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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

Monday
August 3
2:30pm
Journey To Terror
Joe visits old friends Tom and Ellie Sue Blackwell who have fallen on hard times due to a drought. T
TV-PG
3:30pm
Amigo
Amigo is wounded while leaving a holdup with his gang.
TV-PG
4:36pm
Judgment At Red Creek
The stage carrying Sheriff Rimbau, Hoss, Joe and some others stop at Red Creek station and find the Sheriffs brother shot and another man killed.
TV-PG
Tuesday
August 4
2:30pm
A Man Without Land
Matt Jeffers is in trouble: His ranch is about to be sold for back taxes, his land is drying up for lack of water and his son is losing interest in the ranch.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Napoleon's Children
Napoleon leads a gang of young troublemakers who are terrorizing Virginia City.
TV-PG
4:30pm
The Wormwood Cup
Even though the coroners inquest found Joe shot in self defense, he feels guilty for killing Zach Krenshaw.
TV-PG
Wednesday
August 5
2:30pm
The Greedy Ones
Gus Shultz, an old prospector, comes into Virginia City claiming he finally struck gold.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Second Chance
Joe and Hoss have gone to warn the settlers about renegade Indians and Joe is shot by an arrow.
TV-PG
4:30pm
Sense Of Duty
The 116th Division of the Virginia City Militia has Ben called up to active duty along with Major Ben Cartwright.
TV-PG