David Doyle

Active - 1963 - 2009  |   Born - Dec 1, 1929 in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States  |   Died - Feb 26, 1997   |   Genres - Drama, Comedy

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Although sandy-voiced character actor David Doyle sometimes gave the onscreen impression of being an unprepossessing, slow-on-the-uptake "little man," in truth Doyle stood six feet tall, weighed 200 pounds, and had an I.Q. of 148. Born into a family of lawyers, Doyle was drawn to amateur theatricals at the age of ten. In an effort to please both his parents and his own muse, he attended pre-law classes at the University of Nebraska, all the while taking acting lessons at Virginia's Barter Theatre and New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. His first theatrical break came in 1956, when he replaced Walter Matthau in the Broadway hit Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? He subsequently spent several seasons as an actor/director in a Midwestern traveling stock company, then returned to New York, where he appeared in S.J. Perelman's The Beauty Part and seven other Broadway plays. After a decade's worth of film and TV supporting appearances and commercials, Doyle was cast in the recurring role of Walt Fitzgerald in the 1972 sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie; that same year, he made semi-weekly visits to The New Dick Van Dyke Show in the role of Ted Atwater. From 1976 and 1981, Doyle had the enviable task of playing John Bosley, liaison man between unseen private eye Charlie and the gorgeous female stars of TV's Charlie's Angels. Since that time, David Doyle has been seen as Frank Macklin on the short-lived 1987 series Sweet Surrender, and heard as the voice of Grandpa Pickles on the Nickleodeon cable network's animated series Rugrats (1991- ). Doyle died of heart failure at age 67 on February 27, 1997. One of his last feature film performances was that of the voice of Pepe in The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996).

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  • Made his debut as an actor in local plays when he was 6-years-old.
  • Continued to be involved in the theater department at college while studying to become a lawyer.
  • Was a classmate with Johnny Carson in college and was invited to appear in his talk show many times.
  • Moved to New York after graduating college and enrolled in the Neighborhood Playhouse troupe.
  • After serving for four years in the U.S. Navy, he went back to New York and made his debut on Broadway.
  • In 1972, he moved to Los Angeles, California.
  • Supported the Retinitis Pigmentosa International, aimed to help fund and support retinal research.