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Lorne Greene

Lorne Greene

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Full NameLorne Greene
Net Worth$10 million
Date Of Birth12 February 1915
Age104 years 5 months
Died11 September 1987, Santa Monica, California, United States
Place Of BirthOttawa, Canada
Height1.84 m
EducationQueen's University
SpouseNancy Deale (m. 1961–1987), Rita Hands (m. 1938–1960)
ChildrenGillian Greene, Belinda Susan Bennet, Charles Greene
ParentsDaniel Greene, Dora Greene
IMDBLorne Greene IMDB
AwardsEarle Grey Award
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Male
MoviesThe Hard Man, Peyton Place, The Silver Chalice, Autumn Leaves, Earthquake, Tight Spot, Heidi's Song, The Buccaneer, Saga of a Star World, The Gift of Love, Klondike Fever, The Bastard, SST: Death Flight, The Last of the Fast Guns, A Time for Miracles, Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter, The Alamo: 13 Days...
TV ShowsBonanza, Battlestar Galactica, Galactica 1980, Roots, Code Red, Griff, Yabba Dabba Doo! The Happy World of Hanna-Barbera, The Moneychangers, To the Wild Country, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Quotes of Lorne Greene

1[on-air mistake during his radio days newscasts]: Western farmers are expecting their biggest crap in years.
2[on playing the role of a father to his sons on Bonanza (1959)]: It takes discipline not to retreat to the same reactions every time. After all, how many ways can you give a boy advice?

Quick Facts of Lorne Greene

1$11,000 /week (1966)
2Following his death, he was interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.
3He was the original inventor of the count-down clock that allowed a show, in filming, to know how much time was remaining in each segment of filming and in the total length of the show. This allowed the directors and actors to know how much time they had in which to complete a program or segment. His patent was the source of some wealth in the pre-computer era of filming.
4He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1559 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 12, 1985 (his 70th birthday).
5Close friends with John Colicos, with whom he did a 1952 Canadian radio performance of Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness".
6He was the only actor to appear in every episode of both Battlestar Galactica (1978) and Galactica 1980 (1980).
7Once played George Washington in a short film produced for the National Park Service.
8He was scheduled to appear in a flashback scene using archival footage on the new Battlestar Galactica television series, but the plan fell through.
9Best remembered by the public for his starring role as father Ben Cartwright on Bonanza (1959).
10He was awarded the OC (Officer of the Order of Canada) by the Governor General of Canada on June 27, 1969 for his services to the performing arts and community.
11Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives." Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 355-356. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
12Pictured (as Ben Cartwright, his character on Bonanza (1959)) on one of four 51¢ Canadian commemorative postage stamps honoring "Canadians in Hollywood", issued 22 May 2006. Others honored in this set are John Candy, Fay Wray and Mary Pickford.
13Has two children: Belinda Susan Bennet (née Greene) and Charles Greene (both born 1945), from his first marriage.
14Died the same day as Peter Tosh.
15His daughter Gillian Greene (born 1968), is married to director Sam Raimi. One of the Raimis' sons is named Lorne, after him.
16Ben Cartwright, Greene's character on Bonanza (1959), was ranked #2 by TV Guide in its list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [June 20, 2004 issue].
17Served, along with Betty White, as co-host of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC-TV for almost a decade, 1963-1972.
18Invited to play Ben Cartwright after a well-received performance as Big Brother in a CBS production of 1984 on Studio One in Hollywood (1948).
19Founded Toronto's Academy of Radio Arts.
20He was the Monday night host for CBS Radio's "Sears Mystery Theater" (1979). He was still Monday's host when it became "The Mutual Radio Theater" on Mutual Radio (1980).
21Just before his death, Greene had signed on to reprise the role of Ben Cartwright in a television-movie revival of Bonanza (1959).
22Had a #1 hit in the United States with his 1964 recording of "Ringo", a spoken-word song.
23When he was an announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the early years of World War II, he was nicknamed "The Voice of Doom" for the combination of his deep voice and the usually gloomy news reports about the war he had to read.
24Received his Bachelor's degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1937. He later received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the university in 1971.
25Attended and graduated from Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, Ontario.

Trademarks of Lorne Greene

1Deep smooth commanding voice

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