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Denver Pyle

Denver Dell Pyle (May 11, 1920 - December 25, 1997) was born in Bethune, Colorado. After graduating from high school he briefly attended college before dis-enrolling to pursue a career in show business. He worked as a drummer and band member until the start of the Second World War, when he applied to join the Merchant Marine. Denver Pyle would claim in later life that he was a Navy veteran, who had been wounded in action at Guadalcanal, however the National Personnel Records Center stated in 1991 that there was no evidence that Denver Pyle had ever served on active duty in the United States Navy. Denver Pyle's statements were not resolved prior to his death, and his exact status of military service remains unclear to this day.

After the close of the Second World War, Denver Pyle began his film career and starred in several motion pictures throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He became involved in television in the 1970s, and in 1979 was cast as the immortal 'Uncle Jesse' in the series The Dukes of Hazzard.

In his later life, Denver Pyle played mostly cameo television roles and retired from full time acting. He died of Lung Cancer on Christmas Day in 1997.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Denver Pyle Facts

Birth Name Denver Dell Pyle
BirthdayMay 11, 1920
BirthplaceBethune, Colorado, USA
Date of deathDecember 25, 1997 (age 77)
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Denver Pyle compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Please Murder Me
The Dukes of Hazzard: The Complete TV Series
One Armed Bandits
The Great Race
Bonnie and Clyde
Cahill, U.S. Marshal
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