Merlin Olsen

Merlin Olsen
1940 - 2010

Merlin Olsen  American Football (American)


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American Football (American) Player Merlin Olsen was born Merlin Jay Olsen on 15th September, 1940 in Logan, UT and passed away on 10th Mar 2010 Los Angeles, CA aged 69. He is most remembered for Father Murphy. His zodiac sign is Virgo.

Merlin Olsen was in an on-screen matchup with Hersha Parady in Little House on the Prairie (1974).

Merlin Olsen is a member of the following lists: American actor-athletes, Sportspeople from Logan, Utah and Male actors from Utah.


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First Name Merlin
Middle Name Jay
Last Name Olsen
Full Name at Birth Merlin Jay Olsen
Age 69 (age at death) years
Birthday 15th September, 1940
Birthplace Logan, UT
Died 10th March, 2010
Place of Death Los Angeles, CA
Cause of Death Mesothelioma
Height 6' 5" (196 cm)
Weight 270lbs (122 kg)
Build Athletic
Hair Color Grey
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Sexuality Straight
Religion Mormon
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
University Utah State
Occupation Football (American)
American Football Position Defensive Tackle
Draft Drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 1st round (2nd overall) of the 1962 AFL Draft., Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1st round (3rd overall) of the 1962 NFL Draft.
Hall of Fame Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1982
Claim to Fame Father Murphy

Merlin Jay Olsen (September 15, 1940 – March 11, 2010) was an American football player, announcer, and actor. He played his entire 15-year professional football career in National Football League (NFL) as a defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams. He was selected to the Pro Bowl a record 14 straight times, missing selection only in the last year of his career. This record of 14 seasons selected to play in the Pro Bowl, consecutive or otherwise, is current and shared with former offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, former tight end Tony Gonzalez, and current quarterback Peyton Manning. A recipient of the 1961 Outland Trophy as the best lineman in college football, Olsen is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. As an actor he portrayed farmer Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie. After leaving that series, he starred in his own NBC drama, Father Murphy.

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Aaron's Way1988Aaron MillerTV Show
Circle of Love1988Aaron MillerTV Movie
Fathers and Sons1986Buddy LandauTV Show
Time Bomb1984Jake CalahanTV Movie
The Juggler of Notre Dame1982JonasTV Movie
Father Murphy1981John Michael MurphyTV Show
Walking Tall1981Webb McClainTV Show
The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story1980Todd SimmsTV Movie
A Fire in the Sky1978Stan WebsterTV Movie
Little House on the Prairie1974Jonathan GarveyTV Show
Kung Fu1972Perlee SkowrinTV Show
One More Train to Rob1971Eli JonesMovie
Something Big1971Sgt. FitzsimmonsMovie
Police Surgeon1971The CatTV Show
The Undefeated1969Little GeorgeMovie
Petticoat Junction1963Merlin FergusTV Show
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mommyslittlegirl1996Oct 18, 2013

I miss and love you Uncle Merlin Olsen.

CindyCelebsCindyCelebsMar 11, 2010

R.I.P. Merlin

Jill CagleJan 4, 2010

I would like to extend my prayers and sympathy in regards to Merlins Mesothelioma Diagnosis. He was known to me mailnly thru Little House as this is still one of my favorite shows. i now own all of the seasons. My husband has Peritoneal Meso. He was diagnosed 4 years ago and thru many trials, treatments and much prayer he is doing well. I would like to give Mr. Olsen the name of the best research foundation and knowlegeable outfit around dealing with Meso patients and their families. Mesotheloima Applied Research foundation.

GwenSep 5, 2009

Merlin Olsen is one of nine children(four boys, and five girls);Colleen, Merlin, Clark, Lorraine, Gwen, Phil, Winona, Ramona (fraternal twins), and Orrin.

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