David Fitzgerald Doyle (December 1, 1929 – February 26, 1997)[1] was an American actor. He was best known for his portrayal of John Bosley on the 1970s TV series Charlie's Angels. Doyle and Jaclyn Smith were the only actors to appear in every episode of the show. Doyle also became known later as the first voice of Grandpa Lou on the Nickelodeon series Rugrats.

David Doyle
David Fitzgerald Doyle

(1929-12-01)December 1, 1929[1]
Lincoln, Nebraska, U. S.
DiedFebruary 26, 1997(1997-02-26) (aged 67)
Years active1959–1997
Rachael Doyle
(m. 1956; died 1968)
Anne Nathan Doyle
(m. 1969)
RelativesMary Doyle (sister)

Early life edit

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska,[1] Doyle graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin in 1947.[2]

His maternal grandfather, John Fitzgerald, was a prominent railroad builder and banker in Nebraska.[3] His younger sister, Mary (1931–1995), was a stage actress, who died from lung cancer aged 63.[4]

Career edit

Doyle is best remembered for his role as detective John Bosley on the television series Charlie's Angels, one of only two actors (the other being original angel Jaclyn Smith) to appear in all 110 episodes of the series (1976–1981).[5]

Doyle made a number of appearances as a guest on the game show Match Game from 1977 to 1982. He appeared on one week of Password Plus in 1980, three weeks of Super Password, and on Tattletales with his wife Anne in 1982.[citation needed]

He voiced Grandpa Lou Pickles on the Nickelodeon animated series Rugrats from 1991 until his death, after which he was replaced by Joe Alaskey.[6][7]

Doyle was also a stage actor. He played Orgon in the 1964 premiere of Richard Wilbur's translation of Tartuffe at the Fred Miller Theater in Milwaukee. His sister Mary played the maid, Dorine, in the same production.[citation needed] His New York stage credits include Beg, Borrow or Steal, Something About a Soldier, Here's Love, I Was Dancing, and a revival of South Pacific.[8]

Personal life edit

Doyle was married twice. In 1956 he married his first wife, Rachael, with whom he had a daughter, Leah (born 1961). Rachael died in 1968 after falling from a staircase.[9] The next year, while in a revival of the play South Pacific, Doyle met Anne Nathan, a singer dancer, and they married a short time later.[5]

Death edit

Doyle died in Los Angeles, California, of a heart attack on February 26, 1997, at age 67.[3][10]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
1959 Happy Anniversary Hotel Earle Desk Clerk
1963 Act One Oliver Fisher
1967 The Tiger Makes Out Housing Clerk
1968 No Way to Treat a Lady Lieutenant Dawson
Coogan's Bluff Pushie, Tavern Owner
Paper Lion Oscar
1969 The April Fools Orlow P. Walters
Some Kind of a Nut Larry - Bank Teller
1970 Loving Will
Pigeons Mr. Seigbert Uncredited
1971 The Pursuit of Happiness James Moran
A New Leaf Mel
Making It Fanning
Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name? Roger Boulting
Lady Liberty O'Henry
1972 Parades Captain Jinks
1974 Ginger in the Morning Fred
1976 Vigilante Force Homer Arno
1977 Capricorn One Walter Loughlin
1978 The Comeback Webster Jones
My Boys Are Good Boys Harry Klinger
1980 The Line Captain Jinks
1988 Salome's Last Dance A. Nubin
1989 Ghost Writer Herb Baxter
Murphy's Laws of Golf Roscoe Short
1990 Love or Money Arthur Reed
Wings of Fame
1993 The Punk Roger Rabbit
1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio Pepe the Cricket Voice[11]

