Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


David Dortort, 'Bonanza' creator, dies at 93

Posted on

David Dortort, the creator of the famed, long-running TV Western Bonanza, died at age 93, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Bonanza aired on NBC from 1959-73 and was top-rated for much of that run. Dortort also wrote episodes for Lassie, The Restless Gun, and Waterfront, as well as produced several spin-offs of his beloved show.