Lorne Greene

Actor and Musician
Born Feb 12, 1915

Lyon Himan Green, OC, better known by the stage name Lorne Greene, was a Canadian actor and musician. His television roles include Ben Cartwright on the western Bonanza, and Commander Adama in the science fiction movie and subsequent television series Battlestar Galactica. He also worked on the Canadian television nature documentary series Lorne Greene's New Wilderness, and in television commercials as a dog food spokesman.… Read More

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1915 Birth Lorne Greene was born Lyon Himan Green on 12 February 1915, in Ottawa, Ontario, to Russian Jewish immigrants, Dora (née Grinovsky) and Daniel Green, a shoemaker. … Read More


1939 24 Years Old Greene was assigned as the principal newsreader on the CBC National News. The CBC gave him the nickname "The Voice of Canada"; however, his role in delivering distressing war news in sonorous tones with his deep, resonant voice following Canada's entry into World War II in 1939 caused many listeners to call him "The Voice of Doom", particularly since he was delegated the assignment of reading the dreaded list of soldiers killed in the war. … Read More
1940 25 Years Old …  Some reports list the start of their marriage as 1940. … Read More


1953 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Actress and theatre producer Katharine Cornell cast him twice in her Broadway productions. In 1953, he was cast in The Prescott Proposals. … Read More
1954 39 Years Old In 1954 he made his Hollywood debut as Saint Peter in The Silver Chalice and made several more films and appearances on American television. … Read More


1964 49 Years Old In 1964, Greene had a #1 single on the music charts with his spoken-word ballad, "Ringo" (which referred to the real-life Old West outlaw Johnny Ringo, not to Ringo Starr of the Beatles), and got a lot of play time from "Saga of the Ponderosa", which detailed the Cartwright founding of the famous ranch.


1969 54 Years Old He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on 28 October 1969, "For services to the Performing Arts and to the community." … Read More
1973 58 Years Old In 1973, after the cancellation of Bonanza following a 14-year run, Greene joined Ben Murphy in the ABC crime drama, Griff, about a Los Angeles, California, police officer, Wade "Griff" Griffin, who retires to become a private detective.
1974 59 Years Old When it failed to gain sufficient ratings and was cancelled after thirteen episodes, Greene thereafter hosted the syndicated nature documentary series Last of the Wild from 1974 to 1975.


1977 62 Years Old In the 1977 miniseries Roots, he played the first master of Kunta Kinte, John Reynolds. … Read More
1980 65 Years Old Greene was also known for his role as Commander Adama, another patriarchal figure, in the science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979) and Galactica 1980 (1980).
1981 66 Years Old Greene's typecasting as a wise father character continued with the 1981 series, Code Red as a Fire Department Fire Chief whose command includes his children as subordinates.
1985 70 Years Old Greene underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 1985.
1987 72 Years Old 1 More Event
Greene was the 1987 recipient of the Earle Grey Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Canadian Gemini Awards. … Read More
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