Michael Landon

Michael Landon as Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright in Bonanza The Stranger
1936 - 1991

Michael Landon  American Actor


Michael Landon (born Eugene Maurice Orowitz; October 31, 1936 – July 1, 1991) was an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is known for his roles as Little Joe Cartwright in Bonanza (1959–73), Charles Ingalls in Little House on the Prair...

Confirmed Relationships3
Longest Relationship17 yrs
Shortest Relationship6 yrs, 11 mths
Average Relationship Length11 yrs, 1 mth
First Name Michael
Middle Name Maurice
Last Name Landon
Full Name at Birth Eugene Maurice Orowitz
Alternative Name Mike, Emo
Age 54 (age at death) years
Birthday 31st October, 1936
Birthplace Forest Hills, Queens, New York, USA
Died 1st July, 1991
Place of Death Malibu, California, USA
Cause of Death Cancer - Pancreatic
Height 5' 9½" (177 cm)
Build Athletic
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Brown - Light
Distinctive Feature Good looks
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Sexuality Straight
Religion Jewish
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
High School Collingswood High School, Collingswood, NJ (1954)
Occupation Text Actor/Director/Producer/Writer
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, Highway to H
Year(s) Active 1956–1991
Official Websites ar.geocities.com/bonanza_la_reina_de_las_series/
Father Eli Maurice Orowitz
Mother Peggy O'Neill
Sister Evelyn Landon (sister)
Family Member Jennifer Rachel Landon, born 1983 (daughter), Mark Fraser Landon, born 1948 (adopted; Dodie's biological son), died May 11, 2009 (son), Josh Fraser Landon, born 1960 (adopted as infant), Cheryl Ann Pontrelli, born 1953 (step daughter), Leslie Ann Landon, born 1962 (daughter), Michael Landon, Jr., born 1964 (son), Shawna Leigh Landon, born 1971 (daughter), Christopher Beau Landon, born 1975 (son), Sean Matthew Landon, born 1986 (son)
Friend Victor French, Merlin Olsen, President Ronald Reagan, Brian Keith, Ernest Borgnine, Johnny Carson, Dan Blocker
Associated People Melissa Sue Anderson (actress) (author), Melissa Gilbert (actress), Karen Grassle (actress)
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Partner Comparison

Michael Landon54 ScorpioActor
Cindy Clerico59 Aquarius
Lynn Noe82 GeminiActress
Dodie Fraser-


Mary Amelia
Laura Elizabeth
Mark Fraser
Male1st October, 195857 years old
Josh Fraser
Male11th February, 196056 years old
Leslie Ann
Female11th October, 196253 years old
Michael Jr.
Male20th June, 196451 years old
Shawna Leigh
Female4th December, 197144 years old
Christopher Beau
Male27th February, 197541 years old
Jennifer Rachel
Female29th August, 198332 years old
Sean Mathew
Male4th August, 198629 years old

