Lorne Greene

Lorne Greene

72 (passed away Sep. 11th, 1987)
Feb. 12th, 1915
Born in
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
6' 0 1/2"

Lorne Greene's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Bonanza TV Show
Battlestar Galactica (1978) TV Show
Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Galactica 1980 TV Show
Galactica 1980
The Andy Williams Show TV Show
The Andy Williams Show
Code Red TV Show
Code Red
Sailor of Fortune (UK) TV Show
Sailor of Fortune (UK)
Appointment with Destiny TV Show
Appointment with Destiny

Main Movie Roles

1974 - Earthquake
1961 - The Errand Boy
1958 - The Buccaneer
1957 - Peyton Place
1956 - Autumn Leaves

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Wade Griffin
John Reynolds
Buck Hamilton
Emil Remick
Inspector Hans Stavlin
[Complete List]


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 1950s 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).

  • Best remembered by the public for his starring role as father Ben Cartwright on _"Bonanza" (1959)_ (qv).
  • Just before his death, Greene had signed on to reprise the role of Ben Cartwright in a TV-movie revival of "Bonanza."
  • He was scheduled to appear in a flashback scene using archival footage on the new Battlestar Galactica TV series, but the plan fell through.
  • Invited to play Ben Cartwright after a well-received performance as Big Brother in a CBS production of 1984 on _"Studio One" (1948)_ (qv).
  • Died the same day as 'Peter Tosh' (qv).
  • He was awarded the O.C. (Officer of the Order of Canada) on June 27, 1969 for his services to the performing arts and community.
  • Interred at Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California, USA.
  • Founded Toronto's Academy of Radio Arts.

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