43 (passed away May. 13th, 1972)
Dec. 10th, 1928
De Kalb, Bowie County, Texas, USA
Dan Blocker's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1968 - Lady in Cement
1961 - The Errand Boy
Guest TV Roles
Blocker was born Bobby Dan Davis Blocker in De Kalb in Bowie County in northeastern Texas, son of Ora Shack Blocker (1895–1960) and his wife Mary Davis Blocker (1901–1998). The family moved to O'Donnell, south of Lubbock in west Texas, where they operated a store. He attended Texas Military Institute and in 1946 played football at Baptist-affiliated Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He graduated from Sul Ross State Teacher's College in Alpine, where he earned a master's degree in the dramatic arts. (Although the "Hoss" character on Bonanza was conceived as lovable but slow-witted, Blocker was the only cast member with a graduate degree.)Blocker was a high school English and drama teacher in Sonora, Texas, a sixth-grade teacher and coach at Eddy Elementary School in Carlsbad, New Mexico and a finally a teacher in California. He had worked as a rodeo performer and as a bouncer in a beer bar while a student. He is remembered from his school days for his size of 6 feet 4 inches (19 h) and weight of 300 pounds (136 kilograms; 21 stone 6 pounds), and for being good-natured despite his intimidating size.
- Weighed in at 14 lbs. at birth.
- Father of producer 'David Blocker' (qv) and actor 'Dirk Blocker' (qv).
- Received his first taste of theater life at college when the drama club was performing "Arsenic and Old Lace", and needed someone to pack up the bodies from the cellar for the play's curtain call.
- Served in the Korean War, a first sergeant with the 45th Oklahoma Division.
- Interred at DeKalb Cemetery, DeKalb, Texas, USA.
- Attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and played football. After that he entered Sul-Ross State College on a football scholarship, and was an amateur boxer. While at Sul-Ross he not only won the 1949 Best College Acting award for his portrayal of De Lawd in a production of "Green Pastures," but met his future wife, Dolphia Lee Parker, originally from Alpine, Texas.
- Father of identical twin daughters, Danna and Debra.
- Started and owned the Bonanza steak house restaurant chain.
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