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Pernell Roberts

Born: 1928-05-18 - Died: 2010-01-24
Cause of Death:
Pancreatic Cancer

Death Summary: Pernell Roberts died from pancreatic cancer at his Malibu, California home on January 24, 2010. He was 81.

Who was Pernell Roberts : Robets was an actor and singer who is probably best known for his role of Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright's eldest son, on the popular television western series Bonanza. He was also the star of Trapper John, M.D. in which he played the title role of chief surgeon, Dr. John MacIntyre.

Despite the success of Bonanza, Robets left after the sixth season due to disagreements with the writers. Roberts complained that his character was a well-educated 34 year old man, and he wouldn't be referring to his father as "Pa". Roberts left Bonanza, the show went on for another eight seasons.

After Bonanza Roberts went on to guest star in several shows, including: The Big Valley, Mission: Impossible, The Wild Wild West, Gunsmoke, Mannix, The Odd Couple, Hawaii Five-O, and The Hardy Boys.
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  1. edith cuervo cuervo Says:

    pernell roberts.. excelente hombre, gran actor y defensor de las minorias…nunca seras olvidado siempre te llevare en mi corazon…has dejado huella en este mudo con tu gran talento.

  2. holly darling Says:

    so long it’s been good to know ya.rest in peace.say hi to joe,hoss, and ben.

  3. Andrea Says:

    Pernell Roberts, he descubierto en uds un gran hombre que ha sido fiel a sus principios a pesar de todas las dificultades. Algunas veces la belleza de una persona se debe a la belleza de su alma y estoy segura que uds es una de esas personas. Descanse en paz junto al Señor y hasta siempre.

  4. Joaquin Cortez Says:

    Rest in Peace Pernell.

  5. Andréa Says:

    Rest in Peace.
    Descanse em paz(from Brazil).

  6. Renae Trabue Says:

    I watched Bonanza every Sunday night. You looked so handsome in black. :You are missed.

  7. Anita Vogel-Hanson Says:

    Mr. Pernell Roberts was one of my very favorite actors, I sent a Gideon Bible rememberance in his name, Rest in Peace,dear MAN.

  8. Anita Vogel-Hanson Says:

    Mr. Pernell Roberts was one of my very favorite actors. I sent a Gideon Bible in his memory Rest in Peace dear Man.

  9. Richard Antoniotti Says:


    You were a “touch of class” on Bonanza and missed big time when you left. The show wasn’t the same without you even though they tried with replacements. And you were right, a 34 year old educated man would not address his father as “Pa”. And in Trapper John, MD, you shined once again. Part of your appealwas your smooth voice, a great delivery and those black cowboy clothes that distinguished you. I was around 8 or 9 when I first watched Bonanza and it was the best show on TV. God Bless you and your family. Wish I had known or met you during your lifetime because you seemed like a great person. And everything I’ve read about you supports that.

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  11. javier Says:

    so long may u rest in peace say hi to everyone up there god bless u

  12. Kim Simon Says:

    Pernell Roberts was a man of principle and a singular talent,…he did not let himself be led by opinions,… he was on the right side of history with his progressive views and staying true to his strong beliefs..

  13. Gloria Schanz Says:

    Rest in Peace Pernell..you were always my favorite on Bonanza!!

  14. Annerose Ward Says:

    Thank you for Bonanza.

  15. Frances Rudland Says:

    R.I.P I have loved that man seens i was a little girl watching Bonanza still love him

  16. Just Bob Says:


  17. Michael Says:

    My mother also died in 2010 and grew up with Pernell Roberts in Waycross, GA. Her name was Minnie just like his Pernell’s mother.

    RIP Mama and Pernell.

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  19. Andrea Says:

    The most gentle eyes I have ever seen on a man, now these are the ultimate puppy dog eyes. Rest those eyes in peace.

  20. sandra regina Says:

    É muito bom conhecer um pouco mais sobre este homem e ator maravilhoso.

  21. Tim & Sharon Perkins Says:

    So sad.

  22. georgia Says:


    I have always been inlove with you

  23. mike Says:

    rest in peace mate i will all ways love your movies

  24. Johan Georfe Says:

    very nice sharing

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