Art

Shannen Findlay

Remembering Bonanza's Pernell Roberts

Pernell Roberts was a well-known face throughout the 60s, for his starring role on the hit western series, Bonanza. While he passed away on the 24th of January 2010, his legacy continues to live on.

Before his starring role though, he performed in a number of classic plays off of Broadway.

“I feel I am an aristocrat in my field of endeavour,” he said in a 1965 interview with The Times. “My being part of ‘Bonanza’ was like Isaac Stern sitting in with Lawrence Welk.”

After he retired in the 1990s, Roberts was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and died years later at the age of 81.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Pernell Roberts through the ages.