Lorne Greene Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Oluniyi Akande
Jan 31, 2024 By Oluniyi Akande
Originally Published on Jun 28, 2022
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Lorne Greene was a well-known Canadian actor and was known as the 'Voice Of Doom'.
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About Lorne Greene

Lorne Greene was a Canadian TV actor, radio personality, and singer, best known for his role as 'Father Ben Cartwright' on the tv series 'Bonanza.'

Lorne Hyman Greene, whose birth name was Lyon Hyman Greene, was born on February 12, 1915, in Ontario, Canada. His parents, Daniel Greene and Dora Greene, were immigrants of Russian Jewish descent.

Lorne Greene had his graduation from the Lisgar Collegiate Institute located in his hometown, Ottawa, and in 1937, he graduated with a bachelor's degree from Queen's University in Kingston. After graduation, Lorne Greene worked as a radio broadcaster at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and during World war II, Lorne served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a flying officer. While working at the CBC, Lorne Greene was known as the 'Voice Of Canada' and the 'Voice Of Doom.'

Lorne Greene married Rita Hands in 1938, and they had two children, Charles Greene and Linda Greene Bennet. After his divorce from Rita Hands in 1960, Lorne Greene married Nancy Deale, a famous 'Bonanza' American actress, in 1961 and they had one child, Gillian Greene. In his career as a TV actor, Lorne Greene starred in over 70 films and received seven awards and one nomination, including inductions to walks of fame. After accruing a net worth of over millions of dollars, Lorne Greene passed away in Santa Monica, at 72 years old.

Lorne Greene Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Lorne Greene’s net worth?

Prominent TV actor and 'Bonanza' star Lorne Greene earned his income from his acting and singing career. He had a net worth of over $10 million before his death.

How much did Lorne Greene earn per year?

The 'Galactica' celeb Lorne Hyman Greene did not reveal his annual income but he earned $11,000 weekly for the TV's 'Bonanza' series.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Lorne Greene?

Lorne Greene was 6 ft (183 cm) tall.

How old was Lorne Greene?

'Bonanza' actor Lorne Greene celebrated his birthday on February 12. Lorne was 72 years old when he died.

Childhood And Education

TV actor Lorne Greene was born on February 12, 1915, in Ottawa, Ontario, in eastern Canada.

Lorne Greene was called Lyon Hyman Greene at birth, although his mother called him 'Chaim.' Greene was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, by parents Daniel Greene, a shoemaker, and Dora Greene who were Jewish immigrants from the Russian empire after his only brother and sibling passed away in infancy during the 1918 flu epidemic. Greene's parents wanted him to become a concert violinist but instead, Lorne Greene studied Chemical Engineering at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, from 1932 to 1937. Upon graduation, Lorne Greene received a fellowship to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York. At the theatre, he studied languages and prepared himself for the drama guild, and this bolstered his competence as a TV actor when he began his acting career.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Lorne Greene’s partner?

Lorne Greene was married twice. Greene dated Rita Hands, a Canadian lady, for a year before they married in 1938 and had twins, Charles Greene and Linda Greene, in 1945. After his marriage of 22 years to Rita Hands, Lorne Greene divorced Hands in 1960 and married Nancy Deale, an American actress whom he met on-stage 'Bonanza' on December 28, 1961. His marriage with Deale lasted for 26 years, and they had one daughter, Gillian Dania Greene, better known as Gillian Greene. Lorne Greene passed away in 1987, and Nancy passed away on March 2, 2004, in California, United States.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Lorne Greene is best known for his notable television roles as 'Father Ben Cartwright' in the tv series 'Bonanza' and as 'Commander Adama' in the sci-fi 'Battlestar Galactica.'

Lorne Greene began his career in acting and television commercials while in university. At Camp Arowhon, a summer camp in Ontario, Lorne Greene served as the drama instructor, and after graduation, he worked as a radio broadcaster at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

While working at the CBC, he read the CBC National News, earned the nicknames 'The Voice Of Canada,' and 'The Voice Of Doom,' and invented a stopwatch that ran backward to help radio broadcasters pace themselves. After the war, Lorne Greene founded the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto in 1945, and in 1954, he made his Hollywood debut. Lorne Greene starred in many notable films like 'Sailor Of Fortune' and 'The Prescott Proposals' in the '50s, but his role in the 1959 'Wagon Train' caught the attention of the 'Bonanza' producers.

Lorna Greene joined the 'Bonanza' tv series in 1959, and the show ran for 14 years until 1972. While starring in the series, Lorne Greene ventured into a musical career and recorded two 'Bonanza' albums. As a solo artist, Lorne released several singles that trended on the Billboard chart, like 'As Time Goes By' and 'You Make Me Feel So Young.' In the '70s, Lorne Greene again featured in top movies like the science fiction film 'Battlestar Galactica' and played the lead role as 'Commander Adama.'

In his later life, Lorne Greene hosted nature series and devoted himself to environmental problems. On September 11, 1987, he passed away in Santa Monica, California, after he developed complications following a surgical operation.

What awards did Lorne Greene win?

For his outstanding role as 'Father Ben Cartwright' in the 'Bonanza' series, Lorne Greene received the Bambi Awards for 'Best International TV Series' in 1969. In 1971, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by his alma mater, Queen's University. Lorne Greene received several other awards during his career, including the Golden Globes Awards and an induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Other Interesting Lorne Greene Facts And Trivia

  • His daughter Linda Greene Bennett wrote his biography.
  • Nancy Deale, his second wife, gave up her acting career for him due to geographical issues.

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Actor, Singer


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Nancy Deale


Daniel Greene, Dora Greene
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