David Solomon Katz
October 23, 1916
|Died||September 5, 2010 (aged 93)|
|Alma mater||City College of New York, 1936|
|Occupation||Writer; Television producer|
|Spouse(s)||Rose Seldin (married 1940–2007, her death); 2 children|
|Children||Wendy D. Czarnecki|
David Dortort (born David Solomon Katz; October 23, 1916 – September 5, 2010), was a Hollywood screenwriter and producer, widely known for his role as producer in two successful NBC television series: Bonanza (1959–73) and The High Chaparral (1967–71). 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).
From 1954–55, Dortort was involved in directing and writing for The Public Defender. He produced The Restless Gun (1957–59), The Cowboys television version (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. Michael Landon appeared in a supporting role in the pilot for The Restless Gun, starring John Payne, aired on March 19, 1957, as an episode of The Schlitz Playhouse of Stars and Dan Blocker played multiple roles in five episodes of The Restless Gun.
A native of New York City, Dortort was married for 67 years to the former Rose Seldin, who died September 30, 2007, at age 92. They had two children, Wendy (Mrs. Czarnecki) and Fred.
|1952||The Lusty Men||Screenplay By||Based on the novel "King of the Cowpokes" by "Claude Stanush"|
|1956||A Cry In The Night||Screenplay By||Based on the novel "All Through the Night" by "Whit Masterson"|
|1957||The Big Land||Screenplay By||Based on the novel "Buffalo Grass" by "Frank Gruber"|
|1958||A Gift for Heidi||Screenplay By|
|1987||Going Bananas||Executive Producer|
|1988||Bonanza: The Next Generation||Produced By||Television Movie|
|1993||Bonanza: The Return||Story By, Executive Producer||Television Movie|
|1995||Bonanza: Under Attack||Executive Producer||Television Movie|
|1952||Cavalcade of America||Writer||2 Episodes|
|1952-54||Fireside Theatre||Writer||5 Episodes|
|1953||Racket Squad||Writer||1 Episode|
|1954-55||Public Defender||Writer||3 Episodes|
|1955||TV Reader's Digest||Writer||1 Episode|
|The 20th Century Fox Hour||Writer||1 Episode|
|1956||Screen Directors Playhouse||Writer||1 Episode|
|1956-57||Studio 57||Writer||2 Episodes|
|1957-59||The Restless Gun||Writer, Producer||77 Episodes|
|1959-73||Bonanza||Writer, Creator, Producer, Executive Producer||Multiple Episodes|
|1967-71||The High Chaparral||Writer, Creator, Producer, Executive Producer||Multiple Episodes|
|1979-80||The Chisholms||Writer, Creator, Executive Producer||14 Episodes|
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- King, Susan (September 19, 2009). "Autry National Center salutes 'Bonanza' Sunday". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 21, 2009.
- Arenson, Karen W. (October 3, 2001). "BULLETIN BOARD; City College Alumni Group Will Bestow Honors". New York Times. p. A19. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
- Dortort, David (1947). Burial of the Fruit. New York: Crown Publishers. LCCN 47000360.
- Dortort, David (1949). The Post of Honor. New York: Whittlesey House. LCCN 49007923.