‘Bonanza’: Lorne Greene Was Recognized With Major Honor on What Would’ve Been 100th Birthday

by Joe Rutland

Fans never forget Bonanza legendary star Lorne Greene. When it was what would have been his 100th birthday, Greene was honored.

How so, you may ask? Let’s take a look and see.

According to IMDb, Greene posthumously was awarded a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario in 2015. This would have been his 100th birthday and if you want to know why Canada? Well, he was a native of the country.

Greene’s voice was recognized when he was a radio broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Back in 1943, he was known as “The Voice of Doom” as he reported about World War II casualties.

Also, here’s the actual ceremony honoring the Bonanza legend. Make sure you catch who talks about him early in the video celebration. It’s his Battlestar Galactica co-star, Richard Hatch.

From 1959-73, Lorne Greene played Ben Cartwright on Bonanza. A number of years after the NBC Western drama ended its long, successful run, Greene played Commander Adama opposite Hatch. He also played Adama in Galactica 1980.

‘Bonanza’ Star Did Agree With Idea That Era of ‘Great Actor’ Was Over

When some Outsiders hear this line of thinking, they might take a double-clutch and not agree with this.

Well, they might say that Bonanza star Lorne Greene was a great actor.

Still, Greene had an idea about this thought. He expands on it when Greene did an early 1980s interview with Steve Liebmann and Sue Kellaway on Australia’s TV show Today.

So, Greene explained why he felt that the “days of the great actors and the great roles” are over. Greene did not assert that he should or would be considered among those greats like Laurence Olivier. What changed?

When actors like Olivier were coming up, they did not have a TV show like Bonanza or just regular TV shows. TV was a new idea. It provided an entirely new medium for countless fresh faces and personalities, few of them familiar.

“Well, uh, new ideas,” Greene said. “New forms of entertainment. People want to see new people coming along. I remember in the old days, I used to go to the movies. I’d go to the movie because a certain actor was in it.

“And I began to empathize with the actors or actresses that I came to know through the motion pictures. Today, a lot of new people come along. I don’t know who they are,” he said.

Bonanza provided Lorne Greene with a powerful outlet to become one of television’s most recognized voices and faces. Yet his answers show that he had a deep appreciation for actors who developed their craft in movies and theaters.