Denver Pyle Overview:

Character actor, Denver Pyle, was born Denver Dell Pyle on May 11, 1920 in Bethune, CO. Pyle died at the age of 77 on Dec 25, 1997 in Burbank, CA .


Sharp-featured American actor with Donald Sutherland mouth, in later years buried beneath a bushy beard. Almost entirely cast in westerns (the name may have had something to do with it: he was christened after the capital of the state, Colorado, in which he was born), he at first played lean, mean and sneaky characters. But, after his vengeful sheriff in Bonnie and Clyde, he got away from all that, helped by a stint in TV's The Dorris Day Show, and reappeared as benevolent westerners, in harmony with their surroundings. Had his first leading role in 1976 in Guardian of the Wilderness.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Tennesseean: We sure killed many brave men today.
Thimblerig: Funny, I was proud of 'em. Even while I was killing 'em, I was proud of 'em. It speaks well for men that so many ain't afraid to die when they think right is on their side. It speaks well.

Jackie Jo: Hey there - we're Confederates, but we ain't hostile - honest.

Pastor Bjoerling: There are no doubt some present, Charlie Anderson, who wonder why you and yours are never on time for the Lord's services.
Charlie Anderson: Have I kept the Lord waiting, Pastor Bjoerling?
Pastor Bjoerling: You have not.
[all laugh]

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Pyle appeared in ten episodes of "The Gene Autry Show" (1950) between 1951 and 1954.

Was originally cast to play Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke" (1955) when James Arness turned down the first request to audition for the role.

His middle name was "Dell", the name of his parents' favorite city.

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