Ask AP: The Darling family

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on March 15, 2009

What happened to the actors who played the Darling family on The Andy Griffith Show?
—M. Kelly, Albertville, Ala.

Actor Denver Pyle, who played Darling patriarch Brisco Darling, died in 1997. His “boys” were actually the members of the bluegrass band The Dillards. Brothers Doug (on banjo) and Rodney Dillard (on guitar) continue to tour as The Dillards. Bass player Mitch Jayne retired from music to write novels, penning the award-winning Fiddler’s Ghost, and mandolin picker Dean Webb performs in and around Branson, Mo. Margaret Ann Peterson, who played Charlene Darling, occasionally sings with Doug and Rodney and lives in Las Vegas.