Lorne Greene

Lorne Greene

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

Lorne Greene's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Bonanza TV Show
Bonanza
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
13
O'Brien
4
Buck Hamilton
3
Emil Remick
2
Inspector Hans Stavlin
2
John Reynolds
2
Col. Jonathan Bell
2
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

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).


TRIVIA:
  • 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.
  • He was scheduled to appear in a flashback scene using archival footage on the new Battlestar Galactica TV series, but the plan fell through.
  • 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).
  • Attended Lisgar Collegiate, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Founded Toronto's Academy of Radio Arts.
  • Best remembered by the public for his starring role as father Ben Cartwright on _"Bonanza" (1959)_ (qv).
  • Invited to play Ben Cartwright after a well-received performance as Big Brother in a CBS production of 1984 on _"Studio One" (1948)_ (qv).
  • Pictured (as Ben Cartwright, his character on _"Bonanza" (1959)_ (qv)) on one of four 51 Canadian commemorative postage stamps honoring "Canadians in Hollywood", issued 22 May 2006. Others honored in this set are 'John Candy' (qv), 'Fay Wray' (qv), and 'Mary Pickford' (qv).


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