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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
June 29
2:50pm
Rain From Heaven
Tulsa Weems comes to drought stricken Virginia City with his family, claiming to be a rainmaker.
TV-PG
4:00pm
Twilight Town
On his way home, Joe is bushwhacked, and stumbles into the town of Martinsville.
TV-PG
Tuesday
June 30
2:30pm
The Toy Soldier
Adam travels to Sheep Head to gather some wayward cattle.
TV-PG
3:30pm
A Question Of Strength
Hoss travels by stagecoach in the company of Mother Veronica and sister-in-training Mary Kathleen.
TV-PG
Wednesday
July 1
2:30pm
Calamity Over The Comstock
Joe makes a promise to a dying man to look after his young charge Cal.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Journey Remembered
Ben looks back at his travels west with five year old Adam and Hoss mother Inger.
TV-PG