How rich was “Battlestar Galacatica” actor Lorne Greene? His Wiki: , Wife, Cause of Death Net Worth

Do you want to know how much Lorne Greene is worth? We have the answer for you! First off, let’s get familiar with the person in question, shall we? He is an actor from Canadian. He was born in unknown, on unknown in to the family of Daniel Greene, Dora Greene and unknown. His talents and gifts as an actor soon became apparent and a promising career path was laid out right before him. It is also worth noting that he attended Queen’s University and earned the Nicknames of unknown throughout his studies and working career. He stands at 1.84 m in terms of height. Starring in multiple hit movies or TV shows, Lorne Greene has earned global recognition as well as amassing a fortune. In his career Lorne Greene has earned a lot of money and now has a total Net worth valued at $10 million.

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To begin with, there is no information about his early childhood, until he graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Concerning his professional career, Greene began his acting while studying at university. His sonorous voice also helped him to work as a news anchor on the Canadian radio station CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), where he soon became chief spokesman and the most popular newsreader in Canada – during the Second World War he was called The Voice of Canada. Additionally, he was a narrator for documentary films, an activity that accompanied him throughout his career. In the 1950s, he moved to the US to pursue a career in Hollywood as a film actor. At first he took minor roles, but he eventually got his big chance with a television series that was one of the most successful in the history of US television: in 1959 he was offered the role of Ben Cartwright in the television series “Bonanza”. With the role of the father of the Cartwright family, which he played until the end of the series in 1973, Greene became one of the most well-known faces on TV, including internationally, and which boosted his net worth considerably.

In 1964, the album “Welcome to the Ponderosa” was released – for the album, Lorne Greene recorded the song “Ringo”, scoring an international bestseller, as well as topping the charts in the US. In the 1960s, Greene recorded many music albums of country-western and folk songs, in which he played a mix of speaker and singer, adding to his net worth.

In the 1980s he turned his energies to wildlife and the environment. He was the host and narrator of Lorne Greene’s series “New Wilderness”, a program that promoted awareness about the environment. Moreover, Greene was known as a contributor to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade of NBC. He is also deeply remembered as the founder of Toronto’s Academy of Radio Arts.

Meantime, the actor continued successfully with the TV series “Battlestar Galactica” (1978-1980) and in the feature film “Galactica 1980”. His last role was in the episode “The Appearance” in the television series” An Angel on Earth” (1985), once again starring with Michael Landon, his son in “Bonanza”. With his white hair, sonorous voice, and calm, superior charisma, Greene specialized in presenting morally infallible authority figures.

Finally, in the personal life of the actor, Greene was married to Rita Hands from 1938 to 1960, and they had two children. In 1961, he married Nancy Deale, with whom he had another child. He was close friend of the actors Dan Blocker and Michael Landon, two of his sons in “Bonanza”. His daughter Linda Greene Bennett wrote a biography of him entitled “My Father’s Voice: The Biography of Lorne Greene”. Lorne Greene died on 11th September 1987 in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 72, suffering from pneumonia. He was buried at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Lorne Greene
  • Net Worth: $10 million
  • Date Of Birth: 12 February 1915
  • Died: 11 September 1987, Santa Monica, California, United States
  • Place Of Birth: Ottawa, Canada
  • Height: 1.84 m
  • Profession: Actor
  • Education: Queen’s University
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Spouse: Nancy Deale (m. 1961–1987), Rita Hands (m. 1938–1960)
  • Children: Gillian Greene, Belinda Susan Bennet, Charles Greene
  • Parents: Daniel Greene, Dora Greene
  • IMDB:
  • Awards: Earle Grey Award
  • Nominations: Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star – Male
  • Movies: The 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 Shows: Bonanza, 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


  • [on-air mistake during his radio days newscasts]: Western farmers are expecting their biggest crap in years.
  • [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?


