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Lorne Greene (1915–1987)

Lorne Greene was born Lyon Himan "Chaim" Greene on February 12, 1915 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He 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... See full bio »

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 1986 Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter
Theo Marshall
 1986 Noah's Ark (Video short)
Noah (voice)
 1982 Heidi's Song
Grandfather (voice)
 1981-1982 Code Red (TV Series)
Battalion Chief Joe Rorchek / Chief Joe Rorchek
- Fire Below (1982) ... Chief Joe Rorchek
- No Escape (1982) ... Chief Joe Rorchek
- Riddle in the Flames (1982) ... Chief Joe Rorchek
 1982 The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard (voice)
 1982 Police Squad! (TV Series)
Stabbed Man
- A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise) (1982) ... Stabbed Man
 1981 Aloha Paradise (TV Series)
 1980 A Time for Miracles (TV Movie)
Bishop John Carroll
 1980 Vega$ (TV Series)
Emil Remick
- Aloha, You're Dead: Part 2 (1980) ... Emil Remick
- Aloha, You're Dead: Part 1 (1980) ... Emil Remick
 1980 Klondike Fever
Sam Steele
 1978 The Little Brown Burro (TV Movie)
Storyteller (voice)
 1978 The Bastard (TV Movie)
Bishop Francis
 1977 The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (TV Movie)
Matthew Arnold Watson
 1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Inspector Hans Stavlin
- Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula, Part II (1977) ... Inspector Hans Stavlin
- Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula, Part I (1977) ... Inspector Hans Stavlin
 1977 SST: Death Flight (TV Movie)
Marshall Cole
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
John Reynolds
- Part IV (1977) ... John Reynolds
- Part III (1977) ... John Reynolds
 1976 Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers (TV Mini-Series)
George Quartermain
- Part IV (1976) ... George Quartermain (credit only)
- Part III (1976) ... George Quartermain
- Part II (1976) ... George Quartermain
- Part I (1976) ... George Quartermain (credit only)
 1975 Man on the Outside (TV Movie)
Wade Griffin
 1975 Nevada Smith (TV Movie)
Jonas Cord
 1974 Earthquake
 1974 Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love (TV Movie)
 1973 Tidal Wave
Ambassador Warren Richards
 1972-1973 Appointment with Destiny (TV Series)
- Peary's Race for the North Pole (1973) ... Narrator
- Showdown at O.K. Corral (1972) ... Narrator
 1972 Norman Corwin Presents (TV Series)
- A Foreign Field (1972)
 1971 The Harness (TV Movie)
Peter Randall
 1970 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
James Beal
- A Man for Loving (1970) ... James Beal
 1969 Destiny of a Spy (TV Movie)
Peter Vanin
 1960 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Colonel Bell / Col. Jonathan Bell
- Gold, Glory and Custer - Prelude (1960) ... Col. Jonathan Bell (uncredited)
 1959 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Carl Kunard / Emmett Gates
- A Haze on the Lake (1959) ... Carl Kunard
- Swing Low, Sweet Harriet (1959) ... Emmett Gates
 1959 Bronco (TV Series)
Capt. Amos Carr
- Prairie Skipper (1959) ... Capt. Amos Carr (as Lorne Green)
 1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Christopher Webb
- The Vivian Carter Story (1959) ... Christopher Webb
 1959 The Hangman
Marshal Clum Cummings
 1959 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Constable Barnaby
- Jailmates (1959) ... Constable Barnaby
 1959 The Third Man (TV Series)
Marcel Genet
- The Hollywood Incident (1959) ... Marcel Genet
 1959 The Trap
 1958 The Buccaneer
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
King Bertrand
- The Little Lame Prince (1958) ... King Bertrand
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
 1958 The Last of the Fast Guns
Michael O'Reilly
 1958 The Gift of Love
Grant Allan
 1957 The Hard Man
Rice Martin
 1957 Peyton Place
 1953-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Minister of the Interior / Dr. Madison West / Frank Leslie / ...
- Twenty-Four Hours (1957) ... Minister of the Interior
- The Cliff (1954) ... Dr. Madison West
- A Handful of Diamonds (1954) ... Frank Leslie
- 1984 (1953) ... O'Brien
- Rendezvous (1953)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Lowell Williams
- The Edge of Innocence (1957) ... Lowell Williams
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Col. Matthews
- The Medallion (1957) ... Col. Matthews
 1956 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- Survival (1956) ... Dallas
 1956 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Flare-Up (1956) ... Angelo
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Sheriff Gash
- Key Largo (1956) ... Sheriff Gash
 1956 Autumn Leaves
Mr. Hanson
 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mr. X
- Help Wanted (1956) ... Mr. X
 1955 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Gentry Morton
- Death Dream (1955) ... Gentry Morton
 1953-1955 Encounter (TV Series)
Tony / Saul of Tarsus / Othello
- The Big Leap (1955) ... Tony
- The Vigil (1953) ... Saul of Tarsus
- Ebb Tide (1953)
- Othello (1953) ... Othello
 1955 Star Stage (TV Series)
- The Toy Lady (1955)
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Julius Caesar / Gorgas
- Yellow Jack (1955) ... Gorgas
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Vernon Dyall
- Driftwood (1955) ... Vernon Dyall
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Dr. Charles Saunders
- Private Worlds (1955) ... Dr. Charles Saunders
 1955 Tight Spot
Benjamin Costain
 1954 Danger (TV Series)
- Experiment with Death (1954) ... Stranger
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
Ed Bailey
- The Sojourner (1953) ... Ed Bailey
 1953 The Philip Morris Playhouse (TV Series)
- Journey to Nowhere (1953) ... Joe
 1947 Johnny at the Fair (Short)
Narrator (voice)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (117 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (15 credits)

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Other Works:

Stage Play: Edwin Booth. Drama. Written by Milton Geiger. Incidental music by Paul Bowles. Scenic Design by Zvi Geyra. Costume Design by Edith Head. Directed by José Ferrer. 46th Street Theatre: 24 Nov 1958- 13 Dec 1958 (24 performances). Cast: José Ferrer (as "Edwin Booth"), Lorne Greene (as "William Winter"), Ian Keith (as "Junius Brutus... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lorne Greene-Benjamin 'Ben' Cartwright on BONANZA | Lorne Green


6' 0½" (1.84 m)

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[on-air mistake during his radio days newscasts]: Western farmers are expecting their biggest crap in years. See more »


Best remembered by the public for his starring role as father Ben Cartwright on Bonanza (1959). See more »


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