Dan Blocker Bio

(Actor, Retired Soldier)

Dan Blocker was an American television actor and Korean War veteran. He played Hoss Cartwright in the long-running NBC Western television series Bonanza.

Relationship Statistics of Dan Blocker

What is Dan Blocker marital status ? (single, married, in relation or divorce):Married
When did Dan Blocker get married ? (married date):, 1952
How many children does Dan Blocker have ? (name):four (David Blocker, Dirk Blocker, Debra Lee Blocker, Danna Lynn Blocker)
Is Dan Blocker having any relationship affair ?: No
Is Dan Blocker gay ?: No
Who is Dan Blocker wife ? (name):Dolphia Parker

More about the relationship

Dan Blocker was married to Dolphia Parker in 1952. The couple shared four children, Dirk, David, Debra, and Danna.

Dan and his wife met while studying at Sul Ross State University.

Who was Dan Blocker?

Dan Blocker was an Emmy award-winning American producer actor and a retired soldier. He is popularly known for his role as Hoss Cartwright in the series Bonanza.

Dan Blocker: Age, Death

Blocker died untimely on May 13, 1972, in Los Angeles due to a pneumonic embolism following nerve bladder surgery at the age of 43.

Blocker’s remaining parts are buried in a family plot in Woodmen Cemetery, in De Kalb, Texas. The basic gravesite is set apart by a plain stone with the name “B. Dan D. Blocker” engraved; three relatives are covered adjacent to him, his dad, mother, and sister.

Dan Blocker: Parents, Ethnicity, Education

Dan was born in De Kalb, Bowe Country, Texas on December 10, 1928, as Bobby Dan Davis Blocker to Ora “Shack” Blocker and Mary Arizona Blocker. He was raised in Texas and was a Free Methodist.

He attended Texas Military Institute in San AntonioTexas, United States. Dan played football at the Hardin-Simmons University, which is a Southern Baptist-affiliated University, located in  Abilene, Texas.

Dan moved to Sul Ross State Teacher’s College, Alpine, Texas in 1947. There he was a star football player and completed his graduation in 1950. 

Following two years of military administration, he went for his master’s degree in the dramatic arts.

Dan Blocker: Professional Life

Early Career

Blocker was a secondary school English and dramatization instructor in Sonora, Texas, from 1953 to 1958; a 6th-grade educator and mentor at Eddy Elementary School in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and afterward a teacher in California.

Before that, he functioned as a rodeo entertainer and as a bouncer in a bar while an understudy.

Amid the Korean War, Blocker was drafted into the United States Army. He had fundamental preparing at Fort Polk, Louisiana.


Blocker appeared in Outer Space Jitters, portraying the role of The Goon. He later appeared twice in a drama series named Gunsmoke(in “Alarm at pleasant valley” and “Thoroughbreds”). He additionally appeared in the episode “A time to die” of Clot.45 in 1957.

Blocker was thrown in, The Restless Gun, as a smithy and as a cattleman wanting to take his well-deserved benefit to come back to his family arrive in his local Minnesota. That same year, he had no less than two parts as a barkeep in a scene of the Sheriff of Cochise, featuring John Bromfield, and in the film, Gunsight Ridge.

Additionally, in 1957, he showed up in the Cheyenne scene, “Land Beyond the Law”, playing one of the fugitive flunkies. He additionally showed up in The Rifleman.

In 1958, he played a jail protect and later had a repeating part as Tiny Budinger in the NBC Western arrangement Cimarron City.

He additionally was found in “The Señorita Makes a Choice”, a 1958 scene of Walt Disney’s Zorro arrangement. He additionally showed up in the scene “Underground Ambush” of Sergeant Preston of the Yukon as “Donkey Conklin”.

Blocker had a supporting part as Sergeant Broderick in “The Dora Gray Story” on NBC’s Wagon Train. He appeared in Jefferson Drum, in Stagecoach Episode in the same year.

Blocker was given a role as whiskery poker-playing rodeo entertainer, Cloudy Sims, in the 1958 scene “Rodeo” on Richard Diamond, Private Detective where a rodeo entertainer named Ed Murdock, depicted by Lee Van Cleef, is killed before he can make his last execution at the yearly occasion in Madison Square Garden.

In 1959, Blocker had his role as Eric “Hoss” Cartwright in the television series Bonanza. There he played in 415 episodes in total, before his death.

Blocker featured with Frank Sinatra in the satire Come Blow Your Horn in 1963. He worked with Sinatra again in 1968 in Lady in Cement, playing a threatening intense person.

Stanley Kubrick endeavored to cast Blocker in his film Dr. Strangelove after Peter Sellers chose not to include the part of Major T.J. “Lord” Kong to his numerous different parts, however as indicated by the film’s co-essayist, Terry Southern, Blocker’s specialist dismissed the content.

The part went to Slim Pickens, who played the notable scene of riding a nuclear bomb down while waving his cattle rustler cap. In 1968, Blocker featured John Killibrew, a smithy, who had persuaded various pioneers to tail him to California and established the town of Arkana.

Blocker portrayed a role in Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico Country in 1970. He additionally made his appearance in The Flip Wilson Show, a comedy show.

Chief Robert Altman becomes a close acquaintance with Blocker while coordinating scenes of Bonanza. He gives Blocker a role as Roger Wade in The Long Goodbye, yet Blocker kicked the bucket before taping started.

The part at that point went to Sterling Hayden, and the film was committed to Blocker.

Likewise in 1963, Blocker began and got a halfway proprietorship in a fruitful chain of Bonanza Steakhouse eateries, in return for serving as their business representative and showing up at the establishment.


Blocker won the Western Heritage Award in 1970 for his role in Bonanza and Bambi Award in 1969 the same series.

In 1998, he won the Emmys for producing Don King: Only in America.

Dan Blocker: Net Worth, Salary

Dan had a net worth of $5 million at the time of his death. But his salary is unknown.

Body Facts: Height, Weight

Dan Blocker had brown hair and blue eyes. His height and body mass were 6 ft 4 inches and 136kg respectively.

Social Media

He was not active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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