Monday, January 25, 2010

Pernell Roberts Dies at 81

Pernell Roberts, an original cast member of one of television's classic westerns, "Bonanza," died at his Malibu home Sunday. He was 81.

His death from pancreatic cancer was confirmed by his wife, Eleanor Criswell.

Roberts was known to fans as the handsome and smart eldest son of the Cartwright clan, Adam. He played the role from its inception in 1959, but tired of the role after six years and left the show to act in films and resume a stage career that had brought him a 1955 Drama Desk Award for best actor in a production of "Macbeth."

Roberts earned many fans with the role as the quiet and serious Adam, but he left the show in 1965, even though some at the time said he was ruining his career by doing it.

In later years, he had guest roles in other shows and narrated documentaries. He retired in the late 1990s.

Roberts was married four times and his only son, Chris, died in 1989. He is survived by his wife Eleanor Criswell.

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