With a larger than life presence both onscreen and off, Dan Blocker was a television legend for his role of Hoss Cartwright for 13 seasons of the 1960s Western television series "Bonanza" (NBC 1959-19...
The holidays have officially come and gone, which means that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back with new episodes (and two shiny Golden Globe nominations). Onscreen, Boyle has also returned after taking a bullet to the butt to protect a fellow officer. Unfortunately for the rest of the precinct, he's still in a cast, which means that he's riding around on a mobility scooter and causing chaos everywhere he rolls. However, Holt is insistent that they all try and make his first day back special, even if that means taking an "adventure in diarrhea" and letting him pick lunch or holding him up to help him use that bathroom.
Meanwhile, Diaz has finally caught the perp she's been chasing on fraud charges, but he claims to be able to help Jake catch the "Pontiac Bandit," a car thief he's been chasing for years. He convinces her to drop the collar to catch his criminal, which turns out to be the wrong course of action when Doug Judy (guest star Craig Robinson) reveals himself to have been the "Pontiac Bandit" all along, and escapes. And in the midst of all of this, Holt has two puppies that he's desperately trying to give away to someone in the precinct before their cuteness starts to undercut his authority.
With the 99th precinct back to it's usual, insane antics, who managed to stand out this week and become the MVPs of "Pontiac Bandit?"
Captain HoltIt's pretty obvious at this point in the season that we love everything that Andre Braugher does on this show, but his trademark deadpan delivery was heightened this week by the absurd addition of two "small dogs." Watching him carry those puppies around and attempt to discipline his officers despite the cute additions was a great twist to the usual Holt storyline. - After Boyle runs over Holt's foot with his new scooter: "I am in... incredible pain."- Holt attempts to explain the presence of the puppies: "My husband's dog Cheddar had relations with the neighbor dog, Karate, and produced these two smaller dogs." Holt could not be less comfortable around puppies if he tried. - Watching Jake struggling to do solve a basic math equation: "Do you need a math tutor? Because the department will provide one for you."- Holt wants to give the puppies to Terry, and introduces them with, "This is Richard, and this is Dan. They are puppies." Then, when Terry turns the offer down, Holt holds them up to his face and lets him know that "All three of us are disappointed in you."- On Gina: "She live-tweets everything. Ruined Downton Abbey for me."
Gina LinettiUsually, when Gina doesn't have a subplot of her own, she tends to disappear into the background with just one or two quips to remind us of her presence, which is a shame, because Chelsea Peretti is one of the show's greatest assets. This week, however, we still got plenty of Gina, even after she escaped to the evidence room to get away from Boyle and his enthusiastic clumsiness. - When Boyle spills hot coffee down his cast, Gina decides to counteract that by pouring an entire container of milk down after it. - Before escaping to the evidence room, she left a note on her desk that simply said "Gone Leaving."- "I've redirected all of Captain Holt's calls to my cell phone, my battery is at full charge, and I have loose diner mints in my purse. This is my home now."- Only Gina would come up with a secret escape plan to avoid Boyle and then live-tweet her afternoon.
Jake Peralta, Rosa Diaz, and Doug JudyPeralta and Diaz haven't had too many scenes together thus far, but Andy Samberg and Stephanie Beatriz have great chemistry, and so it was great to see them get an entire story arc together. The fact that they went to the Academy together was a great way to explain the bond between them — they have always felt like the most natural pairing on the show — and it added some emotion and depth to their chase. Robinson is a perfect guest for this show, adding the right amount of goofiness to the plot. Hopefully, the open ending will give the show an opportunity to bring him back in the future. - Jake, testing out if he should change his name: "Does that sound better? Jack Peralta: Crocodile Hunter!" Diaz: "Yes."- Jake: "The Pontiac Bandit!" Doug: "We called him Bill, but whatever."- After finding out that Doug's mother thinks he's an architect with "all-white employees," Jake quips, "Why don't you just tell her you're an astronaut?" Doug: "Because space is scary! Look what it did to Sandy Bullock!"- Diaz practically bent over backwards trying to avoid letting Doug kiss her, and it was hilarious. - In order to keep Jake from looking like a cop on their sting, Doug puts him in a giant white tuxedo. Diaz's reaction? "You look like a Boyz II Men Easter album."- Jake, on the suit: "Is it triple-breasted somehow?"
