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The Untold Truth Of Ed Harris’ Wife – Amy Madigan – Biography



• She was born in Chicago, Illinois and obtained her primary education from St. Philip Neri School and matriculated from the Aquinas Dominican High School.
• She enrolled in the late 1960’s at the then-Chicago Musical College • now known as The Music Conservatory of Chicago College of Music • to major in piano.
• She moved to Los Angeles in 1974 and was in the rock band, Jelly, as the lead vocalist.
• She took up a waitressing job to support herself and eventually made her television debut in 1981.
• Her two most successful roles were in “The Day After” (1983) and “Roe vs Wade” (1989) for which she won the CableACE Award and the Golden Globe Award.

Amy Madigan is an American award-winning actress, producer, and former singer, who is married to the famous award-winning actor, Ed Harris.

Early life and family

Amy Marie Madigan was born on 11 September 1950, in Chicago, Illinois USA, to John Joseph Madigan Jr. and Dolores Hanlon Madigan. Her father, born on 11 January 1918, was a prominent journalist who worked for the American weekly news magazine, Newsweek, as well as gave political commentaries on news and public affairs programs such as NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CBS’ “Face the Nation.” He also had his own news radio program, “WBBM (AM),” that he hosted. Her mother was an amateur actress and administrative assistant. She has two brothers, namely Jack and Jim Madigan.

Dolores died at age 70 on 13 September 1992. John married Elisabeth Kearns in 1993, who was with him until he died from a stroke at age 94 on 5 March 2012 in Lauderhill, Florida.

Education background

She obtained her primary education from St. Philip Neri School in Chicago, and then matriculated from the Aquinas Dominican High School, participating in several plays throughout her school years. She enrolled in the late 1960’s at the then-Chicago Musical College – now known as The Music Conservatory of Chicago College of Music – to major in piano. It hasn’t been disclosed if she was able to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Music She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


First steps

Amy started her career as a musician in the late 1960’s and then she moved to Los Angeles for better opportunities in 1974. She was in the rock band, Jelly, as the lead vocalist, and in 1977, they released their only album, “A True Story,” under Asylum Records.


She posed nude covered in jelly for the June 1978 issue of Hugh Hefner’s men’s magazine, “Playboy,” as part of their music band promotion. It was said that in the late 1970’s, she toured across the US with various bands as a rock singer.

At age 29 she decided to pursue acting, and enrolled at Lee Strasberg’s Theatre and Film Institute in L.A. It is the method acting drama school of the legendary acting coach and actor-director that boasts of having Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johannsen in its alumni. She took up a waitressing job to support herself during that time, but eventually made her television debut in 1981 in an episode of the mystery television series, “Hart to Hart,” while her film debut was in 1982 in “Love Child.” Her portrayal of the main character, Terry Jean Moore, whose life this biopic was based on, earned her a nomination for New Star of the Year – Actress at the 40th Golden Globe Awards.

Further success


Amy has subsequently appeared in over 50 TV films and more than TV series, plus several stage roles. In 1983, she played the role of Alison Ransom in ABC’s drama, “The Day After,” which was about a fictional nuclear war between the US and Soviet Union; more than 100 million people watched its initial broadcast. In 1985, she played the role of Deedee Johnson opposite Carol Burnett as Alberta Johnson in “The Laundromat”, written by the Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman, for which performance she won the CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special.

The controversial 1989 TV movie, “Roe vs Wade,” which was about the 1973 landmark US Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade of protecting a pregnant woman’s freedom to choose to have an abortion without government restriction, earned her the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Miniseries or Television Movie from the 47th Golden Globe Awards, and a nomination from the 41st Primetime Emmy Awards, for her role as Sarah Weddington, who was the lawyer of Jane Roe.


Other most notable projects she was part of include the war drama film, “A Bright Shining Lie” (1988); the Peabody Award-winner for Excellence in Television, “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” (1999); and the drama, “The Laramie Project” (2002), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast on HBO that tells the story of the 1998 murder of the gay student, Matthew Sheppard, and its aftermath.

Madigan was a regular cast member of the 2003 dark fantasy and period drama “Carnivale,” set during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. This HBO series had a great first season with high ratings, but was unable to sustain it during its second season, which led to its cancellation in 2005 after 24 episodes. She also appeared as a guest in several popular series, such as “Criminal Minds” (2007), “Grey’s Anatomy” (2008-2009), “Law & Order” (2010), and “How to Get Away with Murder” (2016).


Amy was in the neo-noir rock musical, “Streets of Fire,” which didn’t fare well at the box office when it was released in 1984, however, she won the Best Actress award at the Spanish Sitges Film Festival for her role in this film as an ex-soldier named McCoy. In 1985, Amy was cast as Sunny Mackenzie-Sobel, the daughter of Harry Mackenzie played by award-winning actor, Gene Hackman, in “Twice in a Lifetime,” which premiered at Seattle International Film Festival. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 58th Academy Awards and 43rd Golden Globe Awards for this performance.

