Pyle was found floating face down on Palmer Lake. Chuck Pyle (January 28, 1945 – November 6, 2015)[1] also known as the "Zen Cowboy"[2][3] was an American country-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist whose career spanned more than 40 years, during which he recorded 13 albums. Pyle's best-known and longest-running television role was that of Uncle Jesse Duke in the CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985) (146 episodes).

Pyle appeared twice as an unidentified bank robber in Duncan Renaldo's syndicated Western series The Cisco Kid. Pyle was cast in the 1960 episode "Three Wise Men" of ABC's Stagecoach West as an outlaw who promises to turn himself into the authorities if he can spend Christmas with his family. He guest-starred in the episode "Trail of the Dead", the story of five missing prospectors, of Rod Cameron's modern Western syndicated series State Trooper. Pyle portrayed the vengeful Texas Ranger Frank Hamer in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde. [13], Within a few years of his final episode on The Andy Griffith Show, "The Darling Fortune," Pyle began investing in oil, buying oil wells thought to be near the end of their working lifetimes cheaply at a time when the price of oil was $2.15 per barrel. It was dedicated on December 12, 1997. He played Sergeant Tripp in the episode "The Enemy" of the James Arness ABC series How the West Was Won. The song reached #60 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Pyle was twice cast on CBS's The Public Defender in the role of George Hansen, and three times on the religious anthology series, Crossroads on ABC. Memorial services were held January 6, 1998, at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas. Denver Pyle Death.

According to an autopsy report released by the El Paso Country Coroner's Office, Chuck Pyle drowned just after 8 p.m. while fly-fishing near his home in Palmer Lake, Colorado, atherosclerosis - a disease in the arteries - could have also contributed to his death. He was the adopted son of Lyle, a railroad conductor, and Julie, a school teacher. [citation needed], Pyle sponsored Uncle Jesse's Fishing Tournament in Lamar County, Texas. Pyle was cast as Jed Corrigan in the 1961 episode "The Tramp" of the NBC family drama series National Velvet. Pyle wrote "Cadillac Cowboy" for Chris LeDoux (it appeared on LeDoux’s 1988 album Chris LeDoux and the Saddle Boogie Band). Other self-produced albums followed in the years after, Endless Sky, Camel Rock, Affected By The Moon. [10] First established in 1988, the tournament is still going strong and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. In 1954, he was cast as a henchman of the outlaw Sam Bass in Stories of the Century. Pyle was a drummer and band member until the United States entered World War II, when he joined the United States Merchant Marine.

He was well known for a number of TV roles from the 1960s through the 1980s, including his portrayal of Briscoe Darling Jr. in several episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, as Jesse Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard during 1979–1985, as Mad Jack in the NBC television series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, as well as the titular character's father, Buck Webb, in CBS's The Doris Day Show.

[9] In 10 years of operation, the tournament raised more than $160,000 to support children's programs there. He guest-starred in 1960 in several other Westerns, including Pony Express, The Man from Blackhawk, and Tombstone Territory. [2][4], In January 2015, Chuck Pyle released his last album, Cover Stories. After the war, Pyle embarked on his film and television career. He said in 1968 that he based his acting in that role on his father's personality.[8]. He attended a university for a time but dropped out to become a drummer. Soon, Cable and Pyle joined forces in the five-piece band Colours, with Pyle as a bass player. Working for the first time with Jim Nabors playing Gomer Pyle, spun-off from The Andy Griffith Show, he used a screen persona similar to Briscoe Darling, Jr. View Source: Share. [4], In the winter of 1970, having made minor progress as a musician, he was invited to a cabin in Gold Hill that was owned by songwriter Steve Fromholtz. He guest-starred with Grant Withers in the 1959 episode "Tumbleweed Ranger" of Tris Coffin's syndicated Western series 26 Men, billed as true stories of the Arizona Rangers. He appeared in seven episodes as Ben Thompson (and twice as other characters) on the ABC Western series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. 1985 Season 9 Episode 8 of "The Love Boat". He also appeared in an episode of The High Chaparral as a general who had lost his son. He portrayed Sam Houston in several episodes of CBS's The Adventures of Jim Bowie. He also is known for portraying both the suspect and the murder victim on the last original Perry Mason TV episode, "The Case of the Final Fadeout", in 1966. By 1981, after new technologies allowed the remaining oil to be more economically recovered from the wells and the 1973 oil crisis triggered a rise in prices to over $46 a barrel, he was very wealthy, having made much more money from oil than his total earnings in over 30 years as an actor. About this time, Pyle appeared in the segment "Lawyer in Petticoats" of William Bendix's 1960 NBC Western series Overland Trail, and thereafter in 1961 in "Hand of Vengeance" of the syndicated Western series Two Faces West. That union lasted until his death. In 1975, Walt Disney Productions released a film based on the novel Escape to Witch Mountain. In 1958, Pyle starred with Judith Evelyn in the episode "Man in the Moon" of the NBC docudrama about the Cold War Behind Closed Doors, hosted by and occasionally starring Bruce Gordon.[7]. He was pronounced dead at Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

During his career, Pyle wrote songs recorded by John Denver, Suzy Bogguss, Gary P. Nunn, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Owen Temple. [1][3], Nevertheless, Chuck Pyle never gained widespread acclaim. In his later life, Pyle played mostly cameo television roles and retired from full-time acting. [2][7][8][9], "Chuck Pyle, songwriter and 'Zen Cowboy' of Boulder, dies at 70",, "Palmer Lake's 'Zen Cowboy' Chuck Pyle has died", "Coroner's office issues report on death of Palmer Lake guitarist", Chuck Pyle papers, 1970-2009, at Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University,, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 22 July 2020, at 04:26. He appeared in seven episodes, six of them written by the legendary comedy writing team of Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum. He made several appearances as Briscoe Darling, Jr., on The Andy Griffith Show. His last film role was in the 1994 film Maverick. Denver Dell Pyle (May 11, 1920 – December 25, 1997)[1][2] was an American film and television actor and director. His last known acting role was as Jesse Duke in the 1997 CBS made-for-television movie The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!. He acted the part of a police detective in the 1956 film noir Please Murder Me, starring Raymond Burr. He appeared in the 1963–1964 season of ABC's drama about college life Channing. In January 2015, Chuck Pyle released his last album, Cover Stories. Demetria Fulton previewed Pyle on Barnaby Jones; episode titled, “Stalking Horse”(03/18/1976).

On the album, Pyle was accompanied by Gordon Burt on fiddle and Don Richmond on steel guitar, dobro and mandolin. It continues to support the children's charities of Lamar County. Pyle guest-starred 14 times between 1951 and 1953 on the syndicated television series The Range Rider with Jock Mahoney and Dick Jones, appeared as an outlaw in a 1951 episode of the television series The Lone Ranger titled "Backtrail", episode 71, "The Outcast", episode 166, "Woman in the White Mask", and episode 187, "Cross of Santo Domingo".

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There, he met the musicians John Cable and Richard Dean. Denver Pyle. Denver Dell Pyle (May 11, 1920 - December 25, 1997) was an American film and television actor, best known for playing Uncle Jesse in The Dukes of Hazzard.

He played a Tennessee soldier (called Thimblerig) in John Wayne's The Alamo (1960). In 1955, Pyle married Marilee Carpenter (1924–2010), a production assistant at 20th Century Fox. Three years later, he played an arsonist in the episode "The Fire Watchers" of the same series.