Dan Blocker Movies and Career Information

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Dec 10, 1928
De Kalb

Dan Blocker (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was an American actor best remembered for his role as Eric "Hoss" Cartwright in the NBC western television blockbuster Bonanza. Blocker was born Bobby Dan Blocker in De Kalb, Texas, son of Ora Shack Blocker and his wife Mary (David) Blocker. The family moved to O'Donnell, ] Texas soon after his birth. He attended Texas Military Institute and played football at Hardin-Simmons University in 1946. He 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 as lovable but slow-witted, Blocker was the only cast member with a graduate degree.) Blocker was a high school English and drama teacher in Sonora, Texas, a sixth grade teacher and coach at Eddy Elementary School in Carlsbad, New Mexico and a finally a teacher in California. He had worked as a rodeo performer and as a bouncer in a beer bar while a student. 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 for being good-natured despite his intimidating size. In 1957, Blocker appeared in a Three Stooges short,

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