Lorne Greene Poster


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Overview (5)

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died in Santa Monica, California, USA  (pneumonia following heart surgery)
Birth NameLyon Chaim Green
Nicknames The Voice of Doom
The Voice of Canada
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 a film career in Hollywood, 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, CA.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Family (2)

Spouse Nancy Deale (17 December 1961 - 11 September 1987)  (his death)  (1 child)
Rita Hands (3 September 1940 - 1960)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Parents Daniel Greene
Dora Greene

Trade Mark (3)

Deep smooth commanding voice
Typecast as a commanding father figure both literally and professionally for younger characters.
Premature grey hair

Trivia (23)

Attended and graduated from Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, Ontario.
Received his Bachelor's degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (1937). He later received an honorary degree (Doctor of Laws) from the university (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.
Just before his death, he had signed on to reprise the role of Ben Cartwright in a television-movie revival of Bonanza (1959).
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 George Orwell's "1984" on Studio One (1948).
Along with Betty White, he served as co-host of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC-TV for 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.
Had two children from his first marriage (to Rita Hands): Linda Susan Bennett (nee Greene, 1944-2004) and Charles Greene (1945).
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 (2004) 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).
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.
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).
He was posthumously awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario in 2015 (what would have been his 100th birthday).
Following his death, he was interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.
Passed away on the same date as Peter Tosh.
Being interviewed on the nationally syndicated Larry King Show, Besides all the accolades and awards from his illustrious career in Television. Lorne's most prized possession was elaborate mural of the Ponderosa with the Sierra Mountains in the background. painted by a German artist.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on playing the role 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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