Michael Landon (I) (1936–1991)


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Michael Landon was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz, on Saturday, October 31st, 1936, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. In 1941, he and his family moved to Collingswood, New Jersey. When Eugene was in high school, he participated -- and did very well -- in track and field, especially javelin throwing, and his athletic skills earned him a scholarship to... See full bio »

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(age 54) in Malibu, California, USA

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Little House on the Prairie Charles Ingalls / Narrator
(1974-1983)
Bonanza Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright / Cpl. Angus Borden / Little Jim Slade / Little Joe Cartwright
(1959-1973)
Highway to Heaven Jonathan Smith
(1984-1989)
(1984)

Filmography

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 1991 Us (TV Movie)
Jeff Hayes
 1990 Where Pigeons Go to Die (TV Movie)
Hugh as an Adult
 1984-1989 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Jonathan Smith
- Merry Christmas from Grandpa (1989) ... Jonathan Smith
- It's a Dog's Life (1989) ... Jonathan Smith
- The Inner Limits (1989) ... Jonathan Smith
- Summer Camp (1989) ... Jonathan Smith
- Choices (1989) ... Jonathan Smith
 1984 Little House: Bless All the Dear Children (TV Movie)
Charles Ingalls (voice, uncredited)
 1984 Sam's Son
Gene Orman
 1984 Little House: The Last Farewell (TV Movie)
Charles Ingalls
 1983 Little House: Look Back to Yesterday (TV Movie)
Charles Ingalls
 1974-1983 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Charles Ingalls / Narrator
- Home Again: Part 2 (1983) ... Charles Ingalls
- Home Again: Part 1 (1983) ... Charles Ingalls
- Once Upon a Time (1983) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Times Are Changing (Part One) (1982) ... Charles Ingalls
- He Was Only Twelve: Part 2 (1982) ... Charles Ingalls
 1983 Love Is Forever (TV Movie)
John Everingham
 1979 Little House Years (TV Movie)
Charles Ingalls
 1976 The Loneliest Runner (TV Movie)
John Curtis as an Adult
 1959-1973 Bonanza (TV Series)
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright / Little Joe Cartwright / Cpl. Angus Borden / ...
- The Hunter (1973) ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
- The Marriage of Theodora Duffy (1973) ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
- The Witness (1973) ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
- First Love (1972) ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
- The Bucket Dog (1972) ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
 1972 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Michael Landon (1972) ... Guest Performer
 1970 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Richest Boy in the World
- The Yacht Club (1970) ... Richest Boy in the World
 1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land (TV Movie)
Peter Minuit
 1961 The Errand Boy
Little Joe Cartwright - Cameo (uncredited)
 1959 Johnny Staccato (TV Series)
Freddie Tate
- The Naked Truth (1959) ... Freddie Tate
 1959 The Legend of Tom Dooley
Tom Dooley
 1958-1959 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Billy Mathis / Will Fulton
- The Mind Reader (1959) ... Billy Mathis
- End of a Young Gun (1958) ... Will Fulton
 1958-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Arthur Doner / Booth Latham / Douglas Cunningham / ...
- Project Immortality (1959) ... Arthur Doner
- Dark December (1959) ... Booth Latham
- A Quiet Game of Cards (1959) ... Douglas Cunningham
- Free Weekend (1958) ... Victor Gordon
 1958-1959 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Chris Anderson / Barton Clark, Jr.
- The Man from Brewster (1959) ... Chris Anderson
- Rose of the Rio Bravo (1958) ... Barton Clark, Jr.
 1958-1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Clay McGarrett / Carl Martin
- The Legend (1959) ... Clay McGarrett
- The Martin Poster (1958) ... Carl Martin
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Aitchinson
- Symbol of Authority (1959) ... Aitchinson
 1959 Frontier Doctor (TV Series)
Jim Mason
- Shadow of Belle Starr (1959) ... Jim Mason
 1957-1959 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Vance Coburn / Dan Overton
- Living Is a Lonesome Thing (1959) ... Vance Coburn
- Gift from a Gunman (1957) ... Dan Overton
 1958 U.S. Marshal (TV Series)
Don Sayers
- The Champ (1958) ... Don Sayers
 1958 Trackdown (TV Series)
Jack Summers / Jed Daws
- Day of Vengeance (1958) ... Jack Summers
