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1959-1973 American western/cowboy television series


Duration 50 minutes
Genre television western
Composer Ray Evans
Production company Paramount Pictures
Country of origin United States of America
Number of episodes 431
Number of seasons 14

About Bonanza

Bonanza was a groundbreaking television show that aired from 1959 to 1973, and it remains one of the most beloved Western dramas of all time. The show followed the adventures of the Cartwright family, who owned a vast ranch called the Ponderosa in the Nevada Territory during the 1860s. Led by patriarch Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene), the family faced a variety of challenges and conflicts, both internal and external, as they navigated the rugged terrain of the American West.

One of the show's most notable features was its emphasis on character development and interpersonal relationships. Each of the Cartwrights had their own distinct personality and backstory, and the show explored their individual struggles and triumphs as well as their collective bond as a family. The show also tackled social issues of the time, such as racism, sexism, and environmentalism, in a nuanced and thoughtful way.

Bonanza was a ratings juggernaut during its run, and it helped to establish the Western genre as a staple of American television. It also spawned a number of spin-offs and imitators, and its influence can still be seen in modern shows like Yellowstone and Longmire.

Despite its popularity, Bonanza was not without its controversies. Some critics accused the show of perpetuating stereotypes and glorifying violence, while others praised its progressive themes and positive portrayal of Native American characters. Ultimately, however, the show's enduring legacy speaks for itself, and it remains a beloved classic of American television.


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Main cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


81 years, 9 months, 1 day


43 years, 5 months, 15 days

Born first

12 January 1902

Died first

13 May 1972

Born last

17 January 1956

Died last

16 November 2015

Other cast and crew

Supporting cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


98 years, 9 months, 29 days


46 years, 9 months, 21 days

Born first

20 March 1903

Died first

2 September 1965

Born last

20 April 1959

Died last

9 January 2023

American actress  Melinda Dillon

Melinda Dillon

American actress

American actress  Sally Kellerman

Sally Kellerman

American actress

Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen

Canadian actor

American actor Adam West

Adam West

American actor

actress, singer, equestrienne, animal rights activist Stefanie Powers

Stefanie Powers

actress, singer, equestrienne, animal rights activist

American actress Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands

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American actor, voice actor and director James Hong

James Hong

American actor, voice actor and director

American actor George Kennedy

George Kennedy

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American actor  John Saxon

John Saxon

American actor

American actress, producer, and social activist Marlo Thomas

Marlo Thomas

American actress, producer, and social activist

American actor  Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr.

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American actress Kate Jackson

Kate Jackson

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American actress Tina Louise

Tina Louise

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American actress Vera Miles

Vera Miles

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Canadian actress and dancer Ruta Lee

Ruta Lee

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American playboy model Victoria Vetri

Victoria Vetri

American playboy model

American actress  Mariette Hartley

Mariette Hartley

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American actor  Rip Torn

Rip Torn

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American actor Jan-Michael Vincent

Jan-Michael Vincent

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American actress Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

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American actor  John Astin

John Astin

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American actor and singer Keith Carradine

Keith Carradine

American actor and singer

American actor and director Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

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American actress Joyce Bulifant

Joyce Bulifant

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American actor Bruce Dern

Bruce Dern

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American actor Ken Howard

Ken Howard

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American actress  Bonnie Bedelia

Bonnie Bedelia

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American film and television actor James Coburn

James Coburn

American film and television actor

American actor Tom Skerritt

Tom Skerritt

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American actress Lana Wood

Lana Wood

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Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan

Fionnula Flanagan

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American actor  Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

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American actor Herb Vigran

Herb Vigran

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actor Ricardo Montalbán

Ricardo Montalbán


American actress Meg Foster

Meg Foster

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American actor Clint Howard

Clint Howard

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American actor Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

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American actress  Eileen Ryan

Eileen Ryan

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actor Lee Van Cleef

Lee Van Cleef


American actor George Gaynes

George Gaynes

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American actress Susan Howard

Susan Howard

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American actress and singer Anne Jeffreys

Anne Jeffreys

American actress and singer

American actress Salome Jens

Salome Jens

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American actor Robert Pine

Robert Pine

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Chinese actress  Lisa Lu

Lisa Lu

Chinese actress

American actor Dabney Coleman

Dabney Coleman

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actress Lee Purcell

Lee Purcell


actress Mary Wickes

Mary Wickes


American actress Lisa Eilbacher

Lisa Eilbacher

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American actress Kathryn Hays

Kathryn Hays

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American actress Ruth Foster

Ruth Foster

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American actor Tom Bosley

Tom Bosley

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American singer and actor Sandy Duncan

Sandy Duncan

American singer and actor

actress Nina Foch

Nina Foch


American actor  Yaphet Kotto

Yaphet Kotto

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American actress Angel Tompkins

Angel Tompkins

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American actress Linda Lawson

Linda Lawson

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American actress Tisha Sterling

Tisha Sterling

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American actor  Clu Gulager

Clu Gulager

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American film actor  Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

American film actor

actress Kimberly Beck

Kimberly Beck


American actor Robert Carradine

Robert Carradine

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American actor Rance Howard

Rance Howard

American actor

American actress Kathleen Widdoes

Kathleen Widdoes

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actress Charlotte Stewart

Charlotte Stewart


American actress Verna Bloom

Verna Bloom

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American voice actor Alan Oppenheimer

Alan Oppenheimer

American voice actor

American actress Carol Locatell

Carol Locatell

American actress

American actress Pamela Payton-Wright

Pamela Payton-Wright

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American actor Jason Wingreen

Jason Wingreen

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American actress Jill Townsend

Jill Townsend

American actress

American actor M. Emmet Walsh

M. Emmet Walsh

American actor

American actor and professor Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

American actor and professor

actor Edgar Buchanan

Edgar Buchanan


actor Dean Jones

Dean Jones


actress Faith Domergue

Faith Domergue


actress Irene Tedrow

Irene Tedrow


American character actor Jack Albertson

Jack Albertson

American character actor

actress Lois Nettleton

Lois Nettleton


American actor Richard Mulligan

Richard Mulligan

American actor

American actor Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

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American actor John Beck

John Beck

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American pop music singer and actor Tommy Sands

Tommy Sands

American pop music singer and actor

actor Richard Farnsworth

Richard Farnsworth


American actor  Bo Hopkins

Bo Hopkins

American actor

American actor James Gammon

James Gammon

American actor

actress from the United States Peggy Ann Garner

Peggy Ann Garner

actress from the United States

American actor Noble Willingham

Noble Willingham

American actor

American actor Richard Kiley

Richard Kiley

American actor

American actor and director Hampton Fancher

Hampton Fancher

American actor and director

Canadian actor Lawrence Dane

Lawrence Dane

Canadian actor

American actress Susan Tyrrell

Susan Tyrrell

American actress

actor Jon Cypher

Jon Cypher


Canadian actor Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes

Canadian actor

American actor  Bruce Kirby

Bruce Kirby

American actor

American actor William Bassett

William Bassett

American actor

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