Pernell thought a lot of the writing and characterization in Bonanza was racist and sexist.
Pernell wore a hair piece for his part as Adam on Bonanza.
Pernell bought a guitar and learned to play at 32.
Pernell was an only child.
Pernell recorded an album in 1962 entitled "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies."
Pernell is an accomplished singer, performing on several episodes of Bonanza, and even recording a couple of albums!
Pernell's parents were Pernell and Betty Roberts.
Pernell was married and divorced three times.
Pernell's son, Jonathan, was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1989.
Pernell had one son, Jonathan Christopher, by his first wife Vera.
Pernell landed his role on Bonanza in 1959.
Pernell has been a butcher, forest ranger, and a railroad riveter.
Pernell flunked out of both Georgia Tech and the University of Maryland.
Pernell was in the Marines for two years.
Pernell is 6'2" tall.
Pernell is the last surviving original 'Cartwright' from Bonanza.
Pernell took part in the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965.
Pernell: I had six seasons of playing the eldest son on (Bonanza). Six seasons of feeling like a damned idiot, going around -- me, like a middle-aged teenager, saying, "Yes, Pa," "No, Pa" on cue. It was downright disgusting -- such dialogue for a grown man. I felt I wasn't being taken seriously as an actor, and that's like death to one's talent...Stuck as Adam Cartwright, I was only able to use about one-tenth of my ability.
Pernell: I distinguished myself by flunking out of college three times.
Pernell: I'm never satisfied with my own work.