Danna Lynn Blocker is the daughter of American actor Dan Blocker. Dan was famously known for his role in the television show Bonanza. She was born in 1953, along with her twin sister Debra Lee Blocker. She has two other siblings, actor Dirk Blocker and film producer David Blocker.
Danna Lynn is the only one in her family who chose a different career from her siblings. For instance, her brother Dirk is a well-known actor. Her other brother and sister have also had a mark in their respective careers. Danna’s career details have been kept away from the public.
Regarding her personal life, Danna Lynn Blocker is very secretive; she has managed to keep her family away from the media. It is had to tell who she is married to and how children and grandchildren she has. But she is a great person, just as her father was.
Danna Lynn’s parents met while at Sul Ross State University; they started a relationship and soon welcomed their firstborns, twins. With a young family to feed, Dan had to work hard; he got a drama and English teacher job. Danna’s father also taught sixth grade and coached schools in New Mexico before moving to Los Angeles.
Her Father’s Acting Career
It was not an easy start for Dan Blocker in the acting industry; he participated in several plays and films which were never credited. His first films and tv shows include Outer Space Jitters, The Restless Gun, Gunsmoke, and Thoroughbreds; however, Danna’s father had a minor role in all of these projects.
He later appeared in other shows before his breakthrough in 1959. Dan portrayed Cloudy Sims, a rodeo performer in an episode of Richard Diamond, Private Detective. He also appeared in the first episode of the series The Rebel. Danna Lynn Blocker’s father landed the role of Eric Hoss Cartwright in the show Bonanza.
Dan Blocker appeared in over four hundred episodes of Bonanza until he died in 1972. He was a fan favorite, and the show’s writers referenced his death when he died. The show continued without Dan, but the number of viewers reduced, and it was among the least sought shows.
Danna’s brothers are continuing with her father’s legacy. For instance, Dirk resembles his father and has managed to appear in several films and tv shows; on the other hand, David is doing well in film production as he won an Emmy award. Danna’s father was inducted into the Walk of Fame in 1997.
The Death of Danna Lynn’s Father
Dan Blocker had gone to the hospital for gallbladder surgery when he met his untimely death. While in the operating room of the surgery, Danna Lynn’s father developed a blood clot in his lungs. He died on May 13, 1972, at Daniel Freeman Hospital, Los Angeles, aged 43, due to a pulmonary embolism.
Danna Lynn’s father’s remains were buried in Woodmen Cemetery in De Kalb, Texas, besides his parents and sister.