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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

Friday
July 25
1:40pm
To Own The World
Charles Hacket, the worlds richest man, decides he wants the Ponderosa and he will stop at nothing to get it.
TV-PG
2:50pm
The Return
Trace Cordell returns to Virginia City after serving time for shooting and crippling Paul Dorn.
TV-PG
Monday
July 28
2:00pm
The Jonah
Hoss befriends a new ranch hand thought to be a jinx, but starts to worry when a gypsy fortune tellers predictions of events ending in death start to come true.
TV-PG
3:00pm
The Spotlight
Ben is the chairman of the entertainment committee for the Virginia City anniversary celebration, and books a retired opera singer, unaware that she lost her voice.
TV-PG
Tuesday
July 29
1:40pm
Patchwork Man
Hoss befriends Patch, a young recluse with a secret.
TV-PG
2:50pm
A Time To Step Down
Wrangler Dan Tolliver is getting older and slower and Joe and Hoss think he needs easier work to do.
TV-PG