David Dortort 1916-2010

Another great in the industry has moved on this month. Producer and bud of my Pop, David Dortort, known primary for producing Bonanza but also the first President of the Writer’s Guild. My pop wrote tons of Bonanza episodes and was instrumental at killing off all of Ben Cartwright’s wives. Nice one, pop… He wrote about 10 episodes! But he and Mr. Dortort worked many long hours to create great episodes for the Ponderosa boys.

This photo above is super rare and was given to pop by David. A rare “Behind the Scenes” of the boys and David during the filming of Bonanza. L2R is Michael Landon, Dan Blocker (Hoss), Lorne Green, David Dortort and Pernell Roberts.

Great job, David. Your show will last for all the right reasons.

The family has suggested that any donations be sent to the Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles.

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