David Doyle

Actor David Doyle, best known for playing the role of John Bosley on the ABC series “Charlie’s Angels,” died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 67.

A native of Omaha, Neb., he began his career acting in community theater at the age of 10. In 1950, Doyle moved to New York to act with the Neighborhood Playhouse troupe. Following a four-year stint in the Navy, he made his Broadway debut in “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” In 1972, he moved to Los Angeles.

In addition to his stage roles, he directed the West Coast premiere of the play “I Was Dancing.”

Doyle has appeared in such movies as “Capricorn One,” “Vigilante Force,” “Act One” and “Coogan’s Bluff.”

His TV career included roles in the telepics “Ghost Writer,” “The Invisible Woman” and “Blood Sport”; the miniseries “The Blue and the Gray”; and the series “Murder, She Wrote,” “Fantasy Island,” “Love Boat” and “Hart to Hart.”

Doyle also supplied the voice of Grandpa Pickles in the Nickelodeon cartoon series “Rugrats.”

Doyle, whose wife was blinded by retinitis pigmentosa, was a member of the board of directors of RP Intl. He served as a telethon host, and also secured the support of others in the entertainment industry for the cause.

He is survived by his wife, Anne, as well as a daughter and two grandchildren.

Services were held Monday at St. Cyril’s Roman Catholic Church in Encino.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Doyle’s name to RP Intl., PO Box 900, Woodland Hills, CA 91365.

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