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Date of Birth 12 February 1915Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death 11 September 1987Santa Monica, California, USA  (pneumonia following heart surgery)
Birth NameLyon Chaim Green
Nicknames The Voice of Doom
The Voice of Canada
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 a film career in Hollywood, California, 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 science fiction series Battlestar Galactica (1978). In 1969, he was awarded Officer of the Order of Canada for his services to the performing arts and community. Lorne Greene died at age 72 of pneumonia following heart surgery on September 11, 1987 in Santa Monica, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (2)

Nancy Deale (17 December 1961 - 11 September 1987) (his death) (1 child)
Rita Hands (1938 - 1960) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Deep smooth commanding voice

Trivia (24)

Attended and graduated from Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, Ontario.
Received his Bachelor's degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1937. He later received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the university in 1971.
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.
Had a #1 hit in the United States with his 1964 recording of "Ringo", a spoken-word song.
Just before his death, Greene had signed on to reprise the role of Ben Cartwright in a television-movie revival of Bonanza (1959).
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).
Founded Toronto's Academy of Radio Arts.
Invited to play Ben Cartwright after a well-received performance as Big Brother in a CBS production of 1984 on Studio One in Hollywood (1948).
Served, along with Betty White, as co-host of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC-TV for almost a decade, 1963-1972.
Ben Cartwright, Greene's character on Bonanza (1959), was ranked #2 by TV Guide in its list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [June 20, 2004 issue].
His daughter Gillian Greene (born 1968), is married to director Sam Raimi. One of the Raimis' sons is named Lorne, after him.
Died the same day as Peter Tosh.
Has two children: Belinda Susan Bennet (née Greene) and Charles Greene (both born 1945), from his first marriage.
Pictured (as Ben Cartwright, his character on Bonanza (1959)) 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, Fay Wray and Mary Pickford.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives." Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 355-356. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
He was awarded the OC (Officer of the Order of Canada) by the Governor General of Canada on June 27, 1969 for his services to the performing arts and community.
Best remembered by the public for his starring role as father Ben Cartwright on Bonanza (1959).
He was scheduled to appear in a flashback scene using archival footage on the new Battlestar Galactica television series, but the plan fell through.
Once played George Washington in a short film produced for the National Park Service.
He was the only actor to appear in every episode of both Battlestar Galactica (1978) and Galactica 1980 (1980).
Close friends with John Colicos, with whom he did a 1952 Canadian radio performance of Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness".
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1559 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California on his 70th birthday [February 12, 1985].
He was the original inventor of the count-down clock that allowed a show, in filming, to know how much time was remaining in each segment of filming and in the total length of the show. This allowed the directors and actors to know how much time they had in which to complete a program or segment. His patent was the source of some wealth in the pre-computer era of filming.
Following his death, he was interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on performing the part of a father to his sons on Bonanza (1959)] It takes discipline not to retreat to the same reactions every time. After all, how many ways can you give a boy advice?
[On-air mistake during his radio days newscasts]: Western farmers are expecting their biggest crap in years.

Salary (1)

Bonanza (1959) $11,000 /week (1966)

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