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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.

Full Name Denver Pyle
Net Worth $5 Million
Date Of Birth May 11, 1920, Bethune, Colorado, United States
Died December 25, 1997, Burbank, California, United States
Place Of Birth Bethune
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
Nicknames Denver D. Pyle , Denver Dell 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)
1 His 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.
2 Has 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).
3 Best friends with James Best from 1958 to 1997.
4 Met 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.
5 His mother lived to 104 and his brother lived to 102.
6 During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Navy, was wounded in the battle for Guadalcanal and received a medical discharge in 1943.
7 Best known for his role as Uncle Jesse Duke on the television series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979).
8 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.
9 His middle name was “Dell”, the name of his parents’ favorite city.
10 Received 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.
11 Was originally cast to play Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke (1955) when James Arness turned down the first request to audition for the role.
12 Brother of animator Willis Pyle and cousin of Ernie Pyle.


Title Year Status Character
Mutiny 1952 Gunner / Mutineer (uncredited)
The Cisco Kid 1951-1952 TV Series Bank Robber / Professor Jerry Roark
The Hills of Utah 1951 Bowie French
Drums in the Deep South 1951 Union Soldier Breaking Window (uncredited)
Million Dollar Pursuit 1951 Nick Algren
Rough Riders of Durango 1951 Henchman Lacey
The Old Frontier 1950 Henchman George
Customs Agent 1950 Al
Dynamite Pass 1950 Thurber Henchman
Federal Agent at Large 1950 ‘Jumpy’ Jordan
Singing Guns 1950 Richards Henchman
Captain China 1950 Steve
The Flying Saucer 1950 Turner
The Big Wheel 1949 Doctor
Flame of Youth 1949 Lytz
Too Late for Tears 1949 Youth at Union Station (uncredited)
Rim of the Canyon 1949 Cash Collins (uncredited)
Hellfire 1949 Rex
Red Canyon 1949 Hutch
Streets of San Francisco 1949 Ed Quinn
El Paso 1949 Vigilante (uncredited)
The Man from Colorado 1948 Easy Jarrett (uncredited)
Marshal of Amarillo 1948 The Night Clerk
Podunk Possum 1997 TV Series Podunk Possum
Train to Alcatraz 1948 Hutch Hutchins
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! 1997 TV Movie Uncle Jesse Duke
Where the North Begins 1947 Short Jim ‘Rocky’ Rockwell
Cybill 1996 TV Series Denver Pyle
Devil Ship 1947 Carl
The Cartoon Cartoon Show 1996 TV Series Podunk Possum
The Guilt of Janet Ames 1947 Masher (uncredited)
Father and Scout 1994 TV Movie George Rosebrock
Maverick 1994 Old Gambler on Riverboat
L.A. Law 1994 TV Series Harold Nordoff
Wind in the Wire 1993 TV Movie
Dallas 1990 TV Series Blackie Callahan
Murder, She Wrote 1988 TV Series Eben Connors
Delta Fever 1987 Walt
Return to Mayberry 1986 TV Movie Briscoe Darling
The Love Boat 1986 TV Series Eric Springer
The Dukes of Hazzard 1979-1985 TV Series Uncle Jesse
The Dukes 1983 TV Series Uncle Jesse Duke Uncle Jesse
Legend of the Wild 1981
Enos 1980 TV Series Uncle Jesse Duke
How the West Was Won 1979 TV Series Sgt. Tripp
Legend of the Northwest 1978 Abner
Once Upon a Starry Night 1978 TV Movie Mad Jack
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams 1977-1978 TV Series Mad Jack
How Bugs Bunny Won the West 1978 TV Short Narrator
Return from Witch Mountain 1978 Uncle Bene
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color 1959-1978 TV Series Ben as an Adult / Dr. Larson / Clay Tanner / …
Guardian of the Wilderness 1976 Galen Clark
Welcome to L.A. 1976 Carl Barber
The Last of Mrs. Lincoln 1976 TV Movie Senator Austin
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson 1976 The Indian Agent (McLaughlin)
Hawmps! 1976 Col. Seymour Hawkins
Barnaby Jones 1976 TV Series Stayley Kircher
Petrocelli 1976 TV Series Andrew Warburton
The Adventures of Frontier Fremont 1976 Old mountain man
Winterhawk 1975 Arkansas
The Family Holvak 1975 TV Series Zed Gifford
The Boy Who Talked to Badgers 1975 Ben as an Adult
Death Among Friends 1975 TV Movie Morgan
Escape to Witch Mountain 1975 Uncle Bene
Karen 1975 TV Series Dale Busch
The Manhunter 1974 TV Series Sam Dickerson
Murder or Mercy 1974 TV Movie Amos Champion
Sidekicks 1974 TV Movie Drunk
