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Lorne Greene

Mostly Credited As: Lorne Greene
Birth Name: Lyon Himan Greene
Date Of Birth: February 12, 1915 (Age 72)
Country Of Birth: Canada
Birth Place: Ottawa, Ontario
Date Of Death: September 11, 1987
Cause Of Death: pneumonia following heart surgery
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Lorne Greene


Lorne Greene, who starred as the head of the Cartwright family in the television series Bonanza for 14 years, died on September 11, 1987, of respiratory problems at the age of 72.
The Canadian-born Greene developed pneumonia after undergoing an operation for a perforated ulcer at St. John's Hospital in Los Angeles on Aug 19.
Greene's second wife, Nancy, and his three children, Charles and Julian Greene and Linda Bennett, were at his bedside at the hospital when he died.
The actor portrayed Ben Cartwright, a widower bringing up his three sons Little Joe, Adam and Hoss played by Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts and the late Dan Blocker respectively on the prosperous Ponderosa ranch in Bonanza from 1959 to 1973.
The show, one of the biggest hits of US television, is still seen in many parts of the world in reruns.
Landon, who went on to star in another hit series, Little House On The Prairie, said of Greene: "I saw him a few days ago and he was Ben Cartwright to the end. He was ready to go, and he had no complaints."
"He couldn't speak but he smiled, and when we held hands he went into an arm wrestle like we used to. I will never forget him."
After Bonanza was taken off the air, Greene went on to star as Commander Adama in the television series Battlestar Galactica. He also appeared in television commercials.
But it was as Ben Cartwright that he was known.
Born in Ottawa on Feb 12,1915, the 190cm tall actor became known, after attending Queen's University College, as "the voice of Canada".
He was soon announcing, in his rich, deep voice, as many as 15 radio shows a week.
A successful businessman who owned office buildings and warehouses, he went to New York to try to sell a new kind of stopwatch he had invented. The watch did not sell, but a producer gave him a role in a television production of George Orwell's At the age of 38, Greene became an actor.
Six years later, he won a starring role in Bonanza and never looked back. "I believe the show was a success because it was about people who loved and respected each other," he said.
Greene based his interpretation of his role after his own father, Daniel Greene. "I don't know whether I could ever match my father as a person, but as an actor I try to be like him," he once said.
Roberts left the show after six seasons and went on to star in his own television series, Trapper John. Blocker died in the 13th year of Bonanza.
He once built a replica in Arizona of the Ponderosa ranch house set, complete with a staircase that led to nowhere. But unlike the sometimes stern, humourless Cartwright, Greene was full of good spirits and often joked with his co-stars.
He also appeared on a number of television variety shows and recorded such hit records as Ringo. Destiny and Five Card Stud, in which he talked rather than sang to the music. Ringo, about a renegade cowboy, was on the charts for 12 weeks in 1964.
Greene remained a Canadian citizen, although he took an active part in US Democratic Party politics.
In 1980, the white-haired Greene, who at one time owned a string of racehorses and was an animal lover, published a book entitled The Lorne Greene Book Of Remarkable Animals.
He had twins by his first marriage and a child by his marriage to the former Nancy Deale.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Code Red (1981)As: Battalion Chief Joe Rorchek
Galactica 1980 (1980)As: Commander Adama
Battlestar Galactica (1978) (1978)As: Commander Adama
Roots (US) (1977)As: John Reynolds
The Moneychangers (1976)As: George Quartermain
Griff (1973)As: Wade Griffin
Bonanza (1959)As: Ben Cartwright
Sailor of Fortune (1955)As: Captain Grant "Mitch" Mitchell
Episode Cast Credits 

Highway to Heaven (1984) 
  The Smile in the Third Row 02x08: (Nov/20/1985) As Fred Fusco 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Thanksgiving Cruise: Too Many Dads/Love Will Find a Way/The Best of Friends 06x09: (Nov/20/1982) As Buck Hamilton 
  Alaska Wedding Cruise: Carol & Doug/Peter & Alicia/Julie/Buddy & Portia (2) 03x02: (Sep/15/1979) As Buddy Bowers 
  Alaska Wedding Cruise: Carol & Doug/Peter & Alicia/Julie/Buddy & Portia (1) 03x01: (Sep/15/1979) As Buddy Bowers 

