Pernell Roberts was an American stage actor and a film and television actor as well as a singer. He was famous for his parts in TV series and was sought after by people

Personal Life

Pernell Roberts was born in 18th May, 1928 in Waycross, Georgia, United States. His father Pernell Elven Roberts, Sr was a sales representative and his mother was Minnie Myrtle Morgan Roberts. He had an American nationality and an Afro American ethnicity. When he was in school he used to play the horn and also took part in school and the church plays and also sang in nearby USO appears. He went to study, but did not move to graduate from Georgia Tech.

In 1946, he enrolled at the United States Marine Corps and later he went to likewise without graduating at the University of Maryland where he had his first presentation in traditional theatre. He showed up in four more preparations like Othello and Antigone while an understudy and had to leave school to act in the summer stock.

His personal life was always a mystery as he did not really talk much about it. However, we know that he was in the ties of marriage for 4 times. His wives are Dr. Vera Mowry (1951-1959), Judith Le Brecque (1962-1971), Kara Knack (1972-1996) and Dr. Eleanor Criswell (1997-2010). He just had one son from his first wife Vera named Jonathan Christopher Roberts who died in 1989 in a motorcycle crash. Finally, he succumbed to death on 24th January, 2010 as a result of Pancreatic Cancer. There are no instances of any biography written on him.


During his career he worked with the eminent Arena Stage Company in Washington DC and got involved in preparations like The Firebrand, Confidence of our Fathers, The Adding Machine and also other shows like The Taming of the Shrew, The Playboy if the Western Word, The Glass Menagerie, The Importance of Being Earnest and the Twelfth Night. In 1955, he made his Broadway make a big appearance with Today around evening time in Samarikind and won the best actor Drama Desk award for his off- Broadway execution as Macbeth quickly followed by Mercutio on Romeo Juliet.

He acted in guest appearance for more than 60 TV series but the most famous of these were when he played Ben Cartwright’s eldest son Adam on the TV series Bonanza. Also when he played the chief surgeon called Dr. John McIntyre as the title character for the series Trapper John, M.D. He lent his voice to a lot of TV series and in 1997 it was the last time that he appeared on screen for a TV series. He died in 2010 aged 81, and the reason for his death was given to be Pancreatic Cancer. His net worth is of around $10 million.

Last Modified: 30 Apr, 2018

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