The Dukes1983TV SeriesUncle Jesse Duke Uncle Jesse
Legend of the Wild1981
Enos1980TV SeriesUncle Jesse Duke
How the West Was Won1979TV SeriesSgt. Tripp
Legend of the Northwest1978Abner
Once Upon a Starry Night1978TV MovieMad Jack
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams1977-1978TV SeriesMad Jack
How Bugs Bunny Won the West1978TV ShortNarrator
Return from Witch Mountain1978Uncle Bene
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1959-1978TV SeriesBen as an Adult / Dr. Larson / Clay Tanner / ...
Guardian of the Wilderness1976Galen Clark
Welcome to L.A.1976Carl Barber
The Last of Mrs. Lincoln1976TV MovieSenator Austin
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson1976The Indian Agent (McLaughlin)
Hawmps!1976Col. Seymour Hawkins
Barnaby Jones1976TV SeriesStayley Kircher
Petrocelli1976TV SeriesAndrew Warburton
The Adventures of Frontier Fremont1976Old mountain man
Winterhawk1975Arkansas
The Family Holvak1975TV SeriesZed Gifford
The Boy Who Talked to Badgers1975Ben as an Adult
Death Among Friends1975TV MovieMorgan
Escape to Witch Mountain1975Uncle Bene
Karen1975TV SeriesDale Busch
The Manhunter1974TV SeriesSam Dickerson
Murder or Mercy1974TV MovieAmos Champion
Sidekicks1974TV MovieDrunk
Kung Fu1973-1974TV SeriesDr. Joseph Colton / Mayor Howard Simms
Dirty Sally1974TV SeriesParker
Hog Wild1974TV MovieDr. Larson
The New Perry Mason1974TV SeriesGrady Cobb
Cannon1974TV SeriesSheriff
The Streets of San Francisco1973TV SeriesCarl Armstrong
Cahill U.S. Marshal1973Denver
Gunsmoke1956-1973TV SeriesCyrus Himes / Judge Blent / Dr. Henry S. Rand / ...
The Waltons1972TV SeriesCousin Homer Lee Baldwin
Bonanza1961-1972TV SeriesSheriff Ed / Warden / Price Buchanan / ...
The Legend of Hillbilly John1972Grandpappy John
Something Big1971Junior Frisbee
Hitched1971TV MovieBen Barnstable
The Doris Day Show1968-1970TV SeriesBuck Webb
Here Come the Brides1970TV SeriesDuncan Bolt
5 Card Stud1968Sig Evers
Bandolero!1968Muncie Carter
Gomer Pyle: USMC1968TV SeriesTitus Purcell
The Guns of Will Sonnett1968TV SeriesSam Cochran
Cimarron Strip1967TV SeriesCharley Austin
Hondo1967TV SeriesJudge Amos Blunt
The High Chaparral1967TV SeriesGeneral Warren
Bonnie and Clyde1967Frank Hamer
Tammy and the Millionaire1967Grandpa Mordecai Tarleton
Welcome to Hard Times1967Alfie - Stage Driver
The Andy Griffith Show1963-1966TV SeriesBriscoe Darling
Death Valley Days1953-1966TV SeriesDeadwood Dick (Real Name: Richard Clark) / Zeke / Fenimore Bleek / ...
Perry Mason1958-1966TV SeriesJackson Sidemark / Frank Honer / Emery Fillmore / ...
Gunpoint1966Cap
Tammy1965-1966TV SeriesGrandpa Tarleton
Incident at Phantom Hill19661st Hunter
The Great Race1965Sheriff
Shenandoah1965Pastor Bjoerling
Wagon Train1957-1965TV SeriesOld Man Clanton / Bragg
Mara of the Wilderness1965Kelly
Slattery's People1965TV SeriesGeorge Ward
The Rounders1965Bull
Mr. Novak1964TV SeriesBrill
Cheyenne Autumn1964Sen. Henry (uncredited)
Black Like Me1964Man in pick-up truck
The Lieutenant1964TV SeriesMaj. Matthew Morrissey
Mail Order Bride1964Preacher Pope
The Great Adventure1964TV SeriesGeneral Mills
Temple Houston1964TV SeriesPhineas Fallon
The Twilight Zone1964TV SeriesStu Tillman
Dr. Kildare1964TV SeriesR. E. Lenger
Arrest and Trial1963TV SeriesJack Felton
Empire1962-1963TV SeriesTom Rawling
Rawhide1963TV SeriesJohn Wesley 'Daddy' Quade
The Dick Van Dyke Show1963TV SeriesUncle George
Channing1963TV SeriesSam Riddle
Terrified1963Sheriff Dixon
The Virginian1963TV SeriesPico Brown
Laramie1959-1963TV SeriesAl Morgan / Bates / Bailey / ...
