Pernell Roberts

Pernell Roberts

  • Highest Rated: 86% Ride Lonesome (1959)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% The Errand Boy (1961)
  • Birthday: May 18, 1928
  • Birthplace: Waycross, Georgia, USA
  • Pernell Roberts worked such odd jobs as butcher, forest ranger and tombstone-maker while studying acting and singing and scouting around for off-Broadway jobs. Roberts' film debut, in a characteristic Deep Brooder role, was in 1958's Desire Under the Elms. From 1959 through 1966, Roberts co-starred as black-clad, taciturn Adam Cartwright on Bonanza. "Aloof, rebellious and outspoken" was how Bonanza producer David Dotort summed up Roberts, who fought tooth and nail over every real or imagined challenge to his integrity (his biggest beef was that he had to call Lorne Greene "Pa" rather than "Father"). Fed up with what he perceived as the series' declining quality, Roberts left Bonanza in 1966; it was explained to fans that "Adam" had left to study at a European university. Free of his TV series commitment, Roberts returned to his first love, the stage--and also divested himself of the toupee he'd been forced to wear as Adam. The actor played the straw-hat circuit in such musicals as Camelot and The King and I, all the while accepting film and TV roles that came up to his standards. Unfortunately, his stubbornness and standoffishness left a sour taste with co-workers and fans alike, and Roberts was unable to soar to the artistic heights to which he aspired. After years of declaring that he'd never again return to the grind of weekly television, Roberts accepted the role of Dr. "Trapper" John McIntyre, chief of surgery at San Francisco memorial hospital, in the seven-season (1979-86) M*A*S*H spin-off Trapper John MD. In 1991 Pernell Roberts assumed the hosting duties of the TV anthology FBI: The Untold Stories.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Checkered Flag Actor 1990
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin Thatcher Horton 1989
No Score Yet The Night Train to Kathmandu Harry 1988
No Score Yet Desperado Dancey 1987
No Score Yet National Geographic Actor 1987
No Score Yet High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane Marshal J.D. Ward 1980
No Score Yet Hot Rod Sheriff Marsden 1979
No Score Yet The Magic of Lassie Jamison 1978
No Score Yet Charlie Cobb: Nice Night for a Hanging Sheriff Yates 1977
No Score Yet The Deadly Tower Actor 1975
No Score Yet Paco Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Bravos Actor 1972
No Score Yet Four Rode Out U.S. Marshal Ross 1970
No Score Yet Kashmiri Run Actor 1969
50% The Errand Boy Guest Star 1961
86% Ride Lonesome Sam Boone 1959
No Score Yet The Sheepman Choctaw 1958
No Score Yet Desire Under the Elms Peter Cabot 1958

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Adam Adam Cartwright
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Dr. `Trapper' John McIntyre
  • 1989
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
B.J. Anderson B.J.
  • 1978
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Sheriff Connolly Dr. Bannings
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
Charlie Finn
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Billy Joe
  • 1974
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Tom
  • 1973
  • 1971
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Col. Han Krim President Beyron Rurich Chief Manuel Corba Boomer
  • 1973
  • 1970
  • 1968
  • 1967
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
O'Reilley
  • 1967
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Dave Reeves
  • 1967
  • 1957

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