Actor Dan Blocker, who is famous for playing 365-lb cowboy Hoss Cartwright on Bonanza, passed away unexpectedly after gall bladder surgery on May 13, 1972. Bonanza returned the following fall, and Hoss’s death was mentioned on the show to explain the absence of his popular character. The show was a ratings winner for many years. Its fourteenth season, the one without Hoss, was its last.
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