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From Jonny Quest to “The West Wing”: Where is Tim Matheson now?

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Who is Tim Matheson?

American actor Tim Matheson was born as Timothy Lewis Matthieson in Glendale, California USA on 31 December 1947, making Capricorn his zodiac sign. He’s appeared in nearly 200 TV series and movies, but is probably still known best for playing Vice President John Hoynes in 20 episodes of the critically acclaimed drama series “The West Wing”, which Aaron Sorkin created, and which starred Allison Janney, Rob Lowe and Martin Sheen. It follows the staffers living in White House’s West Wing, the series aired from 1999 through 2006 and won 146 of its 410 award nominations.

Tim’s still highly active in the film industry, and is currently shooting for new episodes of the series “Virgin River”.

Education and early life

Tim was raised alongside his sister Sue in Glendale, by their father Clifford Matthieson and mother Sally; Clifford was a training pilot, and served with the US Marine Corps Reserve.

Tim fell in love with acting at a very early age, and was eventually successful at convincing his parents to take him to auditions; he was 13 when he made his debut TV series appearance, playing Roddy Miller in the 1961 comedy “Window on Main Street”, while the following year saw him appear in an episode or two of the adventure “Ripcord”, the family comedy “Leave It to Beaver” and the family comedy “My Three Sons”.

He studied at a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1966 continued acting, rather than pursuing a college degree.

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Roles in TV series

In 1965 and 1966, Tim voiced the lead character Sinbad Jr. in the animated family adventure “Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt”, which also starred Mel Blanc and Dal McKennon, and follows the adventures of the young son of Sinbad the Sailor. The remainder of the ‘60s saw Tim appear in an episode or two of the comedy “Summer Fun”, the family drama “NBC Children’s Theatre”, and the crime drama “Adam-12”.

What marked the ‘70s for him was perhaps starring as Quentin Beaudine in the western “The Quest”, created by Tracy Keenan Wynn, and which also starred Kurt Russell and Frank Salsedo. It follows brothers Quentin and Morgan Beaudine as they’re searching for their sister in the West, and the series won one of its three award nominations.

In 1982 and 1983, Tim starred as Rick Tucker in the fantasy mystery “Tucker’s Witch”, and had only three other TV series roles in the ‘80s, playing supporting characters in the comedies “George Burns Comedy Week”, “Trying Times” and “Just in Time”.

The year 1997 heard Tim voice Captain John O’Rourke in the animated action western “The Legend of Calamity Jane”, which starred Barbara Scaff and Frank Welker, and follows the adventures of a female western hero; the series was nominated for two awards.

In 2001 and 2002, Tim portrayed the lead character Sheriff Matthew Donner in the horror “Wolf Lake”, created by John Leekley, and which also starred Lou Diamond Phillips and Paul Wesley. It follows the lives of a group of werewolves, and the series was nominated for five awards. The remainder of the decade saw Tim appear in an episode of the crime mystery “Without a Trace”, the comedy “Ed” and another comedy “Entourage”.

From 2011 through 2015, he portrayed Dr. Brick Breeland in the romantic comedy “Hart of Dixie”, which Leila Gerstein created, and which starred Cress Williams, Jaime King and Rachel Bilson. It follows the life of Doctor Zoe Hart who’s moved from New York City to Bluebell, Alabama and the series won one of its five award nominations.

Tim’s three most recent TV series roles have been in four episodes of the romantic comedy “This Is Us” from 2019 through 2022, four episodes of the crime horror “Evil” from 2019 through 2022, and 46 episodes of the romantic drama “Virgin River” since 2019 (lead role).

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Roles in movies

Tim’s debut film role was playing Eddie Thompson in the 1966 fantasy comedy “Thompson’s Ghost”, and some of his following roles were in the 1967 comedy “Divorce American Style”, the 1967 adventure “The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk” and the 1968 family comedy “Yours, Mine and Ours”.

The year 1973 saw him portray Officer Sweet in the mystery crime action “Magnum Force”, which Ted Post directed, and which starred Mitchell Ryan, Hal Holbrook and Clint Eastwood. It follows the life of Inspector ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan, and the film was nominated for two awards. Some of Tim’s other notable roles in the ‘70s were in the 1975 western “The Last Day”, the 1976 western “The Captive: The Longest Drive 2”, and the 1978 comedy “Almost Summer”.

