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8 items from 2010

Bonanza Season Two Vol One DVD Giveaway

6 December 2010 6:29 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

On December 7, Paramount Home Entertainment is continuing its run of the television show Bonanza with the release of Bonanza Season Two Volume One on DVD.

We've teamed up with Paramount to offer five of you an opportunity to take home Bonanza on DVD if chosen as a winner in this contest. To enter, please fill out and submit the entry form below. Increase your odds of winning each day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

The Cartwrights are back - Ben (Lorne Greene), Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker) and Little Joe (Michael Landon) - in the first 18 Season Two episodes of Bonanza, complete with its stirring theme song and uncut on DVD for the first time. Join America's first family of the West in this 5-disc collectible set as they battle outlaws, help the needy and romance beautiful ladies at »

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Leslie Nielsen Passes Away at Age 84

29 November 2010 8:16 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Legendary film and television star Leslie Nielsen passed away on Sunday due to complications from pneumonia. He was surrounded by family and friends in a hospital near his home in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He was 84 years old.

His nephew broke the news to Winnipeg radio station Cjob and revealed that Nielsen had entered the hospital twelve days prior and that his condition had taken a turn for the worse in the 48 hours before his passing. He died in his sleep at 5:30 p.m. Est.

Nielsen was born in 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan.  At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force where he was trained as an aerial gunner. Afterwards, he worked as a DJ at a Calgary, Alberta radio station and later enrolled at the Lorne Greene Academy of Radio Arts…

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Leslie Nielsen, Comic Genius of ‘Naked Gun’ and ‘Airplane!’ Dies at 84

29 November 2010 7:05 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

The man best known as Lt. Frank Drebin in the ‘Naked Gun’ films has passed away.

The master of deadpan has died: Leslie Nielsen, the Canadian actor who made more audiences laugh with less facial expression than any other actor in film history, has died of complications from pneumonia. He was 84.

Nielsen starred unforgettably in Airplane! as Dr. Rumack and The Naked Gun as Lt. Frank Drebin — a role that emanated from the TV series Police Squad.

Prior to becoming a comic star, oddly, Nielsen acted in multiple action films, like Wagon Train, The Fugitive, and Kojak.

Nielsen was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, and he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and worked in radio (he was trained at a radio school run by Lorne Greene — yes, the same one from TV’s Bonanza).


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Legendary Comedic Actor Leslie Nielsen Passes Away At 84

28 November 2010 9:52 PM, PST | Fox All Access | See recent Fox All Access news »

Leslie Nielsen, the adored television and movie comedic actor, passed away today at the age of 84 from pneumonia.   Nielsen was born on February 11, 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan ,Canada. He begin his professional career as a radio disc jockey in Canada before enrolling in the Lorne Greene Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto, Canada. While attending school, he was offered a scholarship from the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse, an acting school in New York.  Nielson moved to New York, and later attended the renowned Actors Studio.  The rest of Nielson’s career is Hollywood history.   In a career spanning over six decades, Nielsen appeared in 100 films and 1,500 television shows. During the early part of his career, he was known more as a dramatic actor than a comedic one.  But all that changed when he was cast in the 1980 comedy classic, Airplane, where he played Dr. Alan Rumack.  Neilson’s lines, “I am serious. »

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David Dortort obituary

23 September 2010 10:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

TV writer-producer who created the westerns Bonanza and The High Chaparral

With the Hollywood western in decline towards the end of the 1950s, fans of the genre were able to find some satisfaction in the growing number of western television series. Among the best of these were Bonanza (1959-73) and The High Chaparral (1967-71), both of which were conceived and produced by David Dortort, who has died aged 93.

Bonanza, the first primetime western in colour, was set on the Ponderosa ranch and focused on the adventures of the all-male Cartwright family – Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker) and Little Joe (Michael Landon), the sons of the thrice-widowed Ben (Lorne Greene), who was named after Dortort's own insurance salesman father.

The series was unusual for its concentration on a united family, rather than the traditional lone cowboy protagonist. It also contrasted with the increasing violence and blurring of the differences between »

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'Bonanza' creator dies at 93

7 September 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

David Dortort, who created "Bonanza," the top-rated Western that aired for 14 years on NBC with family values as its centerpiece, died Sept. 5 in his apartment in Westwood. He was 93.

"Bonanza" ran from 1959-73, was the most-watched show on television from 1964-67 and maintained a place in the ratings top 10 for a decade. Dortort also created "The High Chaparral," which originally followed "Bonanza" on Sunday nights on NBC and ran for three seasons.

In 1959, Dortort pitched his show to RCA subsidiary NBC. "Bonanza" would be filmed in color in gorgeous Lake Tahoe, Nev. -- to help promote the sale of RCA's color TVs -- and feature a cast of relative unknowns (Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts) as members of the Cartwright family.

Dortort went away from the typical Western formula of focusing on lone drifters, choosing to focus on a family of three boys and a father living on the Ponderosa Ranch. »

- By Mike Barnes

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Pernell Roberts – Last of Bonanza’s Cartwrights – is Dead

12 February 2010 11:10 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Actor Pernell Roberts was best known for his role as Adam, the eldest Cartwright son, on the television western Bonanza from 1959 to 1965. He later starred in the medical drama Trapper John, M.D. from 1979 to 1986.

Roberts was born in Waycross, Georgia, on May 18, 1928, and began his career on stage in 1950 in Washington D.C., with the Arena Stage. He moved to New York City in 1952, and made his Broadway debut several years later. Roberts went to Hollywood in 1957, where he appeared on television and in several films.

He was cast as Adam Cartwright in the hit western Bonanza in 1959. Lorne Greene played the Cartwright patriarch Ben, and Dan Blocker and Michael Landon were younger brothers, Hoss and Little Joe. Despite the series’ popularity, Roberts was unsatisfied with his role and left after six seasons in 1965. His many television credits also include roles in episodes of One Step Beyond, The Girl from U. »

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"Bonanza" Star Pernell Roberts Dead At Age 81

26 January 2010 8:10 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Pernell Roberts, the last remaining cast member of Bonanza, has died from cancer at age 81. Roberts played the role of Adam, brother of Dan Blocker and Michael Landon, on the smash hit TV series between 1959 and 1965. He felt frustrated that his character was never fully developed and thought it was ridiculous that a man in his 30s would constantly defer to his father's (Lorne Greene) wishes. Like so many other stars who left hit TV series, Roberts' career stagnated for many years. However, in 1979 he was back in a hit, playing the title role of Trapper John, M.D., based on a character from the M*A*S*H TV series. The show lasted until 1986. For more click here »

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