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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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