What was perhaps his most notable performance in the ‘80s was playing the lead character Jim Anderson in the drama “Blind Justice”, directed by Rod Holcomb, and which also starred Mimi Kuzyk and Philip Charles MacKenzie; it follows an innocent man who’s been charged with rape. The following year saw Tim appear in both the comedy “Warm Hearts, Cold Feet” and the horror thriller “Bay Cove”, while the year 1990 saw him play lead characters in the crime fantasy “Buried Alive”, the science fiction thriller “Solar Crisis” and the drama “Joshua’s Heart”.

In 1995, he played the main character Tyler Grey in the mystery thriller “Midnight Heat”, directed by Harvey Frost, and which also starred Stephen Mendel and Mimi Craven; it follows professional Football Player Tyler Grey who’s become involved in criminal activities. Some of Tim’s roles in the remainder of the ‘90s were in the 1996 thriller “An Unfinished Affair”, the 1997 thriller “Sleeping with the Devil” and the 1999 romantic comedy “The Story of Us”.

The year 2005 saw him portray Producer 1 in the musical “Don’t Come Knocking”, written and directed by Wim Wenders, and which starred Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange and Tim Roth. It tells the story of an aging cowboy who’s trying to reconnect with his mother, and the film won one of its eight award nominations. Tim could then have been seen appearing in the 2007 action “Redline”, the 2009 comedy “American Pie Presents: The Book of Love”, and the 2015 drama “The Prince”.

In 2017, he played Old Man Vreeke in the critically acclaimed action adventure comedy “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”, which starred Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and was created by Jake Kasdan. It follows four teenagers who’ve been magically teleported into a video game, and the film won five of its 20 award nominations.

Tim’s three most recent film roles have been in the 2018 dramas “6 Balloons” and “The Etruscan Smile”, and the 2019 horror science fiction “Child’s Play”.

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Other credits

Tim has five producing and 45 directing credits, with some of his most notable directing work having perhaps been on the 2008 family comedy movie “True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet”, the 2009 action thriller film “Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia” and eight episodes of the romantic comedy series “Hart of Dixie” from 2012 through 2015.

He received special thanks for the 1998 documentary comedy movie “The Yearbook: An ‘Animal House’ Reunion” and the 2020 horror film “Bottle Monster”.

Tim’s appeared in over 40 talk-shows, with some of his most recent appearances having been in “The Movies”, “A Word on Westerns”, and “Laker Jim’s Fletch Cast”.

Awards and nominations

Tim’s won one of his six award nominations: a 2018 Boston Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast, for his and his colleagues’ performance in “The Etruscan Smile”.

He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2002 and 2003, both for his performance in “The West Wing”.

Love life and marriages

Tim’s married thrice. His first wife was popular Canadian actress Jennifer Mary Leak; the two met on the set of the 1968 family comedy movie “Yours, Mine and Ours”, married that year, but divorced three years later.

Tim and his second wife, American non-celebrity woman Megan Murphy exchanged vows in 1985, and she gave birth to their daughter Molly Matthieson in 1986, and to their second daughter Emma Matthieson in 1988; their son Cooper followed in 1994. Tim and Megan’s divorce was finalized in 2010.

Since March 2018, he’s been married to his third wife Elizabeth Marighetto; they’re living in Hollywood, California and don’t have children together.

Tim’s yet to speak about other women whom he’s maybe dated, he’s married to his third wife Elizabeth Marighetto as of April 2023, and has three children with his second wife Megan Murphy.

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Interesting facts and hobbies

Tim and famous American actor Val Kilmer share birthdays, as Val was born on 31 December 1959.

He’s followed by over 35,000 people on Instagram, but Tim’s posted only 38 pictures onto the social media network, most of these showing him spending time with his friends.

He’s passionate about travelling, and has been to more than 60 countries all around the world, while Tim’s favorite city to visit is Madrid, Spain.

He’s a huge fan of National Football League (NFL), but doesn’t have a favorite team.

