Pernell Roberts

Pernell Roberts
1928 - 2010

Pernell Roberts  American Actor


Pernell Elven Roberts, Jr. (May 18, 1928 – January 24, 2010) was an American stage, film and television actor, as well as a singer. In addition to guest starring in over 60 television series, he was best known for his roles as Ben Cartwright's e...

Confirmed Relationships4
Longest Relationship25 yrs
Shortest Relationship9 yrs
Average Relationship Length14 yrs
Rumored Relationships1
First Name Pernell
Middle Name Elvin
Last Name Roberts
Full Name at Birth Pernell Elvin Roberts
Age 81 (age at death) years
Birthday 18th May, 1928
Birthplace Waycross, Georgia
Died 24th January, 2010
Place of Death Malibu, California
Cause of Death Cancer
Height 6' 2" (188 cm)
Build Average
Eye Color Brown - Light
Hair Color Bald
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Sexuality Straight
Religion Christian
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
University University of Maryland
Occupation Text Actor
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame Trapper John M.D.
Year(s) Active 1956–2001
Father Pernell Elven Roberts, Sr. (1907–1980)
Mother Minnie (Betty) Myrtle Morgan Roberts (1910–1988)
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Eleanor Criswell-
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Judith Roberts81Actor
Vera Mowry96 Libra
Betty Kelly71 VirgoSinger


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MaleOctober, 195164 years old

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Diagnosis Murder1993 George Fallon TV Show
Checkered Flag1990 Andrew Valiant Movie
Donor1990 Dr. Martingale TV Movie
Around the World in 80 Days1989 Captain Speedy TV Show
Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin1989 Thatcher Horton TV Movie
The Young Riders1989 Hezekiah Horn TV Show
The Night Train to Kathmandu1988 Prof. Harry Hadley-Smithe TV Movie
Desperado1987 Marshal Dancey TV Movie
Hotel1983 Charles Stanton TV Show
Incident at Crestridge1981 Mayor Hill TV Movie
High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane1980 Marshal J.D. Ward TV Movie
Hot Rod1979 Sheriff Marsden TV Movie
The Night Rider1979 Alex Sheridan TV Movie
Trapper John, M.D.1979 Trapper John McIntyre TV Show
The Magic of Lassie1978 Jamison Movie
Centennial1978 General Asher TV Show
The Immigrants1978 Anthony Cassala TV Movie
The Paper Chase1978 Professor Marc Justin TV Show
Vega$1978 Mr. Logan, Pete Sedgewick TV Show
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1977 Detective Superintendant Molly, Fire Chief Madison TV Show
The Love Boat1977 Brian Mallory TV Show
Man from Atlantis1977 Clint Hollister TV Show
Westside Medical1977 Walt Dahlman TV Show
Charlie Cobb: Nice Night for a Hanging1977 Sheriff Yates TV Movie
Captains and the Kings1976 Braithwaite TV Show
Bert D'Angelo/Superstar1976 TV Show
Most Wanted1976 Bailey TV Show
Quincy M.E.1976 Dr. Chester Banning, Sheriff Connelly TV Show
The Quest1976 TV Show
Paco1976 Pompiho Movie
Jigsaw John1976 Roger TV Show
Spencer's Pilots1976 Pete Sewell TV Show
The Feather and Father Gang1976 Meminger TV Show
The Deadly Tower1975 Lieutenant Lee TV Movie
Baretta1975 Johnny Hillman TV Show
Bronk1975 Collicos TV Show
Ellery Queen1975 Rosh Kaleel, Barney Groves, Maj. George Pearson TV Show
Switch1975 Barnes TV Show
Medical Story1975 Dr. Louis Kinoy TV Show
Dead Man on the Run1975 Brock Dillon TV Movie
The Lives of Jenny Dolan1975 Camera Shop Proprietor TV Movie
Police Woman1974 Wagner TV Show
The Rockford Files1974 B.J. Anderson TV Show
The Six Million Dollar Man1974 Mark Wharton TV Show
Nakia1974 TV Show
Barnaby Jones1973 Daniel Matthews TV Show
Hawkins1973 Senator Griffith TV Show
Police Story1973 Sgt. Sal Grosser, Charlie Rivas TV Show
Wide World Mystery1973 Mike TV Show
Assignment: Munich1972 C.C. Bryan TV Movie
Banacek1972 Matthew Donniger TV Show
The Sixth Sense1972 Paul Pettigrew TV Show
The Streets of San Francisco1972 Charley Finn TV Show
Adventures of Nick Carter1972 Neal Duncan TV Movie
The Bravos1972 Jackson Buckley TV Movie
Alias Smith and Jones1971 Terence Tynan, Sam Finrock TV Show
Cannon1971 Cleary, Phil Denton TV Show
Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law1971 TV Show
Four Rode Out1970 U.S. Marshal Ross Movie
San Francisco International Airport1970 Jim Conrad TV Show
The Odd Couple1970 Billy Joe TV Show
The Kashmiri Run1970 Movie
Marcus Welby, M.D.1969 Tom Boyd, Roger TV Show
Night Gallery1969 Joe Bellman, Joe Bellman (segment "The Tune in Dan's Cafe") TV Show
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1969 Dr. Bartell TV Show
The Silent Gun1969 Sam Benner TV Movie
Hawaii Five-O1968 Lon Phillips TV Show
Lancer1968 Theodore Banning TV Show
The Name of the Game1968 Ernie Subich, Hank TV Show
Carousel1967 Jigger Craigin TV Movie
Ironside1967 Harry Blocker, Frank Vincent TV Show
Mannix1967 George Fallon TV Show
CBS Playhouse1967 Lenny Marshall TV Show
Mission: Impossible1966 Boomer, Chief Manuel Corba, Colonel Hans Krim TV Show
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.1966 Joey Celeste TV Show
The Big Valley1965 Ed Tanner, Patrick Madigan TV Show
The Wild Wild West1965 Sean O'Reilley TV Show
The Virginian1962 Stranger, Jim Boyer Sr. TV Show
Ride Lonesome1959 Sam Boone Movie
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond1959 Sgt. Vaill TV Show
Bonanza1959 Adam Cartwright TV Show
The Detectives1959 Rod Halleck TV Show
Desire Under the Elms1958 Peter Cabot Movie
The Sheepman1958 Chocktaw Neal Movie
77 Sunset Strip1958 Tony Gray TV Show
Bronco1958 Dave Clayton TV Show
Cimarron City1958 O'Hara TV Show
Lawman1958 Fent Harley TV Show
Northwest Passage1958 Captain Jacques Chavez TV Show
Shirley Temple Theatre1958 Count DeSpard TV Show
Buckskin1958 Oscar TV Show
Have Gun - Will Travel1957 Maury Travis TV Show
Sugarfoot1957 Deuce Braden, Salt River Smith TV Show
Tombstone Territory1957 Johnny Coster TV Show
Trackdown1957 Bannion TV Show
Whirlybirds1957 Reynolds TV Show
Zane Grey Theater1956 Lew Banning, Jet Mason TV Show
Gunsmoke1955 Dave Reeves, Nat Pilcher TV Show
Matinee Theatre1955 Don John TV Show
Climax!1954 TV Show
G.E. True Theater1953 Abner TV Show
Kraft Theatre1947 TV Show
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ljloverMar 27, 2011

