Michael Landon was born in Queens, New York on October 31st, 1936 in New York. When he was just 5 years old, he moved to Collingswood, New Jersey with his family. He was also an athlete who played several sports while in high school!
However, Landon's promising career in the sports world was unexpectedly cut short after he severely injured his arm. That's when the actor— who was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz— ended up pursuing a very different career, changing his name after having enrolled in acting school.