- The Pueblo Kid (1958) ... Jed Daws
 1958 The Texan (TV Series)
Nick Ahearn
- The Hemp Tree (1958) ... Nick Ahearn
 1958 God's Little Acre
Dave Dawson
 1958 Studio One (TV Series)
Augie Barone
- Man Under Glass (1958) ... Augie Barone
 1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Johnny Risk
- Johnny Risk (1958) ... Johnny Risk
 1957-1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Don Burns / Sandy
- Way of the West (1958) ... Don Burns
- The Restless Gun (1957) ... Sandy
 1958 High School Confidential!
Steve Bentley
 1958 Maracaibo
Lago Orlando
 1958 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
'Karl Wallace'
- The Giant Step (1958) ... 'Karl Wallace'
 1956-1958 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Alan Horn / Trooper
- White Warrior (1958) ... Alan Horn
- Decision (1956) ... Trooper (uncredited)
 1957 Dr. Christian (TV Series)
Young man
- Mother's Boy (1957) ... Young man
 1957 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Sandy
- Pilot (1957) ... Sandy
 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Tad Cameron / Jackson
- The Kid (1957) ... Tad Cameron
- Sam Bass (1957) ... Jackson
- Shotgun Messenger (1957) ... Tad Cameron
 1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series)
Howard
- The Story of Marjorie Reardon (1957) ... Howard
 1957 The Court of Last Resort (TV Series)
Thomas Forbes
- The Forbes-Carol Case (1957) ... Thomas Forbes
 1957 I Was a Teenage Werewolf
Tony Rivers
 1957 State Trooper (TV Series)
Willie Losada / Joe Durando
- The Last War Party (1957) ... Willie Losada
- Buck Fever (1957) ... Joe Durando
 1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Dixon / Claude Duncan
- The Bitter Choice (1957) ... Dixon
- Too Good with a Gun (1957) ... Claude Duncan
 1957 Fight for the Title (Short)
Kid Lombard
 1956-1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Lombard / Caspar Hauser
- Fight for the Title (1957) ... Lombard
- Mystery of Caspar Hauser (1956) ... Caspar Hauser
 1956-1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Race Stevens / Johnny Rico
- Call for Help (1957) ... Race Stevens
- Ringside Padre (1956) ... Johnny Rico
 1957 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Frank
- The Man from St. Paul (1957) ... Frank
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Eddie
- End of a Gun (1957) ... Eddie
 1956 Wire Service (TV Series)
Pietro
- High Adventure (1956) ... Pietro
 1956 Crusader (TV Series)
Dick Manning
- The Boy on the Brink (1956) ... Dick Manning (as Mike Landon)
 1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Armand De Nivernais / Jerome Juventin
- The Swordsman (1956) ... Armand De Nivernais
- Deputy Sheriff (1956) ... Jerome Juventin
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
- Pride of the Man (1956) ... (as Mike Landon)
 1956 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
- New Slant (1956)
 1956 These Wilder Years
Boy in Poolhall (uncredited)
 1955 Luke and the Tenderfoot (TV Series)
Clyde Meacham
- The Boston Kid (1955) ... Clyde Meacham
Show Show Producer (13 credits)
Show Show Writer (12 credits)
Show Show Director (15 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Stunts (1 credit)
Show Show Additional Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Self (96 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (37 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

(5/6/74) Hosted the 17th Annual America's Junior Miss Pageant on CBS. It was telecast live from Mobile, Alabama, and ran 60 minutes. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 1 Portrayal | 5 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mike Landon | Michael & Marjorie

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)

Spouse:

Cindy Landon  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »

Children:

Jen Landon

Parents:

O'Neill, Peggy | Orowitz, Eli Maurice

Relatives:

Rachel Matthews (grandchild) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on the cancellation of Little House on the Prairie (1974)] I wanted to destroy the entire town, which I did. Everybody needed the catharsis on that show. We were together for nine years, and that's why we blew it up. That, plus the fact I didn't want anybody making a trashy movie at Walnut Grove, because I like that town. See more »

Trivia:

He met Marjorie Lynn Noe on the set of Bonanza (1959). They were married for 19 years until their 1982 divorce. See more »

Trademark:

Smoky, gravelly voice. See more »

Nickname:

Mike See more »

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