Lorne Greene

  • Birth Place: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Died: September 11, 1987
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Was a newscaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation during World War II.
  • Made his Broadway debut as a radio journalist in The Prescott Proposals in 1953, and his feature-film debut the next year in The Silver Chalice.
  • Said he patterned his Bonanza role after his father, a Russian Jewish immigrant who sold orthopedic shoes for a living.
  • In 1964, his single "Ringo" (mostly spoken) hit No. 1 on the pop and adult-contemporary charts.
  • Was Canada's Man of the Year in 1965 and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1969.
  • Was preparing to recreate his Bonanza role in a reunion TV-movie titled Bonanza: The Next Generation, but died shortly before filming began.
  • In 2006, became one of the first four entertainers ever to be featured on a Canada Post stamp.

Awards

  • 1964, Golden Globe — Actor in a Television Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Daniel Greene — Father
  • Gillian Greene-Raimi — Daughter
  • Dora Greene — Mother
  • Belinda Greene Bennet — Daughter
  • Nancy Deale — Wife
  • Charles Greene — Son
  • Rita Hands — Ex-wife

College

  • Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (BA, 1937)

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