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Lorne Greene Biography

Birth Place:
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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


  • 1964Golden Globe-Actor in a Television Series: nominated


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