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Pernell Roberts



Pernell Roberts worked such odd jobs as butcher, forest ranger and tombstone-maker while studying acting and singing and scouting around for off-Broadway jobs. Roberts' film debut, in a characteristic Deep Brooder role, was in 1958's Desire Under the Elms. From 1959 through 1966, Roberts co-starred as black-clad, taciturn Adam Cartwright on Bonanza. "Aloof, rebellious and outspoken" was how Bonanza producer David Dotort summed up Roberts, who fought tooth and nail over every real or imagined challenge to his integrity (his biggest beef was that he had to call Lorne Greene "Pa" rather than "Father"). Fed up with what he perceived as the series' declining quality, Roberts left Bonanza in 1966; it was explained to fans that "Adam" had left to study at a European university. Free of his TV series commitment, Roberts returned to his first love, the stage--and also divested himself of the toupee he'd been forced to wear as Adam. The actor played the straw-hat circuit in such musicals as Camelot and The King and I, all the while accepting film and TV roles that came up to his standards. Unfortunately, his stubbornness and standoffishness left a sour taste with co-workers and fans alike, and Roberts was unable to soar to the artistic heights to which he aspired. After years of declaring that he'd never again return to the grind of weekly television, Roberts accepted the role of Dr. "Trapper" John McIntyre, chief of surgery at San Francisco memorial hospital, in the seven-season (1979-86) M*A*S*H spin-off Trapper John MD. In 1991 Pernell Roberts assumed the hosting duties of the TV anthology FBI: The Untold Stories.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Checkered Flag
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin
  • Thatcher Horton
1989
No Score Yet The Night Train to Kathmandu
  • Harry
1988
No Score Yet Desperado
  • Dancey
1987
No Score Yet National Geographic
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane
  • Marshal J.D. Ward
1980
No Score Yet High Noon - Pt. 2
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Hot Rod
  • Sheriff Marsden
1979
No Score Yet The Magic of Lassie
  • Jamison
1978
No Score Yet Centennial
  • Gen. Asher
1978
No Score Yet Captains and the Kings
  • Braithwaite
1976
No Score Yet The Deadly Tower
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Paco
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Bravos
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Four Rode Out
  • U.S. Marshal Ross
1970
No Score Yet Kashmiri Run
  • Actor
1969
44% The Errand Boy
  • Guest Star
1961
83% Ride Lonesome
  • Sam Boone
1959
No Score Yet The Sheepman
  • Choctaw
1958
No Score Yet Desire Under the Elms
  • Peter Cabot
1958

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