Dan Blocker
Actor
Dan Blocker
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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The Justice League of America 1950s Fancast Part Three - Comic Book Movie
Google News - over 5 years
For our villains the Legion Of Doom, I have Sean Connery for Maxwell Lord, Yul Brynner for Lex Luthor, Andy Griffith for The Joker, Dan Blocker for Solomon Grundy, Harley Quinn played by Shirley Maclaine, Richard Widmark for The Riddler,
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The Brady Bunch, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Bonanza & The Big Valley Come to ... - CisionWire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
BONANZA, starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts. The Cartwright's thousand-square-mile Ponderosa Ranch is located near Virginia City, Nevada, site of the Comstock Silver Lode, during and after the Civil War
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BONANZA "Adventures with the Cartwrights" (DVD) - Fox 31 KDVR.com
Google News - over 5 years
Three time widower Ben (Lorne Greene) was the patriarch and founder of the 1000 acre ranch “The Ponderosa,” eldest son Adam (Pernell Roberts), the lovable giant Hoss (Dan Blocker) and the youngest son Little Joe (Michael Landon) became household names
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'Off the Wall & Over the Edge: Movies, Music, Memories and Madness' with ... - PNW Local News
Google News - over 5 years
He will also engage the audience in the stories of what it was like to work with such movie-star luminaries as Corey Allen (“Rebel Without a Cause”), James Arness (“Gunsmoke”), Lew Ayres (“All Quiet on the Western Front”), Dan Blocker (“Bonanza”),
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The Autry Surveys the Significance of Bonanza by Displaying Iconic Ponderosa Map - Art Daily
Google News - over 5 years
The show starred Lorne Greene (1915–1987) as widowed father Ben Cartwright; Pernell Roberts (1928–2010) as urbane Adam Cartwright, the oldest son; Dan Blocker (1928–1972) as soft-hearted Eric “Hoss” Cartwright, the middle son; and Michael Landon
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Autry's 'Bonanza': TV show's opening image on display [VIDEO] - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
The map appeared at the start of each episode, while the theme music played, then burned away to reveal Lorne Greene, as paterfamilias Ben Cartwright, riding the range on the Ponderosa Ranch with sons Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker) and
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Veterans enjoy holiday stay at Garver House - New Philadelphia Times Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
Earlier in the week, Dan Blocker, pharmacist from Drug Mart in Dover, dropped off gift cards to a local restaurant to give out to each veteran/active military and their guest,” Natalie Cline said. “Al and I also provided a gift card to a local
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'A bit of an existential experience:' Movie memories with actress Lee Purcell - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
(Dan Blocker didn't appear in your episode of Bonanza entitled "The Weary Willies"). Michael was terribly handsome! They were both very professional and wore their roles as a second skin. It was a bit of an existential experience for me,
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Our Opinion — Businesses reach out to support local veterans for Memorial Day - New Philadelphia Times Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
Dan Blocker, pharmacist at the Dover Discount Drug Mart, sponsored an Honor Our Heroes Veterans Cookout on Saturday. It featured free hot dogs, soft drinks and chips for all veterans, with members of the public making contributions for their food and
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Inman: Jeff and Beau Bridges both appeared on 'Sea Hunt" - Alexandria Town Talk
Google News - almost 6 years
It featured sketches about various moments in American history performed by a cast that included Dean Martin, Bob Hope, Ann-Margret, Phyllis Diller, Tom Smothers, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Johnny Cash, Dan Blocker, Bing Crosby and Michael Landon
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Jimmie Knight Jones - LubbockOnline.com
Google News - almost 6 years
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to First Baptist Church, 701 Standerfer, O'Donnell, TX 79351; 1946 Study Club in care of Mazelle Little, PO Box 637, O'Donnell, TX 79351; or to the Dan Blocker Museum, PO Box 605, O'Donnell,
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Today In History - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
Google News - almost 6 years
In 1972, actor Dan Blocker died at the age of 43. He is best remembered for his role as Hoss Cartwright on the television show "Bonanza." In 1975, country music legend Bob Wills died at the age of 70. In 1981, Pope John Paul the Second was shot and
