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Pernell Roberts, Adam Cartwright on "Bonanza," dead at 81
Los Angeles Times ^ | January 25, 2010 | Elaine Woo

Posted on 01/25/2010 2:29:51 PM PST by DukeBillie

Pernell Roberts, an original cast member of one of television's classic westerns, "Bonanza," died at his Malibu home Sunday. He was 81.

His death from cancer was confirmed by his wife, Eleanor Criswell.

Roberts was known to fans as the handsome and smart eldest son of the Cartwright clan, Adam. He played the role from its inception in 1959, but tired of the role after six years and left the show to act in films and resume a stage career that had brought him a 1955 Drama Desk Award for best actor in a production of "Macbeth." In 1979, he returned to series television in the popular "Trapper John, M.D.," playing the title character, Dr. John McIntyre, for the show's entire seven seasons.

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TOPICS: Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: adamcartwright; bonanza; hollywood; obituary; pernellroberts; rip; westerns
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1 posted on 01/25/2010 2:29:51 PM PST by DukeBillie
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To: DukeBillie

Happy trails to the last of the Cartwright clan. It was required watching in my house when I was a youngin’ and I still catch an episode on the tube from time to time.


2 posted on 01/25/2010 2:33:14 PM PST by 11Bush
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To: DukeBillie

R.I.P.


3 posted on 01/25/2010 2:33:38 PM PST by MtnMan101 (THE PROBLEM WITH SOCIALISUM IS THAT YOU EVENTUALLY RUN OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY)
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To: 11Bush

Loved him in that role. Wow, are we getting old.


4 posted on 01/25/2010 2:34:25 PM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: DukeBillie

Happy trails to Ben Cartwright and his sons.
All four actors gone to their reward now.


5 posted on 01/25/2010 2:35:59 PM PST by VOA
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To: DukeBillie

Bonanza, Cheyenne, Maverick, Have Gun Will Travel... Now that was the 'Golden Age' of TV!
6 posted on 01/25/2010 2:36:44 PM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: DukeBillie

I think Candy Cartwright cousin still alive he is on All My Children


7 posted on 01/25/2010 2:37:18 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Kartographer

To think at one point this represented America and now we have the utter garbage of Obama and his ILK trying to spew their vomit and filth all over the place. FIGHT MEN!


8 posted on 01/25/2010 2:39:18 PM PST by MrDem (And this is a loyal lifelong Democrat saying this... Democrats for Cheney/Palin 2012)
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To: SevenofNine

Those of us who grew up with the Cartwrights must see this as the end of an era. Though Roberts left “Bonanza” after five seasons, he was always a Cartwright in my book.


9 posted on 01/25/2010 2:40:20 PM PST by RanGreHad
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To: MrDem

Boy, you got it right!


10 posted on 01/25/2010 2:41:46 PM PST by RanGreHad
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To: DukeBillie
Roberts was friends with Hop Sing (Victor Sen Yung). He gave a eulogy at Hop Sings funeral in 1980.
All of them are gone now. Thanks for the memories.
11 posted on 01/25/2010 2:42:06 PM PST by phredo53 (Caution: This post does not comply with White House standards.)
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To: Kartographer
Forgot Rifleman.

Now there was a tv dad that did not play the fool.

12 posted on 01/25/2010 2:42:15 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: DukeBillie

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh man do I feel old.....


13 posted on 01/25/2010 2:42:48 PM PST by jessduntno ("If you lose MA and that's not a wake-up call, there's no hope of waking up." - Evan Bayh)
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To: Kartographer
Bonanza, Cheyenne, Maverick, Have Gun Will Travel... Now that was the 'Golden Age' of TV!

And they were replaced with Cop shows because the enlightened society thought they were too violent. Idiots all!

14 posted on 01/25/2010 2:45:30 PM PST by WesternPacific (Deafness has its Advantages)
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To: RanGreHad

The show constantly play on TV Land in mid days hour we lost Jean Simmons earlier this weekend and now we lost Adam Cartwright I think to safe to say tell me everybody on this board

We are GETTING OLD


15 posted on 01/25/2010 2:47:12 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: jessduntno

I had the same thought. He was always my favorite brother.


