The End of the Cartwright Clan

Pernell Roberts, who played eldest son Adam Cartwright on Bonanza, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. He was predeceased by his television brothers, Hoss (Dan Blocker), Little Joe (Michael Landon) and Pa Cartwight (Lorne Greene).

Although not a fan of westerns in general, and having missed watching his other major starring role, Trapper John, M.D., I was still always impressed at the seriousness and believability of his characters. In fact, I was watching an episode of Mission: Impossible on the weekend, and there he was, guest-starring as a greedy mercenary in Africa. Good stuff, as always.

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Filed under 1960s, Obituaries, Television, The Wild West

One response to “The End of the Cartwright Clan

  1. Pie

    It’s a shame about Pernell Roberts, but at 81 he had a good long run and on reading the obit it looks like he had a very distinguished career. Pancreatic Cancer is a very nasty disease with only a 5% chance of recovery. I wouldn’t want to wish that on anyone. I remember Bonanza as a child, mostly the theme tune. I think I’ll catch some clips of it on YouTube to remind me.

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