Pernell Roberts dead at 81

Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 09:43 pm
Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Actor Pernell Roberts, who played the eldest Cartwright brother in TV's "Bonanza," died at his Malibu, California, home Sunday at 81, his lawyer said.

Younger TV viewers may remember Roberts from the lead role in "Trapper John, M.D.," a medical drama that aired on CBS for seven years, ending in 1986.

Roberts, a native of Waycross, Georgia, spent much of his adult life "pursuing his dream of equality for all," according to a family statement released by his lawyer, Richard Stone.

Roberts spent the first decade of his acting career on stage -- including Broadway -- before he moved to Hollywood to act in movies.

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R.I.P., Mr. Roberts.

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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 09:47 pm
I always liked him. Sad to see him gone.
Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 09:52 pm
Me too, edgar.
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 09:59 pm
@Merry Andrew,
Sounds as though he had a good life?

A successful career and a good cause.
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 11:54 pm
Oh thanks, Buddy . . . now i've got the stupid theme music to Bonanza stuck in my head.

With Lorne Greene dead, and "Hoss" dead, that means that "Little Joe" is the only survivor now. Is he still alive?
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Reply Tue 26 Jan, 2010 06:41 am
Little Joe is also dead.
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Reply Tue 26 Jan, 2010 07:01 am
Yep, Michael Landon died of pancreatic cancer. Miss you Pernell.

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Reply Tue 26 Jan, 2010 07:02 am
How dare they all grow old and die while i wasn't watching . . .
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Reply Tue 26 Jan, 2010 01:54 pm
And while they were runnin' around righting wrongs, they failed to take proper care of their herd. The bank has taken the Ponderosa and they've all bought the farm.
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