16 posted on 01/25/2010 2:47:57 PM PST by DukeBillie ("Before all else, be armed. " Niccolo Machiavelli)
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To: WesternPacific

You know what TV going through cycle first it was western then cops then drama then comedy etc etc

That how TV Rolls


17 posted on 01/25/2010 2:49:14 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: WesternPacific
First it was westerns, then a whole bunch of spy shows (Man from UNCLE, Secret Agent, Prisoner, Get Smart, I SPY, they it went into medical shows followed by law enforcement, and forensic science.
18 posted on 01/25/2010 2:50:19 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: SevenofNine

yeah, but he showed up later.


19 posted on 01/25/2010 2:51:04 PM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: mware
"Forgot Rifleman."

I didn't list a lot of 'good ones' Gunsmoke, The Rebel, Sons of Will Sonnet, High Chaparral and some even newer like Guns of Paradise and the Desperado movies. And there is such a demmaned out there for these type shows look at how well AMC's "Broken Trail" did, but no they rather crank out trash like American Idol and BS 'reality' shows!
20 posted on 01/25/2010 2:51:58 PM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: DukeBillie

Well, that leaves just one Cartwright and on ranch hand left.


21 posted on 01/25/2010 2:52:49 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afganistan and Iraq))
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To: DukeBillie

So they are all gone. RIP


22 posted on 01/25/2010 2:53:53 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: DukeBillie

Well, that leaves just one Cartwright and one ranch hand left.


23 posted on 01/25/2010 2:54:28 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afganistan and Iraq))
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To: Kartographer
My very favorite was Wagon Train. As a kid I had such a crush on a couple of the characters on that series.

It did lose something after Ward Bond died.

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24 posted on 01/25/2010 2:54:58 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: DukeBillie

As a kid, I was glued to the show each September to see the new Chevrolets, and of course everyone had a crush on Dinah Shore singing the “ see the USA in your chevrolet” ditty!


25 posted on 01/25/2010 2:55:27 PM PST by antidean
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To: Kartographer

Yes, they were..I might add “Wagon Train” to that mix. One of my early favorites. It was around before Bonanza. Pernell Roberts was my favorite guy. He was “the Man” on the show.


26 posted on 01/25/2010 2:55:53 PM PST by ronnieb
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To: DukeBillie

Here’s a YouTube tribute posted by a fan for Roberts 80th birthday:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZkXI7YJnoU&feature=related


27 posted on 01/25/2010 2:56:13 PM PST by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: DukeBillie

Sad news.

Just wish they would have gone forward with the Bonanza reunion 10 years ago.

I think Adam riding up to the Ponderosa and yelling for Paw, Hoss, Little Joe and Hop Sing would have been pretty dramatic and funny.


28 posted on 01/25/2010 2:57:45 PM PST by VicVega (who dat-brett favre blew dat. GEAUX SAINTS)
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To: MrDem
I met Clint Walker back in August of 08 at the Kanab Western Legends Round-up. After meeting him I can tell you he didn't have to act hard when playing 'Cheyenne' and true Cowboy and a Christian Gentleman.
Code of the West
by James P. Owen

1. Live each day with courage.
2. Take pride in your work.
3. Always finish what you start.
4. Do what has to be done.
5. Be tough, but fair.
6. When you make a promise, keep it.
7. Ride for the brand.
8. Talk less and say more.
9. Remember that some things aren't for sale.
10. Know where to draw the line.

I often send this in my letters when I send a 'care package' to a Marine overseas, I always add that there aren't many real cowboys these days, but I figure that a Marine is the next best thing!
29 posted on 01/25/2010 2:59:05 PM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: DukeBillie

I loved him as Trapper John. I also had a MAJOR high school crush on Nurse Ripples.

RIP Pernell and thanks for the entertainment.


30 posted on 01/25/2010 2:59:19 PM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Enjoy nature - eat meat, wear fur and drive your car!)
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To: DukeBillie

Those Cartwright boys did not have too much luck with the ladies.


31 posted on 01/25/2010 3:00:33 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: mware
I saw Horton and Bond at the Big Star grocery store in Cheyenne in 1958. The westerns of that era were memorable. Don't forget to mention Have Gun Will Travel, Sugarfoot, Wyatt Earp, and Wanted, Dead or Alive. So many to remember..

I don't travel on HW 82 in North Texas a time when I don't remember Dan Blocker (DeKalb, Tx).

