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Old Jan 9th, 08, 10:43 PM
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Anyone know where to go on the web to see some pictures of the Z16 once owned by Dan Blocker?
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Old Jan 9th, 08, 11:02 PM
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Search TERRY ( i ) GUNTER.. he owned it for some time... I have pics on my hard drive somewhere of Terry and I at a show side by side.. I will look

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Old Jan 9th, 08, 11:22 PM
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Heres the car.




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Old Jan 10th, 08, 6:02 PM
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When did Dan sell the car? You would think he would have kept that car in the family forever
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Old Jan 10th, 08, 6:27 PM
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When did Dan sell the car? You would think he would have kept that car in the family forever
Is this the same Dan Blocker?

Dan Blocker (Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright on Bonanza) died May 13, 1972(aged 43)
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Old Jan 10th, 08, 6:33 PM
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Blocker was born in DeKalb in east Texas, the son of Ora Shack Blocker & Mary Davis Blocker. His family moved to O'Donnell, Texas near Lubbock soon after his birth. He attended Texas Military Institute and later graduated from Sul Ross State Teacher's College in Alpine, where he earned a master's degree in the dramatic arts. (The Hoss character was originally written as "lovable but slow-witted". Blocker however, was the only cast member with an advanced degree).
Blocker held down various jobs as a high school teacher, actor and rodeo performer. He reputedly worked as a bouncer in a beer joint while a student. By all accounts he is remembered from his school days for his size of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and weight of 300 pounds (136 kg), and as being good-natured despite his intimidating size.
Blocker was drafted and served in the Korean War. He later married Dolphia Parker, whom he had met while a student at Sul Ross State. All of their four children's names begin with a 'D': actor Dirk Blocker and producer David Blocker, and twin daughters Debra Lee (who studied to be a hairdresser) and Danna Lynn. The actor once owned an authentic 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 (with the sought-after Z16 option) as Chevrolet was the commercial sponsor of the show. His Chevelle is now in private hands, and is sometimes displayed in car shows.
A Free Methodist, and Eugene McCarthy supporter (later endorsing the 1968 U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hubert Humphrey), Blocker uprooted his family in the late 1960s and moved to Europe, as he was angered by the ongoing Viet Nam "conflict". He kept a house in Inglewood, California. His 6,000 square foot Tudor style mansion in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles is currently owned by Rob Zombie. [1] On a television interview Zombie claims to have had encounters with Blocker's ghost, though he may have been joking.
He received partial ownership in a successful chain of Ponderosa/Bonanza Steakhouses in exchange for serving (in character as Hoss) as their commercial spokesman and making personal appearances at franchises. Though not as popular as they once were, a few of the restaurants still remain.
In 1972, Blocker died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism following routine gall bladder surgery in Los Angeles. The cast and crew of Bonanza were shaken by his death, and the writers took the then-unusual step of referencing a major character's death in the show's storyline that autumn. It is speculated, however, that the loss of the show's most affectionate character hastened its end. Bonanza lasted another season, but the final season in which Blocker did not appear is the least-requested in reruns.

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Despite playing the "middle son" on "Bonanza", he and the actor who played his elder TV brother, Pernell Roberts, were born the same year.
Stanley Kubrick attempted to cast Blocker in his film Dr. Strangelove, after Peter Sellers backed out of playing the role of Major T.J. "King" Kong. Blocker turned it down, feeling it was too liberal. The role subsequently went to Slim Pickens.
Blocker also appeared in the Three Stooges short Outer Space Jitters in 1957, playing the part of "The Goon".
Robert Altman befriended Blocker while directing episodes of Bonanza. Years later, he cast Blocker as Roger Wade in The Long Goodbye. Unfortunately, Blocker died before filming commenced. The role went to Sterling Hayden, and the film was dedicated to Blocker.

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Is this the same Dan Blocker?

Dan Blocker (Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright on Bonanza) died May 13, 1972(aged 43)
I know who Dan Blocker is, and know that he is dead, but that was a sought after car even then. I guess like most Hollywood people, they probably didn't care.
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Old Jan 11th, 08, 12:02 AM
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Blocker and some other high profilers were given the cars to promote the 396.

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I tried the search that Mike suggested and got only text information and no pictures, however I did find Terry Gunter showing it at CB99 but only a front view, I want to see numerous shots, and it was a rag top.
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Old Jan 11th, 08, 5:56 AM
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I tried the search that Mike suggested and got only text information and no pictures, however I did find Terry Gunter showing it at CB99 but only a front view, I want to see numerous shots, and it was a rag top.
no it was/is a coupe,see the pic above in post #3
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Old Jan 11th, 08, 6:32 AM
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http://www.z16chevelle.com/Z16%20History.htm
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Old Jan 11th, 08, 7:15 AM
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It was a super chevy feature about 10 years ago. I believe Gunter owned the then.

It was a HT as Rob stated. The lone CV Z16 has never been found, and there are some that say it never existed.
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