72 (passed away Sep. 11th, 1987)
Feb. 12th, 1915
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
6' 0 1/2"
Lorne Greene's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1974 - Earthquake
1961 - The Errand Boy
1958 - The Buccaneer
1957 - Peyton Place
1956 - Autumn Leaves
Guest TV Roles
Inspector Hans Stavlin
Col. Jonathan Bell
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).
- He is the only actor to appear in every episode of both _"Battlestar Galactica" (1978)_ (qv) and _"Galactica 1980" (1980)_ (qv).
- 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.
- Attended Lisgar Collegiate, Ottawa, Ontario.
- Best remembered by the public for his starring role as father Ben Cartwright on _"Bonanza" (1959)_ (qv).
- Died the same day as 'Peter Tosh' (qv).
- Has two children, Belinda and Charles, from his first marriage.
- 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).
- Had a #1 hit in the US with his 1960s recording of "Ringo," a spoken-word song.