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Bonanza

Lorne Greene

Ben Cartwright

A man of many talents, Lorne Greene first made his mark in show biz as "The Voice of Canada" using his voice to broadcast news of World War II. After switching his focus to acting, Greene began garnering roles in TV and movies, many of them Westerns. A guest spot on Wagon Train helped him land the plum role of Ben Cartwright, which catapulted him to fame. While starring on Bonanza, Greene also recorded seven LPs for RCA Records, climbing all the way to the top of the charts with his No. 1 hit "Ringo" in 1964. The B-Side of the single had a lyrical version of the Bonanza theme song. In 1969 he was awarded an Officer of the Order of Canada for his services to the performing arts and community. After Bonanza, Green went on to several other TV roles, among them hosting Lorne Greene's New Wilderness, playing the unforgettable Captain Adama on the original Battlestar Galactica, and doing memorable spots for Alpo Dog Food. Greene also served as co-host of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade with former Golden Girls star Betty White. He died of pneumonia on Sept. 11, 1987 at the age of 72. Just before his death, he had signed on to reprise his role in a TV-movie version of Bonanza; a flashback appearance on the new Battlestar Galactica was also planned.

Character Bio

Righteous and strong, Ponderosa patriarch Ben Cartwright is a range-riding pillar of justice. Owning the largest ranch in Nevada makes him a hugely wealthy man, though he never forgets his humble roots. Ben is often found offering a helping hand to neighbors as well as strangers in times of need. He's wise and kind but sadly, no stranger to tragedy. A three-time widower, Ben has three sons -- Adam, Hoss and Little Joe -- each by a different wife. His family keeps him strong and sane in the never-a-dull moment world of ranching in the Wild West.

Bonanza TV Schedule

Tuesday
February 16
12:00pm
Love Me Not
When Ben visits his friends the Pauites, they give him a girl they raised. It is a gift that cannot be returned without causing the woman to be killed by the Paiutes. Thus, Ben takes her home to mend her to his ways of life.
TV-PG
Wednesday
February 17
12:00pm
The Pure Truth
Hoss goes to Red Rock Arizona & is arrested for bank robbery. He escapes and finds refuge with a hermit, who soon discovers there's a reward on Hoss' head and must decide whether or not to turn Hoss in.
TV-PG
Thursday
February 18
12:00pm
No Less A Man
The Wagner gang is headed to Virginia City & concerned citizens decide Roy is too old to be the Sheriff. They agree to Adam acting as his assistant rather than replacing him, but quickly grow more frustrated over Roy's behavior.
TV-PG