Police Squad! (1982) 
  A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise) 01x01: (Mar/04/1982) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Aloha Paradise (1981) 
  Alex and Annie / Honeymoon Blues / Everything Else 01x01: (Feb/25/1981) As Unknown 

Vega$ (1978) 
  Aloha, You're Dead (2) 03x02: (Nov/05/1980) As Emil Remick 
  Aloha, You're Dead (1) 03x01: (Nov/05/1980) As Emil Remick 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) 
  The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula (2) 02x02: (Sep/18/1977) As Inspector Stavlin 
  The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula (1) 02x01: (Sep/11/1977) As Inspector Stavlin 

Donny and Marie (1976) 
  GUESTS: LORNE GREENE, BOB HEGYES 02x21: (Mar/11/1977) As Himself 

Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1973) 
  Michael Landon 01x31: (May/15/1975) As Himself 

The Dean Martin Show (1965) 
  Don Rickles (celebrity roast) 09x17: (Feb/07/1974) As Himself 
  Lorne Greene / Juliet Prowse / Barbara Heller 04x03: (Oct/03/1968) As Himself 
  Lorne Greene / Red Buttons / Jane Morgan / Skiles & Henderson 03x22: (Feb/08/1968) As Himself 

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1971) 
  Show 27 03x08: (Nov/03/1972) As Himself 
  Show 11 02x05: (Jan/24/1972) As Himself 

The Andy Williams Show (1969) (1969) 
  Elton John / Lorne Greene / 'Mama' Cass Elliot / Ray Charles 02x16: (Jan/16/1971) As Himself 
  Chubby Checker / Ella Fitzgerald / The Grassroots / Lorne Greene 02x05: (Oct/17/1970) As Himself 

The Johnny Cash Show (1969) 
  Season 2, Episode 9 02x09: (Nov/18/1970) As Himself 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #54 03x14: (Dec/15/1969) As Himself 
  Episode #3 01x03: (Feb/05/1968) As Himself 
  Episode #1 01x01: (Jan/22/1968) As Himself 

Cheyenne (1955) (1955) 
  Gold, Glory and Custer - Requiem (2) 04x08: (Jan/11/1960) As Colonel Bell 
  Gold, Glory and Custer - Prelude (1) 04x07: (Jan/04/1960) As Colonel Bell 

The Third Man (1959) 
  Hollywood Incident 01x08: (Nov/20/1959) As Unknown 

Bronco (1958) 
  Prairie Skipper 01x17: (May/05/1959) As Amos Carr 

Mike Hammer (1958) (1958) 
  Swing Low, Sweet Harriet 02x15: (Apr/23/1959) As Emmett Gates 
  A Haze on the Lake 02x17: (1959) As Carl Kunard 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Vivian Carter Story 02x23: (Mar/11/1959) As Christopher Webb 

Studio One (1948) 
  Twenty-Four Hours Til Dawn 10x09: (Nov/11/1957) As Minister of the Interior 
  The Cliff 06x52: (Sep/13/1954) As Dr. Madison West 
  A Handful of Diamonds 06x31: (Apr/19/1954) As Frank Leslie 
  1984 06x01: (Sep/21/1953) As Big Brother/O'Brien 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  The Edge of Innocence 02x08: (Oct/31/1957) As Lowell Williams 

Kraft Television Theatre (1947) (1947) 
  The Medallion 10x29: (Apr/03/1957) As Colonel Matthews 
  Day of Judgment 09x09: (Nov/23/1955) As guest star 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  Help Wanted 01x27: (Apr/01/1956) As Mr. X 

Climax! (1954) 
  Private Worlds 01x21: (Apr/07/1955) As Dr. Charles Saunders 

Omnibus (US) (1952) 
  The Sojourner 02x13: (Dec/27/1953) As Ed Bailey 
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