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Lorne Greene



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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet John Wayne's Tribute To America
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness - Old Dog, New Tricks
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible: Queen Esther
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness - Huntress
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory
  • Sam Houston
1987
No Score Yet Lorne Greene's New Wilderness - The Enchanted Forest
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Rand McNally Videotrip Travel Guide - Alaska
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Great Bible Stories: Noah's Ark
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter
  • Theo Marshall
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 High Country
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Pritikin Promise Home Exercise Program
  • Actor
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 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: The Ascent of the Chimps
  • Host
1984
No Score Yet The Pritikin Promise
  • Actor
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: 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
  • 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: Tales of the Snow Monkey
  • Host
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 Pink Lady and Jeff
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack
  • Adama
1979
31% 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
44% The Errand Boy
  • Guest Star
1961
No Score Yet The Buccaneer
  • Mercier
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
88% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Actor

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