Kung Fu 1973-1974 TV Series Dr. Joseph Colton / Mayor Howard Simms
Dirty Sally 1974 TV Series Parker
Hog Wild 1974 TV Movie Dr. Larson
The New Perry Mason 1974 TV Series Grady Cobb
Cannon 1974 TV Series Sheriff
The Streets of San Francisco 1973 TV Series Carl Armstrong
Cahill U.S. Marshal 1973 Denver
Gunsmoke 1956-1973 TV Series Cyrus Himes / Judge Blent / Dr. Henry S. Rand / …
The Waltons 1972 TV Series Cousin Homer Lee Baldwin
Bonanza 1961-1972 TV Series Sheriff Ed / Warden / Price Buchanan / …
The Legend of Hillbilly John 1972 Grandpappy John
Something Big 1971 Junior Frisbee
Hitched 1971 TV Movie Ben Barnstable
The Doris Day Show 1968-1970 TV Series Buck Webb
Here Come the Brides 1970 TV Series Duncan Bolt
5 Card Stud 1968 Sig Evers
Bandolero! 1968 Muncie Carter
Gomer Pyle: USMC 1968 TV Series Titus Purcell
The Guns of Will Sonnett 1968 TV Series Sam Cochran
Cimarron Strip 1967 TV Series Charley Austin
Hondo 1967 TV Series Judge Amos Blunt
The High Chaparral 1967 TV Series General Warren
Bonnie and Clyde 1967 Frank Hamer
Tammy and the Millionaire 1967 Grandpa Mordecai Tarleton
Welcome to Hard Times 1967 Alfie – Stage Driver
The Andy Griffith Show 1963-1966 TV Series Briscoe Darling
Death Valley Days 1953-1966 TV Series Deadwood Dick (Real Name: Richard Clark) / Zeke / Fenimore Bleek / …
Perry Mason 1958-1966 TV Series Jackson Sidemark / Frank Honer / Emery Fillmore / …
Gunpoint 1966 Cap
Tammy 1965-1966 TV Series Grandpa Tarleton
Incident at Phantom Hill 1966 1st Hunter
The Great Race 1965 Sheriff
Shenandoah 1965 Pastor Bjoerling
Wagon Train 1957-1965 TV Series Old Man Clanton / Bragg
Mara of the Wilderness 1965 Kelly
Slattery’s People 1965 TV Series George Ward
The Rounders 1965 Bull
Mr. Novak 1964 TV Series Brill
Cheyenne Autumn 1964 Sen. Henry (uncredited)
Black Like Me 1964 Man in pick-up truck
The Lieutenant 1964 TV Series Maj. Matthew Morrissey
Mail Order Bride 1964 Preacher Pope
The Great Adventure 1964 TV Series General Mills
Temple Houston 1964 TV Series Phineas Fallon
The Twilight Zone 1964 TV Series Stu Tillman
Dr. Kildare 1964 TV Series R. E. Lenger
Arrest and Trial 1963 TV Series Jack Felton
Empire 1962-1963 TV Series Tom Rawling
Rawhide 1963 TV Series John Wesley ‘Daddy’ Quade
The Dick Van Dyke Show 1963 TV Series Uncle George
Channing 1963 TV Series Sam Riddle
Terrified 1963 Sheriff Dixon
The Virginian 1963 TV Series Pico Brown
Laramie 1959-1963 TV Series Al Morgan / Bates / Bailey / …
Ripcord 1961-1963 TV Series Aaron Sparks / Charles Guest
Cheyenne 1961-1962 TV Series John Hanson / Cyrus Burton / Nate Weyland
Lassie 1962 TV Series Mr. Madden
Kraft Mystery Theater 1962 TV Series Captain Lister
Lawman 1959-1962 TV Series Sam Brackett / Glen Folsom
Geronimo 1962 Senator Conrad
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962 Amos Carruthers
Ben Casey 1962 TV Series Dallas Hopewell
Cain’s Hundred 1962 TV Series Trask
Thriller 1962 TV Series Ortho Wheeler
Route 66 1961-1962 TV Series Joe Wylie / Father Prior
The Detectives 1961 TV Series Bill Darien
Bronco 1961 TV Series William Mason / Petrie Munger / Nelson / …
The Rifleman 1959-1961 TV Series Frank Hazlitt / George Tanner / Harold Tenner / …
National Velvet 1961 TV Series Jed Corrigan
Two Faces West 1961 TV Series Sam
Checkmate 1961 TV Series Terry Adams
Zane Grey Theater 1956-1961 TV Series Nat Sledge / Marshal Joe Sully / Seth Robson / …
The Deputy 1959-1961 TV Series Frank Barton / Akins
Bat Masterson 1959-1961 TV Series Walsh / Dan Morgan
Maverick 1961 TV Series Jerry O’Brien
Have Gun – Will Travel 1957-1960 TV Series Croft / George Advent / Col. Celine / …
Stagecoach West 1960 TV Series Hewitt
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp 1955-1960 TV Series Ben Thompson / Hoss Mackey / Dobie Jenner / …
Riverboat 1960 TV Series Jim Bledsoe
The Alamo 1960 Thimblerig (the Gambler)
The Real McCoys 1960 TV Series Captain Miller
The Aquanauts 1960 TV Series Captain Leo Stohl
The Tall Man 1960 TV Series Marshal Dave Leggert
Wrangler 1960 TV Series
Tombstone Territory 1960 TV Series Will Gunther
The Man from Blackhawk 1960 TV Series Arthur White
Overland Trail 1960 TV Series Jonathan Kale / Sheriff
Hotel de Paree 1960 TV Series Fred Taylor
Pony Express 1960 TV Series Hank Watson
Wichita Town 1960 TV Series Aaron Faber
The Texan 1959-1960 TV Series Sheriff / Chip Andrews / Joe Lufton / …
Home from the Hill 1960 Mr. Bradley (uncredited)
Law of the Plainsman 1960 TV Series Burke Carew
Shotgun Slade 1960 TV Series Marshal Berry
Men Into Space 1959 TV Series Dr. Peter Riber