Tim’s a philanthropist, and has donated money to numerous charity organizations since the launch of his acting career.

His favorite actor and director is Clint Eastwood, while some of Tim’s favorite movies include “Escape from Alcatraz”, “A Fistful of Dollars” and “For a Few Dollars More”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Tim’s age is 75. He has blue eyes and grey hair, is 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall and weighs around 190lbs (86kgs).

Tim’s net worth’s been estimated at over $7 million, as of April 2023.

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About Alan Ritchson from Aquaman: Height, Weight, Net Worth

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Who is Alan Ritchson?

American actor, singer-songwriter and model Alan Michael Ritchson, was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota USA, on 28 November 1982, making Sagittarius his zodiac sign. He’s had roles in close to 50 TV series and movies, but is probably known best for playing Raphael in the 2014 action adventure comedy movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, which Jonathan Liebesman directed, and which starred William Fichtner, Will Arnett and Megan Fox. It follows four mutated turtle warriors as they’re defending New York City from a kingpin, and the movie won one of its 12 award nominations.

Education and early life

Alan and his two brothers were raised in Grand Forks by their father David Ritchson who’s a retired US Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, and mother Vickie Ritchson who was a high school teacher.

Alan and his family moved to Rantoul, Illinois before he turned eight, and then to Niceville, Florida when he was 10. He was interested in both music and acting while attending Niceville High School, from which he matriculated in 2001; Alan was then offered a full music scholarship, but instead chose to enroll at Okaloosa Walton Community College (today Northwest Florida State College), graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2004.

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Roles in TV series

Alan’s debut TV series role was voicing Chris in the 2006 episode “Save the Crane” of the animated family adventure “Wonder Pets!”, and his following role came in 2009, when cast to play a supporting character in the episode “Tying the… Not” of the comedy “Head Case”.

He gained recognition in 2010, when cast to star as Thad Castle in the hit sports comedy “Blue Mountain State”, created by Eric Falconer, and which also starred Darin Brooks and Chris Romano; it follows the lives of three aspiring football players who’ve just enrolled at college. Alan could then have been seen appearing in an episode of the comedy “Fred: The Show”, the crime action “Hawaii Five-0”, and the comedy “Don’t Talk in the Kitchen Presents”.

In 2017, Alan portrayed the lead character Arthur Bailey in all the 13 episodes of the action adventure comedy “Blood Drive”, created by James Roland, and which also starred Christina Ochoa and Thomas Dominique. Set in an alternate dystopian Earth in 1999, the series follows a former police officer who’s to take part in a death race, in which cars use human blood as fuel; the series was nominated for only a single award. Alan was then cast to make guest appearances in an episode of the crime comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, the action adventure “Supergirl”, and the action adventure “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”.

From 2018 through 2021, he portrayed Hank Hall in the critically acclaimed crime action adventure “Titans”, which Akiva Goldsman and Greg Berlanti created, and which today stars Brenton Thwaites, Anna Dop and Ryan Potter. It follows the lives of several young superheroes, the series has been airing since 2018, and has won four of its 17 award nominations.

Since 2022, Alan’s been starring as Jack Reacher in the crime action “Reacher”, which has been nominated for four awards.

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Roles in movies

Alan’s debut film role was playing Army Officer in the 2006 drama “Though None Go with Me”, while some of his following appearances were in the 2006 horror thriller “The Butcher”, the 2007 drama “Steam”, and the 2008 animated action adventure “Justice League: The New Frontier”, in which he voiced Aquaman.

The year 2009 saw Alan play Bruce in the popular sports comedy “Fired Up!”, which Will Gluck wrote and directed, and which starred Sarah Roemer, Nicholas D’Agosto and Eric Christian Olsen. It follows the lives of two teenagers who’ve chosen to attend a cheerleader camp instead of football camp – the film won only a single award.

Alan’s following notable performance was playing Gloss in the critically acclaimed 2013 action science fiction adventure “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, which Francis Lawrence directed, and which starred Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence. It follows Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen who’ve just won the 74th Hunger Games, and have thus become targets of the Capitol; the movie won 22 of its 90 award nominations. A couple of Alan’s following roles were in the 2014 short comedy “Alpha Chow”, and in 2015 the comedy “The Wedding Ringer” and the action science fiction comedy “Lazer Team”.

