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Pernell Roberts

(1928 – 2010)

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Pernell Roberts

Pernell Roberts
(1928 – 2010)

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Pernell Roberts

(1928 – 2010)
About Pernell
This is a memorial dedicated to Pernell Roberts. Pernell Elvin Roberts was an American television actor and singer. Pernell Roberts guest starred in over 60 television series and was widely known for his roles as Ben Cartwright's eldest son, Adam Cartwright, on the western series Bonanza (1959-1965), and as chief surgeon, Dr. John McIntyre, the title character on Trapper John, M.D. (1979-1986).
He was also widely known for his life-long activism, which included participation in the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 and pressuring NBC to refrain from hiring whites to portray minority characters.
Pernell Roberts was born in 1928 in Waycross, Georgia, the only child of Pernell Elvin Roberts, Sr. and Minnie
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(Betty) Myrtle Morgan Roberts. During his high school years, he played the horn, acted in school and church plays and sang in local USO shows — pursuing a wide range of occupations before pursuing acting. He attended, but did not graduate from, Georgia Tech. While serving for two years in the United States Marine Corps, he participated in the Marine Corps Band. He subsequently attended the University of Maryland, also without graduating. He began his acting career in off-Broadway and Broadway theatre in New York City. He won a Drama Desk Award in 1955 for his performance in an off-Broadway rendition of Macbeth, later working with the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
In 1958, Pernell Roberts guest-starred
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as Captain Jacques Chavez on the NBC adventure series Northwest Passage based on the life of Major Robert Rogers in the French and Indian War. He appeared with fellow guest star Fay Spain in the 1958 episode "Pick up the Gun" of Tombstone Territory. In 1958 he played the lead villain in the 31st episode of Have Gun - Will Travel, portraying a killer boss exploiter of Chinese Coolie laborers entitled "Hey Boy's Revenge." The episode drew critical acclaim for shedding some light on the contribution of indentured Chinese workers in building the U.S. west and for also carrying the socially-conscious message that "white man's laws can deliver justice for a minority." In 1959, he co-starred in the film Ride Lonesome.
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/>Pernell Roberts played Ben Cartwright's eldest son, Adam, in the Western television series Bonanza — a character with a university education, unlike his brothers, and variously described as urbane, intense, introspective, quiet, sullen and serious.
Pernell Roberts fulfilled but did not extend his six-year contract for Bonanza, and when he left the series his character was eliminated with the simple explanation that Adam had "moved away."
Pernell Roberts made guest appearances on TV shows including The Big Valley, Mission: Impossible, The Wild Wild West, Gunsmoke, Mannix, The Odd Couple, Hawaii Five-O, and The Hardy Boys. He played Jigger in an ABC television presentation of Carousel and Rhett
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Butler in the Los Angeles stage production of Scarlett.
Pernell Roberts was nominated for a 1973 Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance in Welcome Home, at the Ivanhoe Theatre in Chicago.
In the early 1980s Pernell Roberts starred in the television series Trapper John, M.D. (1979-86), receiving an Emmy nomination in 1981 — and playing the character almost twice as long as Wayne Rogers had (1972–1975) on the CBS M*A*S*H series.
Pernell Roberts passed away at his home in Malibu, California on January 24th, 2010, aged 81.
Pernell Roberts loved to cook, read literature, play tennis, swim and run. He appeared as captain of the CBS teams for Battle of the Network Stars 11 and 12.
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Pernell Roberts

This is a memorial dedicated to Pernell Roberts. Pernell Elvin Roberts was an American television actor and singer. Pernell Roberts guest starred in over 60 television series and was widely known for his roles as Ben Cartwright's eldest son, Adam Cartwright, on the western series Bonanza (1959-1965), and as chief surgeon, Dr. John McIntyre, the title character on Trapper John, M.D. (1979-1986).
He was also widely known for his life-long activism, which included participation in the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 and pressuring NBC to refrain from hiring whites to portray minority characters.
Pernell Roberts was born in 1928 in Waycross, Georgia, the only child of Pernell Elvin Roberts, Sr. and Minnie...

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