Pernell Roberts

Mostly Credited As: Pernell Roberts
Birth Name: Pernell Elvin Roberts Jr.
Date Of Birth: May 18, 1928 (Age 81)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Waycross, Georgia
Date Of Death: January 24, 2010
Cause Of Death: cancer (Malibu, California)
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Pernell Roberts

Pernell Roberts portrayed the eldest of Ben Cartwright's three sons on "Bonanza." Intelligent, handsome and protective of his family, Adam was Ben's right-hand. He was the one person Ben counted on to run the Ponderosa in his absence, and turned to whenever danger threatens the ranch or family. Educated at the University, Adam is worldly and sophisticated.
Like the character he portrayed, Pernell Roberts is a man with strong character who thinks for himself. Born in 1928 in Georgia, Roberts grew up in the south where he was exposed to the hypocrisy of those who preached principles of equality, freedom and brotherly love while fostering segregation. Pernell became dedicated to fighting racism.
In the 1960s, Pernell protested actively for civil rights without concern for his personal safety or the effect his actions might have on his career. Lady luck shined on Pernell, who was always more interested in living honestly and openly than he was in pursuing fame.
Pernell was hired as part of Bonanza's original cast ensemble in 1959. He was a co-star in the show for six years. Bonanza's enormous success made him a celebrity while his talent made him a star. In 1965, Rather than renew his contract, the actor with a penchant for theater chose an uncertain career path with a wider range of acting opportunities.
Pernell Roberts began his acting career in the theater in the 1950s. He was a member of the prestigious Arena Stage in Washington D.C. for two years. He performed on Broadway and in Off-Broadway theaters, on tour, and in productions of Shakespeare's "Othello," "Henry IV," "MacBeth" and Romeo and Juliet." He won the Drama Critics Award for Best Actor Off-Broadway in 1955.
His film debut was in Paramount's 1957 film, "Desire Under The Elms." Two years later "Bonanza" began, occupying his attention through 1965. In 1979, Pernell was part of the launch of another television hit, "Trapper John, M.D." The show was a spin-off based on the character from the extraordinarily successful series M.A.S.H. With Pernell Roberts in the lead role, "Trapper John, M.D." became another hit series, enjoying a seven years run. In the 1990s, Pernell could be seen on the series, "FBI: The Untold Stories." Some of the actor's feature film and television credits include: "Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin," "Around the world in Eighty Days," "Night Train to Katmandu," "Desperado," "Hotel," "High Noon Part II: The Return of Will Krane," "The Night Rider," the miniseries, "Centennial," "The Magic of Lassie," "The Silent Gun," "The Kashmiri Run," "Ride Lonesome" and "The Sheepman." Pernell Roberts still appears in guest starring roles. Some of his countless guest starring credits include: "Mission Impossible" "Diagnosis Murder," "The Young Riders," "Hotel," "Quincy," "The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Mysteries" "The Man From Atlantis," "The Rockford Files," "The Odd Couple," "The Virginian," "Big Valley," "Gunsmoke," and "The Wild Wild West."

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Trapper John, M.D. (1979)As: Dr. John Francis Xavier 'Trapper' McIntyre
Bonanza (1959)As: Adam Cartwright (S01-S06)
Episode Cast Credits 

Diagnosis Murder (1993) 
  Hard-Boiled Murder 04x17: (Feb/13/1997) As George Fallon 
  The Last Laugh (1) 02x09: (Nov/11/1994) As Dr. Elliott Valin 

Hotel (1983) 
  Pilot (2) (Aug/21/1982) As Charles Stanton 

Battle of the Network Stars (1976) 
  Special #12 01x12: (May/07/1982) As CBS Team Captain 
  Special #11 01x11: (Nov/20/1981) As CBS Team Captain 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  The Mallory Quest/The Offer/Julie, the Vamp (2) 04x06: (Nov/15/1980) As Brian Mallory 
  The Mallory Quest/The Offer/Julie, the Vamp (1) 04x05: (Nov/15/1980) As Brian Mallory 

