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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
May 29
3:00pm
Gift Of Water
Jason Gant is trapped in a well cave-in and Hoss comes to his rescue.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Jackknife
After a rash of cattle rustling, the Cartwrights set out to find clues.
TV-PG
5:11pm
The Guilty
Ben is a helpless witness when the son of former lawman Lem Partridge is shot and killed by Jack Groat.
TV-PG
Monday
June 1
3:00pm
The Wooing Of Abigail Jones
Ponderosa ranch hand Hank Myers is in love, but the object of his affection pays him no mind.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Lawmaker
After Sheriff Coffee is injured, Virginia City needs a new Sheriff.
TV-PG
5:11pm
Look To The Stars
Ben is puzzled when the son of his friends is expelled from school.
TV-PG
Tuesday
June 2
3:00pm
The Gamble
The Cartwrights are framed for a bank robbery and murder.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Crucible
When Adam and Joe go to Eastgate after a cattle drive, they decide to meet at Signal Rock in three days.
TV-PG
5:00pm
Inger, My Love
While Ben is waiting for Adam and Hoss to return for Hoss' birthday, he reflects on first meeting Hoss' mother.
TV-PG