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 Post subject: Article: Adam Cartwright spared from death
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:08 am 
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This was published in Reading Eagle, January 25, 1965: The following is a direct transcript from the article which is no longer available.


Hollywood, Jan. 25 – Now it turns out that Adam Cartwright will not end up on Boot Hill in “Bonanza.” He’ll merely disappear into the sunset.

Adam is played by Pernell Roberts, long the dissident member of the Ponderosa quadrum-virate that includes Lorne Greene (Ben), Dan Blocker (Hoss) and Michael Landon (Little Joe). Pernell, stage trained and serious-minded, has been at odds with the show’s producers since the series began 5 1/2 years ago.

The actor has argued that the characterizations on the show are lame, the scripts limp and the general quality aimed at a common level. When he announced that he would leave “Bonanza” at the end of this season, it was reported he would be killed off in his final script.

“Of course they don’t let me in on their plans,” he remarked, “but I understand now that Adam will merely go away on some mission or other. I presume that another character will be introduced in my place.”

Pernell admitted that Mike Landon urged him to stay, and Dan Blocker has also made representations to him. No word from Lorne Greene.
“Lorne and I are not too compatible,” Pernell commented.

Despite the pleas of the two “Bonanza” brothers, he is unrelenting in his plan to leave. His departure date is Feb. 22, and Pernell views it as something as a holiday.

His plans?
“I have none right now. Certainly I would like to get back to the theater. I would like to do films and television, too, as long as I can do something that has depth and meaning to it.”

At any rate, he has no worries about his immediate future. His original “Bonanza” contract called for $1,250 per show. The ante has been raised each year, but he has deferred payments. As a result, he calculates his income will be at least $500 per week for the next five years. Not bad severance pay.

Pernell scoffs at the notion that his departure from “Bonanza” will harm the series.
“I’ve heard the arguments that I am ‘destroying the image’ and ‘breaking up a winning combination,’” he remarked. “I don’t believe it. That is a money-oriented kind of thinking that lacks reality. There is another, more human approach that actors are expendable. I’m sure ‘Bonanza’ can carry on without me.”


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