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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 31
2:30pm
The Newcomers
Ben discovers hydraulic miners camped on the ranch and has Hoss escort them off.
TV-PG
3:30pm
The Paiute War
The Pauites are falsely accused of attacks and the militia is summoned.
TV-PG
4:36pm
Enter Mark Twain
Virginia City is visited by Samuel Clemens who writes editorials for the Territorial Enterprise.
TV-PG
Tuesday
September 1
2:30pm
The Julia Bulette Story
Little Joe falls in love with Julia Bulette, a saloon owner.
TV-PG
3:30pm
The Saga Of Annie O'Toole
Annie O'Toole comes to Washoe Digging with a claim to a mine filed by her beau Swede Lundberg. Guest Star: Alan Hale
TV-PG
4:36pm
The Diedeshiemer Story
Philip Diedeshiemer works with Adam to prevent mine cave-ins. Guest Star: Alan Hale
TV-PG
Wednesday
September 2
2:42pm
Mr. Henry Comstock
Henry Comstock claims ownership in a major gold strike.
TV-PG
3:54pm
The Magnificent Adah
Actress Adah Isaacs Mencken visits Virginia City and is followed by old boyfriend John Regan.
TV-PG
5:00pm
The Truckee Strip
The Cartwrights are embroiled in a feud with their neighbors the Bishops. Guest Star: James Coburn
TV-PG