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David Dortort, born 1916, is a Hollywood producer and writer, best known for his role as producer in the television series Bonanza (1959-1967) and The High Chaparral (1967-1971). Much of Dortort's energies in the late 1960's went to the newer series, therefore leaving the production of Bonanza mostly to his associates during its last five and a half years (1967-73).

Other series produced by Dortort were The Restless Gun, The Cowboys (1974), and a prequel series featuring younger versions of the Bonanza characters called Ponderosa (2001), which was produced with Beth Sullivan. In 1979-1980, he created the 13-week CBS miniseries, The Chisholms, starring Robert Preston, Rosemary Harris, and Ben Murphy.

Alan W. Livingston of the NBC hired Mr. Dortort to write the screenplay for the pilot episode of "Bonanza."[1] He did it at night, while producing "The Restless Gun" by day.[2]

In 2001 the City College of New York alumni association honored him with the John H. Finley award.[3]

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Dortort two published books:

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