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Merlin Olsen (1940–2010)

Merlin Olsen was born on September 15, 1940 in Logan, Utah, USA. He was an actor, known for Mitchell (1975), The Undefeated (1969) and Fathers and Sons (1986). He was married to Susan Wakely. He died on March 11, 2010 in Duarte, California, USA. See full bio »

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Mitchell Benton
The Undefeated Little George
Fathers and Sons Buddy Landau
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey


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 1988 Circle of Love (TV Movie)
Aaron Miller
 1988 Aaron's Way (TV Series)
Aaron Miller
- New Patterns (1988) ... Aaron Miller
- Solid Ground (1988) ... Aaron Miller
- Invisible People (1988) ... Aaron Miller
- Strong Foundations (1988) ... Aaron Miller
- Teachers (1988) ... Aaron Miller
 1986 Fathers and Sons (TV Series)
Buddy Landau
- Which Championship Season? (1986) ... Buddy Landau
- Desperately Seeking Einstein (1986) ... Buddy Landau
- We'll Always Have the Mall (1986) ... Buddy Landau
- The Ironman (1986) ... Buddy Landau
 1984 The American Frontier (TV Series)
 1984 Time Bomb (TV Movie)
Jake Calahan
 1981-1983 Father Murphy (TV Series)
John Michael Murphy
- The Matchmakers (1983) ... John Michael Murphy
- The Rockets' Red Glare (1983) ... John Michael Murphy
- Sweet Sixteen (1982) ... John Michael Murphy
- Blood Right (1982) ... John Michael Murphy
- The Witness (1982) ... John Michael Murphy
 1982 The Juggler of Notre Dame (TV Movie)
 1977-1981 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Jonathan Garvey
- The Lost Ones (Part One) (1981) ... Jonathan Garvey
- Goodbye, Mrs. Wilder (1981) ... Jonathan Garvey (uncredited)
- Make a Joyful Noise (1981) ... Jonathan Garvey
- To See the Light (Part One) (1980) ... Jonathan Garvey
- The In-laws (1980) ... Jonathan Garvey
 1981 Walking Tall (TV Series)
Webb McClain
- Hitman (1981) ... Webb McClain
 1980 CHiPs (TV Series)
Merlin Olsen
- The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 2 (1980) ... Merlin Olsen (uncredited)
 1980 The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story (TV Movie)
Todd Simms
 1978 A Fire in the Sky (TV Movie)
Stan Webster
 1975 Mitchell
 1974 Police Surgeon (TV Series)
The Cat
- The Killer (1974) ... The Cat
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Perlee Skowrin
- Nine Lives (1973) ... Perlee Skowrin
 1971 Something Big
Sgt. Fitzsimmons
 1971 One More Train to Rob
Eli Jones
 1970 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Merlin Fergus
- With This Ring (1970) ... Merlin Fergus
 1969 The Undefeated
Little George
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Radio commercials for the National Association for the Self-Employed See more »

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2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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6' 5" (1.96 m)


Susan Wakely  (his death)  (3 children)


Olsen, Nathan | See more »


Olsen , Merle Barrus | Olsen, Lynn Jay


Whitaker, Ramona (sibling) | See more »

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


Was original member of the Los Angeles Rams "Fearsome Foursome" See more »

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