  • Following his death, he was interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.
  • He 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.
  • He 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).
  • Close friends with John Colicos, with whom he did a 1952 Canadian radio performance of Joseph Conrad’s novel “Heart of Darkness”.
  • He was the only actor to appear in every episode of both Battlestar Galactica (1978) and Galactica 1980 (1980).
  • Once played George Washington in a short film produced for the National Park Service.
  • He was scheduled to appear in a flashback scene using archival footage on the new Battlestar Galactica television series, but the plan fell through.
  • Best remembered by the public for his starring role as father Ben Cartwright on Bonanza (1959).
  • He 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.
  • Biography in: “The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives.” Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 355-356. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999.
  • Pictured (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.
  • Has two children: Belinda Susan Bennet (née Greene) and Charles Greene (both born 1945), from his first marriage.
  • Died the same day as Peter Tosh.
  • His daughter Gillian Greene (born 1968), is married to director Sam Raimi. One of the Raimis’ sons is named Lorne, after him.
  • Ben 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].
  • Served, along with Betty White, as co-host of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC-TV for almost a decade, 1963-1972.
  • Invited to play Ben Cartwright after a well-received performance as Big Brother in a CBS production of 1984 on Studio One in Hollywood (1948).
  • Founded Toronto’s Academy of Radio Arts.
  • He 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).
  • Just before his death, Greene had signed on to reprise the role of Ben Cartwright in a television-movie revival of Bonanza (1959).
  • Had a #1 hit in the United States with his 1964 recording of “Ringo”, a spoken-word song.
  • When 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.
  • Received 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.
  • Attended and graduated from Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, Ontario.


