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Lorne Greene

Commandant Adama in Battlestar Galactica, Ben Cartwright in Bonanza

Photos Lorne Greene Birth name: Lyon Himan Green
Birth date: 1915/02/12
Date of death : 1987/09/11 (72 years old)
Birth place : Ottawa (Canada)
Height: 1.85 m

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Biography for Lorne Greene

Canadian-born Lorne Greene began acting while attending Canada's Queen's University, and after graduation got a job in radio broadcasting. His rich, deep, authoritarian voice quickly propelled him to prominence as Canada's top newscaster. He left Canada in the early '50s for a film career in Hollywood, and soon began appearing regularly in television, films and on radio. His greatest successes came in two television series, the long-running Western "Bonanza" (1959), in which he played the patriarch of a wealthy frontier family, and the sci-fi series "Battlestar Galactica" (1978).


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Title Role
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987) (TV) Gen. Sam Houston
Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (1986) Theo Marshall
Noah's Ark (1986) (V) (voice) Noah
The Nutcracker: A Fantasy on Ice (1983) (TV)
Heidi's Song (1982) (voice) Grandfather
Ozu no mahôtsukai (1982) (voice) The Wizard
Code Red (1981) TV Series Battalion Chief Joe Rorchek
Code Red (1981) (TV) Captain Joe Rorchek
Galactica 1980 (1980) TV Series Commander Adama (1980)
A Time for Miracles (1980) (TV) Bishop John Carroll
Living Legend: The King of Rock and Roll (1980)
Klondike Fever (1980) Sam Steele
Conquest of the Earth (1980) (TV) Adama
The Little Brown Burro (1978) (TV) (voice) Narrator
Battlestar Galactica (1978) TV Series Commander Adama
Battlestar Galactica (1978) (TV) Cmdr. Adama
The Bastard (1978) (mini) TV Series Bishop Francis
Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (1978) (TV) Cmdr. Adama
The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1977) (TV) Matthew Arnold Watson
That's Country (1977) (voice) Narrator
SST: Death Flight (1977) (TV) Marshall Cole
Roots (1977) (mini) TV Series John Reynolds
Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers (1976) (mini) TV Series George Quartermain
Man on the Outside (1975) (TV) Wade Griffin
Nevada Smith (1975) (TV) Jonas Cord
Earthquake (1974) Sam Royce
Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love (1974) (TV)
Last of the Wild (1974) TV Series Host
Griff (1973) TV Series Wade Griffin
Nippon chinbotsu (1973) Ambassador Warren Richards
To the Wild Country (1972) TV Series Host
The Special London Bridge Special (1972) Fiddler on the Roof
The Harness (1971) (TV) Peter Randall
Destiny of a Spy (1969) (TV) Peter Vanin
People Who Care (1969) (voice) Narrator
Bonanza (1959) TV Series Ben Cartwright
The Trap (1959) Davis
The Buccaneer (1958) Mercier
The Last of the Fast Guns (1958) Michael O'Reilly
The Gift of Love (1958) Grant Allan
The Hard Man (1957) Rice Martin
Peyton Place (1957) Prosecutor
Autumn Leaves (1956) Mr. Hanson
Sailor of Fortune (1955) TV Series Capt. Grant 'Mitch' Mitchell (1955)
Tight Spot (1955) Benjamin Costain
The Silver Chalice (1954) Saint Peter
Age of Turmoil (1953) (voice) Narrator
Farewell Oak Street (1953) (voice) Narrator
Othello (1953) (TV) Othello
Social-Sex Attitudes in Adolescence (1953) Narrator
Eye Witness No. 32 (1951) (voice) Narrator


Attended Lisgar Collegiate, Ottawa, Ontario

Had a #1 hit in the U.S. with his 1960's recording "Ringo", a spoken word song.

When he was an announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the early years of World War II, he was nicknamed "The Voice of Doom" for the combination of his deep voice and the usually gloomy news reports about the war he had to read.

Interred at Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California, USA.

Just before his death, Greene had signed on to reprise the role of Ben Cartwright in a TV-movie revival of "Bonanza."

He was the Monday night host for CBS Radio's "Sears Mystery Theater" (1979). He was still Monday's host when it became "The Mutual Radio Theater" on Mutual Radio (1980).

Founded Toronto's Academy of Radio Arts.

Invited to play Ben Cartwright after a well-received performance as Big Brother in a CBS production of Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Served, along with Betty White, as co-host of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC-TV for almost a decade, 1963-72.

Ben Cartwright, Greene's character on "Bonanza" (1959), was ranked #2 by TV Guide in its list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].

Died the same day as Peter Tosh.


Spouse : Nancy Deale (December 1961 - 11 September 1987) (his death) 1 child, Rita Hands (1938 - 1960) (divorced) 2 children

Has two children, Belinda and Charles, from his first marriage.

His daughter Gillian Greene, is married to the director Sam Raimi. One of the Raimis' sons is named Lorne, after Lorne Greene.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by eldea66

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