Sunday, April 13, 2014
Canadian actor Lorne Greene was cast as Commander Adama in the 1978 Battlestar Galactica. Green spent 14 years (1959–1973) on the western TV series Bonanza. After Bonanza, however, he found work hard to get. He was in a failed cop show, and was forced to narrate a syndicated wildlife show to get work. He made two notable appearances, though: One in the Irwin Allen film Earthquake, and the other in the TV mini-series Roots.
Glen A. Larson, creator of Battlestar Galactica, cast Greene as Adama solely on the basis of Greene's continuing popularity as Ben Cartwright on Bonanza. Larson wanted a respected father-figure with gravitas to be the leader of the rag-tag fleet, and that was Greene.
Greene allegedly thought the show was inane and the role beneath him, and was glad that his scenes were limited. But he did not voice his opinion until many years later.