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Bonanza

Lorne Greene

Ben Cartwright

Ben Cartrwright
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 Macys Thanksgiving Day parade with former Golden Girls star Betty White. He died on of pneumonia 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

Thursday
April 17
3:00pm
Cutthroat Junction
The Cartwrights travel with trouble shooter Ted Trask in an attempt to bring law and order to a town.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Gift
While in Arizona to buy horses, Joe takes a lone trip to Yuma to pick up a beautiful white horse for his father's birthday.
TV-PG
Friday
April 18
3:00pm
The Rival
Hoss is sweet on a young lady named Cameo who has caught the eye of Jim Appelgate.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Infernal Machine
Hoss tries to assist Daniel Pettibone in getting financial backing for his 'horseless carriage.'
TV-PG
Monday
April 21
3:00pm
The Thunderhead Swindle
While trying to deal with cattle rustlers, Ben learns of a strike at the Thunderhead Mine.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Secret
Mary Parson is murdered and her family says she was on her way to meet little Joe.
TV-PG