MICHAEL LANDON Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Michael Landon                                                               
Birth name: Eugene Maurice Orowitz                                                 
Born: 31 October 1936 Forest Hills, New York, U.S.                                 
Died: 1 July 1991 Malibu, California                                               
Michael Landon (October 31, 1936 - July 1, 1991) was an American actor, writer,     
director, and producer, who starred in three popular NBC TV series that spanned     
three decades. 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). Although his Bonanza co-star   
David Canary and youngest daughter Jennifer Landon have both won Emmys, Landon     
was never given the honor. Nonetheless, few prime time actors have been so         
prolific. With twenty-eight years of full-hour episodic acting (the star was not   
on-camera for most of "Little House On The Prairie's" final season), he             
surpasses the TV mileage of both James Arness and Lucille Ball. Landon produced,   
wrote, and directed many of his series' episodes, including his only short-lived   
production, Father Murphy, which starred his friend and "Little House" co-star     
Merlin Olsen. He also hosted the annual long-running coverage of the "Tournament   
of Roses Parade" with Kelly Lange, also on NBC.