Actor Pernell Roberts

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on January 15, 2006

Whatever became of Pernell Roberts from Bonanza? Is he the only member of the original cast still living?
—Jack Arnold Lee, Estes Park, Colo.

The only surviving Bonanza cast member, Roberts was a singer, butcher and forest ranger before becoming an award-winning Broadway actor and finally a TV star in his breakthrough role as Adam Cartwright on Bonanza. After leaving the show, he recorded an album of folk songs and starred as Rhett Butler in a musical version of Gone With the Wind before returning to television in 1979 in the title role of Trapper John M.D., which aired until 1986. He was married three times and had one son, Jonathan, who was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1989. He is now retired.