The year 2019 saw him play the lead character Shayne in the romantic fantasy “Above the Shadows”, written and directed by Claudia Myers, and which also starred Olivia Thirlby and Jim Gaffigan. The movie follows a young woman who’s begun fading, and can now be seen by only a single man; the movie won six of its eight award nominations.

Alan’s since appeared in three more movies: the 2019 comedy “The Turkey Bowl”, the 2020 fantasy horror thriller “Ghosts of War”, and the 2021 action thriller comedy “Dark Web: Cicada 3301”.

Other credits

Alan produced and directed both the 2017 short family adventure movie “Tree House Time Machine”, and the 2021 action thriller comedy movie “Dark Web: Cicada 3301”; he’s also the producer and director of the upcoming horror film “Bad Seeds of Loving Spring”.

Some of his recent talk-show appearances have been in “The Talk”, “Celebrity Page” and “All About”.

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Awards and nominations

Alan won a 2015 Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast, for his and his colleagues’ performance in “The Grenade”, a 2017 Best Shorts Competition Award of Merit, for “Tree House Time Machine” and a 2019 Pitch to Screen Film Award for Best Actor, for “Above the Shadows”.

Love life and marriage

Alan avoids sharing the details of his love life with the public, but it’s widely known that he and American screenwriter and producer Catherine Ritchson have been married since May 2006.

Catherine helped Alan produce the 2017 movie “Tree House Time Machine”, and has received special thanks for the 2006 episode “Save the Crane” of the animated family adventure series “Wonder Pets!” and three episodes of the 2019 comedy series “Spellagram”. She and Alan have three children together, but they’re keeping them away from the media’s attention, thus their names and birthdates haven’t been disclosed.

Alan’s yet to speak about other women whom he’s perhaps dated, he’s married to Catherine Ritchson as of April 2023, and they have three children together.

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Interesting facts and hobbies

In 2022, Alan revealed that he’d been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

He’s a devout Catholic, and goes to church nearly every week.

Alan’s passionate about music, and released his debut (and so far only) album “This Is Next Time” in 2005; he once audition for the music show “American Idol”, but was rejected.

He was featured in a Russian commercial for Orbit gum.

Alan auditioned for the role of Thor in the Marvel Universe, which eventually went to Chris Hemsworth.

He tried alcohol for the first time at his 21st birthday, having a glass of wine with his parents.

Both of Alan’s parents served in the US Army, which is why he’s today a supporter of the charity organization Heart and Armor Foundation for Veterans’ Health.

Alan’s favorite actor is the late Heath Ledger, while some of his favorite movies include “A Knight’s Tale”, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” and “The Dark Knight”.

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Height, eyes and wealth

Alan’s age is 40. He has brown eyes and hair, is 6ft 3ins (1.91m) tall and weighs around 210lbs (95kgs).

Alan’s net worth’s been estimated at over $6 million, as of April 2023.

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What happened to Debra Winger? What is she doing now?

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Who is Debra Winger?

American actress Debra Lynn Winger was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio USA, on 16 May 1955, making Taurus her zodiac sign. She’s appeared in 48 TV series and movies, and is perhaps still known best for portraying the main character Emma Horton in the 1983 comedy movie “Terms of Endearment”, written and directed by James L. Brooks, and which also starred Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson. It follows Aurora who’s searching for the man of her dreams, and the movie won 32 of its 50 award nominations, including five Oscar wins, some of which for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Debra’s still today active in the movie industry, and is currently working on several upcoming projects.

Education and early life

Debra was raised in Cleveland Heights by her mother Ruth (nee Felder) who was an office manager, and father Robert Winger who was a meat packer.

Debra spent a lot of time in Israel while growing up, volunteering on a kibbutz; she also said in an interview that she’d joined the Israel Defense Forces, but in 2008 denied her own statement. She was 18 when she returned to the US and was involved in a car crash, which left her blind and partially paralyzed for nearly a year; Debra was told she might never see again, and decided that if she were to recover, she would move to Los Angeles, California and pursue acting.

