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Pernell Roberts

Adam Cartwright in Bonanza

Photos Pernell Roberts Birth name: Pernell Elvis Roberts
Birth date: 1928/05/18
Date of death : 2010/01/24 (82 years old)
Birth place : Waycross, Georgie(USA)
Height: 1.85 m

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Biography for Pernell Roberts

From TV's "Bonanza" (1959) fame, dark, deep-voiced and durably handsome Pernell Roberts' native roots are in Georgia, born May 18, 1928, in Waycross. Singing in local USO shows while in high school, he attended both Georgia Tech and the University of Maryland but flunked out of both colleges, with a two-year stint with the Marine Corps. stuck somewhere in between. He eventually decided to give acting a chance and supported himself as a butcher, forest ranger, and railroad riveter during the lean years. In New York he performed off-Broadway before progressing to Broadway in such plays as "The Lovers" with Joanne Woodward and "A Clearing in the Woods." He also spent a couple of years performing the classics with the renown Arena Stage Company in Washington, DC, in such productions as "The Taming of the Shrew," "The Glass Menagerie," "The Importance of Being Earnest," and Twelfth Night." In 1955, he won a Drama Critics Award for Best Actor. Pernell headed for Hollywood two years later and found minor roles in films before landing the pivotal role of Ben Cartwright's oldest son, Adam, in the "Bonanza" (1959) western series in 1959. At the peak of his and the TV show's popularity, Pernell, displeased with the writing and direction of the show, suddenly elected not to renew his contract and left at the end of the 1964-1965 season to the utter dismay of his fans. The show continued successfully without him, but a gap was always felt in the Cartwright family by this abrupt departure. The story line continued to leave open the possibility of a return if desired, but Pernell never did. With his newfound freedom, he focused on singing and the musical stage. One solo album was filled with folks songs entitled "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies." Besides such standard roles in "Camelot" and "The King and I," he starred as Rhett Butler to Lesley Ann Warren's Scarlett O'Hara in a musical version of "Gone with the Wind" that did not fare well, and appeared in another misguided musical production that was based on the life of "Mata Hari."

The following years were rocky. He never found a solid footing in films with roles in rugged, foreign films such as Tibetana (1970) [The Kashmiri Run], Four Rode Out (1971), making little impression. He maintained a presence in TV, however, with parts in large-scale mini-series and guest shots on TV helping to keep some momentum. In 1979 he finally won another long-running series role with "Trapper John, M.D." (1979) in which he played the Wayne Rogers "M*A*S*H" (1972) role. Pernell was now heavier, bearded and pretty close to bald at this juncture, but still quite virile and attractive. The medical drama co-starring Gregory Harrison ran seven seasons. The natural-born Georgia rebel was a heavily principled man and spent a life-time of work fighting racism, segregation, and sexism, notably on TV. He was constantly at odds with _Bonanza_ writers of his concerns regarding equality. He also kept his private life private for the most part. He was married and divorced three times, having one son, Jonathan Christopher, by first wife Vera. Jonathan was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1989. In the 1990s, Pernell starred in his last series as host of "FBI: The Untold Stories" (1991). It had a short life-span. He is by most accounts retired, one of his more recent TV guest appearances occurring in 1999.


