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Highway to Heaven (TV Series 1984–1989) Poster

(1984–1989)

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NBC wanted a handsome young actor to play Mark Gordon, but Michael Landon insisted he would only agree to star in the series if his friend and Little House on the Prairie (1974) co-star Victor French was cast.
Victor French's final TV series. It has often been written that Michael Landon decided to end the series after French died of lung cancer. In fact, it had already been agreed in June 1988 that the series would end because of falling ratings.
Among Hollywood insiders, the show was known as "Jesus of Malibu".
In a scene in the first season episode, Hotel Of Dreams, Jonathan (Landon) criticises Mark (Victor French) for smoking, warning him that he smoked all his life and died of lung cancer. Michael Landon was himself a heavy, up to 80- a- day, chain smoker ( mostly unfiltered menthol cigarettes) and would die from advanced pancreatic cancer just seven years later at the age of just 54, within a few months of diagnosis. Victor French was also a life long heavy smoker and would die from lung cancer ( also just a couple of months after diagnosis) and also at the age of 54 in 1989.
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Victor French described Michael Landon as his "angel", for saving him from years of being typecast in villain roles, and letting him play a hero on television.
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The character Jonathan The Angel was originally introduced in the series "Little House On The Prairie". He was played by Ernest Borgnine.
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Viewers often assumed that Michael Landon was very religious due to the Christian themes in this series. However, according to Merlin Olsen, Landon never practiced any religion as an adult.
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When Jonathan (Landon) was mortal, his name was Arthur Thompson (1917-1948).
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