But my point to all this is that I married Hoss, and I am so glad I did. Hoss - the big guy who had a plain looking brown horse. He wasn't a big shot on the show - he was just a good and decent guy.
Dan Blocker – Eric "Hoss" Cartwright
Dan Blocker was six foot four and roughly three hundred pounds when chosen to play the gentle middle son Eric, also known as Hoss. The nickname was used as a nod to the character's ample girth,an endearing term for "big and friendly", used by his Swedish mother (& uncle, Gunnar),or a rib to his humiliating, failed attempt to break a horse . In theBonanza flashback, his mother Inger names him Eric after her father. To satisfy young Adam, Inger and Ben agree to try the nickname Hoss and "see which one sticks". " Inger says of "hoss", "In the mountain country, that is the name for a big, friendly man."
Please note that Jim is okay with my comparison of him to Hoss - that's because Jim, too, is just a good and decent guy.
Enjoy the photos!
|~ Hoss ~|
|~ I'm sure this was Joe's fault! ~|
|~ the fam ~|
|~ Hoss looking serious!~|
|~ Pa ~|
|~ how could I not have had a crush on Joe? ~|
|~ and his horse was spectacular!! ~|