Michael Landon
Actor, director, producer, writer
Michael Landon
Michael Landon was an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is widely known for his roles as Little Joe Cartwright in Bonanza (1959–1973), Charles Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983), and Jonathan Smith in Highway to Heaven (1984–1989). Landon appeared on the cover of TV Guide 22 times, second only to Lucille Ball (TV Guide, July 6, 1991).
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Little House in the Big Bedford Woods - Patch.com
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That's what Michael Landon did. I admire Pa and Ma Ingalls for their ability to stay upbeat in the wilderness. I might be able to hold it together after keeping my toilets filled, clearing out trees and foraging for food if I had a shower,
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Savage Beats 2: A Werewolf Playlist - FEARnet.com
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Definitely the best track from their 1980 debut album Songs the Lord Taught Us, "Teenage Werewolf" is one of their more direct horror homages, basically a musical version of the classic 1957 Michael Landon film; like its inspiration, the song uses
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Tattle: Do 'Sexy' nominations doom stars' romances? - Philadelphia Inquirer
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Former "Little House on the Prairie" star Gilbert cited irreconcilable differences in the papers and will seek joint custody of her 15-year-old son Michael (named after "Prairie" patriarch Michael Landon) with Boxleitner, who most recently appeared in
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Skate park could move to Boys and Girls Club - Malibu Times
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Previous plans to use half of the Malibu Bluffs Park parking lot, adjacent to the Michael Landon Community Center, as a temporary home for the skate park appear unlikely. That move was contingent on the city securing approval from the owners of a piece
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Citrus brought stars and national publicity - News Chief
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Among the stars to appear were Van Johnson, Michael Landon, Totie Fields, Buster Crabbe, Jack Carter, June Allyson, Joey Hetherton, the McGuire Sisters, Cliff Arquette, Skitch Henderson, Doug Sanders, Mohammed Ali, Gloria DeHaven and Citrus spokeswoman
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Pulling Strings in Hollywood: The Business of Making TV Movies - Reuters
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As I was questioning where to bring this, and whether to involve our series department before attempting the pitch, I happened to read in Army Archerd's column in the Daily Variety that Michael Landon was vacationing with family right at that moment at
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The Instant Expert: A descent into lunacy - The National
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The Instant Expert does not believe in werewolves, though he will always remember the remarkable thespian talents of the late US actor Michael Landon in the 1957 film I Was a Teenage Werewolf. WISHFUL THINKING With no atmosphere, extreme temperatures
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Spencer Got Gig With 'Help' From Her Friends - ABC News
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I think my mom was pregnant with my younger sister, and Michael Landon always played these wonderful dads. He was like my father figure, kind of what I wanted my dad to be." Spencer was born in Montgomery, Ala., attended Auburn University and was
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JOURNEYS; Trading Tiaras for Calico on the Prairie
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''I WANT to be a pioneer!'' exclaimed Annie Foley, 9, of Omaha, climbing on a teeter-totter made of old wagon wheels and a wooden board at the Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead in De Smet, S.D. Annie was wearing a long green calico dress and white apron. Her sister, Lily, 11, was in a long blue dress, her blond hair flapping in the body-jarring
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BONANZA "Adventures with the Cartwrights" (DVD) - Fox 31 KDVR.com
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Three time widower Ben (Lorne Greene) was the patriarch and founder of the 1000 acre ranch “The Ponderosa,” eldest son Adam (Pernell Roberts), the lovable giant Hoss (Dan Blocker) and the youngest son Little Joe (Michael Landon) became household names
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Bad mood rising - Sydney Morning Herald
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Lycanthropy has long stood as a metaphor for males grappling with adolescent metamorphosis and sexual jealousy - from an intense performance by Michael Landon in I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), to Christophe Gans's gloriously theatrical Brotherhood of
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No corner untouched by NFL's huge footprint - Las Vegas Review-Journal
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He also has appeared in "Little House on the Prairie" and "Boys on the Side" and "Tin Cup" and "The Buffalo Soldiers," and has pictures and personalized autographs from Michael Landon and Kevin Costner and Danny Glover to prove it
