Dan Blocker was a giant from the day he was born

The Bonanza star was a true ''Hoss'' as a baby, child, and teenager.

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There was no man in Hollywood better suited to play the gentle giant Eric Cartwright on Bonanza. Dan Blocker was a true "Hoss." And to think his only major role beforehand had been playing a guy named "Tiny" on Cimarron City. Blocker was never tiny, not even as a baby.

Shack and Mary Blocker welcomed their son into the world on December 10, 1928. According to the local records, "little" Bobby Dan Davis Blocker was the heaviest newborn in the history of Bowie County, Texas. The baby tipped the scales at an even 14 pounds.

When he started school as a toddler, he was already 5-feet tall, 105 pounds. By the age of 10, when not in class, he was working on a grain truck, side-by-side with grown men. The grain truck guys let the kid set the work pace. The youngster also worked grain elevators and construction. Labor laws were different back then.

At the age of 12, Block had shot up to 6-feet in height, 200 pounds.

"They called me 'The Big'n' and the citizens of O'Donnell [Texas] roped off a part of Main St. every Saturday night and pitted the local toughs against me," Blocker told The Fort Lauderdale News in 1959. He was 13, boxing 20-year-olds. He never lost.

By high school, as you might imagine, he was a handful — already the same size he was on the Ponderosa — at 6'4", 275 pounds. His shoe size? 14 1/2!

"My dad used to say that I was the 'onliest' man in Texas that wears a No. 14 shoe," Blocker said, "that I was too darned big to ride and too little to hitch to a wagon." That's why he fell into acting.

Funny enough, that led him to riding after all.

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Runeshaper 29 months ago
Dan Blocker was HUGE and GREAT as Hoss! He was a BIG baby too, apparently LOL (-:
CaptainDunsel 29 months ago
My parents, who were avid antiques collectors, had an old wooden "grain shovel" that they displayed near our fireplace. We used to joke that it was actually Dan Blocker's baby spoon.
Runeshaper CaptainDunsel 29 months ago
WordsmithWorks 29 months ago
I feel for Blocker being that big as a kid. I'm sure he felt very awkward, and kids can be mean to anyone different.
JHP WordsmithWorks 29 months ago
kids are mean because parents are mean
Michael 29 months ago
How big was his son when born? MeTV viewers might know him from when Baa Baa Blacksheep aired on the channel.

Actually, that show was full of familiar actors.
MaryMitch Michael 29 months ago
Dirk Blocker may look like his dad, but he's only 5'9".
LoveMETV22 29 months ago
He was a great actor and a beloved character regardless of his physical make-up. Always enjoy seeing him.
Andybandit 29 months ago
Wow, he really was a big boy. 5 feet as a toddler. That is crazy big.
Pacificsun 29 months ago
There's a little more to Dan Blocker than what easy articles always focus on, his size. For example, the following quote he is said to have kept in mind through life. Stephen Grellet's excerpt: "We shall pass this way on Earth but once, if there is any kindness we can show, or good act we can do, let us do it now, for we will never pass this way again."[5]

His death in 1972 from a complication of surgery (sadly) created a first in television which every fan here knows. His death "was to be the first time in television history that a show had dealt with, or even mentioned, the death of one of its characters".

If the staff writers doing these kinds of important profiles on very well-liked characters/actors can't do the research that takes 5 more minutes, then at least give readers a wiki link so they themselves can follow up. Believe it not, not everybody thinks about doing it on their own. But wrapped inside a teaser story like this one, they would. Dan Blocker : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Blocker

While you're at it, shoot'em a flattering Head Shot to go with it too.
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dakotah37 stephaniestavr5 29 months ago
Carlsbad, New Mexico is where Dan Blocker taught school
Peter_Falk_Fan Pacificsun 29 months ago
I read that Dan Blocker had a heart of gold. I enjoyed the Hoss-centric episodes the most since he was my favorite Cartwright.
dakotah37 29 months ago
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dakotah37 stephaniestavr5 29 months ago
What's your problem? You got it wrong😆 look it up before posting
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