She studied at James Monroe High School, matriculating in 1973.

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Roles in movies

Debra’s debut film role was playing Debbie, one of the main characters in the 1976 comedy “Slumber Party ‘57”, written and directed by William A. Levey, and which also starred Janet Wood and Noelle North; it follows six members of a high school female basketball team, who’ve organized a party during which they will speak about their first sexual encounter. The remainder of the ’70s saw Debra appear in the sports drama “Special Olympics” and the musical comedy “Thank God It’s Friday” both in 1978,  and the 1979 romantic comedy “French Postcards”.

She made an uncredited appearance in the evergreen 1982 adventure family science fiction “E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, and the same year saw her play the main character Paula Pokrifki in the hit romantic drama “An Officer a and a Gentleman”, which Taylor Hackford directed, and which also starred David Keith and Richard Gere. It follows a man who’s trying to graduate from the Navy Officer Candidate School, and the movie won nine of its 22 award nominations, including two Oscar wins for Best Music, Original Song and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Louis Gossett Jr). Debra could then have been seen appearing in the 1984 mystery thriller “Mike’s Murder”, the 1987 crime thriller “Black Widow”, and the 1988 crime thriller “Betrayed”.

Debra had a couple of film roles in the ‘90s – the most popular amongst these was perhaps the 1993 biographical romantic drama “Shadowlands”, in which she starred alongside Anthony Hopkins and Julian Fellowes, and which was directed by Richard Attenborough. It follows the life of Christian theologian C. S. Lewis, and the movie won seven of its 21 award nominations, including Oscar nominations for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Published and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Debra).

Some of Debra’s most notable performances in the 2000s were perhaps in the 2003 biographical sports drama “Radio”, the 2005 drama “Dawn Anna”, and the 2008 romantic drama “Rachel Getting Married”.

Her three most recent film roles have been in the 2017 romantic comedy “The Lovers”, the 2020 crime comedy “Kajillionaire”, and the 2021 drama “With/In: Volume 2”.

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Roles in TV series

Debra’s debut TV series role was playing Drusilla, aka Wonder Girl in three episodes of the 1976 action fantasy adventure “Wonder Woman”, and the remainder of the decade saw her appear in single episodes of the comedy “Szysznyk”, the crime action “Police Woman”, and the drama “James at 16”.

She had no roles in TV series in the ‘80s, and her next came in 1992, when cast to play the title role in the episode “A Day With Debra” of the animated adventure comedy “Sesame Street”. Debra once again had no TV series roles for several years, until cast to play Principal Woodside in the 2010 episode “Boy on Fire” of the crime mystery “Law & Order”.

In the same year, she portrayed Frances Greer in seven episodes of the critically acclaimed drama “In Treatment”, created by Rodrigo Garcia and Hagai Levi, and which starred Gabriel Byrne, Uzo Aduba and Dianne Wiest. It follows a psychotherapist who’s begun seeing his old therapist, the series aired from 2008 through 2021, and won eight of its 61 award nominations.

From 2016 through 2020, Debra played Maggie Bennett in the popular western comedy “The Ranch”, created by Jim Patterson and Don Reo, and which also starred Ashton Kutcher, Sam Elliott and Grady Lee Richmond; the series follows a professional Football Player who’s returned home to help run the family ranch; the series won three of its eight award nominations.

Debra’s since appeared in two more TV series, playing Trish McSapphire in six episodes of the 2021 crime comedy “Ultra City Smiths”, and Ruth Corman in four episodes of the 2021 comedy “Mr. Corman”.

Other credits

Debra worked as a creative consultant on the 2010 documentary movie “GasLand”.

She produced the 2001 romantic comedy movie “Big Bad Love” and the 2012 biographical documentary film “Bel Borba Aqui”.

Some of Debra’s recent talk-show appearances have been in “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen”, “The Comedy Store” and “Hollywood Insider”.

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Awards and nominations

Debra’s won five of her 33 award nominations, including her three Oscar nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1983, 1984 and 1994, for her performance in “An Officer and a Gentleman”, “Terms of Endearment” and “Shadowlands”, respectively.

