David Doyle (actor)

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David Doyle
David Doyle actor.jpg
BornDavid Fitzgerald Doyle
(1929-12-01)December 1, 1929
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedFebruary 26, 1997(1997-02-26) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart Attack
Years active1959–97
Spouse(s)Rachel Doyle (1956-68; her death)
Anne Nathan Doyle (1969-97; his death)
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David Doyle
David Doyle actor.jpg
BornDavid Fitzgerald Doyle
(1929-12-01)December 1, 1929
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedFebruary 26, 1997(1997-02-26) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart Attack
Years active1959–97
Spouse(s)Rachel Doyle (1956-68; her death)
Anne Nathan Doyle (1969-97; his death)

David Fitzgerald Doyle (December 1, 1929 – February 26, 1997) was an American actor.[1][2][3]


Early life[edit]

Doyle was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Mary Ruth (née Fitzgerald) and Lewis Raymond Doyle, an attorney. His maternal grandfather, John Fitzgerald, was a prominent railroad builder and banker in Nebraska.[4] He graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, in 1947.


He is best remembered for his role as detective John Bosley on the television series Charlie's Angels, appearing in all 110 episodes of the series (1976-81) along with original cast member Jaclyn Smith and an all-girl cast.[5] He also lent his distinctive raspy voice to the character Grandpa Lou Pickles on the Nickelodeon animated television series Rugrats until his death. Since then, Joe Alaskey assumed the role of Grandpa Lou. Doyle made a number of appearances as a guest on the game show Match Game in the late '70s and early '80s, more often than not giving bizarre answers that seldom matched the contestants. He usually sat in the top row next to Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly. He appeared on one week of Password Plus in 1980, three weeks of Super Password, and appeared on Tattletales with his wife Anne in 1982.

Doyle was a reputable stage actor as well. He played Orgon in the 1964 premier of Richard Wilbur's translation of Tartuffe at the Fred Miller Theater in Milwaukee. His sister Mary Mulry Doyle played the fulminate maid, Dorisse. Steven Porter directed the production.

Personal life[edit]

Doyle was married two times, first to Rachel, then Anne Nathan Doyle. Doyle had a sister who was also an actor (mostly on the stage), Mary Doyle, who died from lung cancer in 1995.

Doyle died at the age of 67 in Los Angeles, California, of a heart attack on February 26, 1997. He was cremated.


YearFilmRoleOther notes
1959Happy AnniversaryHotel Earle Desk Clerk
1963Act OneOlive Fisher
1967The Tiger Makes OutHousing Clerk
1968No Way to Treat a LadyLieutenant Dawson
Coogan's BluffPushie, Tavern Owner
Paper LionOscar
1969The April FoolsOrlow P. Walters
Some Kind of a NutUncredited Role
1970The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon KickerMr. SeigbertUncredited Role
1971Lady LibertyO'Henry
The Pursuit of HappinessJames Moran
A New LeafMel
Making ItFanning
Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name?Boulting
1972ParadesCaptain Jinks
1974Ginger in the MorningFred
1976Vigilante ForceHomer Arno
1978My Boys Are Good BoysHarry Klinger
Capricorn OneWalter Loughlin
The ComebackWebster Jones
1980The LineCaptain Jinks
1988Salome's Last DanceA. Nubin
1989Murphy's Laws of GolfRoscoeShort film
1990Love or MoneyArthur Reed
Wings of Fame
1993The PunkRoger Rabbit
1996The Adventures of PinocchioPepe the CricketVoice Role
1961Naked CityDan MooreEpisode: Murder Is a Face I Know
1962General Electric TheaterEpisode: Acres and Pains
1962, 1963Car 54, Where Are You?Mr. Dutton
Episode: A Star is Born in the Bronx
Episode: The Loves of Sylvia Schnauser
1963Perry MasonDwight Garret (Defendant)Episode: The Case of the Elusive Element S6/Ep24
1964The DefendersEpisode: The Seven Hundred Year Old Gang Part 1
Episode: The Seven Hundred Year Old Gang Part 2
1964, 1965The Patty Duke ShowMr. Harrison
Mr. Lane
Episode: The Drop Out
Episode: Patty the Folk Singer
1965For the PeopleSweet WilliamEpisode: Dangerous to the Public Peace and Safety
The Trials of O'BrienMurrayEpisode: A Gaggle of Girls
1968Kiss Me KateABC TV-Movie
1970The Storefront LawyersCogweilerEpisode: This is Jerry, See Jerry Run
1971That GirlAlbert BergEpisode: That King
Funny FaceDeHavenEpisode: What's in a Mouth
Cade's CountyDr. GeisEpisode: A Gun For Billy
The Doris Day ShowWarden McPhersonEpisode: The Wings of an Angel
1971–1972The New Dick Van Dyke ShowTed AtwaterEpisode: The Replacement
Episode: Bernie Did It
Episode: The Telethon
Episode: People's Choice
1972Hawaii Five-OHard HatEpisode: Follow the White Brick Road
Bridget Loves BernieWalt Fitzgerald
1973BanacekElliotEpisode: Ten Thousand Dollars a Page
Incident on a Dark StreetLuke BurgessNBC TV-Movie/Unsold TV-Pilot
Police StoryKurt MuellerNBC TV-Movie/TV-Pilot
Adam's RibDubrayEpisode: Danish Pastry
Love, American StyleSegment: Love and the Golden Memory
Money to BurnWarden CaulfieldABC TV-Movie
Love StoryRossEpisode: Mirabelle's Summer
Blood SportMr. SchmidtABC TV-Movie
Miracle on 34th StreetR.H. MacyCBS TV-Movie
1974Family Theatre: Married is BetterNBC TV-Special
All in the FamilyJim SandersEpisode: Et tu, Archie
PetrocelliCaswell TurnerEpisode: Music to Die By
The Stranger WithinBobABC TV-Movie
Kolchak: The Night StalkerCardinaleEpisode: Firefall
KojakSgt. Harry SumarEpisode: The Best War in Town
1974, 1975Police StoryHarry Dunnhill
Ralph Driscoll
Episode: Glamour Boy
Episode: Vice: 24 Hours
1975Sanford and SonClancy FitzgeraldEpisode: Golden Boy
KarenBlakemoreEpisode: A Day in the Life
The First 36 Hours of Dr. DurantDr. AtkinsonABC TV-Movie/Unsold TV-Pilot
Ellery QueenDon BeckerEpisode: The Adventures of Auld Lang Syne
Barney MillerEmil DitkaEpisode: Ambush
McCoyEpisode: Bless the Big Fish
1976Crackle of DeathCardinaleABC TV-Movie
1976–1981Charlie's AngelsJohn BosleyEmmy Awards (nominated)
Golden Globe Awards (nominated)
1977ABC Weekend SpecialUncle UlyssesEpisode: Homer and the Wacky Doughnut Machine
Black Market BabyJoseph CarminoABC TV-Movie
1978Wild and WoolyTeddy RooseveltABC TV-Movie
1978–1983Fantasy IslandErnie Miller
Fred Forbush
Sam Woolf/Sancho Panza
Herbert Solomon
Episode: King For a Day/Instant Family
Episode: Hit Man/The Swimmer
Episode: The Don Quixote/Sex Symbol
Episode: Naughty Marietta/The Winning Ticket
1978–1985The Love BoatAlvin

