Micheal Landon rose to fame at the age of 22 in his first starring TV role as "Little Joe Cartwright" in the television series Bonanza (1959). During Bonanza's sixth season, the series topped the Nielsen ratings and maintained number one for three whole years!

A year after Bonanza was cancelled, Landon received his starring role as "Charles Ingalls" in the series Little House on the Prairie in the 1980's and 1990's. Landon then starred in the successful program Highway to Heaven playing a probationary angel. 

Michael Landon: A "Jack Of Many Trades"

Besides his work on screen in television series and movies, Michael Landon was also a producer, screenwriter and director. Micheal Landon was married three times during his life and was the father of nine children. It has been twenty-seven years since the cult star Michael Landon's (†54) passing. 

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He changed his original name from Eugene Maurice Orowitz to Michael Landon, which he took from a phone book in Los Angeles before rising to stardom. We can't imagine shows like Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza without the wonderful acting from Micheal Landon. 

Michael Landon's tragic death

In April 1991, Landon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The cancer had already attacked his liver, which led to Landon's death on July 1, 1991 at the age of only 54. In memory of her co-star, Melissa Gilbert (54), who played Landon's daughter "Laura" in the series Little House on the Prairie, named her second child after him - Michael. Landon was buried at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.

Michael Landon and family

Michael Landon has had a few different wives over the years...

Michael Landon: The Wives Of The TV Legend