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Dan Blocker (1928–1972)

Dan Blocker is one of the true television immortals, having played Hoss Cartwright -- the heart and soul of _"Bonzanza" (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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 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
 1968 Something for a Lonely Man (TV Movie)
John Killibrew
 1968 Lady in Cement
Waldo Gronsky
 1965 I'll Bet (TV Series)
 1963 Come Blow Your Horn
Mr. Eckman
 1962 Henry Fonda and the Family (TV Movie)
 1959 Troubleshooters (TV Series)
- Tiger Culhane (1959)
 1959 The Rebel (TV Series)
Del Pierce
- Johnny Yuma (1959) ... Del Pierce
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
- Chez Rouge (1959) ... Duke
 1959 The Young Captives
Oil Field Roughneck
 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)
- 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)
- Stagecoach Episode (1958) ... Craig
 1958 Decision (TV Series)
- 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)
- Natchez (1958)
- Sizeman and Son (1956) ... Lewis
 1958 The Thin Man (TV Series)
- The Departed Doctor (1958) ... Rosie
 1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Joe - Thief No. 1
- Gun Shy (1958) ... Joe - Thief No. 1
 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)
- Deadlock (1958) ... Bosch
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Sgt. Broderick
- The Dora Gray Story (1958) ... Sgt. Broderick
 1958 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
- Man Unforgiving (1958) ... Matt
 1957 Outer Space Jitters (Short)
Zombie (as Don Blocker)
 1957 Colt .45 (TV Series)
- A Time to Die (1957) ... Will
 1957 The Girl in Black Stockings
Mike, the Bartender
 1957 Black Patch
Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1957 Gunsight Ridge
Bartender (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)
 1957 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
- 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:

3 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dan Davis Blocker | Don Blocker


6' 4" (1.93 m)

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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 »


The Long Goodbye (1973) is dedicated to him. Robert Altman, who had directed many early episodes of Bonanza (1959), and had become friends with him, had originally cast him in the role of Roger Wade. However, Blocker died before filming commenced, so the role was subsequently filled by Sterling Hayden. See more »

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