Bonanza was always in reruns when I was growing up, and it was Adam who was the character I was most drawn to. I didn't know until much later about the drama behind the series, how Roberts grew increasingly restless with the series, and finally left when his contract was up. All I knew is that any episode without Adam was quite dull. I also enjoyed Trapper John, M.D., though not quite in the same way.
But Pernell Roberts has always been one of the actors I've kept an eye out for. Whenever he was a guest star or on a television movie, I watched, just to see him. I hadn't heard about him recently, and now I know why. RIP.
Bonanza star Pernell Roberts dies at 81