Napoleon Dynamite star dies, family announces

DALE Critchlow, who appeared in the hit movie Napoleon Dynamite, has died, his family announced.

He is best known for his role as Farmer Lyle in the 2004 film, directed by Jared Hess.

Dale Critchlow was 92 years old at the time of his death


Dale Critchlow was 92 years old at the time of his deathSource: Fox Searchlight Pictures
He is best known for his role in Napoleon Dynamite


He is best known for his role in Napoleon DynamiteSource: Fox Searchlight Pictures

The man’s family said he passed away in Idaho Falls, Idaho at the MorningStar Senior Living facility.

According to the obituary in Herald magazineThe actor passed away on Friday.

Dale also appeared in the 2006 comedy Church Bell, directed by Kurt Hale.

In 2020, Dale sat with East IdahoNews.com to discuss how he captured the role in Napoleon Dynamite.

“My wife called Jared Hess’ mom and asked if one of her boys was there,” Dale said at the time of the interview.

The movie star added: “He came and had a friend with him. I drove the truck out to the pasture, and the sheep ran up. They grabbed those coins and loaded them into trucks… and we got them out of there. ”

He was 92 years old and left behind four children, according to Deadline.

According to his obituary, a funeral is scheduled for March 4.

The cause of death has not yet been released.


Dale is beloved in Preston, Idaho, with fans regularly stopping him for photos and autographs when they see him in public.

“I went to a wedding reception in Salt Lake,” he recalls, “and my eldest son was just waiting for the reception to begin.

“This guy comes in and says, ‘Hey, I saw you at a gig!’ He took some pictures.”

In the same interview with EastIdahoNews.com, he revealed: “It takes a little bit of boldness but not too bold.

“When people help you, help them back if you can.”


Dale is best known for playing Lyle in Napoleon Dynamite.

The film was an unexpected success, grossing a whopping $46.1 million.

In the film, he plays the neighbor of Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder).

Fans of the film will recall one particular scene in which the farmer was greeted by Napoleon before he raised his gun and shot a cow in the face.

At that moment, a bus full of students passed by.

He often sought help from his family when he became blind after a car accident in 1980.

The accident also left his face partially paralyzed.

I said Deseret News: “I didn’t even know he was making a movie at the time.

“I was stacking hay in the barn and my daughter came in with Jared and said she had a question for me.

“He said to me, ‘Dale, I need a favor. I need you to be in my movie.’ I asked what I needed to do, and he said, ‘Oh, you just shoot a cow.’ Well, I can do that.”

The scene above was shot towards the end of production on the film.


Critchlow stars alongside a $10,000 show cow in the scene.

“They wanted a cow that was gentle and easy to handle in front of the camera,” he recalls.

“She was barely at the scene because her handler was late, but when she got here, the footage was fast.

“If the bus hadn’t arrived by that time, the camera would have seen the cow lick the barrel of my gun.”

Dale also plays a chicken farm being worked on in the film and a preacher in the post-credits scene.

Speaking to the on-screen couple Kip and Lafawnduh, he advised the pair: “When there’s an argument, if you go out and walk comfortably, you’ll calm down and then you can come back and it won’t be an argument..

“And you’ll see it’s good for your health. Fresh air and exercise will do you a lot.”

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