Lorne Greene

Highest Rated: 89% Autumn Leaves (1956)
Lowest Rated: 13% The Silver Chalice (1954)
Birthday: Feb 12, 1915
Birthplace: Not Available
White-haired, patriarchal Canadian actor Lorne Greene attended Queen's University in pursuit of a chemical engineering degree. Amateur college theatricals whetted his appetite for the stage, and upon graduation he decided upon a performing career. He started out on radio, eventually emerging as Canada's top newscaster, designated "the voice of the CBC" (For a while, Greene managed a mail-order announcer's school; one of the "pupils" was Leslie Nielsen). Moving to New York in 1950, Greene became a stage, film and TV actor, co-starring on Broadway with Katherine Cornell in Prescott Proposals and in films with the likes of Paul Newman, Ginger Rogers and Joan Crawford, generally in villainous roles. In 1959, Greene was cast as Ben Cartwright, owner of the Ponderosa ranch and father of three headstrong sons, in TV's Bonanza. He would hold down this job until 1972; during the series' run, Greene unexpectedly became a top-ten recording artist with his hit single "Ringo." Upon the cancellation of Bonanza, Greene vowed he'd retire, but within one year he was playing a private detective on the brief TV weekly Griff. Five years later, he starred on the network sci-fier Battlestar Gallactica. Active as chairman of the National Wildlife Foundation, Greene put forth the organization's doctrine in his popular syndicated TV series Lorne Greene's Last of the Wild. His final weekly television appearance was on the 1980 adventure series Code Red. In 1987, Lorne Greene was all set to recreate Ben Cartwright for the 2-hour TV movie Bonanza: The Next Generation, but he died before shooting started and was replaced by John Ireland.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible: Queen Esther Actor 1991
No Score Yet The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory Sam Houston 1987
No Score Yet Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter Theo Marshall 1986
No Score Yet Great Bible Stories: Noah's Ark Actor 1986
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Actor 1985
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness Host 1985
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness Host 1984
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness: The Ascent of the Chimps Host 1984
No Score Yet The Pritikin Promise Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Pritikin Promise Home Exercise Program Actor 1984
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness: Frozen Eden Host 1984
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness: Devil Island Host 1984
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness: Yesterday's Heroes Host 1984
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness Host 1984
No Score Yet Cycling through China Actor 1983
No Score Yet Heidi's Song Grandfather 1982
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness Host 1982
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness: Tales of the Snow Monkey Host 1982
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness Host 1982
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness: Pretty Poison Host 1982
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness Host 1982
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness Host 1982
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness: Close Encounters of the Deep Kind Host 1982
No Score Yet Ozu no mahôtsukai (The Wizard of Oz) The Wizard (U.S. version only) 1982
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness Host 1982
No Score Yet A Time for Miracles Bishop John Carroll 1980
No Score Yet Klondike Fever Sam Steele 1980
No Score Yet Conquest of the Earth Adama 1980
No Score Yet Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack Adama 1979
35% Battlestar Galactica Cmdr. Adama 1978
No Score Yet The Bastard Actor 1978
No Score Yet Little Christmas Burro Narrator 1978
No Score Yet SST: Death Flight (Flight of the Maiden) Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald Matthew Arnold Watson 1977
No Score Yet High Country Calling Actor 1975
35% Earthquake Royce 1974
No Score Yet Nippon chinbotsu (Tidal Wave) Actor 1973
No Score Yet Ride the Wind Actor 1966
50% The Errand Boy Guest Star 1961
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Mercier 1958
No Score Yet The Last of the Fast Guns Michael O'Reilly 1958
No Score Yet The Gift of Love Grant Allan 1958
60% Peyton Place Prosecutor 1957
No Score Yet The Hard Man Rice Martin 1957
89% Autumn Leaves Mr. Hanson 1956
No Score Yet Tight Spot Benjamin Costain 1955
13% The Silver Chalice Peter 1954
No Score Yet Studio One Anthology Actor 1948
No Score Yet Churchill's Island Narrator 1941

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Ben Cartwright
  • 2018
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
33% Battlestar Galactica
1978-1979
Cmdr. Adama Cdr. Adama
  • 2017
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Fred Fusco
  • 1985
No Score Yet Happy Days
1974-1984
  • 1977
86% Roots
1977
John Reynolds
  • 1977
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Mr. X.
  • 1956

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