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Closing of Extra Innings a knockdown pitch - Arizona Republic
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Another Ahwatukee teen, Michael Landon, 15, worked three days at Extra Innings, vacuuming and doing odd jobs. He was owed $96 when the business closed, and he got paid, said his mother, Deborah. There were signs before the closing that all was not well
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Javier Grillo-Marxuach To Premiere RAMIEL at Comic-Con - Newsarama
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Immediately, my mind flashed to "what if Michael Landon in Highway to Heaven was a really imposing guy with dreadlocks, a sword and no compunction about savagely beating the bad guys into contrition." Nrama: Well, that certainly would have made the
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Gun for Hauer - Irish Times
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Michael J Fox (or Michael Landon) is a teenage werewolf. Max Von Sydow plays chess with Death. Hang on a moment. That last one was Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal . It surely requires a stretch to allow that venerable art film into the high-concept
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Competency evaluation ordered for sex assault suspect - Stamford Advocate
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Gerard Michael Landon of Stamford was arrested following an alleged attempted sexual assault Friday night near the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist church downtown. The woman he allegedly assaulted bit nearly an inch of Landon's tongue off after he
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REFLECTIONS| on the trail - The Cherokeean Herald
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That first show in 1964 starred Michael Landon, “Little Joe” from the TV show Bonanza. Every year seemed to get better and East Texans got to see many big name stars. Some, like Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn and the Oak Ridge Boys were on the verge of
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Stephen Amell - TV Guide
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Director Michael Landon Jr. also penned the script to this sweeping drama based on the novel by Janette Oke. Stephen Amell co-stars. watch by Robyn Ross It's not easy being the new girl in town and Vampire Diaries' mysterious Jules is certainly being
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Landon
    FIFTIES
  • 1991
    Age 54
    In his final 1991 Tonight Show appearance, Johnny Carson related how the actor took him back to a restaurant the two had dined at previously.
    More Details Hide Details Carson had been led to believe he accidentally ran over the owner's cat in the parking lot during their first visit. When sitting down to eat the second time, Carson discovered that Landon had helped create a fake menu of dinner items featuring dead cat. A made-for-TV movie, Michael Landon, the Father I Knew, co-written and directed by his son Michael, Jr., aired on CBS in May 1999. John Schneider starred in the title role as Michael Landon, with Cheryl Ladd as Lynn Noe, and Joel Berti as Michael Landon, Jr. The biopic detailed, from Landon, Jr's point of view, the personal emotional trauma he endured during his parents divorce, and his father's premature death. The movie spanned a timeline from the 1960s through the early 1990s. A plaque and small playground referred to as the "Little Treehouse on the Prairie" was erected in Knights Park, a central park in Landon's hometown of Collingswood. In 2011, the plaque was removed from the park by the borough and was later given to a local newspaper by an unnamed person. According to the Collingswood, NJ website, the plaque was removed during a fall cleanup with plans to return it to a safer location. The plaque was reinstated next to a bench in a safer location the following summer.
    In June 1991, Landon appeared on the cover of Life Magazine after granting the periodical an exclusive private interview about his life, his family, and his struggle to live.
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    On May 21, 1991, Landon underwent successful surgery for a near-fatal blood clot in his left leg.
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    On May 9, 1991, he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson to speak about the cancer and to condemn the tabloid press for their sensational headlines and inaccurate stories, including the claim that he and his wife were trying to have another child.
    More Details Hide Details During his appearance, Landon pledged to fight the disease and asked fans to pray for him.
    On April 5, 1991, pancreatic cancer was diagnosed; it had metastasized to his liver and lymph nodes.
    More Details Hide Details The cancer was inoperable and the prognosis was terminal.
    Landon began to suffer from severe abdominal pain in February 1991 while on a skiing vacation in Utah.
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    Up through the run of Highway to Heaven, all of Landon's television programs were broadcast on NBC, a relationship of which lasted thirty consecutive years with the network. After the cancellation of Highway and due to a fallout with those within NBC's upper management, he moved to CBS and in 1991 starred in a two-hour pilot called Us.
