Denver Pyle as Jesse Duke
Denver Pyle in his best recognized role, as Uncle Jesse Duke on CBS-TV's "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV series.
Denver Pyle
General Information
Birth Name: Denver Dell Pyle
Born: May 11, 1920
Birthplace: Bethune, Colorado, U.S.
Died: December 25, 1997(1997-12-25) (aged 77)
Deathplace: Burbank, California, U.S.
Appeared on/in
(or involved with):
Dallas (first series)
Appeared as: Blackie Callahan
Episodes appeared in
/involved with:
2 in Season 13

Denver Pyle (born May 11, 1920 - died December 25, 1997) appeared as former wildcatter Blackie Callahan, also an old friend of Jock Ewing, who also helped J.R. find the town where he had his first oil strike, in two episodes of the original Dallas TV series, the episodes "I Dream of Jeannie" and "After Midnight" in Season 13 of the series.

Denver is best known to TV viewers for his roles as Uncle Jesse Duke on another highly popular CBS-TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard, and also for his recurring role as Briscoe Darling on The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960's and in the 1986 NBC-TV reunion movie Return to Mayberry.


Denver played recurring characters on the TV series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (as Ben Thompson), The Adventures of Jim Bowie (as Sam Houston), Tammy (as Grandpa Tarleton), The Doris Day Show (as Buck Webb), and NBC's Grizzly Adams (as Mad Jack).

His film appearances included Johnny Guitar, Ten Wanted Men, The Lonely Man, Jet Pilot, The Left Handed Gun, Good Day for a Hanging, The Alamo (with John Wayne and Richard Widmark), Wikipedia:The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance with John Wayne and James Stewart, Geronimo, Cheyenne Autumn, The Rounders, Shenandoah, The Great Race, Tammy and the Millionaire, Bonnie and Clyde, Bandolero! (with George Kennedy, James Stewart, and Raquel Welch) Cahill U.S. Marshall (again with Wayne), Buffalo Bill and the Indians, Maverick, and the Disney films Escape to Witch Mountain and Return from Witch Mountain. He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1955, Pyle married Marilee Carpenter (1924–2010), production assistant at 20th Century Fox. They had sons, David and Tony in 1956 and 1957, respectively. According to her obituary, "Marilee advised and assisted Denver throughout his fifty-year career in motion pictures and television—uninterrupted even by their divorce in 1970—until his death in 1997."[1]

In 1983, Pyle married Tippie Johnston. That union lasted until his death.


Denver died of lung cancer on Christmas Day in 1997. Memorial services were held January 6, 1998, at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas.[2] He is buried in an unmarked grave at the Forreston Cemetery in Forreston in Ellis County south of Waxahachie, Texas. His remains are interred beside those of his second wife's parents, J. T. Johnston (1914–1993) and Erin Birch Johnston (1913–1989).[3]


  1. "Marilee Carpenter Pyle, 85". Los Angeles Times. January 16, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  2. "Denver Pyle". The Paris News. Texas, Paris. December 31, 1997. p. 16. Retrieved January 21, 2016.  Open Access logo PLoS transparent
  3. "Forreston Cemetery". Retrieved March 31, 2013. 

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