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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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]

Clint Reno: So it finally happened. A Reno brother got killed.
Sim Reno: Clint, we don't want no preaching.
Frank Reno: Take it easy, Sim.
Clint Reno: The baby of the family dying in the streets and his brave brothers running away. Not even animals would do a thing like that!
John Reno: Dead in the streets... not dying.
Clint Reno: As if that made a difference!

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

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

While 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.

Brother of animator Willis Pyle and cousin of Ernie Pyle.

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