    More Details Hide Details Us was meant to be another series for Landon but, with his diagnosis on April 5 of pancreatic cancer, the show never aired beyond the pilot. Landon also appeared as a celebrity panelist on the premiere week of Match Game on CBS. Landon was married three times, and father to nine children.
  • FORTIES
  • 1984
    Age 47
    Sam's Son was a 1984 coming-of-age feature film written and directed by Landon and loosely based on his early life.
    More Details Hide Details The film stars Timothy Patrick Murphy, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Hallie Todd, and James Karen. Karen previously worked for Landon in the made-for-television film Little House: The Last Farewell. After the cancellation of Highway to Heaven and before his move to CBS, Landon wrote and directed the teleplay Where Pigeons Go to Die. Based on a novel of the same name, the film starred Art Carney and was nominated for two Emmy awards.
  • 1982
    Age 45
    In 1982, he co-produced an NBC "true story" television movie, Love is Forever, starring himself and Laura Gemser (who was credited as Moira Chen), about Australian photojournalist John Everingham's successful attempt to scuba dive under the Mekong to rescue his lover from communist-ruled Laos in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details The real Everingham was cast as an extra in the film.
  • 1981
    Age 44
    In March 1981, Landon's mother, Peggy, died.
    More Details Hide Details Landon was by his own admission a chain smoker and a heavy drinker.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 36
    In 1973, Landon was an episode director and writer for the short-lived NBC romantic anthology series Love Story.
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  • 1968
    Age 31
    In 1968, Landon directed his first episode. In 1993, TV Guide listed Little Joe's September 1972 two-hour wedding episode ("Forever"), as one of TV's most memorable specials.
    More Details Hide Details Landon's script recalled Little Joe's brother, Hoss, who was initially the story's groom, before Dan Blocker's death. During the final season, the ratings declined, and NBC canceled Bonanza in November 1972. The last episode aired on January 16, 1973. Along with Lorne Greene and Victor Sen Yung, Landon appeared in all 14 seasons of the series. Landon was loyal to many of his Bonanza associates including producer Kent McCray, director William F. Claxton, and composer David Rose, who remained with him throughout Bonanza as well as Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven. The year after Bonanza was canceled, Landon went on to star as Charles Ingalls in the pilot of what became another very successful television series, Little House on the Prairie, again for NBC. The show was taken from a 1935 book written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, whose character in the show was played by nine-year-old actress Melissa Gilbert. In addition to Gilbert, two other unknown actresses also starred on the show: Melissa Sue Anderson, who appeared as Mary Ingalls, the oldest daughter in the Ingalls family, and Karen Grassle as Charles' wife, Caroline. Landon served as executive producer, writer, and director of Little House. The show, a success in its first season, emphasized family values and relationships. Little House became Landon's second-longest running series.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 25
    Receiving more fan mail than any other cast member, Landon negotiated with executive producer David Dortort and NBC to write and direct some episodes. In 1962, Landon wrote his first script.
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  • 1959
    Age 22
    In February 1959, Landon's father succumbed to a heart attack.
    More Details Hide Details In 1973, while a student at the University of Arizona, his eldest daughter Cheryl was involved in a serious car collision just outside Tucson, Arizona. The sole survivor out of four involved in the collision, Cheryl Landon was hospitalized with serious injuries and remained in a coma for days.
    In 1959, at the age of 22, Landon began his first starring TV role as Little Joe Cartwright on Bonanza, one of the first TV series to be broadcast in color.
    More Details Hide Details Also starring on the show were Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, and Dan Blocker. During Bonanzas sixth season (1964–1965), the show topped the Nielsen ratings and remained number one for three years.
  • 1957
    Age 20
    In 1957, Candlelight Records released a Michael Landon single, "Gimme a Little Kiss (Will "Ya" Huh)"/ "Be Patient With Me" during the height of his notoriety for role in the film, I Was a Teenage Werewolf.
