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David Dortort (October 23, 1916 – September 5, 2010),[1] was a Hollywood
Hollywood
screenwriter and producer, widely known for his role as producer in two successful NBC
NBC
television series: Bonanza
Bonanza
(1959–73) and The High Chaparral
The High Chaparral
(1967–71). Dortort's focus shifted in the late 1960s to the newer series, leaving the production of Bonanza largely to his associates during its last five and a half years (1967–1973). From 1954-55, Dortort was involved in directing and writing for The Public Defender. He produced The Restless Gun
The Restless Gun
(1957–59), The Cowboys television version (1974), and a prequel series featuring younger versions of the Bonanza
Bonanza
characters called Ponderosa (2001), which was produced with Beth Sullivan. In 1979–1980, he created the 13-week CBS
CBS
miniseries, The Chisholms. Michael Landon
Michael Landon
appeared in a supporting role in the pilot for The Restless Gun, starring John Payne, aired on March 19, 1957, as an episode of The Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
and Dan Blocker
Dan Blocker
played multiple roles in five episodes of The Restless Gun. [2] Alan W. Livingston of NBC
NBC
hired Dortort to write the screenplay for the pilot episode of Bonanza.[3] He did it at night, while producing The Restless Gun
The Restless Gun
by day.[4] In 2001, the alumni association of City College of New York, where he had studied history, honored him with its John H. Finley
John H. Finley
award.[5]

Contents

1 Personal life 2 Death 3 Writings 4 References 5 External links

Personal life[edit] A native of New York City, Dortort was married for 67 years to the former Rose Seldin, who died September 30, 2007, at age 92. They had two children, Wendy (Mrs. Czarnecki), and Fred. Death[edit] David Dortort died in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles, California, on September 5, 2010, a month and a half before his 94th birthday, following a history of heart disease.[6] Writings[edit] Dortort's two published books:

Dortort, David (1947). Burial of the fruit. New York: Crown Publishers. Retrieved 2009-09-24.  Dortort, David (1949). The post of honor. New York: Whittlesey House. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 

References[edit]

^ Woo, Elaine (September 8, 2010). " David Dortort dies at 93; created and produced TV western 'Bonanza'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-09-22.  ^ " Dan Blocker
Dan Blocker
- IMDb". IMDb. n.p. n.d. Retrieved 2 October 2016.  ^ Weber, Bruce (March 16, 2009). "Alan W. Livingston, Talent Spotter Who Signed Beatles, Dies at 91". New York Times. p. A25.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ King, Susan (September 19, 2009). "Autry National Center salutes 'Bonanza' Sunday". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 21, 2009.  ^ "BULLETIN BOARD; City College Alumni Group Will Bestow Honors". New York Times. October 3, 2001. p. A19. Retrieved September 24, 2009.  first1= missing last1= in Authors list (help) ^ Weber, Bruce (September 9, 2010). "David Dortort, 'Bonanza' Creator, Dies at 93". New York Times. p. A28. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 

External links[edit]

David Dortort interview video at the Archive of American Television

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 158692327 LCCN: no2010116036 GND: 1124628118 SUDOC: 193776804 BNE: XX1320787 SNAC: w6088djr

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