"What three stars from Bonanza appeared on The Rifleman?"
One of them appeared twice.....who were they?

There were a number of well-known guest stars during the first season, many of them went on
to have shows of their own.

Michael Landon



'End of a Young Gun' as Will Fulton

'The Mind Reader' as Billy Mathis

Michael Landon was born on October 31, 1936, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York.
Birth name:  Eugene Maurice Orowitz
He died July 1, 1991 in Malibu, California of pancreatic cancer.

Michael Landon went on to play Little Joe on "Bonanza"

Michael Landon left a legacy of himself and great TV shows for us to enjoy!
May you rest in peace Cowboy!

Dan Blocker  

Victor Sen Young



'The Sister' as Peter Snipe

   'The Queue' as Wang Chi

Dan Blocker was born Dan Davis Blocker on December 10, 1928 in De Kalb, Texas.
He died May 13, 1972 in Los Angeles, California of pulmonary embolism

Dan Blocker went on to play Hoss Cartwright in "Bonanza." 
Do you know what Hoss' real name was and who he was named after?
"Eric" was Hoss' real name and the name of his grandfather on his mother's side.

The Death of Dan Blocker/Hoss Cartwright
Dan Blocker's character Hoss Cartwright was The First Time a TV Show Addressed the Death of a Character.....
You just gotta read this article.  I for one enjoyed very much!

Although I enjoy seeing all of the Cartwright's. Hoss was my favorite! 
He was the most endearing and lovable cowboy!  He was such a Teddy Bear! 
May you rest in peace Cowboy!

Victor Sen Young was born on October 18, 1915 in San Francisco, California.
Birth Name: Sen Yung
He died November 9, 1980 in North Hollywood, California, of accidental asphyxiation

Victor Sen Yung went on to play Hop Sing in "Bonanza."

You can't help but love this guy!  Hop Sing was one of a kind!

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