It was Lorne's 1959 appearance on the series Wagon Train led to his role on Bonanza.
Lorne played a prosecutor in the film Peyton Place.
Lorne served in the Canadian army during the war.
Lorne was also known as "The Voice of Canada."
Lorne had two children, Belinda and Charles, from his first marriage.
Lorne died on the same day as Peter Tosh.
His daughter Gillian Greene is married to director Sam Raimi. One of the Raimis' sons is named Lorne, after him.
Ben Cartwright, Lorne's character on Bonanza, was ranked #2 by TV Guide in its list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [June 20, 2004 issue].
Lorne was invited to play Ben Cartwright after a well-received performance as 'Big Brother' in a CBS production of Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Lorne, along with Betty White, was co-host of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC-TV for almost a decade, (1963-72).
Lorne founded Toronto's 'Academy of Radio Arts'.
He was the Monday night host for CBS Radio's Sears Mystery Theater, and was still Monday's host when it became The Mutual Radio Theater on Mutual Radio.
Just before his death, Lorne had signed on to reprise the role of Ben Cartwright in a TV-movie revival of Bonanza.
Lorne is interred at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California.
Lorne had a #1 hit in the U.S. with his 1960's recording "Ringo", which was a spoken word song.
Lorne attended Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa, Ontario.
Lorne stood 6 feet, 1 inch tall.
Lorne's nickname was "The Voice of Doom."