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|Nickname:||The Liberal Cartwright|
|Known for:||The Night Train to Kathmandu, Ride Lonesome, Desire Under the Elms|
|Birth name:||Pernell Elvin Roberts|
|Birthday:||18 May 1928, Waycross, Georgia, USA|
|Height:||6' 2" (1.88 m)|
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TriviaParents: father, Pernell Elvin Sr.; mother, Betty Roberts. First wife Dr. Vera Mowry was a professor at Washington State University. He sang in several episodes of "Bonanza" (1959) and appeared on 2 record albums with the "Bonanza" (1959) cast as well as 1 solo album. Often expressed regrets in his later years about leaving "Bonanza" (1959) when he did. Best known by the public for his role as Adam Cartwright on "Bonanza" (1959), and for his starring role as the title character in "Trapper John, M.D." (1979). His fine baritone was put to use frequently on stage in a number of musicals including "The King and I," "The Music Man," 'Kiss Me Kate," "Camelot" and "The Sound of Music". He played Rhett Butler in a short-lived 1973 musical version of "Gone With the Wind". Roberts (born May 18, 1928) was only 6 months, 22 days older than Dan Blocker (born December 10, 1928), who played his television middle brother, Hoss Cartright, on "Bonanza" (1959). The singer appeared in one-act operas and ballets with the North American Lyric Theatre early in his career. While serving for two years in the United States Marine Corps, he participated in the Marine Corps Band. Had attended but did not graduate from Georgia Tech University in Atlanta. 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. Before he was a successful actor, he was a butcher, a forest ranger, and a railroad riveter.