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Pernell Roberts (1928–2010)


Best recalled as the eldest son and first member of the "Bonanza" Cartwright clan to permanently leave the Ponderosa in the hopes of greener acting pastures, dark, deep-voiced and durably handsome Pernell Roberts' native roots lay in Georgia. Born Pernell Elvin Roberts, Jr. on May 18, 1928, in North Carolina and moved to Waycross as an infant, he ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 1994-1997 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
George Fallon / Dr. Elliott Valin
- The Last Laugh: Part One (1994) ... Dr. Elliott Valin
 1990 Checkered Flag
Andrew Valiant
 1990 Donor (TV Movie)
Dr. Martingale
 1990 The Young Riders (TV Series)
Hezekiah Horn
- Requiem for a Hero (1990) ... Hezekiah Horn
 1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin (TV Movie)
Thatcher Horton
 1988 The Night Train to Kathmandu (TV Movie)
Prof. Harry Hadley-Smithe
 1987 Desperado (TV Movie)
Marshal Dancey
 1983 Hotel (TV Series)
Charles Stanton
- Hotel (1983) ... Charles Stanton
 1981 Incident at Crestridge (TV Movie)
Mayor Hill
 1980 High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane (TV Movie)
Marshal J.D. Ward
 1980 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Brian Mallory
 1978-1980 Vega$ (TV Series)
Mr. Logan / Pete Sedgewick
- Aloha, You're Dead: Part 2 (1980) ... Mr. Logan
- Aloha, You're Dead: Part 1 (1980) ... Mr. Logan
- Milliken's Stash (1978) ... Pete Sedgewick
 1979 Hot Rod (TV Movie)
Sheriff Marsden
 1979 The Night Rider (TV Movie)
Alex Sheridan
 1979 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
Professor Marc Justin
- A Case of Detente (1979) ... Professor Marc Justin
 1978 The Immigrants (TV Movie)
Anthony Cassala
 1977-1978 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Dr. Chester Banning / Sheriff Connelly
- Death by Good Intentions (1978) ... Dr. Chester Banning
- Visitors in Paradise (1977) ... Sheriff Connelly
 1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Detective Superintendant Molly / Fire Chief Madison
- Assault on the Tower (1978) ... Detective Superintendant Molly
- Arson and Old Lace (1978) ... Fire Chief Madison
 1978 The Magic of Lassie
Jamison
 1978 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
B.J. Anderson
- The House on Willis Avenue (1978) ... B.J. Anderson
 1977 Man from Atlantis (TV Series)
Clint Hollister
- Shoot-Out at Land's End (1977) ... Clint Hollister
 1977 Westside Medical (TV Series)
Walt Dahlman
- Risks (1977) ... Walt Dahlman
 1977 Charlie Cobb: Nice Night for a Hanging (TV Movie)
Sheriff Yates
 1977 The Feather and Father Gang (TV Series)
Meminger
- The Golden Fleece (1977) ... Meminger
 1977 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Charley Finn
- Breakup (1977) ... Charley Finn
 1977 Police Woman (TV Series)
Wagner
- Deadline: Death (1977) ... Wagner
 1977 Most Wanted (TV Series)
Bailey
- The Driver (1977) ... Bailey
 1977 Baretta (TV Series)
Johnny Hillman
- The Reunion (1977) ... Johnny Hillman
 1977 Switch (TV Series)
Barnes
- Camera Angles (1977) ... Barnes
 1977 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Daniel Matthews
- Testament of Power (1977) ... Daniel Matthews
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
Braithwaite
- Chapter II (1976) ... Braithwaite
 1976 Paco
Pompiho
 1976 Bert D'Angelo/Superstar (TV Series)
 1976 Jigsaw John (TV Series)
Roger
- Death at the Party (1976) ... Roger
 1976 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
Mark Wharton
- Hocus-Pocus (1976) ... Mark Wharton
 1976 Cannon (TV Series)
Cleary / Phil Denton
- The House of Cards (1976) ... Cleary / Phil Denton
 1975 Bronk (TV Series)
Collicos
- Deception (1975) ... Collicos
 1975 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
Mike
- Alien Lover (1975) ... Mike
 1975 The Lives of Jenny Dolan (TV Movie)
Camera Shop Proprietor
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Rosh Kaleel / Barney Groves / Maj. George Pearson
- The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs (1975) ... Rosh Kaleel / Barney Groves / Maj. George Pearson
 1975 The Deadly Tower (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Lee
 1975 Medical Story (TV Series)
Dr. Louis Kinoy
- Test Case (1975) ... Dr. Louis Kinoy
 1975 Dead Man on the Run (TV Movie)
Brock Dillon
 1974-1975 Police Story (TV Series)
Sgt. Sal Grosser / Charlie Rivas
- To Steal a Million (1975) ... Sgt. Sal Grosser
- Chief (1974) ... Charlie Rivas
 1968-1975 Ironside (TV Series)
Harry Blocker / Frank Vincent
- The Organizer (1975) ... Harry Blocker
- To Kill a Cop (1968) ... Frank Vincent
 1974 Nakia (TV Series)
- Roots of Anger (1974)
 1974 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Billy Joe
- Strike Up the Band or Else (1974) ... Billy Joe
 1974 Hawkins (TV Series)
Senator Griffith
- Candidate for Murder (1974) ... Senator Griffith
 1973 Mannix (TV Series)
George Fallon
 1967-1973 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Boomer / Chief Manuel Corba / Colonel Hans Krim / ...
- Imitation (1973) ... Boomer
- Death Squad (1970) ... Chief Manuel Corba
- The Mercenaries (1968) ... Colonel Hans Krim
- Operation 'Heart' (1967) ... President Beyron Rurich
 1971-1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Tom Boyd / Roger
- The Day After Forever (1973) ... Tom Boyd
- Tender Comrade (1971) ... Roger
 1972 Banacek (TV Series)
Matthew Donniger
- To Steal a King (1972) ... Matthew Donniger