  • Deep smooth commanding voice


Title Year Status Character
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory 1987 TV Movie Gen. Sam Houston
Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter 1986 Theo Marshall
Noah’s Ark 1986 Video short Noah (voice)
Highway to Heaven 1985 TV Series Fred Fusco
The Love Boat 1979-1982 TV Series Buddy Bowers / Buck Hamilton
Heidi’s Song 1982 Grandfather (voice)
Code Red 1981-1982 TV Series Battalion Chief Joe Rorchek
The Wizard of Oz 1982 The Wizard (voice)
Police Squad! 1982 TV Series Stabbed Man
Aloha Paradise 1981 TV Series Businessman
A Time for Miracles 1980 TV Movie Bishop John Carroll
Vega$ 1980 TV Series Emil Remick
Living Legend: The King of Rock and Roll 1980
Galactica 1980 1980 TV Series Commander Adama
Klondike Fever 1980 Sam Steele
Battlestar Galactica 1978-1979 TV Series Commander Adama
The Little Brown Burro 1978 TV Movie Storyteller (voice)
Battlestar Galactica 1978 Commander Adama
The Bastard 1978 TV Movie Bishop Francis
The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald 1977 TV Movie Matthew Arnold Watson
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries 1977 TV Series Inspector Hans Stavlin
SST: Death Flight 1977 TV Movie Marshall Cole
Roots 1977 TV Mini-Series John Reynolds
Arthur Hailey’s the Moneychangers 1976 TV Mini-Series George Quartermain
Man on the Outside 1975 TV Movie Wade Griffin
Nevada Smith 1975 TV Movie Jonas Cord
Earthquake 1974 Royce
Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love 1974 TV Movie Hercule
Griff 1973-1974 TV Series Wade Griffin
Tidal Wave 1973 Ambassador Warren Richards
Appointment with Destiny 1972-1973 TV Series Narrator
Bonanza 1959-1973 TV Series Ben Cartwright / Bradley Meredith
The Legend of Amaluk: An Arctic Odyssey 1972 Narrator
The Special London Bridge Special 1972 TV Movie Fiddler on the Roof
Norman Corwin Presents 1972 TV Series
The Harness 1971 TV Movie Peter Randall
Swing Out, Sweet Land 1970 TV Movie George Washington
ITV Playhouse 1970 TV Series James Beal
Destiny of a Spy 1969 TV Movie Peter Vanin
The Errand Boy 1961 Ben Cartwright – Cameo (uncredited)
Cheyenne 1960 TV Series Colonel Bell / Col. Jonathan Bell
Mike Hammer 1959 TV Series Carl Kunard / Emmett Gates
Bronco 1959 TV Series Capt. Amos Carr
Wagon Train 1959 TV Series Christopher Webb
The Hangman 1959 Marshal Clum Cummings
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna 1959 TV Series Constable Barnaby
The Third Man 1959 TV Series Marcel Genet
The Trap 1959 Davis
The Buccaneer 1958 Mercier
Shirley Temple’s Storybook 1958 TV Series King Bertrand
Suspicion 1958 TV Series Monty
Sailor of Fortune 1955-1958 TV Series Capt. Grant ‘Mitch’ Mitchell
Encounter 1952-1958 TV Series Casey / Captain Marshall / Tony Hartman / …
The Last of the Fast Guns 1958 Michael O’Reilly
Folio 1956-1958 TV Series Patiomkin / Henri / Beethoven
The Gift of Love 1958 Grant Allan
The Hard Man 1957 Rice Martin
Peyton Place 1957 Prosecutor
Studio One in Hollywood 1953-1957 TV Series Minister of the Interior / Dr. Madison West / Frank Leslie / …
Playhouse 90 1957 TV Series Lowell Williams
Kraft Theatre 1957 TV Series Col. Matthews
The United States Steel Hour 1956 TV Series Dallas
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1956 TV Series Angelo
The Alcoa Hour 1956 TV Series Sheriff Gash
Autumn Leaves 1956 Mr. Hanson
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1956 TV Series Mr. X
Studio 57 1955 TV Series Gentry Morton
Star Stage 1955 TV Series
Producers’ Showcase 1955 TV Series Julius Caesar / Gorgas
The Elgin Hour 1955 TV Series Vernon Dyall
Climax! 1955 TV Series Dr. Charles Saunders
Tight Spot 1955 Benjamin Costain
You Are There 1954-1955 TV Series Ludwig van Beethoven
William Pitt
Charles Stewart Parnell
The Silver Chalice 1954 Peter
Danger 1954 TV Series Stranger
Omnibus 1953 TV Series Ed Bailey
The Philip Morris Playhouse 1953 TV Series Joe
Playbill 1953 TV Series
Johnny at the Fair 1947 Short Narrator (voice)
Headline Hunters 1945 Short Narrator (voice)
Title Year Status Character
The Little Brown Burro 1978 TV Movie performer: “I Have a Feeing I Can’t Explain”
The Johnny Cash Show 1970 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Waco 1966 performer: “Waco”
Title Year Status Character
New Wilderness 1982 TV Series documentary producer
Title Year Status Character
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
The Canadian Conspiracy 1985 TV Movie Himself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1985 TV Special Himself
This Is Your Life 1984 TV Series documentary Himself
Reading Rainbow 1984 TV Series Himself
The Nutcracker: A Fantasy on Ice 1983 TV Movie Himself – Narrator
Cycling Through China 1982 Documentary Himself
New Wilderness 1982 TV Series documentary Host
Barbara Woodhouse Goes to Beverly Hills 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Gift of Music 1981 TV Special Himself – Host
92nd Tournament of Roses Parade 1981 TV Movie Himself
CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1981 TV Special Himself
Pink Lady 1980 TV Series Himself
The 16th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner of National Conference of Christians and Jews 1979 TV Special Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1962-1979 TV Series Himself – Actor / Himself
The 5th Annual People’s Choice Awards 1979 TV Special Himself – Accepting Award for Favourite New Dramatic Television Program
Everyday 1979 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 1979 TV Series Himself
Donny and Marie 1976-1978 TV Series Himself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Suzanne Somers 1978 TV Special Himself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: George Burns 1978 TV Special Himself
Captain Kangaroo 1977-1978 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1976-1978 TV Series Himself – Panelist
The Redd Foxx Special 1978 TV Special Himself
Yabba Dabba Doo! The Happy World of Hanna-Barbera 1977 TV Movie Himself
That’s Country 1977 Himself – Narrator (voice)
Happy Days 1977 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1974-1976 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Michael Landon 1975 TV Special Himself
Wings in the Wilderness 1975 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Last of the Wild 1974 TV Series documentary Host
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1974 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself / Himself – Guest Host
Sandy in Disneyland 1974 TV Special Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1968-1974 TV Series Himself
Grierson 1973 Documentary Himself
The Electric Company 1972-1973 TV Series Himself
NBC Children’s Theatre 1973 TV Series Himself – Narrator
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus – 103th Edition 1973 TV Movie Himself – Host
To the Wild Country 1972 TV Series documentary Host
