Actor Lorne Greene is best known for his role Ben “Pa” Cartwright on the western “Bonanza” from 1959 until 1973. According to an article on CelebrityNetWorth.com, the actor was worth approximately $10 million when he died in 1987. This figure has been adjusted for inflation.
In addition to his role as the patriarch of the Cartwright family on the popular television show “Bonanza,” Greene appeared in several other television shows, as well as on radio. His work covered several genres during his career.
According to the article, before he appeared on “Bonanza,” Lorne Greene played Captain Grant “Mitch” Mitchell in “Sailor of Fortune” on television. He appeared on that show from 1955 until 1958. After “Bonanza” ended in 1973, Greene moved on to the series “Griff.” He played the character Wade Griffin until 1974.
Following “Griff,” he appeared on “Battlestar Galactica” during 1981 and 1982. He played Battalion Chief Joe Rorchek on the sci-fi show. Greene also appeared in the documentary show “Lorne Greene’s New Wilderness.”
Greene’s career also included roles in film, according to the article. His work during his career earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was honored with the star during 1985. His star is located at 1551 Vine Street. Greene also earned a Golden Globe nomination in 1964 for his work as “Pa” Cartwright on “Bonanza.”
Lorne Greene was a Canadian actor. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, during February 1915. He died on Sept. 11, 1987. His cause of death was pneumonia, according to the article. He was 72 years old.
Lorne Greene Talks about ‘Bonanza’ During 1983 Interview
In a video interview recorded in 1983, Lorne Greene reflected on his career, as well as his tenure on “Bonanza.” At first, he was not very happy with the western show.
“I remember one time after about 17 or 18 shows, I really wanted to get out of the show,” he said during the interview. “I thought the show was not doing what I had told the show was going to be about.”
The actor also said that he did not like that early episodes of “Bonanza” opened with a character pointing a gun at someone who had arrived on the Ponderosa. So, he went to a producer to share his thoughts.
“I said, ‘Look, I said if a stranger comes on the Ponderosa, why do we have to point a gun at him? And say, ‘What are you doing in the Ponderosa? He doesn’t know where he is – it’s a thousand square miles,'” Greene recalls. “Why don’t we say, listen where are you from, St. Louis? Great. How about staying with us for a week? Just be our guest. We’ll talk. We’ll find out what’s happening in the rest of the world. At least, let’s be human beings. Let’s not be antagonists.”
The producer decided to listen to Lorne Greene and the nature of the show changed. The main characters on “Bonanza” started to welcome visitors to the Ponderosa.
“Eventually, that became our characters. Instead of being a Western-shoot-em-up, it became a series about a four-letter word – love,” Greene also said.