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"What five stars from Bonanza appeared on The Rifleman?"
Two of them appeared you who they are?

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

In which three episodes do we see two of the 'Cartwright boys?' 
There were five actors who appeared on The Rifleman that were regulars on Bonanza — do you know who they are?

Michael Landon
Actor | Producer | Director

Michael Landon who appeared in End of a Young Gun as Will Fulton the young gun who wanted to go straight ― The Mind Reader as Billy Mathis who was accused of killing
John Hallager, Lucy's father.

Michael Landon also appeared with Chuck Connors in Tales of Wells Fargo / Sam Bass (1957), before The Rifleman.

He went on to play Little Joe on Bonanza.  I would say other then Bonanza, his next best thing would be Little House on the Prairie.

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

Michael Landon — Find A Grave

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

Dan Blocker
Actor | Soundtrack

Dan Blocker - The Rifleman / Bonanza
Dan Blocker as Peter Snipe in The Sister, he was one of Rebecca's brothers.
Mort Mills appeared on Bonanza five times.

The Sister article

  Blocker played Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright on Bonanza.
was not on the air until a year later. 

Dan Blocker provided tenderness, strength and comedy for the viewing enjoyment for fans of all ages. Blocker's sudden death during the 1972-73 taping season left a void that could not be filled, and the series ended shortly afterwards.
There is a museum located in O'Donnell dedicated to Dan Blocker. O'Donnell is located in the panhandle of West Texas, about 40 miles south of Lubbock, Texas.
He started and owned the Bonanza steak house restaurant chain.
The Long Goodbye a 1973 movie was dedicated to him: In Memoriam for Dan Blocker. Robert Altman, who had directed many early episodes of Bonanza (1959, had originally cast his friend in the role of Roger Wade, but he died before filming commenced. The role subsequently was filled by Sterling Hayden.

Birth Name: Bobby Don Blocker
Born: December 10, 1928 in De Kalb, Bowie County, Texas
Died: May 13, 1972 (age 43) in Los Angeles, California

Dan Blocker — Find A Grave

Victor Sen Yung
Actor | Soundtrack

Victor Sen Yung - The Rifleman / Bonanza
The Queue as Wang Chi

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

Victor Sen Yung went on to play Hop Sing in Bonanza. He was on Bonanza from start to finish.

Victor Sen Yung played the role of Number Two Son in 25 Charlie Chan films during the late 1930s and most of the 1940's.

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

Victor Sen Yung — Find A Grave

Bing Russell
Actor | Writer

Bing Russell - The Rifleman / Bonanza
Bing Russell played Hode Evans in A Matter of Faith, he was the one who ruffed up Jonas Epps the rain maker and threw the dirt at Lucas.  In Seven he played Sanchez, he was one of the condemned murderers who escaped and took over the town of North Fork.
The '7' Prisoners

Bing also appeared with Chuck and Paul Fix in the 1979 TV Movie, Set This Town on Fire.
He appeared in Branded with Chuck in two episodes ― Very few Heroes & The Golden Fleece

He also appeared in fifty-five episodes of Bonanza, fifty-three as Deputy Clem Foster from 1961 -1973.  

He appeared in The Magnificent Seven and he also appeared on the The Untouchables.

He is the father of actor Kurt Russell. He appeared in Overboard with his son, Kurt & Goldie Hawn. He's done a lot of great stuff!

I tip my cowgirl hat to you!

Born: Neil Oliver Russell
May 5, 1926 in Brattleboro, Vermont
Died: April 8, 2003 (age 76) in Thousand Oaks, California

Bing Russell — Find A Grave

Ray Teal
Actor | Soundtrack

Ray Teal played Albie in Eddie's Daughter
Ray Teal played Sheriff Coffee in Bonanza ― 1960 - 1972

I'm sure you would remember him best as the no-nonsense Sheriff Roy Coffee on Bonanza.  He was on Bonanza for 12 years (1960-1972). He was one of the most versatile character actors in the business. In his almost 40-year career he played everything from cops to gunfighters to sheriffs to gangsters to a judge at the Nuremberg War Crimes trials. He could play a kindly grandfather in one film and a bullying, sadistic killer in the next, and be equally believable in both roles. A great character actor!

Birth Name: Ray Elgin Teal
Born: January 12, 1902 in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Died: April 2, 1976 (age 74) in Santa Monica, California

*piddlin' stuff.....Michael Landon was the only original cast member of Bonanza who never wore a hairpiece during the filming of Bonanza. Pernell Roberts and Lorne Greene began the series with hairpieces. Greene wore his modest frontal piece in private life, too, whereas Roberts preferred not to wear his, even to rehearsals. Dan Blocker began wearing a toupée in 1968, as he began to lose his hair. Even Victor Sen Yung's Hop wore an attached ponytail. Landon dyed his hair throughout the run of the series, as he began to go gray when he was twenty.

Ray Teal — Find A Grave

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