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Hoss Cartwright in Bonanza
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Los Angeles, California
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Blocker was born Bobby Don Blocker in De Kalb in East Texas, the son of Mary (née Davis) and Ora Shack Blocker. His family moved to O`Donnell, located in both Lynn and Dawson counties near Lubbock in west Texas, soon after his birth. He played football at Hardin-Simmons University in 1946. He attended Texas Military Institute and later graduated from Sul Ross State Teacher`s College in Alpine, where he earned a master`s degree in the dramatic arts. (Although the "Hoss" character on Bonanza was conceived initially as lovable but slow-witted, Blocker was the only cast member with an advanced degree.)
Blocker was a high school English and drama teacher in Sonora, Texas, Carlsbad, New Mexico and California. He reportedly worked as a rodeo performer and as a bouncer in a beer joint while a student. By all accounts he is remembered from his school days for his size of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and weight of 300 pounds (136 kg), and as being good-natured despite his intimidating size.
On May 13, 1972, Blocker died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism following routine gall bladder surgery in Los Angeles (essentially, a post-op blood-clot to the lungs). The cast and crew of Bonanza were shaken by his death, and the writers took the then-unusual step of referencing a major character`s death in the show`s storyline that autumn. Bonanza lasted another season, but the final season in which Blocker did not appear is the least-requested in reruns.
Sul Ross State he earned a master`s degree, Hardin-Simmons University in 1946, Texas Military Institute
Full Name at Birth
Bobby Don Blocker
Dan Davis Blocker (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was an American television actor and Korean War veteran. He is best remembered for his role as Hoss Cartwright in the NBC western television series Bonanza.
Ora Shack Blocker (1895–1960)
Mary David Blocker (1901–1998)
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1956–1972 (his death), 1956–1972, 1957–72
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