    More Details Hide Details Some copies show the artist credited as the "Teenage Werewolf" rather than as Michael Landon. In 1962, both the A- and B-side of the record were re-released on the Fono-Graf label that included a picture sleeve of Landon's then-current work on Bonanza as Little Joe Cartwright. In 1964, RCA Victor Records released another Landon single, "Linda Is Lonesome"/"Without You". All of Landon's singles have since been issued on compact disc by Bear Family Records as part of a Bonanza various artists compilation.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1956
    Age 19
    Landon can be seen in an uncredited speaking role as a cavalry trooper in a 1956 episode of the ABC/Warner Bros. television series Cheyenne, an episode titled "Decision."
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, Landon returned to that same series in "The White Warrior". He was then cast as White Hawk a.k.a. Alan Horn, a young white man who, like Cheyenne Bodie, was raised by Indians after the slaughter of his parents. White Hawk rises to the occasion to help Cheyenne as he heads a wagon train to California amid the threat of the Apaches.
  • 1954
    Age 17
    In high school, Landon was an excellent javelin thrower, his 193′ 4″ toss in 1954 being the longest throw by a high schooler in the United States that year.
    More Details Hide Details This earned him an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California, but he subsequently tore his shoulder ligaments, ending his javelin throwing career and his participation on the USC track team. Landon decided on his surname by choosing it from a phone book. His first starring appearance was on the television series Telephone Time in the episode, "The Mystery of Casper Hauser" as the title character. Other parts came - movie roles in I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), Maracaibo (1958), High School Confidential (1958), the notorious God's Little Acre (1958), and The Legend of Tom Dooley (1959), as well as many roles on television, such as Crossroads (three episodes), The Restless Gun (pilot episode aired on Schlitz Playhouse of Stars), Sheriff of Cochise (in "Human Bomb"), U.S. Marshal (as Don Sayers in "The Champ"), Crusader, Frontier Doctor, The Rifleman (in "End of a Young Gun"),The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Johnny Staccato, Wire Service, General Electric Theater, The Court of Last Resort, State Trooper (two episodes), Tales of Wells Fargo, The Texan (in the 1958 episode "The Hemp Tree"), The Tall Man, Tombstone Territory (in the episode "Rose of the Rio Bravo", with Kathleen Nolan), Trackdown (two 1958 episodes), and Wanted: Dead or Alive, starring Steve McQueen (in episodes "The Martin Poster", 1958, and "The Legend", 1959).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Age 4
    In 1941, when Landon was four years old, he and his family moved to the Philadelphia suburb of Collingswood, New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details He attended and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth Sholom, a Conservative synagogue, then located in Haddon Heights, an area that did not allow Jews until after World War II, now in Cherry Hill. His family recalls that Landon "went through a lot of hassle studying for the big event, which included bicycling to a nearby town every day to learn how to read Hebrew and do the chanting." He attended Collingswood High School. During his childhood, Landon was constantly worrying about his mother attempting suicide. Once, the family vacationed at a beach. His mother tried to drown herself. Michael rescued her. Shortly after the attempt, his mother acted as if nothing had happened. A few minutes later, Michael vomited. He said that it was the worst experience of his life. Stress overload from the suicide attempts of his mother caused Landon to battle the childhood problem of bedwetting, that was documented in the unauthorized biography, Michael Landon: His Triumph and Tragedy. His mother put his wet sheets on display outside his window for all to see. He ran home every day and tried to remove them before his classmates could see. These events later inspired Landon to write and direct the 1976 made-for-television movie The Loneliest Runner.
  • 1936
    Born
    Michael Landon was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz on October 31, 1936, in Forest Hills; a neighborhood of Queens, New York.
    More Details Hide Details His parents were Peggy (née O'Neill; a dancer and comedienne) and Eli Maurice Orowitz. Mr. Orowitz was an actor and movie theater manager. Eugene was the Orowitz family's second child; their daughter, Evelyn, was born three years earlier. Eli Orowitz was Jewish, but Peggy Orowitz was from an Irish Catholic family.
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