Ripcord1961-1963TV SeriesAaron Sparks / Charles Guest
Cheyenne1961-1962TV SeriesJohn Hanson / Cyrus Burton / Nate Weyland
Lassie1962TV SeriesMr. Madden
Kraft Mystery Theater1962TV SeriesCaptain Lister
Lawman1959-1962TV SeriesSam Brackett / Glen Folsom
Geronimo1962Senator Conrad
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance1962Amos Carruthers
Ben Casey1962TV SeriesDallas Hopewell
Cain's Hundred1962TV SeriesTrask
Thriller1962TV SeriesOrtho Wheeler
Route 661961-1962TV SeriesJoe Wylie / Father Prior
The Detectives1961TV SeriesBill Darien
Bronco1961TV SeriesWilliam Mason / Petrie Munger / Nelson / ...
The Rifleman1959-1961TV SeriesFrank Hazlitt / George Tanner / Harold Tenner / ...
National Velvet1961TV SeriesJed Corrigan
Two Faces West1961TV SeriesSam
Checkmate1961TV SeriesTerry Adams
Zane Grey Theater1956-1961TV SeriesNat Sledge / Marshal Joe Sully / Seth Robson / ...
The Deputy1959-1961TV SeriesFrank Barton / Akins
Bat Masterson1959-1961TV SeriesWalsh / Dan Morgan
Maverick1961TV SeriesJerry O'Brien
Have Gun - Will Travel1957-1960TV SeriesCroft / George Advent / Col. Celine / ...
Stagecoach West1960TV SeriesHewitt
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp1955-1960TV SeriesBen Thompson / Hoss Mackey / Dobie Jenner / ...
Riverboat1960TV SeriesJim Bledsoe
The Alamo1960Thimblerig (the Gambler)
The Real McCoys1960TV SeriesCaptain Miller
The Aquanauts1960TV SeriesCaptain Leo Stohl
The Tall Man1960TV SeriesMarshal Dave Leggert
Wrangler1960TV Series
Tombstone Territory1960TV SeriesWill Gunther
The Man from Blackhawk1960TV SeriesArthur White
Overland Trail1960TV SeriesJonathan Kale / Sheriff
Hotel de Paree1960TV SeriesFred Taylor
Pony Express1960TV SeriesHank Watson
Wichita Town1960TV SeriesAaron Faber
The Texan1959-1960TV SeriesSheriff / Chip Andrews / Joe Lufton / ...
Home from the Hill1960Mr. Bradley (uncredited)
Law of the Plainsman1960TV SeriesBurke Carew
Shotgun Slade1960TV SeriesMarshal Berry
Men Into Space1959TV SeriesDr. Peter Riber
Bourbon Street Beat1959TV SeriesBig Red
Tales of Wells Fargo1957-1959TV SeriesJack Powers
Cast a Long Shadow1959Preacher Harrison
The Horse Soldiers1959Jackie Jo
26 Men1958-1959TV SeriesClovis / Ranger Haskins
King of the Wild Stallions1959Doc Webber
The Restless Gun1957-1959TV SeriesJeb / Sheriff Jay
Rescue 81959TV SeriesSgt. Frank Hogan
Bold Venture1959TV SeriesErnie Dorso
Good Day for a Hanging1959Deputy Ed Moore
Jefferson Drum1958TV SeriesBart Resdake
Tales of the Texas Rangers1958TV SeriesNoah Reed
Fury1955-1958TV SeriesMal / Carter
Behind Closed Doors1958TV SeriesRoger Woodson
The Party Crashers1958Ted Bickford
Bitter Heritage1958TV MovieSam Wheeler
Mike Hammer1958TV SeriesBraddock
China Doll1958Col. Wiley
Fort Massacre1958Pvt. Collins
The Left Handed Gun1958Ollinger
Playhouse 901958TV SeriesSam Wheeler
Broken Arrow1958TV SeriesFred Graf
Man Without a Gun1958TV Series
Casey Jones1957TV SeriesFrank Reeder
Climax!1957TV SeriesThe Killer
The Court of Last Resort1957TV SeriesWesley Ferguson
Domino Kid1957Bill Dragger (uncredited)
Jet Pilot1957Mr. Simpson (uncredited)
The Lonely Man1957Brad, Red Bluff Sheriff
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1956-1957TV SeriesLester / Charley
Code 31957TV SeriesSgt. Vic Murchison
Destination 60,0001957Mickey Hill
Gun Duel in Durango1957Ranger Captain
State Trooper1957TV SeriesMark Schmedler
The Adventures of Jim Bowie1956-1957TV SeriesSam Houston
The Gray Ghost1957TV SeriesDuff
7th Cavalry1956Dixon
Crossroads1955-1956TV SeriesEzra / Cort / Lou 'Dial' Harrington / ...
