Pernell Roberts, Bonanza‘s Adam Cartwright, has passed away. Originally from Waycross, Georgia, Roberts came to Hollywood via the Marines and Broadway.
He’d appeared in an episode of Have Gun Will Travel before landing a prime part in Budd Boetticher’s incredible Ride Lonesome (1959), the next-to-last of the Boetticher-Randolph Scott pictures. (See above.) He’s excellent in it.
That same year, he’d start his run as Adam Cartwright. Roberts left the Ponderosa in 1965, over a number of creative differences — the same year he participated in the Montgomery-to-Selma marches. A number of TV appearances came next, followed by Trapper John, M.D.
I really hate filling this blog with news like this.