Pernell Roberts (Performer) | Playbill

Pernell Roberts

Performer

Accustomed as he was to a rigorous diet of the classics, it was perhaps not surprising that, despite enormous success, he bolted from "Bonanza" after the 1964-65 season, criticizing the show's simple-minded content and lack of minority actors. He also hated his character calling Lorne Greene "Pa," as both were adult men, and asked to stop wearing his toupee. The show soldiered on, remaining popular until its end in 1973. Mr. Roberts never returned.

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  • Born: May 17, 1928 in Waycross, GA, USA
  • Death: Jan 24, 2010 in Malibu, CA

Awards

Drama Desk Award
1956 Vernon Rice Award Winner
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