‘Bonanza:’ Dan Blocker’s Son Broke Into Acting On ‘Little House On The Prairie’
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Dan Blocker is best known for his portrayal of Hoss Cartwright in the hit series Bonanza, and it was his role in the western series that inspired his son to follow in Dan’s footsteps.
Dan Blocker portrayed Michael Landon’s brother in Bonanza, which run for fourteen seasons. Dan’s son, Dirk Blocker, fell in love with acting while watching his father on the show’s set, and he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps in the film industry. Eventually, Dirk ironically landed a guest role in Landon’s successful drama series Little House On The Prairie.
Following Dirk’s appearance on Little House on the Prairie, the actor gained enough traction to project his career forward. Over the last three decades, Dirk has starred in several successful movies and TV shows. Currently, Dirk portrays Hitchcock in the comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
While Dirk has created a successful career that would have made his father proud, Dan unfortunately never got to see his son break into the industry. Dan passed away in 1972, just two years before his son began his acting career.
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