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Saddle up for club's fundraiser - Lakenewsonline.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Many stars such as Rex Allen and his “most beautiful horse in the world” Koko, Lassie, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts appeared at the rodeos. The Rodeo was located in the area where the Camden County Library resides today
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Ride off into the sunset on Old West-inspired streets - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Google News - almost 6 years
Henderson boasts two streets named for stars of that show, Lorne Greene (although the street is spelled Lorne Green) and Dan Blocker avenues. Rounding out that neighborhood are Sundance and Raindrop avenues, which in this context must have been named
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2011 “Stinley” Cup Champions - Seaway News
Google News - almost 6 years
They were represented by (front row LR) Ian “Stretcher” Hickman, Dan “Blocker” Desnoyers, Andrew “Backcheck” Hickman, Michel “Doc” Dubuc and Matt “Howitzer” Hodge. Back row (LR) are Ryan “Gazelle” Mackey, Rene “Titanic” Bergeron, Lou “Newsy” Kupczyk,
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David Dortort, 93, 'Bonanza' Creator, Dies
NYTimes - over 6 years
David Dortort, a television writer and producer whose idea to create a western drama based not on shoot-'em-ups but instead on the travails of a loving family resulted in ''Bonanza,'' one of the most popular shows in history, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 93. The cause was uncertain, but he had a history of heart problems, said his
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Pernell Roberts, 81, Star of TV's 'Bonanza,' Dies
NYTimes - about 7 years
Pernell Roberts, the outspoken actor who played Adam Cartwright, the thoughtful eldest son on television's seminal western series ''Bonanza'' and who was the last surviving member of the show's original family, died Sunday at his home in Malibu, Calif. He was 81. The cause was prostate cancer, said his lawyer and friend Richard A. Stone.
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GUNMEN KILL FOUR INSIDE NIGHTCLUB
NYTimes - over 24 years
At least four people were killed and about 20 were injured early this morning in a shooting at a nightclub near here, the police said. The shooting occurred at the Taste of the Islands restaurant and nightclub about 3:30 A.M. during a birthday party, the Metro-Dade Police Department said, adding that it may be related to Jamaican drug gangs. The
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dan Blocker
    FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 43
    On May 13, 1972, Blocker died in Los Angeles at age 43 of a pulmonary embolism following gall bladder surgery.
    More Details Hide Details The writers of Bonanza took the unusual step of referencing a major character's death in the show's storyline that autumn. Bonanza lasted another season without Hoss, as the 14th and final season ended on January 16, 1973. Blocker's remains are interred in a family plot in Woodsmen Cemetery, in De Kalb, Texas, although he had lived there only briefly. The common grave site is marked by a plain stone with the name "BLOCKER" engraved; three family members are buried beside him. A "Dan Blocker Room" is on the second floor of the O'Donnell Heritage Museum in O'Donnell, Texas, where he was brought up. A photo of Blocker as Hoss appears on the cover of Lagwagon's 1995 release Hoss, also named for the character. TV Guide, December 6–12, 1969, pp A-63 – A-64 Something for a Lonely Man At IMDB
  • THIRTIES
  • 1968
    Age 39
    In 1968, Blocker backed then-U.S. Senator Eugene J. McCarthy of Minnesota for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    More Details Hide Details Blocker later supported the eventual Democratic Party nominee, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, also of Minnesota, for the presidency against the Republican Richard M. Nixon. He kept a house in Inglewood, California, and commuted to NBC. His Tudor-style mansion in the Hancock Park, Los Angeles area of Los Angeles is currently owned by Rob Zombie. On the 2010 PBS special, "Pioneers of Television: Westerns", actor Mitch Vogel, who played the young brother, Jamie Cartwright, on Bonanza, said Blocker, "was so easy to get to know—the kind of guy you could go and have a beer with."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This TV movie, Something for a Lonely Man, also featured Susan Clark, John Dehner, Warren Oates, and Don Stroud. In 1970, Blocker portrayed a love-shy galoot in Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County, with Nanette Fabray as a love prospect and a supporting cast featuring Jim Backus, Jack Elam, Noah Beery, Jr., and Mickey Rooney. Blocker also appeared on NBC's The Flip Wilson Show comedy hour. Director Robert Altman befriended Blocker while directing episodes of Bonanza. Years later, he cast Blocker as Roger Wade in The Long Goodbye, but Blocker died before filming began. The role went to Sterling Hayden, and the film was dedicated to Blocker. Blocker started and received partial ownership in a successful chain of Ponderosa/Bonanza Steakhouse restaurants in exchange for serving (in character as Hoss) as their commercial spokesman and making personal appearances at franchises.