Bourbon Street Beat 1959 TV Series Big Red
Tales of Wells Fargo 1957-1959 TV Series Jack Powers
Cast a Long Shadow 1959 Preacher Harrison
The Horse Soldiers 1959 Jackie Jo
26 Men 1958-1959 TV Series Clovis / Ranger Haskins
King of the Wild Stallions 1959 Doc Webber
The Restless Gun 1957-1959 TV Series Jeb / Sheriff Jay
Rescue 8 1959 TV Series Sgt. Frank Hogan
Bold Venture 1959 TV Series Ernie Dorso
Good Day for a Hanging 1959 Deputy Ed Moore
Jefferson Drum 1958 TV Series Bart Resdake
Tales of the Texas Rangers 1958 TV Series Noah Reed
Fury 1955-1958 TV Series Mal / Carter
Behind Closed Doors 1958 TV Series Roger Woodson
The Party Crashers 1958 Ted Bickford
Bitter Heritage 1958 TV Movie Sam Wheeler
Mike Hammer 1958 TV Series Braddock
China Doll 1958 Col. Wiley
Fort Massacre 1958 Pvt. Collins
The Left Handed Gun 1958 Ollinger
Playhouse 90 1958 TV Series Sam Wheeler
Broken Arrow 1958 TV Series Fred Graf
Man Without a Gun 1958 TV Series
Casey Jones 1957 TV Series Frank Reeder
Climax! 1957 TV Series The Killer
The Court of Last Resort 1957 TV Series Wesley Ferguson
Domino Kid 1957 Bill Dragger (uncredited)
Jet Pilot 1957 Mr. Simpson (uncredited)
The Lonely Man 1957 Brad, Red Bluff Sheriff
The 20th Century-Fox Hour 1956-1957 TV Series Lester / Charley
Code 3 1957 TV Series Sgt. Vic Murchison
Destination 60,000 1957 Mickey Hill
Gun Duel in Durango 1957 Ranger Captain
State Trooper 1957 TV Series Mark Schmedler
The Adventures of Jim Bowie 1956-1957 TV Series Sam Houston
The Gray Ghost 1957 TV Series Duff
7th Cavalry 1956 Dixon
Crossroads 1955-1956 TV Series Ezra / Cort / Lou ‘Dial’ Harrington / …
The Lone Ranger 1951-1956 TV Series Vance Kiley / Arley McQueen / Colby / …
Yaqui Drums 1956 Lefty Barr
My Friend Flicka 1955-1956 TV Series Clint Taylor / Alec
The Naked Hills 1956 Bert Killian / Narrator
I Killed Wild Bill Hickok 1956 Jim Bailey
The Loretta Young Show 1956 TV Series Henry
Please Murder Me! 1956 Lieut. Bradley
You Are There 1953-1956 TV Series Cotta / Col. Tench Tilghman / William Newell / …
Frontier 1956 TV Series Frank / Eben
The Millionaire 1956 TV Series Arthur Darner
Sheriffs of the USA 1956 TV Series Davis
Steve Donovan, Western Marshal 1955 TV Series Vic Hoyt
The Lineup 1955 TV Series
Top Gun 1955 Hank Spencer (uncredited)
Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe 1955 TV Series Krug
To Hell and Back 1955 Thompson
Medic 1954-1955 TV Series Ted Ramsey / Dr. Carthage
Public Defender 1954-1955 TV Series Tom Gayley / George Hansen
Run for Cover 1955 Harvey (uncredited)
Buffalo Bill, Jr. 1955 TV Series Delafield / Henchman Landers
Rage at Dawn 1955 Clint Reno
Ten Wanted Men 1955 Dave Weed (uncredited)
The Man Behind the Badge 1955 TV Series Detective Lashley
Adventures of the Falcon 1954 TV Series Bill Jackson
The Yellow Mountain 1954 George Yost (uncredited)
Drum Beat 1954 Fairchild (uncredited)
The Lone Wolf 1954 TV Series Kargar
The Gene Autry Show 1951-1954 TV Series Edward Hadley / Jim, the Sheriff / Cleanshaven Deputy-Henchman / …
The Adventures of Kit Carson 1952-1954 TV Series Hackett / Flip Kilson / Edmund Denning
Johnny Guitar 1954 Posseman (uncredited)
Annie Oakley 1954 TV Series Tom Malloy / Dr. Barnes
Ramar of the Jungle 1954 TV Series Sam Case
Stories of the Century 1954 TV Series Henchman Bill Hayes
The Boy from Oklahoma 1954 Bagley (uncredited)
Ride Clear of Diablo 1954 Reverend Moorehead
Adventures of Superman 1954 TV Series Emile Hatch
Hopalong Cassidy 1952-1954 TV Series Henchman / Poynter
The Command 1954 Infantryman (uncredited)
Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson 1954 TV Series Frank Lord
Texas Bad Man 1953 Tench
Vigilante Terror 1953 Henchman Sperry
Topeka 1953 Jonas Bailey
I’m the Law 1953 TV Series
Column South 1953 Confederate Spy in Yankee Uniform (uncredited)
Goldtown Ghost Riders 1953 Bernie Malloy (uncredited)
Rebel City 1953 Greeley
The Lone Hand 1953 Regulator (uncredited)
The Roy Rogers Show 1952-1953 TV Series Tom Larrabee / Zeke Miller / Bad Boy Wiley / …
A Perilous Journey 1953 Bartender (uncredited)
Fort Vengeance 1953 Rider Warning About Wagon Train (uncredited)
Gunsmoke 1953 Greasy (uncredited)
The Range Rider 1951-1953 TV Series Frank L. Sieber / John Stewart / Henchman Carl / …
Cowboy G-Men 1952 TV Series Henchman Gus
The Maverick 1952 Bud Karnes
Canyon Ambush 1952 Tom Carlton-Replaced (credit only)
Fargo 1952 Carey
Desert Passage 1952 Allen
Man from the Black Hills 1952 Glenn Hartley
Oklahoma Annie 1952 Skip