Vega$ (1978) 
  Aloha, You're Dead (2) 03x02: (Nov/05/1980) As Mr. Logan 
  Aloha, You're Dead (1) 03x01: (Nov/05/1980) As Mr. Logan 
  Milliken's Stash 01x07: (Nov/08/1978) As Pete Sedgewick 

Quincy, M.E. (1976) 
  Death by Good Intentions 04x04: (Oct/26/1978) As Dr. Chester Banning 
  Visitors in Paradise 02x04: (Feb/18/1977) As Sheriff Connelly 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) 
  Assult on the Tower 03x03: (Oct/15/1978) As Detective Superintendant Molly 
  Arson and Old Lace 02x21: (Apr/01/1978) As Fire Chief Madison 

The Rockford Files (1974) (1974) 
  The House on Willis Avenue (2) 04x22: (Feb/24/1978) As Unknown 
  The House on Willis Avenue (1) 04x21: (Feb/24/1978) As Unknown 

Man From Atlantis (1977) 
  Shoot Out at Land's End 01x06: (Nov/08/1977) As Clint Hollister 

Westside Medical (1977) 
  Risks 01x06: (Jun/30/1977) As Walt Dahlman 

The Streets of San Francisco (1972) 
  Breakup 05x21: (May/12/1977) As Charlie Finn 

Police Woman (1974) 
  Deadline: Death 03x24: (Mar/22/1977) As Wagner 

Most Wanted (1976) 
  The Driver 01x17: (Mar/14/1977) As Bailey 

Baretta (1975) 
  The Reunion 03x16: (Feb/02/1977) As Johnny Hillman 

Switch (1975) 
  Camera Angles 02x17: (Jan/30/1977) As Barnes 

Barnaby Jones (1973) 
  Testament of Power 05x13: (Jan/20/1977) As Daniel Matthews 

Spencer's Pilots (1976) 
  The Hunted 01x08: (Nov/05/1976) As Pete/Marshall Dunnell 

Bert D'Angelo Superstar (1976) 
  A Concerned Citizen 01x07: (Apr/03/1976) As unknown 

Jigsaw John (1976) 
  Death of the Party 01x08: (Mar/22/1976) As Roger 

The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) 
  Hocus-Pocus 03x16: (Jan/18/1976) As Mark Wharton 

Bronk (1975) 
  Deception 01x12: (Dec/07/1975) As Richard Collicos 

Ellery Queen (1975) 
  The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs 01x07: (Oct/23/1975) As Rosh Kaleel / Barney Groves / Major George Pearson 

Medical Story (1975) 
  Test Case 01x04: (Sep/25/1975) As Dr. Kinoy 

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  To Steal a Million 02x16: (Feb/04/1975) As Sal Grosser 
  Chief 01x20: (Mar/19/1974) As Charlie Rivas 

The Odd Couple (1970) (1970) 
  Strike Up the Band or Else... 05x06: (Oct/17/1974) As Billy Jack 

Mannix (1967) 
  Little Girl Lost 07x04: (Oct/07/1973) As George 

Mission: Impossible (1966) (1966) 
  Imitation 07x22: (Mar/30/1973) As Boomer 
  Death Squad 04x24: (Mar/15/1970) As Chief Manuel Corba 
  The Mercenaries 03x04: (Oct/27/1968) As Colonel Hans Krim 
  Operation "Heart" 02x07: (Oct/22/1967) As President Byron Rurich 

Banacek (1972) 
  To Steal a King 01x05: (Nov/15/1972) As Matthew Donniger 

The Sixth Sense (1972) 
  I Did Not Mean to Slay Thee 02x07: (Nov/11/1972) As Paul Pettigrew 

Jigsaw (1972) 
  Hard Time 01x01: (Oct/12/1972) As unknown 

Alias Smith and Jones (1971) 
  21 Days to Tenstrike 02x15: (Jan/06/1972) As Terence Tynan 
  Exit from Wickenburg 01x03: (Jan/28/1971) As Sam Finrock 

