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series was filmed beginning in 1959 up until 1973, was
translated into 12 languages, and is still being broadcast
into millions of homes in 30 countries around the globe.
HOME OF BEN, ADAM, HOSS, and LITTLE JOE CARTWRIGHT
can remember as a kid laying on the living room floor with my
Dad, Mom,and three brother's watching Bonanza every week.The
whole family loved the show.I can remember that I could always
relate to Hoss.I was kind of stocky for a kid and the butt of
many jokes.I guess that's why Hoss if my favorite character on
the show.He was strong as an ox,gentle as a kitten and had a
heart as big as the ranch they lived on.The show has given so
much to so many of us that went through the late 50's,60's and
70's as kids.
are some of the cast members of the show along with photo's.I
hope to bring back some memories of a simpler time!
[left] played Ben Cartwright, the patriarch of the clan.
Generally serious and reasonable, Ben kept the ranch running.
Maried and widowed three times, he raised the three boys on his
own with a little help from the cook, Hop Sing. There were no
women on the Ponderosa.
[right] portrayed the oldest Cartwright son. Adam had a
University education, and tended to be more intense than his
younger brothers. He was less likely to be involved in in wild
antics or passionate love affairs, though he had his share of
interesting scrapes over the years. Adam went off elsewhere six
years into the series, when Roberts decided to leave the show.
Blocker[left] was Hoss Cartwright, the middle son. Hoss was gullible
and not too bright, but he was as sweet and gentle as he was big. He
was always involved in hilarious situations, usually innocently, and
was the butt of many jokes played by his younger brother, Little
Landon [right] played the character most beloved by audiences -
Little Joe. The youngest member of the family, he was always
involved in pranks, and even more frequently falling madly in love.
He was looked on by his father and older brothers with affection,
and was usually at the centre of the most humourous episodes.
Canary was cast as "Candy" , the Ponderosa ranch foreman.
Candy was very close to the Cartwright clan, and became entangled in
many of their adventures.
Sen Yung was the fifth man on the Ponderosa - Hop sing, the cook. The
character was generally used in comic bits, often involving the small
cook chasing Hoss out of his kitchen for stealing food. There were
also, however, a few episodes throughout the series that dealt with
the anti-Chinese prejudice in the West of the late 1800's.
could forget Sheriff Roy Coffee.He was a friend to the Cartwright's
and a good law man for Virginia City.
joined the show in 1970 as Jamie Hunter, an orphan taken in by the
Cartwrights and later adopted. Michael Landon was now 34 and a bit old
for Ben's fatherly advice.