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Merlin Olsen Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 September 1940Logan, Utah, USA
Date of Death 11 March 2010Duarte, California, USA  (malignant pleural mesothelioma)
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Merlin Olsen was born on September 15, 1940 in Logan, Utah, USA. He was an actor, known for Father Murphy (1981), Little House on the Prairie (1974) and The Undefeated (1969). He was married to Susan Wakely. He died on March 11, 2010 in Duarte, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Susan Wakely (30 March 1962 - 10 March 2010) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (11)

Older brother of Phil Olsen; the brothers played together with the Los Angeles Rams from 1971-1974.
Was original member of the Los Angeles Rams "Fearsome Foursome"
Graduated Utah State University in 1962.
Played defensive tackle for Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League, 1962-1976.
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.
Does the voice-over for FTD commercials, as well as commercials for syndicated airings of "The X-Files."
Along with biological brother Phil, member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Both have been inducted into the Order of Constantine, the Fraternity's highest honor; they are also both Significant Sigs.
High school debate partner was astrophysicist Kip Thorne.
Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
Underwent three courses of chemotherapy in 2009 after being diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Gave up acting in 1988.

Personal Quotes (1)

One of life's most painful moments comes when we must admit that we didn't do our homework, that we are not prepared.

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