  • 1965
    Age 36
    He also owned a 1965 Huffaker Genie MK10 race car, nicknamed the "Vinegaroon". The car was run by Nickey Chevrolet in the 1965 and 1966 U.S. Road Racing Championship series, as well as the 1966 Can-Am championship.
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    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Stanley Kubrick attempted to cast Blocker in his film Dr. Strangelove, after Peter Sellers elected not to add the role of Major T.J. "King" Kong to his multiple other roles, but according to the film's co-writer, Terry Southern, Blocker's agent rejected the script. The role subsequently went to Slim Pickens, who played the iconic scene of riding an atomic bomb down while waving his cowboy hat.
  • 1959
    Age 30
    Blocker's big break also came in 1959, when he was cast as Eric "Hoss" Cartwright on the long-running NBC television series Bonanza, and played the role until his death.
    More Details Hide Details Blocker said he portrayed the Hoss character with a Stephen Grellet excerpt in mind: "We shall pass this way on Earth but once, if there is any kindness we can show, or good act we can do, let us do it now, for we will never pass this way again."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Another 1959 role was as Del Pierce in "Johnny Yuma", the first episode of the ABC western series, The Rebel, starring Nick Adams.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1958
    Age 29
    Blocker was cast as bearded poker-playing rodeo performer, Cloudy Sims, in the 1958 episode "Rodeo" on the David Janssen crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective.
    More Details Hide Details In the storyline, a rodeo performer named Ed Murdock, portrayed by Lee Van Cleef, is murdered before he can make his final performance at the annual event in Madison Square Garden.
    In 1958, Blocker had a supporting role as Sergeant Broderick in "The Dora Gray Story" on NBC's Wagon Train, with Linda Darnell in the title role and Mike Connors as Miles Borden, a corrupt United States Army lieutenant at an isolated western fort.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he appeared in "Stagecoach Episode" of the NBC western, Jefferson Drum, starring Jeff Richards.
    He also was seen in "The Señorita Makes a Choice," a 1958 episode of Walt Disney's Zorro series.
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    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.
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  • 1957
    Age 28
    Also in 1957, he appeared in an episode, "Land Beyond the Law", of Cheyenne, playing one of the outlaw minions (Pete).
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in The Rifleman.
    Blocker was cast in 1957 in episodes of the David Dortort-produced NBC series, The Restless Gun as a blacksmith and as a cattleman planning to take his hard-earned profit to return to his family land in his native Minnesota.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he had at least two roles as a bartender in an episode of the syndicated western-themed crime drama Sheriff of Cochise, starring John Bromfield and in the film, Gunsight Ridge.
    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.
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  • 1956
    Age 27
    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".
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  • 1951
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He received a Purple Heart for wounds in combat according to the June–July 2013 issue of VFW Magazine. Blocker received the following military awards: the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with two " bronze campaign stars, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, the Korean War Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. In 1957, Blocker appeared in a Three Stooges short, Outer Space Jitters, having portrayed the part of "The Goon," billed as "Don Blocker".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Blocker was a high school English and drama teacher in Sonora, Texas; a sixth-grade teacher and coach at Eddy Elementary School in Carlsbad, New Mexico; and finally, a teacher in California. He had worked as a rodeo performer and as a bouncer in a beer bar while a student. He is remembered from his school days for his size of and weight of, and for being good-natured despite his intimidating size.
  • 1946
    Age 17
    As a boy he attended Texas Military Institute, and in 1946 played football at Southern Baptist-affiliated Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Born
    Born on December 10, 1928.
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