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David Dortort (1916–2010)

David Dortort was born on October 23, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as David Solomon Katz. He was a producer and writer, known for Bonanza (1959), Bonanza: The Next Generation (1988) and The Big Land (1957). He was married to Rose. He died on September 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Bonanza Producer
The Big Land
The Big Land Writer
The High Chaparral


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 2001 Ponderosa (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1995 Bonanza: Under Attack (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1993 Bonanza: The Return (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1988 Bonanza: The Next Generation (TV Movie) (producer)
 1987 Going Bananas (executive producer)
 1979 The Chisholms (TV Mini-Series) (executive producer - 3 episodes)
- Chapter IV (1979) ... (executive producer)
- Chapter III (1979) ... (executive producer)
- Chapter II (1979) ... (executive producer)
 1974 The Cowboys (TV Series) (executive producer)
  Bonanza (TV Series) (producer - 283 episodes, 1959 - 1968) (executive producer - 142 episodes, 1960 - 1973)
- The Hunter (1973) ... (executive producer)
- The Marriage of Theodora Duffy (1973) ... (executive producer)
- The Witness (1973) ... (executive producer)
- First Love (1972) ... (executive producer)
- The Bucket Dog (1972) ... (executive producer)
  The High Chaparral (TV Series) (executive producer - 96 episodes, 1967 - 1971) (producer - 1 episode, 1967)
- A Man to Match the Land (1971) ... (executive producer)
- The Hostage (1971) ... (executive producer)
- Sangre (1971) ... (executive producer)
- The New Lion of Sonora (1971) ... (executive producer)
- The Badge (1970) ... (executive producer)
 1957-1959 The Restless Gun (TV Series) (producer - 77 episodes)
- The Hill of Death (1959) ... (producer)
- A Very Special Investigator (1959) ... (producer)
- The Englishman (1959) ... (producer)
- The Cavis Boy (1959) ... (producer)
- A Trial for Jenny May (1959) ... (producer)
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[his credo] Once you establish the harmony that exists in the dramatic arts, you can entice, educate and entertain.


He graduated from the City College of New York in 1936. He established the David Dortort Endowed Scholarship in Creative Writing and the David Dortort Endowed Lectureship in Writing for the Dramatic Arts; Stage; Film and Television. See more »

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