David Doyle (actor)

David Fitzgerald Doyle (December 1, 1929 – February 26, 1997) was an American actor.[1][2] He was best known for his portrayal of John Bosley on the 1970s TV series Charlie's Angels. Along with Jaclyn Smith, he was one of the only actors to appear in every episodes of the show.

David Doyle
David Fitzgerald Doyle

(1929-12-01)December 1, 1929
DiedFebruary 26, 1997(1997-02-26) (aged 67)
Years active1959–1996
Notable work
John Bosley in Charlie's Angels
Rachael Doyle
(m. 1956; her death 1968)

Anne Nathan Doyle
(m. 1969; his death 1997)


Early life

Doyle was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Mary Ruth (née Fitzgerald) and Lewis Raymond Doyle, an attorney. He graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin in 1947.

His maternal grandfather, John Fitzgerald, was a prominent railroad builder and banker in Nebraska.[1] His younger sister, Mary (1931–1995), was a stage actress, who died from lung cancer aged 63.[3]


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).[4]

Doyle made a number of appearances as a guest on the game show Match Game in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He appeared on one week of Password Plus in 1980, three weeks of Super Password, and on Tattletales with his wife Anne in 1982.

He lent his distinctive raspy voice to the character Grandpa Lou Pickles on the Nickelodeon animated series Rugrats from 1991 until his death. Joe Alaskey then assumed the role of Grandpa Lou.

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.

Personal life

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. The next year, while on a vacation trip to the South Pacific, Doyle met Anne Nathan, a singer-dancer, and they married a short time later.[4]


Doyle died in Los Angeles, California, of a heart attack on February 26, 1997, at age 67, and was cremated.[1]



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


Year Title Role Notes
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 ABC 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 NBC TV-Movie/Unsold TV-Pilot
Police Story Kurt Mueller NBC TV-Movie/TV-Pilot
Adam's Rib Dubray Episode: "Danish Pastry"
Love, American Style Segment: "Love and the Golden Memory"
Money to Burn Warden Caulfield ABC TV-Movie
Love Story Ross Episode: "Mirabelle's Summer"
Blood Sport Mr. Schmidt ABC TV-Movie
Miracle on 34th Street R.H. Macy CBS TV-Movie
1974 Family Theatre: Married is Better NBC TV-Special
All in the Family Jim Sanders Episode: "Et tu, Archie"
Petrocelli Caswell Turner Episode: "Music to Die By"
The Stranger Within Bob ABC 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 ABC TV-Movie/Unsold TV-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 ABC TV-Movie
1976–1981 Charlie's Angels John Bosley 110 episodes
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1977)
Nominated — Best Supporting Actor – Television Series (1980)
1977 ABC Weekend Special Uncle Ulysses Episode: "Homer and the Wacky Doughnut Machine"
Black Market Baby Joseph Carmino ABC TV-Movie
1978 Wild and Wooly Teddy Roosevelt ABC TV-Movie
1978–1983 Fantasy Island Ernie Miller / Fred Forbush / Sam Woolf / Sancho Panza / Herbert Solomon 4 episodes
1978–1985 The Love Boat Alvin / Cliff 4 episodes
1981 Hart to Hart Jim Casey Episode: "Hartland Express"
1982 The Blue and the Gray Phineas Wade CBS Miniseries
1983 Wait till Your Mother Gets Home! Herman Ohme NBC TV-Movie
The Invisible Woman Neil Gilmore NBC TV-Movie/Unsold TV-Pilot
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 NBC TV-Movie
1989 Ghost Writer Herb Baxter TV-Movie
Out of This World Star the Dog Voice
Episode: "Star Dog"
Dink, the Little Dinosaur Voice
1990 TaleSpin Sheriff Gomer Cleghorn Voice
Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again Mr. Weatherbee NBC TV-Movie
1991 They Do It With Mirrors Neville A&E Network TV-Movie
1991–1997 Rugrats Louis 'Grandpa' Pickles Voice
1993 Bonkers W.W. Whacky Voice
Episode: "Gone Bonkers"
Sonic the Hedgehog Voice
1994 Beethoven Voice
1995 What-a-Mess Voice
1996 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Dean Episode: "Simisola"
Road Rovers Professor Hubert Voice
Episode: "A Hair of the Dog That Bit You"
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 Voice
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 Uncredited
TV Movie


  1. Oliver, Myrna (March 1, 1997). "David Doyle; Actor on 'Charlie's Angels'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  2. "`Charlie's Angels' Actor Dies of Heart Attack at 67". Deseret News. March 2, 1997. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  3. "Mary Doyle, Actress, 63". The New York Times. June 10, 1995.
  4. Reilly, Sue (August 15, 1977). "Farewell, Farrah". People. 8 (7). Retrieved 2017-09-17.
Preceded by
Voice of Grandpa Lou Pickles
Succeeded by
Joe Alaskey
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