Dan Blocker is definitely a classic bearish icon who is definitely in the hallowed halls of the Great Pantheon of Bearish Gods. Mr. Blocker played an iconic character of the big Eric “Hoss” Cartwright with a heart of gold in the television series, Bonanza.
Also, definitely check out Bearotic for their great article on this classic woofy bear archetype.
Anyway, I just found out that I had screenshots of Big Hoss being shirtless in “Bonanza.” These were shared with me a few years ago and because I did not name them correctly, I had forgotten about them (I am involved in the long, arduous process of renaming my photos). Luckily, I stumbled upon them so that I could share them as they were meant to be shared.
Does anybody know which season and episode this scene occurred in? Based on the photos, it looks like Hoss was in a boxing match against a bigger and bald chub…