Dan Blocker

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/10/1928 in De Kalb, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

Swing Out, Sweet Land 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County 1970 (Movie)

Charley Bicker (Actor)

Lady in Cement 1968 (Movie)

Gronsky (Actor)

Come Blow Your Horn 1963 (Movie)

Mr Eckman (Actor)

Sam Hill 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Desilu Playhouse 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Young Captives 1957 (Movie)

Roughneck (Actor)

Bonanza (TV Show)

Actor

Something For a Lonely Man (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Ora Blocker

Father

Mary Blocker

Mother

Daughter
had two

Wife
survived him

David Blocker

Son

Dirk Blocker

Son

Milestones

1963

Come Blow Your Horn

1959

Bonanza

Bonus Trivia

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By the age of 12, he already was 6' tall and weighed 200 lbs.

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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

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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.

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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.

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He refused to allow his sons to own a gun or go hunting— "until the animals learn to shoot back."

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He received a Purple Heart for wounds in combat in the Korean War.

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