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Charlie's Angels

David Doyle

John Bosley

A native of Lincoln, Neb., David Doyle was expected to follow in his father's footsteps and become an attorney. Luckily for legions of Charlie's Angels fans, he chose instead to become an actor. While at the University of Nebraska (where one of his classmates was Johnny Carson), he took part in numerous theatrical productions. He moved to New York after graduation and got his big Broadway break in 1956 when he replaced Walter Matthau in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Doyle continued to shine in New York theater for the next several years, and decided to try his luck in Hollywood in the mid-'60s. He had a notable role as Walt Fitzgerald in the series Bridget Loves Bernie and appeared in several films and as a game show panelist during the '60s and early '70s. In 1976, he embarked on a five-year mission as private investigator John Bosley on Charlie's Angels, a role that earned him critical praise and a Golden Globe nomination. He continued to work on other film and TV projects during the series run, as well as directing several Charlie's Angels episodes.

After the show ended, Doyle made numerous movie and TV appearances, including a stint on General Hospital (finally becoming a lawyer -- on TV, at least). His distinctive raspy voice made him a natural for cartoon voiceovers, and he created the part of gruff-yet-lovable Grandpa Pickles on the Nickelodeon series Rugrats. Doyle remained a beloved entertainer until his death in 1997.

Character Bio

John Bosley and Charlie Townsend have been friends for many years. Bos, as he is known, is Charlie's liaison to the Angels. He is frequently funny, often impish and always helpful to the girls. He assists by delivering information and going under cover with the Angels. Sometimes, he inadvertently compromises the Angels' cover in some way, but never does any major damage. He is seen as a favorite uncle and is usually found laughing along with the Angels at the end of each adventure.