 1972 Rod Serling's Night Gallery (TV Series)
Joe Bellman / Joe Bellman (segment "The Tune in Dan's Cafe")
- I Did Not Mean to Slay Thee (1972) ... Joe Bellman
- Green Fingers/The Funeral/The Tune in Dan's Cafe (1972) ... Joe Bellman (segment "The Tune in Dan's Cafe")
 1972 The Sixth Sense (TV Series)
Paul Pettigrew
- I Did Not Mean to Slay Thee (1972) ... Paul Pettigrew
 1972 Assignment: Munich (TV Movie)
C.C. Bryan
 1972 Adventures of Nick Carter (TV Movie)
Neal Duncan
 1972 The Bravos (TV Movie)
Jackson Buckley
 1971-1972 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Terence Tynan / Sam Finrock
- 21 Days to Tenstrike (1972) ... Terence Tynan
- Exit from Wickenburg (1971) ... Sam Finrock
 1966-1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
Stranger / Jim Boyer Sr.
- Wolf Track (1971) ... Stranger
- The Long Way Home (1966) ... Jim Boyer Sr.
 1971 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Lon Phillips
- The Grandstand Play: Part II (1971) ... Lon Phillips
- The Grandstand Play: Part I (1971) ... Lon Phillips
 1969-1971 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Ernie Subich / Hank
- Beware of the Watchdog (1971) ... Ernie Subich
- Chains of Command (1969) ... Hank
 1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
Dr. Bartell
- A Matter of Priorities (1971) ... Dr. Bartell
 1970 Four Rode Out
U.S. Marshal Ross
 1969 The Silent Gun (TV Movie)
Sam Benner
 1969 Lancer (TV Series)
Banning
- Welcome to Genesis (1969) ... Banning
 1967-1968 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Ed Tanner / Patrick Madigan
- Run of the Cat (1968) ... Ed Tanner
- Cage of Eagles (1967) ... Patrick Madigan
 1967 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Lenny Marshall
- Dear Friends (1967) ... Lenny Marshall
 1957-1967 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Dave Reeves / Nat Pilcher
- Stranger in Town (1967) ... Dave Reeves
- How to Kill a Woman (1957) ... Nat Pilcher
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Sean O'Reilley
- The Night of the Firebrand (1967) ... Sean O'Reilley
 1967 Carousel (TV Movie)
Jigger Craigin
 1966 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Joey Celeste
- The Little John Doe Affair (1966) ... Joey Celeste
 1959-1965 Bonanza (TV Series)
Adam Cartwright
- Patchwork Man (1965) ... Adam Cartwright (credit only)
- The Spotlight (1965) ... Adam Cartwright (credit only)
- Jonah (1965) ... Adam Cartwright (credit only)
 1960 The Detectives (TV Series)
Rod Halleck
- House Call (1960) ... Rod Halleck
 1959 Buckskin (TV Series)
Oscar
- A Question of Courage (1959) ... Oscar
 1959 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Tony Gray
- Abra-Cadaver (1959) ... Tony Gray
 1959 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (TV Series)
Sgt. Vaill
- The Vision (1959) ... Sgt. Vaill
 1959 Bronco (TV Series)
Reverend David Clayton
- The Belles of Silver Flat (1959) ... Reverend David Clayton
 1959 Cimarron City (TV Series)
O'Hara
- Have Sword - Will Duel (1959) ... O'Hara
 1959 Lawman (TV Series)
Fent Harley
- The Posse (1959) ... Fent Harley
 1959 Ride Lonesome
Sam Boone
 1958-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Abner / Phil
- The Stone (1959) ... Abner
- No Hiding Place (1958) ... Phil
 1958 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Lew Banning / Jet Mason
- Pressure Point (1958) ... Lew Banning
- Utopia, Wyoming (1958) ... Jet Mason
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Count DeSpard / Thorabore / Count Schoenfeld
- Hiawatha (1958)
- The Sleeping Beauty (1958) ... Thorabore
- Rumpelstiltskin (1958) ... Count Schoenfeld
 1958 Northwest Passage (TV Series)
Captain Jacques Chavez
- The Assassin (1958) ... Captain Jacques Chavez
 1957-1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Don John / Hassan
- The Heart's Desire (1957) ... Hassan
 1958 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Johnny Coster
- Pick up the Gun (1958) ... Johnny Coster
 1958 The Sheepman
Chocktaw Neal
 1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Maury Travis
- Hey Boy's Revenge (1958) ... Maury Travis
 1958 Whirlybirds (TV Series)
Reynolds
- Search for an Unknown Man (1958) ... Reynolds
 1957-1958 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Deuce Braden / Salt River Smith
- Man Wanted (1958) ... Deuce Braden
- Misfire (1957) ... Salt River Smith
 1958 Trackdown (TV Series)
Bannion
- The Reward (1958) ... Bannion
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
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Other Works:

Narrated a short film on the history of astronomy for the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, D.C., late 1970s. See more »

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Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

They told me the four characters [Lorne Greene, myself and Dan Blocker and Michael Landon as brothers] would be carefully defined and the scripts carefully prepared. None of it ever happened. - (In 1964 about the limitations he felt about his character given on-screen for Bonanza (1959).) See more »

Trivia:

Roberts appeared with his ex-Bonanza (1959) co-star's, Michael Landon's, former television daughter, Melissa Gilbert, in Donor (1990). See more »

Trademark:

Several of his roles were doctors that served compassion to others. See more »

Nickname:

The Liberal Cartwright

Star Sign:

Taurus

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