Feb 1, 2015: Cowboys & Indians: 10 Things You Don't Know about Lorne Greene
More than four decades after Bonanza ended its 14-year run as must-see TV on NBC, Lorne Greene continues to loom large in our collective pop-culture consciousness for his iconic performance as Ben Cartwright, proud owner of the vast Ponderosa ranch and sage father to three loyal sons — Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker), and Little Joe (Michael Landon).
Feb 12, 1915: Lorne Hyman Greene was born in Ottawa, Ontario,
June 4, 1967: Green spoke at an event to salute the Southern California Canadian community in Los Angeles, California.
June 27, 1969: Greene was awarded the OC (Officer of the Order of Canada) by the Governor General of Canada for his services to the performing arts and community.
April 15, 1974: Greene appeared on the cover of People with healing needles stuck in his ear. People reported: “Lorne Greene’s back pained him so badly he could barely sit still for five minutes in his makeup chair. At night he couldn’t sleep. When a back corset and breathing exercises brought no relief, out of desperation he tried acupuncture. After his first treatment, he recalls, ‘I got dressed, went home, and waited for the pain to return. It never did.’ Greene was so delighted that he has become a big booster of the art, having recommended treatment to more than a hundred people.”
February 12, 1985: Greene was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 1559 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California
September 11, 1987: Lorne Greene died of pneumonia following heart surgery at age 72 in
Santa Monica, California.
June 20, 2004: Ben Cartwright, Greene's character on Bonanza, was ranked #2 by TV Guide in its list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time"