Some of her wins include a 1983 ShoWest Award for Female Star of the Year, a 1984 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, for “Terms of Endearment”, and a 1994 Tokyo International Film Festival Award for Best Actress, for “A Dangerous Woman”.

Love life and relationships

Debra’s married twice, and has been in several relationships.

She and American actor Andrew Rubin were in a relationship from 1977 through 1980, and she was then in a relationship with American politician Joseph Robert ‘Bob’ Kerrey from 1983 through 1985 – at that time, Bob was the governor of Nebraska. Debra then dated American actor Nick Nolte, who starred alongside her in the movies “Everybody Wins” and “Cannery Row”.

She married famous American actor and director Timothy Tarquin Hutton in a large ceremony in 1986, and Debra gave birth to their son Noah Hutton on 29 April 1987, but she and Timothy divorced in 1990.

Since 1996, she’s been married to her second husband, American actor, screenwriter and director Leslie Richard ‘Arliss’ Howard. Debra gave birth to their son Gideon Babe Ruth Howard on 15 June 1997, while Leslie also has a son with his former wife.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Debra was invited to portray the lead character in the 1981 action adventure movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, but declined, and the role went to Karen Allen, who starred alongside Harrison Ford in the movie which went on to become one of the highest grossing of all time. She was then also offered a starring role in the 1986 fantasy comedy movie “Peggy Sue Got Married”, but had to reject the offer because she had suffered an injury while cycling; the film also became a hit.

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The main character in the 1987 romantic comedy movie “Broadcast News” was written specifically for Debra, however, she was pregnant and didn’t want to act; the character was thus portrayed by Holly Hunter, and she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.

Her son Noah’s married to American actress, producer and director Taylor Hess.

Debra’s favorite actress is Bette Davis, while some of her favorite movies include “The Whales of August”, “A Piano for Mrs Cimino”, and “Right of Way”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Debra’s age is 67. Her eyes are blue and hair is brown, she’s 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall and weighs around 120lbs (55kgs).

Debra’s net worth’s been estimated at over $8 million, as of April 2023.

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How Dan Blocker Became Hoss Cartwright: Cause Of Death

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Who was Dan Blocker?

The late American actor and Korean War veteran Bobby Dan Davis Blocker, was born in De Kalb, Texas USA, on 10 December 1928, meaning that Sagittarius was his zodiac sign. He appeared in 43 TV series and movies, and is probably still remembered best for playing the lead character Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright in the critically acclaimed western series “Bonanza”, created by Fred Hamilton and David Dortort, and which also starred Michael Landon and Lorne Greene. The series follows the lives of ranchers Ben Cartwright and his sons, it aired from 1959 through 1973, and won nine of its 25 award nominations.

People fell in love with Dan’s character, and then began recognizing him as Hoss Cartwright rather than by his real name.

Education and early life

Dan and his sister Ora Virginia Blocker were raised in De Kalb by their mother Mary Arizona (nee Davis) and father Ora ‘Shack’ Blocker; Dan rarely spoke about his family in public, because he respected their privacy.

He wasn’t interested in acting while growing up, but was rather into playing football. Dan studied at Texas Military Institute, and upon matriculating in 1946 enrolled at Hardin-Simmons University on a football scholarship. Dan transferred to Sul Ross State Teacher’s College a year later, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1950; he earned his Master’s degree in dramatic arts following his honorable discharge from the US Army.

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Before acting

Dan financially supported himself by working as a bouncer and a rodeo performer while attending college.

He was drafted into the US Army upon graduation, completed his training at Folk Polk, and served as an infantry sergeant during the Korean War from December 1951 through August 1952; Dan was wounded in combat, and thus received a Purple Heart medal, and seven other medals, including the Combat Infantryman Badge, Korean War Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

Upon his return from Korea, Dan taught English language at a high school in 1953 and 1954, then taught drama at Eddy Elementary School; he and his wife moved to Los Angeles, California after Dan had won his first acting roles.

Roles in movies

Dan made his debut film appearance in the 1955 short crime comedy “Hook a Crook”, while some of his following roles were in the crime drama “The Girl in Black Stockings”, the western “Black Patch”, and the action crime adventure “Gunsight Ridge”, all released in 1957.

