Robert Temple Ayers, the illustrator who created the burning Ponderosa map for the opening of Bonanza on NBC, has died. The iconic image would shift to the Cartwright family: played by Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Michael Landon, and Dan Blocker.
Ayres began his studio career on Ben-Hur, and worked as a set illustrator on hundreds of motion pictures, including Blue Hawaii. The Los Angeles Times reports that the artist made a visit to the Autry National Center of the American West just days before he died.
Robert Temple Ayres was 98.
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