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Dan Blocker

Born: December 10, 1928, DeKalb, Texas
Died: May 13, 1972 (age 43), Los Angeles, California

Dan Blocker was an American actor best remembered for his role as Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright in the TV western blockbuster Bonanza.

Blocker was born in De Kalb in East Texas, the son of Ora Shack Blocker & Mary Davis Blocker. His family moved to O'Donnell located in both Lynn and Dawson counties near Lubbock in west Texas soon after his birth.

What do you know about Dan Blocker? Try this quick quiz.

1. He attended Texas Military Institute and later graduated from Sul Ross State Teacher's College in Alpine, where he earned a degree in the dramatic arts. What degree did he earn in dramatic arts?

2. Despite playing the "middle son" on "Bonanza", he and the actor who played his elder TV brother were born the same year. Who was the actor?

3. Blocker was drafted and served in the Korean War. True or False?

4. Blocker so opposed the Vietnam War that he uprooted his family in 1970. Where did he move his family to?

5. What was the steakhouse he received partial ownership in exchange for serving (in character as Hoss) as their commercial spokesman and making personal appearances at franchises. Though not as widespread as they once were, a few of the restaurants still remain.

6. In 1972, Blocker died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism following routine gall bladder surgery in Los Angeles. 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. 

  • True or False?

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Dan Blocker Answers

  1. Master's Degree

  2. Pernell Roberts

  3. True

  4. Switzerland

  5. Ponderosa/Bonanza Steakhouses

  6. True

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