Dan Blocker

Born Dec 10, 1928

Dan Blocker was an American actor best remembered for his role as Eric "Hoss" Cartwright in the NBC western television series Bonanza.

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1928 Birth Born on December 10, 1928.


1946 17 Years Old He attended Texas Military Institute and in 1946 played football at Baptist-affiliated Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. … Read More


In 1957, Blocker appeared in a Three Stooges short, Outer Space Jitters, having portrayed the part of "The Goon," billed as "Don Blocker". … Read More
In 1958, he played a prison guard and later had a recurring role as Tiny Budinger in the NBC western series Cimarron City, starring George Montgomery, John Smith, and Audrey Totter.


1959 30 Years Old In 1959, as Bonanza was beginning its long run, Blocker guest-starred in an episode of the Keenan Wynn and Bob Mathias NBC series The Troubleshooters, an adventure program about unusual events surrounding an international construction company. … Read More
1965 36 Years Old …  The car was run by Nickey Chevrolet in the 1965 and 1966 US Road Racing Championship series as well as the 1966 Can-Am championship.
1966 37 Years Old A Free Methodist (Gus Finley, Austin American, May 20, 1972), Blocker was among Hollywood celebrities who supported Pat Brown's re-election in 1966 as governor of California against Ronald W. Reagan.
1968 39 Years Old In 1968, Blocker backed then U.S. Senator Eugene J. McCarthy of Minnesota for the Democratic presidential nomination. … Read More


1971 42 Years Old Blocker so opposed the Vietnam War that it helped influence him to uproot his family in 1971 and move them to Lugano, Switzerland. ("Bonanza", Bear Family Records liner notes; "Bonanza: Scenery of the Ponderosa: Episode Guide- Season 14").
1972 43 Years Old On May 13, 1972, Blocker died in Los Angeles of a pulmonary embolism following gall bladder surgery. … Read More
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