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Dan Blocker a.k.a Hoss Cartwright

Updated on August 31, 2017

A tribute to Ponderosa's gentle giant

This lens is a tribute to actor Dan Blocker, best known as the gentle giant named Hoss Cartwright who starred at the famous western tv series Bonanza. I was motivated to create this page, when I realized-to my surprise-that there weren't enough sources around in the web for this beloved actor. It is my way of expressing my respect and admiration for Hoss, a character that played an important role in my childhood. If you were , or still are a Bonanza fan like myself, I am sure that you will enjoy reading this Squidoo lens. Thank you for visiting !

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By NBC Television (eBay item photo front photo back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Dan Blocker was born on the 10th of December 1928 in De Kalb, Texas and died on May the 13th 1972 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 44. He played several roles in his career but he is best remembered for his role as the middle son of Ben Cartwright on the legendary Western TV Series Bonanza, where he portrayed Eric “Hoss” Cartwright, a mountain of a man with the heart of a child.

The four Cartwrights, photo from 1962. Ben (Lorne Green),Adam(Pernell Roberts),Little Joe (Michael London) and Dan Blocker.

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By Pat MacDermott Company, Directional Public Relations, for Chevrolet, the sponsor of the program.Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Bonanza: Season 1-50th Anniversary Edition
Bonanza: Season 1-50th Anniversary Edition

This is a must for any serious Bonanza fan. You can now relive the Ponderosa's glorious days on your screen ! This set contains 8 disks with all of Season's 1 episodes and a running time of 1585 minutes ! I am a proud owner of this set and I must confess that I was waiting for a long time for this release, but it was well worth the wait. Don't just take my word for it, browse throughout the reviews on and you will see that this is one of their highest rated product !


Interesting facts you might not know about Dan Blocker

  1. He was a high school teacher (English & Drama)
  2. He fought in the Korean war.
  3. Stanley Kubrick tried to cast him for the fild Dr.StrangeLove
  4. He appeared in two episodes of the TV Western Gunsmoke
  5. He worked as a bouncer for a beer bar during his studies.

Popularity Contest !

Hoss Vs Little Joe

Who was your favorite and why ?

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Dan Blocker Memorabilia & Collectibles

eBay is a great source of collectibles and hopefully there almost at any time several items related to our beloved Dan Blocker available.Rare photographs,posters,magazines and many more can be sourced there. I have included an eBay module below to give you a general idea of what is available at this moment.

Greetings from The Ponderosa !

A postcard from the Pondarosa Ranch tourist shop.

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User puppetoon on

Please leave a few words in memory of Dan Blocker below.


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      Fantastic Voyages 4 years ago from Texas

      I always loved Hoss! Great to see an article dedicated to him!

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      elpida1982 4 years ago

      Thank you for the memories !

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      Juliafaustina 4 years ago

      Great lens for one of the best actors ever lived. He will always be remembered.