Night Gallery (1970) 
  The Tune in Dan's Cafe 02x44: (Jan/05/1972) As Joe 

Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) 
  The Tender Comrade 03x01: (Sep/14/1971) As Roger Bentley, [Special Guest Stars]

Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) 
  The Grandstand Play (2) 03x24: (Mar/10/1971) As Lon Phillips 
  The Grandstand Play (1) 03x23: (Mar/03/1971) As Lon Phillips 

The Name of the Game (1968) 
  Beware of the Watchdog 03x22: (Mar/05/1971) As Ernie Subich 
  Chains of Command 02x05: (Oct/17/1969) As Hank 

San Francisco International Airport (1970) 
  San Francisco International (Sep/29/1970) As Jim Conrad, [Starring Roles]

Lancer (1968) 
  Welcome to Genesis 02x08: (Nov/18/1969) As Theodore Banning 

The Big Valley (1965) 
  Run of the Cat 04x04: (Oct/21/1968) As Ed Tanner 
  Cage of Eagles 02x30: (Apr/24/1967) As Madigan (Patrick Madigan) 

Ironside (1967) 
  To Kill a Cop 01x18: (Jan/25/1968) As Frank Vincent 
  The Organizer 08x18: (Unaired) As Harry Blocker 

CBS Playhouse (1966) 
  Dear Friends 01x04: (Dec/06/1967) As Lenny Marshall 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  Stranger in Town 13x11: (Nov/20/1967) As Dave Reeves 
  How to Kill a Woman 03x12: (Nov/30/1957) As Nat Pilcher 

The Wild Wild West (1965) 
  The Night of the Firebrand 03x02: (Sep/15/1967) As Sean O'Reilley 

The Virginian (1962) 
  The Long Way Home 05x13: (Dec/14/1966) As Jim Boyer Sr. 

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966) 
  The Little John Doe Affair 01x13: (Dec/13/1966) As Joey Celeste 

The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor (1959) 
  House Call 01x16: (Jan/29/1960) As Rod Halleck 

Buckskin (1958) 
  A Question of Courage 01x37: (May/11/1959) As Oscar 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  Abra-Cadaver 01x28: (Apr/17/1959) As Tony Gray 

Bronco (1958) 
  The Belles of Silver Flat 01x14: (Mar/24/1959) As Rev. David Clayton 

One Step Beyond (1959) 
  The Vision 01x10: (Mar/24/1959) As Sergeant Vy 

Cimarron City (1958) 
  Have Sword, Will Duel 01x23: (Mar/14/1959) As O'Hara 

Lawman (1958) 
  The Posse 01x23: (Mar/08/1959) As Fent Hartley 

Zane Grey Theatre (1956) 
  Pressure Point 03x09: (Dec/04/1958) As Lew Banning 
  Utopia, Wyoming 02x29: (Jun/06/1958) As Jet Mason 

Matinee Theater (1955) 
  Much Ado About Nothing, Part 2 03x123: (May/21/1958) As Don Juan 
  Much Ado About Nothing, Part 1 03x122: (May/20/1958) As Don Juan 
  Heart's Desire 03x82: (Feb/21/1958) As Hassan 

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957) 
  Hey Boy's Revenge 01x31: (Apr/12/1958) As Maury Travis 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  No Hiding Place 06x26: (Apr/06/1958) As Phil 

Sugarfoot (1957) 
  Man Wanted 01x12: (Feb/18/1958) As Deuce Braden 
  Misfire 01x07: (Dec/10/1957) As Smith 

Trackdown (1957) 
  The Reward 01x13: (Jan/03/1958) As Bannion 

Kraft Television Theatre (1947) (1947) 
  Shadow of Suspicion 10x08: (Nov/07/1956) As guest star 

The Quest (1976) (1976) 
  The Last of the Mountain Men 01x12: (Unaired) As John Calder 
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Last surviving member of the original cast of "Bonanza".

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