Richard Denison Niles, known as Denny, passed away on July 11, 2011, from complications of COPD. He was born on August 12, 1933, to Wendell and Ann Niles. His father was the radio and television announcer. Denny grew up in Toluca Lake. He graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1952 where he was the student body vice-president, president of the Esquires and a three-year letterman on Paul Xanthos’s tennis team.
He graduated from USC in 1956 and was a champion boxer for the Golden Gloves. While serving in the Army for two years, he was the boxing instructor at Ft. Lewis Army Base in Washington. He started his career as an actor appearing in the television series Rescue 8 with Robert Redford. He acted in numerous movies and television shows. A few years later he took his talents behind the scenes and produced The All-American College Show, traveling around to colleges all across America. The show, which ran for four years on NBC, discovered many stars including The Carpenters, who became superstars in the recording industry. Later, he worked with his brother Wendell in producing The Monte Carlo Sports Festival, which ran for almost 25 years.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Lila who dedicated herself to taking care of Denny during the last few years. He is survived by his four children, Debra (husband Robert), Eric (partner Tim), Rene (wife Kim) and Richard (wife Rose); six grandchildren, Eric, Nicholas, Rene Richard, Challis, Lochlan and one great-grandchild, Maya. He also leaves his brother Wendell (wife Nelle) and a number of nieces and nephews.
He loved Montana where his dad grew up and he had a home on the Yellowstone River. He spent at least a month every summer there with his family.