David Dortort, creator of the top-rated Western television series Bonanza, has died at the age of 93.
David Dortort, creator of the top-rated Western television series Bonanza, has died at the age of 93. Dortort died in his apartment on September 5th, it has been announced. As well as creating Bonanza he also created The High Chaparral which ran for three seasons between 1967 and 1971. However, he will forever be remembered for creating the family Western drama Bonanza which launched in 1959 on NBC and ran for 14 years until 1973.
Bonanza was the most popular drama on American television in the mid 1960s and it all it spawned 430 episodes. The series starred Lorne Green (Adama in the original Battlestar Galactica), Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon and various other actors across its lengthy run. Following the cancellation of the drama a spin-off, Bonanza: The Next Generation, was produced. Dortort’s other writing credits include episodes of Lassie, The Restless Gun, Climax and Waterfront.