Lorne Greene (1915–1987)


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Lorne Greene was born Lyon Himan "Chaim" Green 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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Bonanza Ben Cartwright / Bradley Meredith
(1959-1973)
Earthquake Royce
(1974)
Battlestar Galactica Commander Adama
(1978)
(1954)

Filmography

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 1987 The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (TV Movie)
Gen. Sam Houston
 1986 Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter
Theo Marshall
 1986 Noah's Ark (Video short)
Noah (voice)
 1985 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Fred Fusco
- The Smile in the Third Row (1985) ... Fred Fusco
 1985 The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible (TV Series short)
Noah
- Noah's Ark (1985) ... Noah (voice)
 1981-1982 Code Red (TV Series)
Battalion Chief Joe Rorchek
- Land of Make Believe (1982) ... Battalion Chief Joe Rorchek
- Fire Below (1982) ... Battalion Chief Joe Rorchek
- No Escape (1982) ... Battalion Chief Joe Rorchek
- Riddle in the Flames (1982) ... Battalion Chief Joe Rorchek
- Trial by Fire (1982) ... Battalion Chief Joe Rorchek
 1982 Heidi's Song
Grandfather (voice)
 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)
Businessman
 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 Galactica 1980 (TV Series)
Adama
- The Return of Starbuck (1980) ... Adama
- Space Croppers (1980) ... Adama
- Spaceball (1980) ... Adama
 1980 Pink Lady (TV Series)
Lorne Greene
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Lorne Greene
 1980 Klondike Fever
Sam Steele
 1978-1979 Battlestar Galactica (TV Series)
Adama
- The Hand of God (1979) ... Adama
- Take the Celestra (1979) ... Adama
- Experiment in Terra (1979) ... Adama
- Baltar's Escape (1979) ... Adama
- Greetings from Earth (1979) ... Adama
 1978 The Little Brown Burro (TV Movie)
Storyteller (voice)
 1978 Battlestar Galactica
Commander Adama
 1978 The Bastard (TV Series)
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 III (1977) ... John Reynolds
- Part II (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 Nevada Smith (TV Movie)
Jonas Cord
 1974 Earthquake
Royce
 1974 North of the Sun
Narrator (voice)
 1974 Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love (TV Movie)
Hercule
 1974 Man on the Outside (TV Movie)
Wade Griffin
 1973-1974 Griff (TV Series)
Wade Griffin
- Fugitive from Fear (1974) ... Wade Griffin
- Isolate and Destroy (1973) ... Wade Griffin
- Hammerlock (1973) ... Wade Griffin
- Her Name Was Nancy (1973) ... Wade Griffin
- Elephant in a Cage (1973) ... Wade Griffin
 1973 Submersion of Japan
Ambassador Warren Richards
 1972-1973 Appointment with Destiny (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Peary's Race for the North Pole (1973) ... Narrator
- Showdown at O.K. Corral (1972) ... Narrator
 1959-1973 Bonanza (TV Series)
Ben Cartwright / Bradley Meredith
- The Hunter (1973) ... Ben Cartwright
- The Marriage of Theodora Duffy (1973) ... Ben Cartwright
- The Witness (1973) ... Ben Cartwright
- First Love (1972) ... Ben Cartwright
- The Bucket Dog (1972) ... Ben Cartwright
 1972 Norman Corwin Presents (TV Series)
- A Foreign Field (1972)
 1971 Annabel Lee (Short)
Narrator
 1971 The Harness (TV Movie)
Peter Randall
 1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land (TV Movie)
George Washington
 1970 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
James Beal
- A Man for Loving (1970) ... James Beal
 1969 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Guest Starring Greer Garson (1969) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
 1969 Destiny of a Spy (TV Movie)
Peter Vanin
 1966 Bonanza: Ride the Wind
Ben Cartright
 1962 Play It Cool
Guitarist in backing band (uncredited)
 1961 The Errand Boy
Ben Cartwright - Cameo (uncredited)
 1960 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Colonel Bell / Col. Jonathan Bell
- Gold, Glory and Custer - Requiem (1960) ... Colonel 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
