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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
December 22
2:19pm
Half A Rogue
Hoss harbors kindred spirit Big Jim Layton on the Ponderosa while trying to clear the wounded mountain man's name from charges of theft and murder. Guest Star: Slim Pickens
TV-PG
3:30pm
The Last Haircut
Duke Miller kills Carlos Rodriquez in a barber shop.
TV-PG
Tuesday
December 23
2:19pm
Marie, My Love
While Joe recovers from a fall off his horse, Ben recalls how he met Joe's mother.
TV-PG
3:30pm
The Hayburner
"Adam and Hoss purchase a thoroughbred to run in the Virginia City race, but Hoss puts him up for security in a poker game and loses. Guest Star: William Demarest and Ellen CorbyAdam and Hoss purchase a thoroughbred to run in the Virginia City race, but Hoss puts him up for security in a poker game and loses. Guest Star: William Demarest and Ellen CorbyAdam and Hoss purchase a thoroughbred to run in the Virginia City race, but Hoss puts him up for security in a poker game and loses. Guest Star: William Demarest and Ellen CorbyAdam and Hoss purchase a thoroughbred to run in the Virginia City race, but Hoss puts him up for security in a poker game and loses. Guest Star: William Demarest and Ellen CorbyAdam and Hoss purchase a thoroughbred to run in the Virginia City race, but Hoss puts him up for security in a poker game and loses. Guest Star: William Demarest and Ellen CorbyAdam and Hoss purchase a thoroughbred to run in the Virginia City race, but Hoss puts him up for security in a poker game and loses. Guest Star: William Demarest and Ellen CorbyAdam and Hoss purchase a thoroughbred to run in the Virginia City race, but Hoss puts him up for security in a poker game and loses. Guest Star: William Demarest and Ellen CorbyAdam and Hoss purchase a thoroughbred to run in the Virginia City race, but Hoss puts him up for security in a poker game and loses. Guest Star: William Demarest and Ellen CorbyAdam and Hoss purchase a thoroughbred to run in the Virginia City race, but Hoss puts him up for security in a poker game and loses. Guest Star: William Demarest and Ellen CorbyAdam and Hoss purchase a thoroughbred to run in the Virginia City race, but Hoss puts him up for security in a poker game and loses. Guest Star: William Demarest and Ellen Corby"
TV-PG
Wednesday
December 24
2:00pm
The Actress
Joe's latest love is Julia Grant.
TV-PG
3:00pm
A Stranger Passed This Way
Hoss is robbed and struck on the head, and when he regains consciousness, he can't remember anything.
TV-PG