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Title Role
Diagnosis Murder Dr. Elliott Valin / ... (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
Donor (1990) (TV) Dr. Martingale
The Young Riders Hezekiah Horn (1 episode, 1990)
Checkered Flag (1990) Andrew Valiant
Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin (1989) (TV) Thatcher Horton
Around the World in 80 Days (1989/I) (mini) TV Series Captain Speedy
The Night Train to Kathmandu (1988) (TV) Prof. Harry Hadley-Smithe
Desperado (1987) (TV) Marshal Dancey
Trapper John, M.D. Dr. John Francis Xavier 'Trapper' McIntyre (150 episodes, 1979-1986)
Hotel (1983) (TV) Charles Stanton
Hotel Charles Stanton (1 episode, 1983)
Incident at Crestridge (1981) (TV) Mayor Hill
The Love Boat Brian Mallory (2 episodes, 1980)
High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane (1980) (TV) Marshal J.D. Ward
Vega$ Mr. Logan / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1980)
Hot Rod (1979) (TV) Sheriff Marsden
The Night Rider (1979) (TV) Alex Sheridan
The Immigrants (1978) (TV) Anthony Cassala
Quincy M.E. Dr. Chester Banning / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Detective Superintendant Molly / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
Centennial (1978) (mini) TV Series General Asher
The Magic of Lassie (1978) Jamison
The Rockford Files B.J. Anderson (1 episode, 1978)
The Man from Atlantis Clint Hollister (1 episode, 1977)
Westside Medical Walt Dahlman (1 episode, 1977)
Charlie Cobb: Nice Night for a Hanging (1977) (TV) Sheriff Yates
The Feather and Father Gang (1 episode, 1977)
The Streets of San Francisco Charley Finn (1 episode, 1977)
Police Woman Wagner (1 episode, 1977)
Most Wanted (1 episode, 1977)
Baretta Johnny Hillman (1 episode, 1977)
Barnaby Jones Daniel Matthews (1 episode, 1977)
Captains and the Kings (1976) (mini) TV Series Braithwaite
The Quest (1 episode)
Paco (1976) Pompiho
Bert D'Angelo/Superstar (1 episode, 1976)
Jigsaw John (1 episode, 1976)
The Six Million Dollar Man Mark Wharton (1 episode, 1976)
Cannon Cleary / ... (1 episode, 1976)
Bronk (1 episode, 1975)
Wide World Mystery Mike (1 episode, 1975)
The Lives of Jenny Dolan (1975) (TV) Camera Shop Proprietor
Ellery Queen Barney Groves / ... (1 episode, 1975)
The Deadly Tower (1975) (TV) Lieutenant Lee
Medical Story Dr. Louis Kinoy (1 episode, 1975)
Dead Man on the Run (1975) (TV) Brock Dillon
Police Story Charlie Rivas / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Ironside Frank Vincent / ... (2 episodes, 1968-1975)
Nakia (1 episode, 1974)
The Odd Couple Billy Jack (1 episode, 1974)
Hawkins (1 episode, 1974)
Mannix George (1 episode, 1973)
Mission: Impossible Boomer / ... (4 episodes, 1967-1973)
Marcus Welby, M.D. (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Banacek Matthew Donniger (1 episode, 1972)
The Sixth Sense Paul Pettigrew (1 episode, 1972)
Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law (1 episode, 1972)
Assignment: Munich (1972) (TV) C.C. Bryan
Adventures of Nick Carter (1972) (TV) Neal Duncan
The Bravos (1972) (TV) Jackson Buckley
Alias Smith and Jones Sam Finrock / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
Night Gallery Joe Bellman (1 episode, 1972)
Four Rode Out (1971) U.S. Marshall Ross
The Virginian Jim Boyer Sr. / ... (2 episodes, 1966-1971)
Hawaii Five-O Lon Phillips (2 episodes, 1971)
The Name of the Game Ernie Subich / ... (2 episodes, 1969-1971)
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Dr. Bartell (1 episode, 1971)
San Francisco International (1970) (TV) Jim Conrad
Tibetana (1970)
The Silent Gun (1969) (TV) Sam Benner
Lancer Banning (1 episode, 1969)
The Big Valley Ed Tanner / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
CBS Playhouse Lenny Marshall (1 episode, 1967)
Gunsmoke Dave Reeves / ... (2 episodes, 1957-1967)
The Wild Wild West Sean O'Reilley (1 episode, 1967)
Carousel (1967) (TV) Jigger Craigin
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Joey Celeste (1 episode, 1966)
Bonanza Adam Cartwright (164 episodes, 1959-1965)
The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor Rod Halleck (1 episode, 1960)
Buckskin Oscar (1 episode, 1959)
77 Sunset Strip Tony Gray (1 episode, 1959)
Bronco Reverend David Clayton (1 episode, 1959)
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Sergeant Vy (1 episode, 1959)
Cimarron City O'Hara (1 episode, 1959)
Lawman Fent Harley (1 episode, 1959)
Ride Lonesome (1959) Sam Boone
Zane Grey Theater Jet Mason / ... (2 episodes, 1958)
Shirley Temple's Storybook Count DeSpard / ... (4 episodes, 1958)
Northwest Passage Captain Jacques Chavez (1 episode, 1958)
Matinee Theatre Don John / ... (3 episodes, 1958)
Tombstone Territory Johnny Coster (1 episode, 1958)
The Sheepman (1958) Chocktaw Neal
Have Gun - Will Travel Maury Travis (1 episode, 1958)
General Electric Theater Phil (1 episode, 1958)
Desire Under the Elms (1958) Peter Cabot
Sugarfoot Deuce Braden / ... (2 episodes, 1957-1958)


Has a talent for singing and liked to sing folk songs.

He sang in several episodes of "Bonanza" (1959) and appeared on 2 record albums with the "Bonanza" (1959) cast as well as 1 solo album.

Recorded a solo album of folk songs on RCA Victor, "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies," in 1962.

Often expressed regrets in his later years about leaving "Bonanza" (1959) when he did.

When he was interviewed after his career resurgence with "Trapper John, M.D." (1979) in the early 1980s, Roberts identified himself as very much a liberal.


Pernell Roberts dans c'est années de jeunesse dans un état du Sud des Etats-Unis, il a gardé une profonde aversion de l'apartheid entre les Blancs et les Noirs d'ou sa participation au mouvement pour les droits civiques dans les années 1960.


Spouse : Kara Knack (1 June 1972 - 1996) (divorced), Judith Anna Roberts (19 October 1962 - 1971) (divorced), Vera Mowry (1950 - ?) (divorced) 1 son

Parents: Pernell and Betty Roberts.

Had one son, Jonathan Christopher Roberts, with 1st wife Vera Mowry, born October 1951 (d. 1989).

First wife Dr. Vera Mowry was a professor at Washington State University.

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