As Adam in Bonanza he was a great big brother to Hoss and Little Joe, and Pa's right hand man. As Trapper John, he was the elder statesman whom everyone else turned to, in a crisis. As Pernell, he stood up for human rights and never waivered, even when his principles may have hampered his career RIP Pernell

NECHOIIMar 26, 2011

AS a child and adult ADAM CARTWRIGHT was a hero and role model for me and still is. I was eleven years old when you left BONANZA and I was devastated. I always hoped you would one day return to the show. R.I.P. Pernell Roberts and thank you for being one of those who brightened my life !

pernellsgirlJun 2, 2010

Pernell has been in my heart since September of 1959 when he rode on the big screen in bonanza, i was 13 then and He became the love of my life and has remained there ever since , and then trapper John, oh what a man, and what a man he was, and in my heart still is ,I have my wonderful memories of being able to meet this man not once but on 3 different occasions while I was at singing engagments in LA and S.F. I was at them for different charities with my choir group and he was in the audiance all three times ,that wink and wonderful smile was given to me as well as a personal autographed album of his and a picture taken of us, which I have cherished forever, He is a great man and some just do not know just how wonderful and gracious this man really is,Once He has met you, He never forgets you, and Pernell will never be out of my memories either ,you are missed pernell, now go sing with the angels,and let your voice still be heard, I love you

moniadamaApr 27, 2010

hi!!!..iam super fan of Adam Cartwright ...Pernell Roberts was a beatiful man!!,and my imposible love...Pernell i love you for ever!!!..Monica From Argentina....

monica estela fernandezApr 27, 2010


VirginiaFeb 10, 2010

I loved Pernell Roberts from the age of 4, I feel like a part of my childhood and life is missing now that he is gone. He was a gentleman with integrity and courage.

BlumusJan 26, 2010

Pernell Roberts will rest in peace as the man, not the actor, who challenged not only his paycheck makers, but all of us to settle for nothing less than what is right for all of us. He was an influential role model for me as a young man and remained totally dignified to that end.. .until the end. In Bonanza, Hawaii Five-O, Alias Smith

BarbaraNov 20, 2009

Hello Adam I love the way you read poetry watch Bonanza reruns all the time. God bless Barbara

GINAOct 2, 2009


GINAJun 28, 2009


anthony j kinchenJun 1, 2009

mr.roberts bonanza was never the same after your departure..i comend your fight in early years for equality...wish you well

SusanMay 22, 2009

Pernell was always my favorite of the Cartwright boys, much cuter than Michael Landon, Pernell is HOT!

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