Eight Actors that Could Have Saved Bonanza

by bonifan | created - 10 months ago | updated - 10 months ago | Public

After the illness and passing of Dan Blocker during season 13, the beloved show struggled to stay on the air, until it finally met with a sudden cancelation in 1973. These are suggestions of actors at the time that might of made a difference.

1. Pernell Roberts

Actor | Bonanza

Best recalled as the eldest son and first member of the "Bonanza" Cartwright clan to permanently leave the Ponderosa in the hopes of greener acting pastures, dark, deep-voiced and durably handsome Pernell Roberts' native roots lay in Georgia. Born Pernell Elvin Roberts, Jr. on May 18, 1928, in ...

2. David Canary

Actor | All My Children

David Canary was born on August 25, 1938 in Elwood, Indiana, USA as David Hoyt Canary. He was an actor, known for All My Children (1970), One Life to Live (1968) and Hombre (1967). He was married to Maureen Maloney and Julie M. Anderson. He died on November 16, 2015 in Wilton, Connecticut, USA.

3. Guy Williams

Actor | Lost in Space

An exceptionally handsome and charismatic performer with a serene baritone voice, Guy Williams was born Armand Joseph Catalano (nicknamed "Armando" by his family) of Italian parentage in New York City on January 14, 1924. The elder child of an insurance broker (he had a younger sister, Valerie), he...

4. Josh Mostel

Actor | The Money Pit

The son of Broadway and film star Zero Mostel, Joshua Mostel is every bit the "heavyweight" that his father was -- perhaps even heavier. A graduate of Brandeis University, Mostel followed his father's sizable footsteps by going on-stage. His first major film appearance was as King Herod -- complete...

5. Jack Elam

Actor | C'era una volta il West

Colorful American character actor equally adept at vicious killers or grizzled sidekicks. As a child he worked in the cotton fields. He attended Santa Monica Junior College in California and subsequently became an accountant and, at one time, manager of the Bel Air Hotel. Elam got his first movie ...

6. Lou Frizzell

Actor | The Front Page

Lou Frizzell was born on June 10, 1920 in Missouri, USA as Louis Francis Frizzell Jr. He was an actor, known for The Front Page (1974), The Other (1972) and Summer of '42 (1971). He died on June 17, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

7. Victor French

Actor | Highway to Heaven

Victor French was the son of a stuntman. His debut was a small role in Lassie (1954), uncredited. He had his first real acting experiences in western-films, where he usually played the "bad guy" due to his rather gruff look. This changed with Little House on the Prairie (1974), (as Isaiah Edwards)....

8. Faye Dunaway

Actress | Network

An icy, elegant blonde with a knack for playing complex and strong-willed female leads, enormously popular actress Faye Dunaway starred in several films which defined what many would come to call Hollywood's "second Golden Age." During her tenure at the top of the box office, she was a more than ...



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