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Michael Landon

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Michael Landon
Birth name Eugene Maurice Orowitz
Born October 31, 1936 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, USA
Died July 1, 1991 in Malibu, California, USA from pancreatic cancer
Notable Roles Bonanza: Little Joe Cartwright
Little House on the Prairie: Charles Ingalls
Highway to Heaven: Jonathan Smith
Notable Episodes
Awards star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Michael Landon was an American actor, television producer, director and writer.

Contents

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Bonanza Little Joe Cartwright 1959–1973 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Little House on the Prairie Charles Ingalls 1974–1982 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Highway to Heaven Jonathan Smith 1984–1989 1 2 3 4 5

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Cheyenne (1955) Young Soldier 1x07 - Decision January 24, 1956
General Electric Theater Claude 5x26 - Too Good with a Gun March 24, 1957
General Electric Theater Dixon 5x29 - Bitter Choice April 21, 1957
Tales of Wells Fargo 1x06 - Shotgun Messenger May 7, 1957
Tales of Wells Fargo Jackson 1x10 - Sam Bass June 10, 1957
Tales of Wells Fargo 2x11 - The Kid November 18, 1957
Cheyenne (1955) Alan Horn/White Hawk 3x13 - White Warrior March 11, 1958
Wanted: Dead or Alive Carl Martin 1x01 - The Martin Poster September 6, 1958
The Rifleman Will Fulton 1x03 - End of a Young Gun October 14, 1958
Wanted: Dead or Alive Clay McGarrett 1x27 - The Legend March 7, 1959
The Rifleman Bill Mathis 1x40 - The Mind Reader June 30, 1959
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest Performer 6x05 - Show #121 October 9, 1972
Falcon Crest 1x06 - Kindred Spirits January 8, 1982
Little House on the Prairie Charles Ingalls 9x01 - Times Are Changing (1) September 27, 1982
Little House on the Prairie Charles Ingalls 9x16 - Home Again February 7, 1983

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Look Back to Yesterday Charles Ingalls December 12, 1983 Little House on the Prairie
The Last Farewell Charles Ingalls February 6, 1984 Little House on the Prairie
Bless All the Dear Children Charles Ingalls (voice only) December 17, 1984 Little House on the Prairie

Talk Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson February 15, 1991
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson May 8, 1991

Producer

Series Produced

Series Year(s) Producer Credit Season(s)
Little House on the Prairie 1974–1983 Executive Producer
Father Murphy 1981–1983 Executive Producer
Highway to Heaven 1984–1989 Executive Producer

Writer

Series Creator

Series Premiere Date Creation Credit
Father Murphy November 3, 1981 Creator

Episodes Written

Series Episode Airdate
Bonanza 9x28 - To Die in Darkness May 5, 1968

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies Written

Title Airdate Series/Banner
The Loneliest Runner December 20, 1976 NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Director

Episodes Directed

Series Episode Airdate
Bonanza 9x28 - To Die in Darkness May 5, 1968

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies Directed

Title Airdate Series/Banner
The Loneliest Runner December 20, 1976 NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Awards and Accolades

Golden Globe Awards

  • Nominated: Best TV Actor - Drama (1979)
Little House on the Prairie

Family