David Dortort was the creator and executive producer of "Bonanza"
|Full Name:||David Dortort|
|Occupation:||Screenwriter / Director|
|Years active:||1957-2001, his death|
|Born:||October 23, 1916|
|Birthplace:||New York City, NY, U.S.|
|Died:||September 5, 2010(aged 93)|
|Place of Death:||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Family/Relatives:|| Wendy D. Czarnecki|
|Spouse(s):||Rose Seldin (married 1940–2007, her death); 2 children|
|Series:||Bonanza (TV series)|
|Role/Involvement with series:||Executive Producer / Series Creator|
| No. of episodes/|
|431 episodes, in Seasons 1-14|
|Character played/Appeared as:||None / N/A|
David Dortort (born David Katz on October 23, 1916 - died September 5, 2010) was the creator and executive producer of the NBC-TV series Bonanza.
Born in New York City. David was a Hollywood producer and writer, widely known for his role as producer in two NBC television series Bonanza (1959–1967) and The High Chaparral (1967–1971). Dortort's focus shifted in the late 1960s to the newer series, leaving the production of Bonanza largely to his associates during its last five and a half years (1967–1973).
Dortort was married for 67 years to Rose Dortort (née Seldin), who died September 30, 2007, at age 92. They had two children, Wendy Czarnecki and Fred Dortort.
Dortort died in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles, California, on September 5, 2010, a month and a half before his 94th birthday. He had a history of heart problems.
Selected Bonanza EpisodesEdit
|1959||101: A Rose for Lotta||Yes|
|1959||102: The Sun Mountain Herd||Yes|
|1959||109: Mr. Henry Comstock||Yes|
|1960||121: The Spanish Grant||Yes|
|1961||234: Sam Hill||Yes|
|1962||329: Inger, My Love||Yes|