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Dan Blocker

Bonanza

Dan Blocker

Eric "Hoss" Cartwright

Hoss Cartwright
At the time of his birth in 1928, Dan Blocker was reported to be the largest baby born in Bowie County, Texas; he weighed 14 lbs. He began acting in college where he also played football and boxed though he mainly pursued a career as a teacher. The Korean War interrupted his theater development, and after the war he moved to L.A. to work on his Ph.D in education. It was then that he began taking bit parts in TV Westerns to make ends meet and he scored when he was cast as the hulking Eric Hoss Cartwright on Bonanza. Blocker's singing voice was heard on two Bonanza cast albums, as well as a solo album of his own pop tunes. The tall actor launched a chain of restaurants called the Bonanza Steak House in the 1960s. He died of a blood clot to the brain on May 13, 1972. Though the show went on, his presence was sorely missed -- the show was canceled in 1973. There is a museum in Blocker's hometown of ODonnell, Texas dedicated to him.

Character Bio

The middle Cartwright brother, Hoss is a big, loveable lug. Much larger than his brothers, he's also gullible and more than a little simple-minded -- and easily manipulated by Adam and Little Joe. Hoss heart is big, and he sees the humor in most situations. Slow to anger, he's also strong and not to be trifled with. He defends his family at all costs, and is ready to help strangers who need his care. His naivet gets him into trouble sometimes, though in the end, he always manages to find his way out of a jam.

Bonanza TV Schedule

Monday
April 21
3:00pm
The Thunderhead Swindle
While trying to deal with cattle rustlers, Ben learns of a strike at the Thunderhead Mine.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Secret
Mary Parson is murdered and her family says she was on her way to meet little Joe.
TV-PG
Tuesday
April 22
3:00pm
The Dream Riders
Major John Cayley, and old friend of Ben's, comes to the Ponderosa to carry out an experiment with his hot air balloon.
TV-PG
4:00pm
Elizabeth, My Love
Adam is battling a high fever and as Ben keeps vigil, he recalls his courtship with his first wife Elizabeth.
TV-PG
Wednesday
April 23
3:00pm
Sam Hill
Blacksmith Sam Hill is forced by his father to release the land on which his mother is buried.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Smiler
Hoss comes to the defense of Widow McClure who is being harassed by Arthur Bolling.
TV-PG