Lorne Greene And The Fate Of A Horse

By | February 19, 2019

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Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright on Buck in a scene from TV’s “Bonanza” Source: (Photo by: Fred Sabine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

TV’s Bonanza was one of the longest running television series of all time, spanning 14 years and 431 episodes from 1959 to 1973. The series centered on ranch owner, Ben Cartwright, played by actor Lorne Greene, and his three adult sons. One of the hallmarks of the series was the moral dilemmas that were presented and how Greene’s patriarchal character helped to resolve them. But when the series ended in 1973, Greene was faced with his own moral dilemma…what would become of Buck, his horse on the series. In true Cartwright form, Greene came up with a solution that led to a happily ever after for the horse that had become Greene’s co-star for so many years. 

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Lorne Greene. Source: (canadaswalkoffame.com)

Lorne Greene Selected His Own Horse

Prior to the start of filming Bonanza, the four actors that were to play the Cartwright men, Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, and Michael Landon, all went to Fat Jones Stables to pick out the horses they would ride on the show. Greene chose a beautiful thoroughbred buckskin horse named Buck. Buck proved to be a great actor…he was a quick learner, agile, athletic, and he looked great on camera.