Dan Blocker (1928–1972)


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Dan Blocker is one of the true television immortals, having played Hoss Cartwright -- the heart and soul of Bonanza (1959) -- for 13 seasons, before his untimely death in 1972 at the age of 43. "Bonanza" was the most popular TV series of the 1960s, ranked #1 for three straight seasons (1964-65 through 1966-67) and spending a then-unprecedented ... See full bio »

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Known For

Bonanza Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright / Big Jack Slade / Hoss Cartwright
(1959-1972)
Cimarron City Tiny Budinger / Carl Budinger
(1958-1959)
The Rifleman Pete Snipe
(1958)

Filmography

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 1959-1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright / Hoss Cartwright / Big Jack Slade
- One Ace Too Many (1972) ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
- A Visit to Upright (1972) ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
- A Place to Hide (1972) ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
- The Younger Brothers' Younger Brother (1972) ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
- He Was Only Seven (1972) ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
 1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land (TV Movie)
Indian Who Sells Manhattan
 1970 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Little Willie
- The Dan Blocker Show (1970) ... Little Willie
 1970 The Tim Conway Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Various
- Episode #1.7 (1970) ... Various
 1970 Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour (TV Series)
College Roomate
- Episode #1.5 (1970) ... College Roomate
 1970 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Guest Starring Dan Blocker (1970) ... Guest Performer
 1968 Something for a Lonely Man (TV Movie)
John Killibrew
 1968 Lady in Cement
Waldo Gronsky
 1964 Valentine's Day (TV Series)
Horace Hewitt
- The Hottest Game in Town (1964) ... Horace Hewitt
 1963 Come Blow Your Horn
Mr. Eckman
 1961 The Errand Boy
Hoss Cartwright - Cameo (uncredited)
 1959 Troubleshooters (TV Series)
Culhane
- Tiger Culhane (1959) ... Culhane
 1959 The Rebel (TV Series)
Del Pierce
- Johnny Yuma (1959) ... Del Pierce
 1958-1959 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Tiny Budinger / Carl Budinger
- The Evil One (1959) ... Tiny Budinger
- The Town Is a Prisoner (1959) ... Tiny Budinger
- Chinese Invasion (1959) ... Tiny Budinger
- Have Sword - Will Duel (1959) ... Tiny Budinger
- The Ratman (1959) ... Tiny Budinger
 1959 The Young Captives
Oil Field Roughneck
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Duke
- Chez Rouge (1959) ... Duke
 1957-1958 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Olaf Burland / Jub Buckstar / John 'El Bruto' / ...
- The Way Back (1958) ... Olaf Burland
- Mercyday (1958) ... Jub Buckstar
- The Child (1957) ... John 'El Bruto'
- Man and Boy (1957) ... Fred Burgermen
- Jody (1957) ... Ike Burnett
 1958 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Pete Snipe
- The Sister (1958) ... Pete Snipe
 1958 Maverick (TV Series)
Hognose M. Hughes
- The Jail at Junction Flats (1958) ... Hognose M. Hughes
 1958 Zorro (TV Series)
Blacksmith
- The Señorita Makes a Choice (1958) ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1956-1958 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Keller / Lieutenant
- Thoroughbreds (1958) ... Keller
- Alarm at Pleasant Valley (1956) ... Lieutenant
 1958 Jefferson Drum (TV Series)
Craig
- Stagecoach Episode (1958) ... Craig
 1958 Decision (TV Series)
Salem
- The Virginian (1958) ... Salem
 1957-1958 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Deputy Sam / Pete
- Noose at Noon (1958) ... Deputy Sam
- Land Beyond the Law (1957) ... Pete
 1956-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Lewis
- Natchez (1958)
- Sizeman and Son (1956) ... Lewis
 1958 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Rosie
- The Departed Doctor (1958) ... Rosie
 1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Joe
- Gun Shy (1958) ... Joe
 1958 The Walter Winchell File (TV Series)
Payload John
- The Reporter (1958) ... Payload John
 1958 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Cloudy Sims
- Rodeo (1958) ... Cloudy Sims
 1958 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Bosch
- Deadlock (1958) ... Bosch
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Sgt. Broderick
- The Dora Gray Story (1958) ... Sgt. Broderick
 1958 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Matt
- Man Unforgiving (1958) ... Matt
 1957 Outer Space Jitters (Short)
Zombie (as Don Blocker)
 1957 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Will
- A Time to Die (1957) ... Will
 1957 Gunsight Ridge
Bartender (uncredited)
 1957 Black Patch
Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Joe Purdy
- Renegade Raiders (1957) ... Joe Purdy
 1957 Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV Series)
'Mule' Conklin
- Underground Ambush (1957) ... 'Mule' Conklin
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Borneo
- The Man Who Discovered O. Henry (1957) ... Borneo
 1957 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
Bartender
- Grandfather Grandson (1957) ... Bartender
 1955 Hook a Crook (Short)
Gorilla (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (Broadway debut) in "King Lear" on Broadway. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 26 Articles | 23 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dan Davis Blocker | Don Blocker

Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)

Spouse:

Dolphia Lee Parker  (his death)  (4 children)

Children:

David Blocker | See more »
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Personal Quote:

Being big has its advantages, especially when you're doing the rounds of the agents' offices. They don't forget you in a hurry. But it has its disadvantages, too. You've got to have a bed special made . . . mine is 7 feet long. You've got to be careful when you sit down. I used to wreck a couple of chairs a week in the studio. Weight is a problem with me. If I don't watch it, it shoots up to ... See more »

Trivia:

All of his children studied karate under Chuck Norris. See more »

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