Born in 1915, Canadian Lorne Greene played the patriarch of the Cartwright clan, Ben Cartwright. Before working on Bonanza, Greene was best known as a reporter and the main radio announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Company during World War II. The gloomy news that he announced during WWII along with Greene’s deep, booming voice earned him the nickname “The Voice of Doom.”
After his many years starring as the head of the Cartwright family on “Bonanza,” Green continued to work in television. Some of the shows he starred in included “Battlestar Galactica” and “Code Red.” He was also a sponsor for a number of commercials for Alpo dog food. Television’s much beloved “Pa” passed away in 1987 at the age of 72.