Merlin Olsen  American Football (American)

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Merlin Olsen passed away on 10th Mar 2010 aged 69.


Merlin Olsen is a 69 year old American Football (American) Player. Born Merlin Jay Olsen on 15th September, 1940 in Logan, UT, he is famous 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: Male actors from Utah, 20th-century American male actors and American male television actors.


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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
The Undefeated1969Little GeorgeMovie
Petticoat Junction1963Merlin FergusTV Show
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mommyslittlegirl1996Oct 18, 2013

I miss and love you Uncle Merlin Olsen.

CindyCelebsMar 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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    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....

    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 Cancer Mesothelioma
    Height 6' 5" (196 cm)
    Weight W
    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
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