32 posted on 01/25/2010 3:01:38 PM PST by vetvetdoug (FUBO, a fashion statement for conservatives.)
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To: DukeBillie
Oh yes, living in Japan from 1959-1963 reminds me of Bonanza. You folks have not lived until you hear the theme song in Japanese and all four of the Cartwrights speaking Japanese. RIP Mr. Roberts. Thanks for the excellent work.
33 posted on 01/25/2010 3:05:07 PM PST by vetvetdoug (FUBO, a fashion statement for conservatives.)
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To: mware
Rifleman

Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors


34 posted on 01/25/2010 3:05:15 PM PST by RGSpincich
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To: Kartographer
I have stood on that exact spot many times.
35 posted on 01/25/2010 3:07:12 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (usff.com)
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To: vetvetdoug

I like Robert Fuller too, I think he eventually wound up on Emergency


36 posted on 01/25/2010 3:08:31 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Kartographer

Contemporary Hollywood hates Westerns because they celebrate the values of self-reliance and individualism. They don’t fit in with the socialist agenda.


37 posted on 01/25/2010 3:10:01 PM PST by RanGreHad
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To: DukeBillie
The Big Valley

Barbra Stanwyck and Linda Evans - I loved that show too. I really loved the Bonanza final episode - series finale. How sad, Little Joe explained to his new fiance that his brother Hoss was killed trying to save a deer that was stuck on a cliff. Dan Blocker had died during the season filming. They should play the final episode more often.

I'll bet you a million dollars the Ozero has never seen a single epidode of Bonanza!

38 posted on 01/25/2010 3:10:25 PM PST by atc23
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To: phredo53

Roberts was friends with Hop Sing (Victor Sen Yung). He gave a eulogy at Hop Sings funeral in 1980.
All of them are gone now. Thanks for the memories.
_______________________________

Victor Sen Yung was a wonderful actor. I loved him as Hop Sing but especailly as Jimmy Chan in the Charlie Chan movies. Now that was entertainment: no sex, no cursing, no blood, no political correctness, just good acting and enjoyable scripts.


39 posted on 01/25/2010 3:11:26 PM PST by navymom1
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To: trumandogz
Those Cartwright boys did not have too much luck with the ladies.

And the ladies had even worse luck. They either died, or were written out of the show. Even the lucky few who actually managed to snagg a Cartwright and got married, always died by the end of the show.

40 posted on 01/25/2010 3:11:45 PM PST by Red Boots
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To: mad_as_he$$
I have stood on that exact spot many times.

Soundstage or ranch at North Shore?

41 posted on 01/25/2010 3:12:39 PM PST by RGSpincich
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To: DukeBillie
Bonanza..... when shows had families respecting each other and fathers were not played as fools...

Loved that show and he was always the good looking one.....even though we made fun of these 3 grown men still living with Pa.......

42 posted on 01/25/2010 3:12:43 PM PST by Kimmers (Be the kind of person when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, Oh crap, she's awake)
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To: gussiefinknottle

He still on ALL MY Children play like villian still a**hole on that show

I was home switching the channel I saw him


43 posted on 01/25/2010 3:13:00 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: DukeBillie
First one to die on the series. Last one alive in life.

Say hi to the rest of the clan.

44 posted on 01/25/2010 3:13:03 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: SevenofNine
You know what TV going through cycle first it was western then cops then drama then comedy etc etc

And now it's CSI!

Bleeccccch!

Regards,

TS

45 posted on 01/25/2010 3:17:56 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: navymom1

You could get Charles Chan movies on DVD they got him at TCM.com

I score one with Sydeny Toler who took over Warren Oland part yes I know Master Po was Number one son


46 posted on 01/25/2010 3:17:59 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: RGSpincich

At the ranch. Visited it often before it closed. For years when you went in the front door Little Joe’s jacket was hanging on the coat rack. The house was set exactly like you would expect. Fortunately I was able to take the Madettes there before it closed.


47 posted on 01/25/2010 3:18:10 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (usff.com)
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To: The Shrew

Also don’t forget Law and ORder francise

Least NCIS just have one spin off NCIS LA


48 posted on 01/25/2010 3:18:48 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: SevenofNine

I forgot that David Canary was on Bonanza - and yes, he’s a very big part of All My Children. It was rumored that he wasn’t going to go to LA when the show moved there, but thankfully that is not the case - he is a great actor! I remember growing up watching Bonanza (and wasn’t it one of the first shows to be shown in color?) and I always looked forward to it....I had a crush on Little Joe....and yes, “Adam’s” death at 81 does indeed make me feel old. RIP


49 posted on 01/25/2010 3:22:22 PM PST by BamaDi (I'm praying for a bloodbath in '10)
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To: Red Boots

Sounds like those Cartwright Boys may have been seriel killers.


50 posted on 01/25/2010 3:25:43 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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