Episode: Man Who Loved Women...
Episode: Secretary to the Stars...
Episode: Same Wavelength...
Episode: Vicki's Gentleman Caller...
1981Hart to HartJim CaseyEpisode: Hartland Express
1982The Blue and the GrayPhineas WadeCBS Miniseries
1983Wait till Your Mother Gets Home!Herman OhmeNBC TV-Movie
The Invisible WomanNeil GilmoreNBC TV-Movie/Unsold TV-Pilot
1985Murder, She WroteBrad LockwoodEpisode: Sudden Death
1986You Again?BriggsEpisode: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Traffic Lights
New Love, American StyleEpisode: Love and the Lamborghini
FoofurMelVoice Role
Episode: Nothing to Sneeze At
Episode: A Royal Pain
Episode: This Little Piggy's On TV
Episode: Russian Through New York
1986–1987General HospitalTed Holmes
1987StarmanArtemis GuinnessEpisode: Grifters
Sweet SurrenderFrank Macklin
1988Maybe BabyPeteNBC TV-Movie
1989Ghost WriterHerb BaxterTV-Movie
Out of This WorldStar the DogVoice Role
Episode: Star Dog
Dink, the Little DinosaurAdditional VoicesVoice Role
1990TaleSpinSheriff Gomer CleghornVoice Role
Archie: To Riverdale and Back AgainMr. WeatherbeeNBC TV-Movie
1991They Do It With MirrorsNevilleA&E Network TV-Movie
1991–1997RugratsLouis 'Grandpa' PicklesVoice Role
1993BonkersW.W. WhackyVoice Role
Episode: Gone Bonkers
Sonic the HedgehogAdditional VoicesVoice Role
1994BeethovenAdditional VoicesVoice Role
1995What-a-MessAdditional VoicesVoice Role
1996The Ruth Rendell MysteriesDeanEpisode: Simisola
Road RoversProfessor HubertVoice Role
Episode: A Hair of the Dog That Bit You
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanMike, guardian angelEpisode: Swear to God, This Time We're Not Kidding
Mighty Ducks: The Animated SeriesSam DelaneyVoice Role
Episode: The Human Factor
Quack PackAdditional VoicesVoice Role
Episode: The Unusual Suspects
1997The Blues Brothers Animated SeriesVetVoice Role
Episode: Strange Death of Betty Smythe
Sunset BeachPassengerEpisode: 1.1
What the Deaf Man HeardUncredited Role


  1. ^ "Obituaries | David Doyle, `Charlie's Angels' Character | Seattle Times Newspaper". Community.seattletimes.nwsource.com. 1997-03-01. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  2. ^ March 01, 1997 (1997-03-01). "David Doyle Actor | David Doyle, 67, popular character actor easily recognized... - Baltimore Sun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  3. ^ "`CHARLIE'S ANGELS' ACTOR DIES OF HEART ATTACK AT 67". Deseret News. 1997-03-02. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  4. ^ "David Doyle; Actor on 'Charlie's Angels' - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1993-09-17. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  5. ^ Reilly, Sue. "Farewell, Farrah - Charlie's Angels, David Doyle". People.com. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 

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