Bonanza

Dan Blocker

Eric "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 O’Donnell, 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 naiveté gets him into trouble sometimes, though in the end, he always manages to find his way out of a jam.

Bonanza TV Schedule

Wednesday
August 31
12:00pm
The Mill
Tom Edwards is in a wheelchair and holds Ben Cartwright responsible for his condition. Tom feels sorry for himself and finds solace in the bottle. The Cartwrights decide to help him find purpose again and build a mill on his p
TV-PG
Thursday
September 1
12:00pm
The Hopefulls
Jacob Darien is leading his family of Quakers through Virginia CIty. When he is occosted by town toughs Adam Cartwright steps in with the help of his new traveling companion Sam Bord. Adam offers to escort the wagon train acro
TV-PG
Friday
September 2
12:00pm
Denver McKee
While celebrating the return of his daughter Connie former lawman McKee is asked to assit in the capture of an outlaw gang. While Joe is courting Connie, no one realizes that McKee is involved with the outlaws.
TV-PG