Shorter Than Expected
Even actors have it rough sometimes!
In 1959, at the age of 22, Landon began his first starring TV role as "Little Joe Cartwright" on Bonanza, one of the first TV series to be broadcast in color.
After starring in Bonanza for over 14 years and 430 episodes, he went on to star in Little House on the Prairie. He also wrote and directed a few episodes for the show.
After 23 years in the same genre, Michael Landon starred in the fantasy show Highway to Heaven which was canceled after 5 seasons.