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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

Wednesday
June 29
12:00pm
A Lawman's Lot Is Not A Happy One
Roy & Ben are going to San Francisco to testify against timber sharks, until he finds the deputy from Plaserville won't be arriving, as Hoss had a fight with him. Ben needs Roy to testify so Ben insists Hoss take over as Sheriff
TV-PG
Thursday
June 30
12:00pm
Anatomy Of A Lynching
Will Griner is acquitted of murder, which upsets the people of Virginia City. They feel Griner silenced witnesses, & are ready to lynch him. Ben works to reopen the case by finding the truth about the case.
TV-PG
Friday
July 1
12:00pm
To Stop A War
Frank, a prominent rancher, wants the cattlemen's association to hire a Range Detective to stop the rustling. Joe suggests Dan for the job, & things go great until Frank shoots someone * tries to blame Dan for the shooting.
TV-PG