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1972 TV Series Himself
Zenith Presents: A Salute to Television’s 25th Anniversary 1972 TV Special Himself
Wildfire! 1971 Documentary Narrator
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1971 TV Series documentary Himself
New York, New York 1971 TV Series Himself
Sesame Street 1970-1971 TV Series Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1970-1971 TV Series Himself
The Gifts 1970 Documentary short Narrator
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 1970 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Johnny Cash Show 1970 TV Series Himself – Singer
The Merv Griffin Show 1963-1970 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest
The Young Americans 1970 TV Movie Himself
Movin’ 1970 TV Movie Himself
A Matter of Fat 1970 Documentary Himself – Narrated by (voice)
People Who Care 1969 Short Himself – Narrator (voice)
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters 1969 TV Series Himself
Laugh-In 1968-1969 TV Series Himself
The Brass Are Comin’ 1969 TV Special Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1968-1969 TV Series Himself
Die Drehscheibe 1969 TV Series Himself
The First Step 1969 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Rowan & Martin at the Movies 1968 Documentary short Himself
The World of Animals: Big Cats, Little Cats 1968 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The Don Rickles Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The World of Animals: The World of Horses 1968 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Talking Pictures 1968 TV Movie Himself
First Annual All-Star Celebrity Baseball Game 1967 TV Special Himself – Celebrity
The Kraft Music Hall 1967 TV Series Himself – Host
The World of Animals: It’s a Dog’s World 1966 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The London Palladium Show 1966 TV Series Himself
I’ll Bet 1965 TV Series Himself
Lorne Greene’s American West 1965 TV Movie Himself
The Jack Paar Program 1965 TV Series Himself
The Journals of Lewis and Clark 1965 Documentary Himself – – Narrator
Funnyland 1965 TV Special Himself
76th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade 1965 TV Movie Himself
What’s This Song? 1964 TV Series Himself – Guest
Chevrolet’s Bewitching Bonanza 1964 Short Himself
Telescope 1963 TV Series documentary Himself
The 15th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1963 TV Special Himself – Presenter
The Andy Williams Show 1963 TV Series Himself
Actuality Specials 1962 TV Series documentary
The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers 1962 TV Special Himself
Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall 1962 TV Series George Washington
Here’s Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
The Big Picture 1959 TV Series documentary Himself (narrator)
Producers’ Showcase 1957 TV Series Himself
Kraft Theatre 1955 TV Series Himself
Age of Turmoil 1953 Short Himself – Narrator (voice)
Farewell Oak Street 1953 Short Himself – Narrator (voice)
Social-Sex Attitudes in Adolescence 1953 Short Himself – Narrator
Eye Witness No. 39 1952 Documentary short Himself – Narrator
Newsmagazine 1952 TV Series documentary Narrator
Eye Witness No. 32 1951 Short Himself – Narrator (voice)
Eye Witness No. 33 1951 Short Himself – Narrator (voice)
Date of Birth 1950 Short Himself – Narrator
Unto the Hundredth Generation 1950 Documentary short Himself – Narrator
The Cliff Hangers 1950 Documentary short Himself – Narration (voice)
Valley of Gold 1949 Short documentary Narrator
White Fortress 1949 Documentary short Himself – Narrator
A Capital Plan 1949 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
What’s on Your Mind 1948 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Gateway to Asia 1945 Short documentary Narrator (voice)
Ordeal by Ice 1945 Short documentary Narrator (voice)
Fighting Sea-Fleas 1944 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Keep Your Mouth Shut 1944 Short Himself (voice, unconfirmed, uncredited)
Look to the North 1944 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Our Northern Neighbour 1944 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Train Busters 1944 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Trans-Canada Express 1944 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Break-through 1944 Documentary short Himself – Narrator
Fighting Dutch 1943 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Fighting Norway 1943 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
The War for Men’s Minds 1943 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Inside Fighting China 1942 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Voice of Action 1942 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
The Mask of Nippon 1942 Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Battle for Oil 1942 Documentary short Narrator
Battle of Brains 1941 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Churchill’s Island 1941 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Warclouds in the Pacific 1941 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Front of Steel 1940 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Wings of Youth 1940 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Life and Times 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Star’s Table 1986 TV Series Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Citizen Gangster 2011 Himself: CBC Reporter (1952)
Pioneers of Television 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Ben Cartwright from Bonanza
Glen Larson on the Creation of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ 2004 Video documentary short Commander Adama (uncredited)
Remembering ‘Battlestar Galactica’ 2004 Video documentary Commander Adama (uncredited)
Working with the Daggit of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ 2004 Video documentary short Commander Adama (uncredited)
The Making of ‘Midway’ 2001 Video documentary short Royce (scene from “Earthquake”)
Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming 1999 Short Commander Adama (uncredited)
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Ben Cartwright
War at Sea: The Black Pit 1995 Documentary Narrator of Wartime Documentary (uncredited)
Back to Bonanza 1993 TV Movie Ben Cartwright
The Wayne and Shuster Years 1991 TV Movie documentary
Quantum Leap 1989 TV Series Himself
Conquest of the Earth 1981 TV Movie Commander Adama
Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack 1979 TV Movie Commander Adama
Has Anybody Here Seen Canada? A History of Canadian Movies 1939-1953 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself – In Recording Studio (uncredited)
TV: The Fabulous Fifties 1978 TV Movie Himself / Ben Cartwright
Sesame Street 1971-1975 TV Series Himself
Turn of the Tide 1962 Short documentary Himself


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