Amy was in the 1989 fantasy-drama sports movie, “Field of Dreams,” which was based on W.P. Kinsella’s novel entitled, “Shoeless Joe,” starring Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella, husband to Amy’s character, Annie.


It was chosen by the US Library of Congress to be included in the 2017 list of films preserved in the National Film Registry.

Madison was cast for the role of Chanice Koblowski in the 1989 comedy, “Uncle Buck,” with John Candy playing the title role. Although the movie received mixed to average reviews from critics, it fared well at the box office, grossing almost $80 million against the production budget of just $15 million. She then appeared in the 2002 drama, “A Time for Dancing,” which received nominations from the Daytime Emmy Awards and Directors Guild of America in 2004.

The horror movies “The Hunt” and “Antlers” that she was part of were scheduled for release in 2020, but have been postponed due to the COVID‑19 pandemic.


Her Off-Broadway debut was in “The Lucky Spot” (1987), which earned her recognition from the Theatre World Award for the 1986-1987 theatre season, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play.  Her Broadway debut was in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1992) in which she received a nomination from the Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Debut Performance in the role of Stella Kowalski. It took her more than 20 years to be part of another stage play, “The Jacksonian” in 2013, which starred Ed Harris; they subsequently worked together in the revival of the Off-Broadway play, “Buried Child,” written by Sam Shepard that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979; it ran from February to April in 2016 and then on 12 November 2016, it started its 14-week long run in the West End.


Other works

Amy worked as an executive producer along with Ed Harris on the 1996 TV movie drama, “Riders of the Purple Saga,” based on the 1912 bestselling Western novel by Zane Grey, and in which they both starred. Madigan also worked behind the scenes as the producer of the drama, “After the Past” (2004); executive producer of the crime film, “Once Fallen” (2010); and director of the stage play, “Off the King’s Road” (2015).

Amy also performed on the soundtrack for episodes of the TV series “Chips” (1981), “Carnivale” (2005), and “Saving Grace” (2008).

Personal life

Amy Madigan married Ed Harris on 21 November 1983, and they have a daughter named Lily Dolores who was born after 10 years on 3 May 1993.

According to Amy, she first saw Ed on stage in Sam Shepard’s play, “Cowboy Mouth,” in 1980 and said that he had a powerful presence with the kind of vulnerability that draws people.

She also said in a Time magazine interview that, ‘It was like something you see in a movie or hear in a song.’ It was obvious to her that she’d see him again after that. They first met at Lee Strasberg’s acting school as they worked on the stage production of “Prairie Avenue” in 1981. It was during the first rehearsal that Ed noticed Amy, who sat on an empty chair beside him. Madigan invited him over to her house one day at lunch break to rehearse over a tuna fish sandwich. Harris said nothing happened that day but that eventually, ‘nature took its course.’

According to Ed, it was when Amy critiqued his performance in the play, “Fool for Love,” and he listened without getting defensive that he realized that marriage to her would be inevitable.

It was during the filming of their first movie together – “Places in the Heart” (1984) – in which they played the role of a couple having an affair that they decided to marry. He said that they sneaked away after breakfast to go to the Waxahachie County, and were married by the justice of the peace.

Not only is the couple stil (apparently) happily married, they also have a good working relationship, as they’ve continued to work together on several projects such as the Louis Malle movie, “Alamo Bay” (1985); the biopic “Pollock” (2000) for which Ed was also the director and producer; and the directorial debut of Ben Affleck in “Gone Baby Gone” (2007).

They currently live in Malibu, California.

Who is Ed Harris?

Ed Harris is an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer, who was born on 28 November 1950, in Englewood, New Jersey.

He studied drama at the University of Oklahoma, then moved to L.A. and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 1975 from the California Institute of Arts. In 1976, Harris made his stage debut in Thomas Rickman’s play, “Baalam,” and his television debut in an episode of the drama series, “Gibbsville.” His movie debut was in 1978, when he was cast for a minor role in the suspense movie, “Coma,” based on the best‑selling author Robin Cook’s novel of the same name, which starred Michael Douglas and was directed by Michael Crichton.

He is a successful actor who’s starred in more than a hundred films, including “Apollo 13” (1995) and “The Truman Show” (1998), which were not only successful at the box office but also gained him Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor. He’s appeared in more than 20 TV series, and for his recent work in “Westworld” (2016-present), he received nomination from the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Harris had more than 60 nominations for his work in movies, television, and theatre, and won more than 20. He received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 13 March 2015, with his wife and daughter in attendence.


Amy is 5ft 5ins (1.67m) tall and weighs around 120lbs (54kgs). She has blonde hair and blue eyes; her dress size is 4 and shoe size 8.

Net worth

Amy has worked extensively in her career as an actress, in theatre, movies, and on television. Authoritative sources estimated her net worth to be around $6 million as of May 2020, while Ed Harris’ successful career as an actor, has seen him accumulate an estimated net worth of over $20 million.

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



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.


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.


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”.


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.

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”.


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?



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.


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”.


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”.


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.


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



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.


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.


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!”.


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.


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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