Title Year Status Character
The Dukes of Hazzard 1980-1983 TV Series 12 episodes
The Doris Day Show 1970 TV Series 10 episodes
Death Valley Days 1966-1968 TV Series 10 episodes


Title Year Status Character
The Doris Day Show 1969-1970 TV Series performer – 2 episodes
The Andy Griffith Show 1963 TV Series performer – 2 episodes

Camera Department

Title Year Status Character
The Alamo 1960 set photographer – uncredited


Title Year Status Character
Doris Day’s Best Friends 1985 TV Series Himself
The Midnight Special 1981 TV Series Himself
When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
All-Star Family Feud Special 1979 TV Series Himself – Celebrity Contestant
Family Feud 1976 TV Series Himself – Contestant / Himself

Archive Footage

Title Year Status Character
Pioneers of Television 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Briscoe Darling
The Andy Griffith Show Reunion: Back to Mayberry 2003 TV Special documentary Briscoe Darling
Gunfighters of the Old West 1992 Video documentary Deputy Ollinger (uncredited)
John Wayne’s ‘The Alamo’ 1992 Video documentary short Himself
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color 1980 TV Series Uncle Bene
Frontier Justice 1959-1961 TV Series Seth Robson / Sheriff

Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1997 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 12 December 1997. At 7083 Hollywood Blvd.
1984 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards