DAD: Uncle Jesse Duke (Denver Pyle)
DAD’S JOB: Old Coot, and retired Moonshine Runner
KIDS: Bo (John Schneider), Luke (Tom Wopat), Daisy (Catherine Bach), Coy (Byron Cherry), Vance (Christopher Mayer) (all supposedly in their 20’s)
WHERE’S MOM?: Who knows? The cousins and nephews of Jesse Duke are why there’s so many West Virginia jokes.
STAND-IN “MOM”: none
Update: Alert Viewer Johnathan Carter writes in with news about the Duke orphans – “I don’t know if it was ever mentioned on the series, but I believe the E! True Hollywood Story on The Dukes of Hazzard explained exactly how the Duke cousins ended up with Uncle Jesse. Apparently, all of Jesse’s brothers and/or sisters and their spouses — the parents of Bo, Luke, and Daisy (and maybe Coy and Vance) — were killed in a car accident (big car!), so Jesse, the last remaining sibling, took in their children. That’s what I heard, but as I said, I don’t know if it was ever mentioned on the show.”
Anyone have any further word on this?
A tap on the Lt. Worf Memorial Communicator Pin to “CMH412@aol.com” for the information about Uncle Jesse’s previous career. Thanks!
…and a wave of the Mrs. Livingston Memorial Feather Duster to Jonathan Carter for the insight on the Dukes’ parental demise. Thanks!