Davis
 1958 The Buccaneer
Mercier
 1958 The Last of the Fast Guns
Michael O'Reilly
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
King Bertrand
- The Little Lame Prince (1958) ... King Bertrand
 1955-1958 Sailor of Fortune (TV Series)
Capt. Grant 'Mitch' Mitchell
- It Started in Paris (1958) ... Capt. Grant 'Mitch' Mitchell
- The Desert Bus (1958) ... Capt. Grant 'Mitch' Mitchell
- The Final Bargain (1958) ... Capt. Grant 'Mitch' Mitchell
- The Deserted Yacht (1958) ... Capt. Grant 'Mitch' Mitchell
- The King's Four Wives (1958) ... Capt. Grant 'Mitch' Mitchell
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Monty
- Return from Darkness (1958) ... Monty
 1952-1958 Encounter (TV Series)
Casey / Tony Hartman / Laurent / ...
- Children of the Sun (1958) ... Casey
- High Man (1954)
- The Big Leap (1954) ... Tony Hartman
- Guilt (1953) ... Laurent
- The Vigil (1953) ... Saul of Tarsus
 1956-1958 Folio (TV Series)
Patiomkin / Henri / Beethoven
- Great Catherine (1958) ... Patiomkin
- The Unburied Dead (1957) ... Henri
- When Soft Voices Die (1956) ... Beethoven
 1958 The Gift of Love
Grant Allan
 1957 The Hard Man
Rice Martin
 1957 Peyton Place
Prosecutor
 1953-1957 Studio One (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) ... Minister of Truth O'Brien
- Rendezvous (1953) ... Alexander Ferrando
 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
 1955-1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Emperor's aide / Gorgas
- Mayerling (1957) ... Emperor's aide
- Yellow Jack (1955) ... Gorgas
 1956 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Dallas
- Survival (1956) ... Dallas
 1956 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Angelo
- 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
 1955 Star Stage (TV Series)
- The Toy Lady (1955)
 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
 1954-1955 You Are There (TV Series)
Ludwig van Beethoven / William Pitt / Charles Stewart Parnell
- The Torment of Beethoven (October 6, 1802) (1955) ... Ludwig van Beethoven
- William Pitt's Last Speech to Parliament (1954) ... William Pitt
- The Fall of Parnell (December 6, 1890) (1954) ... Charles Stewart Parnell
 1954 Janet Dean, Registered Nurse (TV Series)
 1954 The Silver Chalice
Peter
 1954 Danger (TV Series)
Stranger
- Experiment with Death (1954) ... Stranger
 1954 Justice (TV Series)
 1953-1954 Omnibus (TV Series) (segment "A Marriage Has Been Arranged") / Ed Bailey (segment "The Sojourner")
- Hilde and the Turnpike (1954) ... (segment "A Marriage Has Been Arranged")
- The Sojourner (1953) ... Ed Bailey (segment "The Sojourner")
 1953 Farewell Oak Street (Short)
Commentator (voice)
 1953 The Web (TV Series)
- The Closing Net (1953)
 1953 The Philip Morris Playhouse (TV Series)
Joe
- Journey to Nowhere (1953) ... Joe
 1953 Playbill (TV Series)
- Confession (1953)
 1947 Johnny at the Fair (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1945 Headline Hunters (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1940 Children from Overseas (Short)
Narrator
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Additional Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (6 credits)
Show Show Self (155 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (22 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album: "Welcome to the Ponderosa: An Evening of Songs and Stories With Lorne Greene" (RCA) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lorne Green | Lorne & Nancy

Height:

6' (1.83 m)

Spouse:

Nancy Deale  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »

Parents:

Daniel Greene | Dora Greene
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1559 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 12, 1985 (his 70th birthday). See more »

Trademark:

Typecast as a commanding father figure both literally and professionally for younger characters. See more »

Nickname:

The Voice of Doom See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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