“Bonanza” was a hit TV show that premiered in the year 1959 and ran for over 14 years. With 431 episodes under its belt, it was named the longest running Western series in NBC history when it ended in 1973. “Bonanza” was a show about the lives of a fictional family, the Cartwrights, and their thousand acres of land in Nevada.
Were you a “Bonanza” fan? Whether you were or not, join us as we go back to the 60’s and share some incredible facts about the iconic TV show, “Bonanza”, and its cast members. We can bet you have never heard these juicy tidbits before!
Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright)
Lorne Greene was a musician and actor hailing out of Canada. He got the role of Ben Cartwright on “Bonanza”, who was the widowed father of the Cartwright family. He was very well loved by fans and even named one of the most loved fathers on television by TV Guide! This role really launched him to fame and it was after this role that he became a household name.
Sadly, Lorne Greene passed away at the age of 72, in 1987, from pneumonia. His career was impressive, and he appeared in many TV shows and films during his life!