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
1959–1961 The Art Carney Special Self 2 episodes
1961 Naked City Dan Moore Episode: "Murder Is a Face I Know"
1962 General Electric Theater Episode: "Acres and Pains"
1962–1963 Car 54, Where Are You? Mr. Dutton 2 episodes
1963 Perry Mason Dwight Garret (Defendant) Episode: "The Case of the Elusive Element"
1964 The Defenders Episodes: "The Seven Hundred Year Old Gang: Parts 1 and 2"
1964–1965 The Patty Duke Show Mr. Harrison / Mr. Lane 2 episodes
1965 For the People Sweet William Episode: "Dangerous to the Public Peace and Safety"
The Trials of O'Brien Murray Episode: "A Gaggle of Girls"
1968 Kiss Me Kate TV movie
1970 The Storefront Lawyers Cogweiler Episode: "This is Jerry, See Jerry Run"
1971 That Girl Albert Berg Episode: "That King"
Funny Face DeHaven Episode: "What's in a Mouth"
Cade's County Dr. Geis Episode: "A Gun For Billy"
The Doris Day Show Warden McPherson Episode: "The Wings of an Angel"
1971–1972 The New Dick Van Dyke Show Ted Atwater 4 episodes
1972 Hawaii Five-O Hard Hat Episode: "Follow the White Brick Road"
Bridget Loves Bernie Walt Fitzgerald
1973 Banacek Elliot Episode: "Ten Thousand Dollars a Page"
Incident on a Dark Street Luke Burgess Pilot
Police Story Kurt Mueller
Adam's Rib Dubray Episode: "Danish Pastry"
Love, American Style Segment: "Love and the Golden Memory"
Money to Burn TV movie
Love Story Ross Episode: "Mirabelle's Summer"
Blood Sport Mr. Schmidt TV movie
Miracle on 34th Street R.H. Macy
1974 Family Theatre: Married is Better TV special
All in the Family Jim Sanders Episode: "Et tu, Archie"
Petrocelli Caswell Turner Episode: "Music to Die By"
The Stranger Within Bob TV movie
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Cardinale Episode: "Firefall"
Kojak Sgt. Harry Sumar Episode: "The Best War in Town"
1974–1975 Police Story Harry Dunnhill / Ralph Driscoll 2 episodes
1975 Sanford and Son Clancy Fitzgerald Episode: "Golden Boy"
Karen Blakemore Episode: "A Day in the Life"
The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant Dr. Atkinson Television film/Unsold pilot
Ellery Queen Don Becker Episode: "The Adventures of Auld Lang Syne"
Barney Miller Emil Ditka Episode: "Ambush"
McCoy Episode: "Bless the Big Fish"
1976 Crackle of Death Cardinale Television film
1976–1981 Charlie's Angels John Bosley Main role
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated - Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor – Television Series
1977 ABC Weekend Special Uncle Ulysses Episode: "Homer and the Wacky Doughnut Machine"
Black Market Baby Joseph Carmino TV movie
1978 Wild and Wooly Teddy Roosevelt
1978–1983 Fantasy Island Ernie Miller / Fred Forbush / Sam Woolf / Sancho Panza / Herbert Solomon 4 episodes
1978–1985 The Love Boat Alvin / Cliff
1981 Hart to Hart Jim Casey Episode: "Hartland Express"
1982 The Blue and the Gray Phineas Wade Miniseries
1983 Wait till Your Mother Gets Home! Herman Ohme Television film
The Invisible Woman Neil Gillmore
The Fall Guy Crase Episode: "Wheels"
1985 Murder, She Wrote Brad Lockwood Episode: "Sudden Death"
1986 You Again? Briggs Episode: "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Traffic Lights"
New Love, American Style Episode: "Love and the Lamborghini"
Foofur Mel Voice
1986–1987 General Hospital Ted Holmes
1987 Starman Artemis Guinness Episode: "Grifters"
Sweet Surrender Frank Macklin
1988 Maybe Baby Pete TV movie
1989 Ghost Writer Herb Baxter
Out of This World Star the Dog Voice, episode: "Star Dog"
1990 TaleSpin Sheriff Gomer Cleghorn Voice, episode: "Citizen Khan"
Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again Mr. Weatherbee TV movie
1991 They Do It With Mirrors Neville
1991–1997 Rugrats Grandpa Lou Pickles, various voices Recurring role[11]
1993 Bonkers W.W. Whacky Voice, episode: "Gone Bonkers"
Sonic the Hedgehog Additional voices
1994 Beethoven Police Officer Frank, Blind Shep, Old Man Voice, episode: "The Mighty Cone-Dog"
1995 What-a-Mess Additional voices
1996 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Dean Episode: "Simisola"
Road Rovers Professor Hubert Voice, episode: "A Hair of the Dog That Bit You"[11]
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Mike, guardian angel Episode: "Swear to God, This Time We're Not Kidding"
Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series Sam Delaney Voice, episode: "The Human Factor"
Quack Pack Additional voices Episode: "The Unusual Suspects"
1997 The Blues Brothers Animated Series Vet Voice, episode: "Strange Death of Betty Smythe"
Sunset Beach Passenger Episode: 1.1
What the Deaf Man Heard TV movie

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Hayward, Anthony (March 3, 1997). "Obituary: David Doyle". The Independent. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Campion Graduate Notables". Campion High School. Archived from the original on September 3, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Oliver, Myrna (March 1, 1997). "David Doyle; Actor on 'Charlie's Angels'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 26, 2020. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "Mary Doyle, Actress, 63". The New York Times. June 10, 1995.
  5. ^ a b Reilly, Sue (August 15, 1977). "Farewell, Farrah". People. 8 (7). Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Melle, Megan O'Neill (November 8, 2019). "Take a Trip Down Memory Lane With a Look Back at Every Charlie's Angels Star Through the Years". Parade. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (February 4, 2016). "Joe Alaskey Dies: Latter-Day Voice Of Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck During Long Career Was 63". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Willis, John; Lynch, Tom, eds. (1999). "David Doyle". John Willis Theatre World 1996-1997 Season Volume 53. Applause Theatre Book Publishers. p. 258. ISBN 1-55783-343-5. OCLC 42465014. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  9. ^ Reilly, Sue (August 15, 1977). "Farewell, Farrah". people.com.
  10. ^ "'Charlie's Angels' Actor Dies of Heart Attack at 67". Deseret News. March 2, 1997. Archived from the original on January 11, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  11. ^ a b c "David Doyle (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved January 2, 2024. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.

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Voice of Grandpa Lou Pickles
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