Greene, Lorne Hyman
Lorne Hyman Greene, entertainer (b at Ottawa 12 Feb 1915; d at Santa Monica, Calif 11 Sept 1987). While taking chemical engineering at Queen's, he became involved in amateur theatrics and after graduation spent 2 years in New York studying drama. Settling in Toronto, he became active in radio, eventually as chief news broadcaster for the CBC 1939-42. Following service in WWII, he returned to radio in Toronto, was co-founder of the Jupiter Theatre there and established and taught at the Academy of Radio Arts. In 1953, like many of his talented contemporaries, he headed south and for 5 years appeared in Broadway plays. Then for 14 years, beginning in 1959, he was Ben Cartwright on the highly successful TV series "Bonanza." Thereafter, he continued to appear on television, including stints in several other series such as "Battlestar Galactica." In the 1980s his energy was mainly directed at wildlife and environment preservation, notably through his television series "Lorne Greene's New Wilderness." At the 1987 Geminis he was posthumously awarded the Earle Grey Award.
Lorne Greene was nicknamed the "Voice of Doom" both for his deep intonation and his role as the CBC's principal radio news anchor during the early war years, when most reports from the front were discouraging.
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