With a larger than life presence both onscreen and off, Dan Blocker was a television legend for his role of Hoss Cartwright for 13 seasons of the 1960s Western television series "Bonanza" (NBC 1959-1973) until his untimely death in 1972. While Blocker would go on to appear in films and play other characters, he was inseparable from his role on one of the longest running series on television.
Bobby Dan Davis Blocker was born on December 10, 1928, to Ora Shack Blocker and his wife Mary Davis Blocker in De Kalb, Texas. After Blocker was born, the family moved to O'Donnell in west Texas and opened up a general store. Due to his large frame, Blocker was a natural at sports. After enrolling in military school at age 13, he was a star linebacker and was offered a football scholarship at Sul-Ross State College in 1946. At 18, he already stood 6'3" and weighed close to 300 pounds, but his school pursuits quickly turned from studying physical education to drama, after a girlfriend recruited to act with her in a campus production.
After graduation, Blocker turned down offers to further his football career and headed to the stage instead, where he performed repertory theater work in Boston followed by an appearance in the 1950 production of Shakespeare's King Lear on Broadway. But his acting career was briefly derailed after he was drafted for combat duty in the Korean War, where he served as infantry sergeant from 1950-1952 with the 45th Division. After his tour ended, Blocker returned to Sul Ross to complete his master's degree and married his high school sweetheart. With a new family to provide for, Blocker started teaching high school English and drama in Sonora, Texas before moving to Carlsbad, New Mexico to continue teaching.
It wasn't the Hollywood sign that initially brought Blocker out to Los Angeles, but his academic ambitions. Blocker and his family headed out west where he started working on his doctoral degree in education at UCLA. While pursuing his PhD and working as a substitute teacher, Blocker broke into the business in 1957, playing bit parts in western series such as "Sheriff of Cochise" (Syndication 1956-1960) and "Gunsmoke" (CBS 1955-1975) before graduating to larger roles on such shows as "The Restless Gun" (NBC 1957-59) and "Cimarron City" (NBC 1958-59). While Blocker steadily built up his acting credits, it wasn't until he accepted the role of Hoss Cartwright on "Bonanza" in 1959 before he permanently put his higher learning on hold. From the creator of "Cimarron City," "Bonanza" would be the turning point in Blocker's life and would shape his career for the next 13 years. Blocker couldn't be more different from the slow but sweet, middle son of the Ponderosa Ranch, Hoss Cartwright, but his warm performance won the hearts of audiences nationwide and made the show a hit for decades to come.
Due to the rigorous shooting schedule of "Bonanza," Blocker could only participate in a few additional projects, but he did manage to appear in a number of films and TV movies including the Neil Simon comedy "Come Blow Your Horn" (1963) and "The Lady in Cement" (1968), which were both Frank Sinatra vehicles. Unable to avoid the looming presence of his "Bonanza" character, Blocker was typecast for most of his career, but his starring performance in the TV movie "Something For the Lonely Man" (1968) finally showed audiences the full range of his acting abilities. In addition to his active career in film and television, Blocker was a staunch Democrat and took a break from acting to support Lyndon Johnson's 1964 presidential campaign and encouraged other actors to speak out against the Vietnam War.
During the height of his acting career, Dan Blocker's life was cruelly cut short, after he died from a blood clot during minor gall bladder surgery on May 13, 1972. It would be the first time in television history that a show referenced a major character's death in the storyline. He was with the show from its first inception and he continued to entertain posthumously as the series re-ran in syndication 40 years later.
By the age of 12, he already was 6' tall and weighed 200 lbs.
He owned a 1965 Huffaker Genie MK10 race car, that was run by Nickey Chevrolet in the 1965 and 1966 US Road Racing Championship series
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 and the film was dedicated to Blocker.
Blocker 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.
He refused to allow his sons to own a gun or go hunting- "until the animals learn to shoot back."
He received a Purple Heart for wounds in combat in the Korean War.