Saturday, November 13, 2010

Denver Pyle - "Uncle Jessie" in "The Dukes of Hazzard"

Denver Pyle who played the role of Uncle Jessie was born in Colorado 1920  He starred in many TV and film roles such as the 1955 movie To Hell and Back with Audie Murphy, The Horse Soldiers with William Holden, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Alamo with John Wayne, and his last film was Maverick starring with Mel Gibson, James Garner, and Jodie Foster.

Denver Pyle as 'Uncle Jessie' in The Dukes of Hazzard

Denver Pyle and Dan Haggerty of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

His television credits are extensive.  Some include Frontier, My Friend Flicka, State Trooper, Route 66, Gunsmoke, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams along with  Dan Haggerty, The Doris Day Show, and The Andy Griffith Show.  He was well known for the role he played as "Mad Jack" in The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, however, he was best known for his role as Uncle Jessie in The Dukes of Hazzard.  Of which is last role as an actor was in the 1997 TV movie The Dukes of Hazzard: Renunion!.

Denver in his early days

Dever Pyle and Sorrel Booke 'Boss Hogg' in a scene from The Dukes of Hazzard

Denver Pyle died Christmas Day 1997 at the age of 77. He had just had his star placed on the Hollywood walk of fame two weeks prior.

Cast of The Dukes of Hazzard Front: John Schneider (Bo Duke), Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), Denver Pyle (Uncle Jessie), Peggy Rea (Lulu Hogg), and Flash (Roscoe's dog).  Back: Ben Jones (Cooter), Sorrel Booke (Boss Hogg), James Best (Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane), Sonny Shroyer (Enos)


  1. really sad cause i miss uncle jessie..

  2. Yeah, it is sad. He was a great actor, and a good, christian man