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Dan Blocker

Dan Blocker is the Texas born actor who created a warm-hearted and soulful portrayal of the strong, Hoss, the middle of Ben Cartwright's three sons on NBC's hit, Bonanza.

Mighty in both moral and physical stature, standing six-feet-four-inches and weighing well over 200 pounds, Hoss is awesome at warding off adversaries and protecting the Ponderosa ranch. A very light-hearted 'bodyguard' to his younger brother, Little Joe, the formidable on-screen, presence of Dan Blocker symbolizes safety. In turn, Hoss is sheltered from evil by the sanctity, dignity and wisdom of his family.

The creators of the show gave Hoss a gentle, kind and gullible personality. His unsuspicious tendency for viewing the world through rose-colored glasses fosters inspirational play to themes and storylines designed to teach lessons of trust, betrayal, forgiveness and open-hearted innocence. At the center of the Ponderosa ranch is a hearth fueled by the fires of compassion and Dan Blocker is gifted at evoking its warmth. While humbling audiences, the actor's is adept at bringing a depth of vulnerability, honest and ability to forgive, that towers over any thief or wench who attempts to manipulate his generous heart.

The talented and intelligent actor studied speech and drama while attending college at Hardin-Simmons University and Sul Ross State Teachers College. With a Master of Arts from Sul Ross, Mr. Blocker taught school in Sonora, Texas. Intending to work on a Ph.D. at UCLA, Mr. Blocker moved his family to California. It was while working as a substitute teacher in Glendale that he started acting in Hollywood. He landed the role of Hoss Cartwright in 1959. In real life, Dan Blocker was a savvy businessman. Along with the fame and fortune secured from thirteen seasons in a co-starring role on one of the longest running and most popular television series of its decade, he was the co-owner of a chain of restaurants that also coined the name, Bonanza. Adored by fans and a natural for the western genre, some of Dan Blocker's other credits include guest appearances on Gunsmoke, Cheyenne, The Restless Gun, Zane Grey Theater, Wagon Train, The Rifleman and The Andy Williams Show.

He also appeared in the television series Cimarron City in 1958, and the films Come Blow Your Horn, Rowan and Martin at the Movies, and Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (aka) A Woman For Charley among others. Dan Blocker was often celebrated for his work on behalf of charities. He served as the honorary chairman of the Texas Cancer Crusade and garnered the Texas Press Association's Texan of the Year Award in 1963. A museum in O'Donnell, Texas is dedicated to him.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Dan Blocker Facts

Birth Name Dan Davis Blocker
BirthdayDecember 10, 1928
BirthplaceBowie County, Texas, USA
Date of deathMay 13, 1972 (age 43)
Height6' 4" (1m93)  How tall is Dan Blocker compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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