How tall was Dan Blocker

Dan Blocker's Height

6ft 3in (190.5 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".

How tall was Dan Blocker
1966 Publicity Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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Average Guess (6 Votes)
6ft 3.21in (191cm)
avi said on 10/Oct/17
I think a downgrade to 6'2.5 or 6'3 is in order.
Editor Rob: yeah, I can see how 6ft 4 looked a bit much for Dan.
Richard said on 25/Sep/17
Blocker was 6'3", not 6'4".
Jay said on 24/Jun/17
I agree about the camera angle. If you watch that entire scene (the episode is “Land Beyond the Law”), Andrew Duggan (who is listed at 6’5”) is in the scene and at one point walks back to where Dan is standing and does not appear to be significantly taller than Dan. Also Dan appears in another Cheyenne episode called “Noose at Noon”. At about the 35:12 mark, he and Walker appear face to face and the difference in their heights does not appear to be that great. That being said, as an avid Bonanza fan, I don’t believe Dan was 6’4”. I agree with what avi says about how tall Dan appears next to the guest stars during the run of the show and think that the 6’2” to 6’3” range is more likely.
avi said on 18/Jun/17
The people here referencing the clip with Blocker and Walker are not very observant at all. Blocker is way behind him and far from camera while Walker is close. Rob I'm sure is astute enough to pick this up hence not paying much mind to such comments. I have to watch that episode again but it's possible Blocker didn't have big boots on and Walker did. Even so I have been touting Blocker was never 6'4. He's more like 6'2.5-6'3 area. In Bonanza I have seen guest stars at 6'2 listings look around his height and 6'4 ones at least an inch taller. With Clint Walker who I think is a strong 6'5, Blocker did appear 3 shorter which would put Blocker at 6'2.5 and Walker at 6'5.5.
Paul said on 15/Jun/17
Hmm... if he was this tall, his son Dirk (also an actor, maybe worthy of his own page) certainly didn't inherit it. See this photo where he is second from the right: Click Here

Standing next to Joe Lo Truglio and with Andy Samberg, he looks comfortably in the 5'9 range. It might just be me, but I haven't heard of a lot of dads 7 inches taller than their sons. Must have had a short mother.
Ian C said on 25/Mar/17
Blocker's claim to be six foot four has the feel of an exaggeration. He played a giant on Bonanza, so he was assigned an impressive but inaccurate height for publicity purposes. I'd believe six foot four in cowboy boots, but not barefoot.

As other people have noted on this page, Clint Walker towered over him. Walker would have been six foot six barefoot and six foot eight in boots.
William said on 16/Mar/17
Dan Blocker was not so tall.

Clint Walker was 6'5" tall, build very well for that time period and the concept of athletic and strength training.

Clint Walker and Dan Blocker appeared in a few scenes together before Dan Blocker joined Bonanza.

Standing next to Clint Walker, Dan Blocker looked short.

I do not mean that Dan Blocker just looked a sliver shorter than Clint Walker (Cheyenne Body - the character Cheyenne. Dan Blocker looked several inches shorter than Clint Walker. Walker dwarfed Blocker, by perhaps up to six to eight inches, or at least that is how short Blocker looked standing in the same scene as Clint Walker.

I recall a newspaper photograph of Dan Blocker holding the end of a motor vehicle off the ground, sporting a huge smile on his face.

Truth be told, Blocker was extremely strong.

The photograph was taken when Blocker was informally out and about, not in a film setting.

I know that Clint Walker was exceptionally strong as well. An interviewer and camera crew visited Walker at his home where Clint Walker demonstrated some of his physical training regimen. Walker was strong as a gorilla - male silver back gorillas have the brute force strength of eight to ten very strong human men, was big, in very good shape, close to the physic of some modern day muscular, well cut football players, UFC fighters, and body builders.

Dan Blocker and Clint Walker were excellent at portraying physical strong characters who had good moral fiber and courage.

My guess on Dan Blocker's actual height .. based on the difference in height from scenes he was in with Clint Walker - I'd say 5'11" to 6'2" at the tallest, although I don't think Blocker was taller than 6 feet.

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James said on 5/Feb/17
He was actually 6'3".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Jun/16
I doubt he was as low as 6ft2.
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?
dietmar 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.

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