Dan Blocker

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Dan Blocker
Born Bobby Don Blocker
December 10, 1928
Texas, U.S.
Died May 13, 1972
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation actor

Don Blocker (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was an American actor.

Career[change | edit source]

Born in De Kalb, Bowie County, Texas. He began his career as an actor in short films such as Hook a Crook (1955) with Joe Besser, and Outer Space Jitters (1957), starring The Three Stooges.

Blocker also starred in several roles in the series The Restless Gun (1957), with John Payne. Then play a regular role in Cimarron City 1958-1959, as Tiny Carl Budinger.

He was also a guest-star on the TV western Sheriff of Cochise, Zane Grey Theater, Have Gun - Will Travel, Cheyenne, Gunsmoke, Maverick, The Rebel, Colt 45, Wagon Train, Jefferson Drum.

He worked on such films as Gunsight Ridge (1957), with Joel McCrea, Come Blow Your Horn (1963), and Lady in Cement (1968) featuring Frank Sinatra., and participation in the TV movie with John Wayne, Swing Out, Sweet Land (1970) he plays a funny Indian.

In 1970 Dan Blocker starred in Western Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County, accompanied by genre figures Noah Beery Jr., Jack Elam, and special star Mickey Rooney.

Bonanza[change | edit source]

Dan Blocker is known for playing the role of Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright, in Bonanza, with Lorne Greene, Michael Landon and Pernell Roberts. The American series was made by NBC (1959-1973).

Hoss formed a great duo with 'Little Joe', Michael Landon recording very comic and serious scenes, also in alternating chapters of Bonanza, gunmen stories of drama and comedy.

Dan Blocker's "Hoss" character was personified in 415 chapters from 1959 to 1972.

Filmography[change | edit source]

Film
Year Títle Role Note
1955 Hook a Crook short
1957 Black Patch Blacksmith (uncredited)
1957 The Girl in Black Stockings Mike, the Bartender
1957 Gunsight Ridge Bartender (uncredited)
1958 Outer Space Jitters Zombie (The Three Stooges short)
1957/1958 The Restless Gun several roles TV series
1958/1959 Cimarron City Tiny Carl Budinger TV series
1959 The Young Captives
1959/1972 Bonanza 'Hoss' Cartwright
1963 Come Blow Your Horn Mr. Eckman
1968 Lady in Cement
1968 Something for a Lonely Man John Killibrew
1970 Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Charley
1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land Indian TV movie

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