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 As a boy he attended Texas Military Institute, and in 1946 played football at Southern Baptist-affiliated Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.
1947 18 Years Old In 1947, he transferred to and later graduated from Sul Ross State Teacher's College in Alpine, Texas, where he was a star football player and then went on to earn a master's degree in the dramatic arts. … Read More


1951 22 Years Old Blocker was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He had basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He served as an infantry sergeant in F Company, 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division in Korea, December 1951 to August 1952. … Read More
1956 27 Years Old Dan Blocker made two appearances on the long-running Gunsmoke series: the first on August 25, 1956, in "Alarm at Pleasant Valley" and the second on October 18, 1958, in "Thoroughbreds".
He also appeared in 1957 as Will in the episode, "A Time to Die" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston.
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 1 More Event
In 1959, as Bonanza began its long network 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
1963 34 Years Old In 1963 Blocker starred with Frank Sinatra in Come Blow Your Horn, and worked with Sinatra again in 1968 in the "Tony Rome" film sequel Lady in Cement. … Read More
1965 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Blocker, a performance automobile fan, once owned a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 "Z-16" (RPO Z16 option) as Chevrolet was the commercial sponsor of the show.
1968 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, Blocker starred as John Killibrew, a blacksmith, who had convinced a number of settlers to follow him to California and founded the town of Arkana. … Read More


1972 43 Years Old On May 13, 1972, Blocker died in Los Angeles at age 43 of a pulmonary embolism following gall bladder surgery. … Read More
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