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Also Known As: Pernell Elvin Roberts Died: January 24, 2010
Born: May 18, 1928 Cause of Death: pancreatic cancer
Birth Place: Waycross, Georgia, USA Profession: actor, singer, TV camera operator, theater usher, hotel room clerk, deliveryman

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An intense, brooding leading man and character actor on stage and in television, Pernell Roberts rose to fame as Adam, eldest son of the Cartwright clan, on "Bonanza" (NBC, 1959-1973), one of the longest-running and most popular television series in history. He left the show in 1965 due to conflicts with producers over the show's writing, and became a regular face in guest-starring roles on television and in the occasional film. But in 1979, he returned to television stardom with the lead role in "Trapper John, M.D." (CBS, 1979-1986), a medical drama based on the Korean War doctor played by Elliott Gould in the Robert Altman feature "M*A*S*H" (1970) and by Wayne Rogers in the television version. Also blessed with a rich baritone voice, Roberts appeared in several musical theater productions and recorded an album of folk songs in 1962, making him as versatile a performer as he was talented an actor.

An intense, brooding leading man and character actor on stage and in television, Pernell Roberts rose to fame as Adam, eldest son of the Cartwright clan, on "Bonanza" (NBC, 1959-1973), one of the longest-running and most popular television series in history. He left the show in 1965 due to conflicts with producers over the show's writing, and became a regular face in guest-starring roles on television and in the occasional film. But in 1979, he returned to television stardom with the lead role in "Trapper John, M.D." (CBS, 1979-1986), a medical drama based on the Korean War doctor played by Elliott Gould in the Robert Altman feature "M*A*S*H" (1970) and by Wayne Rogers in the television version. Also blessed with a rich baritone voice, Roberts appeared in several musical theater productions and recorded an album of folk songs in 1962, making him as versatile a performer as he was talented an actor.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Donor (1990) Dr Martingale
3.
 Desperado (1987) Marshal Dancey
4.
 Hotel (1983)
5.
 Incident At Crestridge (1981) Mayor David Hill
6.
 Night Rider, The (1979) Alex Sheridan
7.
 Hot Rod (1979) Sheriff Marsden
8.
 Magic Of Lassie, The (1978) Jamison
9.
10.
 Lives Of Jenny Dolan, The (1975) Camera Shop Proprietor
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1944:
Worked briefly as an apprentice with the Atlantic Coastline Railroad after graduating from high school
:
Enlisted in the US Marine Corps; served two years as a musician with the Marine Corps band
:
Made professional stage debut with Moss Hart and Kitty Carlisle in "The Man Who Came to Dinner" at the Olney Theatre in Maryland
1950:
Joined the newly formed Arena Stage in Washington, DC, where he performed in more than a dozen plays
1952:
Worked with several off-Broadway theatres in New York, including the American Lyric Theatre and the Equity Library Theatre
1954:
Had roles in "Twelfth Night" and "The Merchant of Venice" with New York's Shakespeare Theatre Company
1955:
Made Broadway debut in "Tonight in Samarkand"
1955:
Won a Drama Desk Award for his performance in the off-Broadway play, "Macbeth"
1957:
Made feature film debut with a sizable supporting role in "Desire Under the Elms"
1959:
Played stalwart Adam Cartwright on NBC's Western series, "Bonanza"; left after the sixth season due to disagreements with the writers and a desire to return to theatre
1979:
Played the title role in the CBS-TV series, "Trapper John M.D."; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actor in 1981
1988:
Co-starred with Milla Jovovich in the TV movie, "The Night Train to Kathmandu"
1991:
Hosted the TV series, "FBI: The Untold Stories"
2001:
Final TV appearance was on an episode of CBS' "Diagnosis Murder"
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Education

University of Maryland: College Park , Maryland -
Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta , Georgia -

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wife:
Kara Roberts.

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son:
Christopher Roberts.

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