The Lone Ranger1951-1956TV SeriesVance Kiley / Arley McQueen / Colby / ...
Yaqui Drums1956Lefty Barr
My Friend Flicka1955-1956TV SeriesClint Taylor / Alec
The Naked Hills1956Bert Killian / Narrator
I Killed Wild Bill Hickok1956Jim Bailey
The Loretta Young Show1956TV SeriesHenry
Please Murder Me!1956Lieut. Bradley
You Are There1953-1956TV SeriesCotta / Col. Tench Tilghman / William Newell / ...
Frontier1956TV SeriesFrank / Eben
The Millionaire1956TV SeriesArthur Darner
Sheriffs of the USA1956TV SeriesDavis
Steve Donovan, Western Marshal1955TV SeriesVic Hoyt
The Lineup1955TV Series
Top Gun1955Hank Spencer (uncredited)
Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe1955TV SeriesKrug
To Hell and Back1955Thompson
Medic1954-1955TV SeriesTed Ramsey / Dr. Carthage
Public Defender1954-1955TV SeriesTom Gayley / George Hansen
Run for Cover1955Harvey (uncredited)
Buffalo Bill, Jr.1955TV SeriesDelafield / Henchman Landers
Rage at Dawn1955Clint Reno
Ten Wanted Men1955Dave Weed (uncredited)
The Man Behind the Badge1955TV SeriesDetective Lashley
Adventures of the Falcon1954TV SeriesBill Jackson
The Yellow Mountain1954George Yost (uncredited)
Drum Beat1954Fairchild (uncredited)
The Lone Wolf1954TV SeriesKargar
The Gene Autry Show1951-1954TV SeriesEdward Hadley / Jim, the Sheriff / Cleanshaven Deputy-Henchman / ...
The Adventures of Kit Carson1952-1954TV SeriesHackett / Flip Kilson / Edmund Denning
Johnny Guitar1954Posseman (uncredited)
Annie Oakley1954TV SeriesTom Malloy / Dr. Barnes
Ramar of the Jungle1954TV SeriesSam Case
Stories of the Century1954TV SeriesHenchman Bill Hayes
The Boy from Oklahoma1954Bagley (uncredited)
Ride Clear of Diablo1954Reverend Moorehead
Adventures of Superman1954TV SeriesEmile Hatch
Hopalong Cassidy1952-1954TV SeriesHenchman / Poynter
The Command1954Infantryman (uncredited)
Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson1954TV SeriesFrank Lord
Texas Bad Man1953Tench
Vigilante Terror1953Henchman Sperry
Topeka1953Jonas Bailey
I'm the Law1953TV Series
Column South1953Confederate Spy in Yankee Uniform (uncredited)
Goldtown Ghost Riders1953Bernie Malloy (uncredited)
Rebel City1953Greeley
The Lone Hand1953Regulator (uncredited)
The Roy Rogers Show1952-1953TV SeriesTom Larrabee / Zeke Miller / Bad Boy Wiley / ...
A Perilous Journey1953Bartender (uncredited)
Fort Vengeance1953Rider Warning About Wagon Train (uncredited)
Gunsmoke1953Greasy (uncredited)
The Range Rider1951-1953TV SeriesFrank L. Sieber / John Stewart / Henchman Carl / ...
Cowboy G-Men1952TV SeriesHenchman Gus
The Maverick1952Bud Karnes
Canyon Ambush1952Tom Carlton-Replaced (credit only)
Fargo1952Carey
Desert Passage1952Allen
Man from the Black Hills1952Glenn Hartley
Oklahoma Annie1952Skip

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dukes of Hazzard1980-1983TV Series 12 episodes
The Doris Day Show1970TV Series 10 episodes
Death Valley Days1966-1968TV Series 10 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Doris Day Show1969-1970TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Andy Griffith Show1963TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Alamo1960set photographer - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doris Day's Best Friends1985TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1981TV SeriesHimself
When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
All-Star Family Feud Special1979TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Family Feud1976TV SeriesHimself - Contestant / Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Briscoe Darling
The Andy Griffith Show Reunion: Back to Mayberry2003TV Special documentaryBriscoe Darling
Gunfighters of the Old West1992Video documentaryDeputy Ollinger (uncredited)
John Wayne's 'The Alamo'1992Video documentary shortHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1980TV SeriesUncle Bene
Frontier Justice1959-1961TV SeriesSeth Robson / Sheriff

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