1915 – He was born this year in Ottawa, Ontario. He gave up on a career in chemical engineering and, upon graduation, found a job as a radio broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
1938 – He was married to Rita Hands and divorced her in 1960.
1939 – He was called the “voice of Doom” in his role in delivering distressing war news in sonorous tones following Canada’s entry into World War II.”
1943 – He also narrated documentary films, such as the National Film Board of Canada’s Fighting Norway.
1957 – He played the role of the prosecutor in the socially controversial movie Peyton Place.
1959 – The first of his American television roles was as family patriarch Ben Cartwright on the long-running western series Bonanza which lasted for more than a decade.
1961 – He got married for the second time to Nancy Deale
1974 – He hosted the CBS nature documentary series "Last of the Wild" for one year.
1978 – His best-known role was Commander Adama, another patriarchal figure, in the science fiction feature film and television series Battlestar Galactica.
1964 – He had a #1 single on the music charts with his hit ballad, "Ringo.”
1987 – He died this year in Sta. Monica, California.