Dan Blocker's Height
6ft 4in (193 cm)
American actor best remembered for playing Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright on the tv series Bonanza. As far back as an edition of a 1959 Lima News, he was being described this height: "The six-foot-four, 275-pounder"
In 1967 Slim Pickens said he "had to wear lifts....I'm 6 feet 3 but alongside Dan Blocker I guess they thought I looked like Mickey Rooney"
1966 Publicity Photo via Wikimedia Commons
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Ian C. said on 19/May/16
His father described his as too big to ride and too small to hitch to a wagon.
mrbobh5344 said on 17/May/16
Just bought Cimarron City TV DVDs. Dan joins cast in episode 3. He was no more than 6'2". Never towers anyone. Big, broad.... 300 pounder for sure. Slightly shorter than George Montgomery. Close to John Smith height... but a tad taller. Likely Montgomery wore lifts... the shape of his boot arch looks it. Suspect most leading men did it. I'm about 6'2" and would sure want to be taller than rest of cast if I was the star. All part of the illusion. Blocker is very good in this TV series.... Big, lovable and powerful looking. Lots of charm and personality shows.... Glad he went on to Bonanza.....
David Cornell said on 16/Feb/16
In the 1970s my dad who is 6 feet 6 inches barefoot saw the life size wax figure of the Cartwrights .he said that he was surprised that dan blocker not as tall as he thought. My dad was wearing tennis shoes and he was considerable taller than dan blockers wax figure. He said he was lucky if he was 6 foot 4 with his boots. More like 6 feet 1 or 6 feet 2 barefoot. But he said he was very big
reece said on 30/May/15
Dan Blocker was in a walk on part in an earlier tv western (can't remember the show..maybe gunsmoke? ) but he looked very short to the other unkown coyboys. He looked around maybe barely 6ft2" on the nail !! Lifts will ADD to your height.
Shadow2 said on 3/May/15
Slim was 6' 2" without lifts or cowboy boots, and prone to exaggerate in a very humorous way. In "Bonanza" with Dan, Slim had to measure up to Dan who was probably wearing his 6' 4" boots in that particular episode.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Jan/15
What is Slim Picken implying? That Blocker was 6ft8?
said on 3/Jan/15
Dan was about 5-6cm shorter than Michael Conrad (197cm), so 191-192cm sounds ok for Hoss Click Here
Barker said on 27/Dec/14
Dan , if standing straight , was just shy of 6' 2" in bare feet. With his boots, almost 6 ' 4"...
Shadow2 said on 29/Nov/14
Dan was a strong 6' 3" but occasionally (only very rarely) wore thicker heeled boots to reach that magic 6' 4". Alongside massive villains on "Bonanza", such as 6' 6" Don Megowan, Dan's sheer size (bulk and muscle) overcame the actual visual height comparison to his taller opponents.
Gerard said on 15/Aug/14
193cm - 194 cm . My opinion is 194cm
avi said on 4/Aug/14
Yeah even seeing weak 6'3 maybe 6'2.7 area because in all seriousness he was a solid 3 shorter than Clint Walker in Cheyenne. It could look 3.5. Maybe blocker wasn't in lifts while Walked had inch advantage. Who knows.
ck said on 15/Jan/14
6'3" for sure... looked a solid 2" shorter than 6'5" actor Bruce Yarnell in "Hound Dog" episode of Bonanza.
avi said on 27/Jul/13
Probably a strong 6'3. Its hard to say because other members may had lifts on bonanza. I think Pernell Roberts didn't wear lifts and blocker didn't as well.
Andrew M said on 3/Jan/12
I loved that character! He looked like a cuddly big bloke, just like my favourite, late uncle, who himself was rumoured to have been anything from 5' 10" to 6ft - the only tall person in that generation of our family. And such was the shear bulk of big "Hoss" as well as his height, that when in one episode he told a bad guy that he'd kill his dogs if they were set on him, you really believed he could do it with his bare hands! Those poor, stupid wee alsations had no chance!
Marcus said on 7/Sep/11
Blocker was officially listed at 6'3" 308 pounds.
Lawest said on 15/Aug/11
I'm sorry, but dan did not look like he was 6ft 4.
Shadow2 said on 11/Dec/10
It was mainly Greene and Landon who wore lifts to match or exceed the height of guest stars on the show, not the other way around. I agree with many others here, Dan and Pernell didn't wear lifts, Dan a strong 6'3", and Pernell likely 6'0.5" when on "Bonanza", 6' on the later "Trapper John MD".
william said on 3/Nov/10
How about the many guest stars on Bonanza? Do you know if they ever wore lifts on the show?
Anonymous said on 2/Nov/10
Blocker never wore lifts nor did Roberts. Green and Landon did wear lifts on Bonanza.
Nobody special said on 14/Jun/07
If you watch the earlier episodes where Dan Blocker and Michael Landon (or the others) are walking together in a scene, Blocker towers over Landon. I don't believe he wore shorter boot heels and I don't believe the others wore lifts in the earlier episodes. Blocker was 6 feet 4 1/2 inches tall.
CC-Tron said on 26/Feb/07
Hmmmm.....Ok I'll check it out.
Todd said on 17/Feb/07
Blocker's actual, exact height was 6'4 & 1/2" -- I've seen the rosters from Sul Ross University, where Big Dan played football (offensive tackle and center) in the late '40s/early '50s. Additionally, several years ago I spoke with David Dortort, the creator of 'BONANZA', who also said that 'Hoss' was be-tween Six Four and Six feet Five, and weighed between 380 and 330 lbs. during the program's long run. Unlike Landon and Greene, Blocker never wore lifts, which, along with their boots, added several extra inches to their height(s. Furthermore, Blocker, perhaps because of his massive heft, preferred cowboy boots with shorter heels than those normally worn; just look at the next 'BONANZA' episode and see for yourself.
CC-Tron said on 8/Feb/07
Moe was 5'3 at best. Curly was 5'4. Anyway I still think Blocker was 6'2. He just didn't look on 6'4 Bonanza.
Brian said on 8/Feb/07
In a Three Stooges short film from 1957-8, he was credited as "Don Blocker". He played the outer-space monster in that. He looked at least a foot taller than the 5'4" Moe Howard! I'll go with 6'4" for Dan here.
K.L. said on 12/Jan/07
It's hard to gauge his height because Lorne Greene and Michael Landon both wore lifts as well as the boots. Anyway, Blocker at his heaviet was 340-350 lbs. People who are thickly built always look shorter and thin people always look taller. Either way this guy was huge now matter how tall he was.
CC-Tron said on 29/Nov/06
Dan Blocker didn't look 6'4 on Bonanza. I have my doubts. 6'2 seemed more likely. I can believe the 275 lbs though.