In 1959, he portrayed Oil Field Roughneck in the crime drama “The Young Captives”, directed by Irvin Kershner, and which starred Steven Marlo, Luana Patten and Tom Selden; it follows a psychopathic killer who’s holding a newlywed couple captive. In 1961, Dan made a cameo appearance as Hoss Cartwright in the family comedy “The Errand Boy”, and the year 1963 saw him portray Mr. Eckman in the musical comedy “Come Blow Your Horn”.

In 1968, he played Waldo Gronsky in the crime drama “Lady in Cement”, directed by Gordon Douglas, and which starred Frank Sinatra, Raquel Welch and Richard Conte; it follows detective Tony Rome who’s found a woman’s body while diving in the ocean.

Dan’s final three film roles were in the 1968 western “Something for a Lonely Man”, the 1970 western comedy “The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County”, and the historical family comedy “Swing Out, Sweet Land” in the same year.

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Roles in TV series

Dan’s debut TV series role was playing Bartender in the 1957 episode “Grandfather Grandson” of the crime western “The Sheriff of Cochise”, and the remainder of the decade saw him appear in an episode of various series, including the action western “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon”, the western “Colt .45”, and the mystery comedy “The Thin Man”.

In 1958 and 1959, he portrayed Tiny Budinger in 15 episodes of the western “Cimarron City”, which starred George Montgomery, John Smith and Audrey Totter, and follows the lives of Sheriff Temple and city mayor Matthew Rockford.

Aside from “Bonanza!”, Dan had only a single TV series role in the ‘60s, portraying Horace Hewitt in the 1964 episode “The Hottest Game in Town” of the comedy “Valentine’s Day”.

His final three TV series roles were in an episode of the comedy “Pat Paulsen’s Half a Comedy Hour”, an episode of the musical “The Tim Conway Comedy Hour” and the episode “The Dan Blocker Show” of the comedy “The Red Skelton Hour”, all in 1970.

Other credits

Dan sang the song “Folsom Prison Blues” in a 1969 episode of the musical series “The Johnny Cash Show”, and the song “Ich bin der Hoss” in the 1971 episode “Bayernhalle in Munchen” of the game-show “Drei Mal Neun”.

He received special thanks (posthumously) for the 1973 crime comedy movie “The Long Goodbye”, which won two of its three award nominations.

Dan’s final talk-show appearances were in “V. I. P. – Schaukel”, “The Merv Griffin Show” and “Flip”.

Awards and nominations

Dan won a 1969 Bambi Award for TV Series International and a 1970 Western Heritage Bronze Wrangler Award for Fictional Television Drama, both for his performance in “Bonanza!”.

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Love life and wife

Dan met non-celebrity American Dolphia Parker while they were both attending Sul Ross State University, and they married in 1952.

Dolphia gave birth to their twin daughters Debra Lee and Danna Lynn on 8 August 1954, and to their first son David Blocker on 4 May 1955; David’s today a movie producer. She gave birth to their second son Dennis Dirk Blocker on 31 July 1957, and he’s followed in his father’s footsteps and has become an actor, and is perhaps known best for portraying pilot Jerry Bragg in the war series “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, which aired from 1976 through 1978.

Dan didn’t speak about other women whom he’d dated, he was married to Dolphia Parker at the time of his death, and they had four children together.

Interesting facts and hobbies

The series “Bonanza” continued for one more season after Dan’s death, but was ‘by far the least popular season’.

He was a Free Methodist.

Dan was a liberal Democrat, and supported Pat Brown’s 1966 re-election campaign for governor of California.

He was a fan of performance cars, and was the owner of a 1965 Huffaker Genie MK10 and a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle.

Dan’s mother, father and sister were buried next to him at Woodmen Cemetery in De Kalb, Texas.

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Death, appearance and wealth

Dan was 43 when he died on 13 May 1972; he had suffered a pulmonary embolism which required gallbladder surgery, but a blood clot developed in his lung, causing his death. He had brown eyes and hair, was 6ft 4ins (1.93m) tall and weighed around 300lbs (140kgs).

Dan’s net worth, at the time of his death, was estimated at over $5 million.

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