Onscreen Matchups


Us1991 Jeff Hayes TV Movie
Where Pigeons Go to Die1990 Hugh as adult TV Movie
Sam's Son1984 Gene Orman Movie
Little House: Bless All the Dear Children1984 Charles Ingalls TV Movie
Little House: The Last Farewell1984 Charles Ingalls TV Movie
Highway to Heaven1984 Jonathan Smith TV Show
Little House: Look Back to Yesterday1983 Charles Ingalls TV Movie
Love Is Forever1983 John Everingham TV Movie
Little House Years1979 Charles Ingalls TV Movie
The Loneliest Runner1976 John Curtis as an Adult TV Movie
Little House on the Prairie1974 Charles Ingalls TV Show
The Special London Bridge Special1972 Tennis Player TV Movie
Swing Out, Sweet Land1970 Peter Minuit TV Movie
The Legend of Tom Dooley1959 Tom Dooley Movie
Bonanza1959 Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright TV Show
Johnny Staccato1959 Freddie Tate TV Show
God's Little Acre1958 Dave Dawson Movie
High School Confidential!1958 Steve Bentley Movie
Maracaibo1958 Lago Orlando Movie
The Rifleman1958 Billy Mathis TV Show
The Texan1958 Nick Ahearn TV Show
U.S. Marshal1958 Don Sayers TV Show
Wanted: Dead or Alive1958 Clay McGarrett, Carl Martin TV Show
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1958 Aitchinson TV Show
Frontier Doctor1958 Jim Mason TV Show
I Was a Teenage Werewolf1957 Tony Rivers Movie
Goodyear Theatre1957 Karl Wallace TV Show
Suspicion1957 Howard TV Show
Tales of Wells Fargo1957 Tad Cameron TV Show
The Court of Last Resort1957 Thomas Forbes TV Show
The Restless Gun1957 TV Show
Tombstone Territory1957 Chris Anderson, Barton Clark, Jr. TV Show
Trackdown1957 Jack Summers TV Show
Alcoa Theatre1957 Johnny Risk TV Show
Fight for the Title1957 Kid Lombard Short Film
These Wilder Years1956 Boy in Poolhall (uncredited) Movie
Playhouse 901956 Arthur Doner, Victor Gordon TV Show
Sheriff of Cochise1956 Don Sayers TV Show
State Trooper1956 Willie Losada, Joe Durando TV Show
Telephone Time1956 Caspar Hauser TV Show
The Adventures of Jim Bowie1956 Armand De Nivernais, Jerome Juventin TV Show
Zane Grey Theater1956 Vance Coburn, Dan Overton TV Show
Wire Service1956 Pietro TV Show
Dr. Christian1956 TV Show
Cheyenne1955 Alan Horn, Trooper TV Show
Crossroads1955 Race Stevens, Johnny Rico, Danny TV Show
Matinee Theatre1955 TV Show
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1955 Eddie TV Show
Crusader1955 Dick Manning TV Show
Luke and the Tenderfoot1955 Clyde Meacham Movie
Studio 571954 TV Show
G.E. True Theater1953 Dixon, Claude Duncan TV Show
The Loretta Young Show1953 TV Show
Cavalcade of America1952 Frank TV Show
Schlitz Playhouse1951 Don Burns, Sandy TV Show
The Red Skelton Hour1951 Richest Boy in the World TV Show
Studio One in Hollywood1948 Rafael Martinez TV Show
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piemeltjeFeb 1, 2012

you were so hot! you died to soon.

ljloverMar 27, 2011

I endorse all the comments about Mike dying far too soon; what a loss to us fans, but especially to his children and his wife. I loved him best as Little Joe and watched him from when I was 6. His relationship with his 'Pa' was a real one and was lovely to see. God bless him.

sharon DugganJun 23, 2010

I have been heart brocken since I heard about Michael`s cancer. I still watch Little House and cry. My children were 2 and five years old then. We watched it as a family. Since then my husband died and Michael also. It`s very sad for me.

charlotte ebelMay 20, 2010

Yes I agree with many he was a amazing man and gergous.Ijust loved watching him on little house on the praire Ithink I have all the episodes of him and Istill watch him as much as I can on t.v every night they are all reapeats but I just love little HOUSE ON THE PRAIRE. AND HIS CO- STARS WERE FANTASTIC ALSOiHOPE Micheal ask god for forgiveness and I am sure he did I know he is walking around with Merlin Olsen whoplayed Johnathon Nobody will ever take his place as an actor. LOVE YOU MICHEAL

Lloyd SavageMar 18, 2010

He was a great actor and I like the way he would laugh on Bonanza it sounded so realistic for one acting like they were laughing which can be difficult. I just hope he was saved and will be in heaven one day, I only pity the actors of the show who had to have things in the show that the divine might not have promoted like drinking in the longbranch and gunslinging etc. If Michael was and is a Christ follower until his death which likely was since he had time to consider the next life with his kind of illness, then may his soul rest in peace.

My Hero Michael LandonJan 28, 2010

Michael Landon is the greatest man in the world, is my Hero and my Idol, he is the best forever :D

Willie GreenSep 16, 2009

I too, am wondering if Michael Landon knew Jesus Christ as His personal Savior, he was such a great man.

Destiny J. AdamsJul 2, 2009

I love Michael Landon. There could be no other Little Joe!

karl59Jul 2, 2009

And a great singer Watch Hullaballoo on You Tube!

michealMay 13, 2009

Micheal Landon is so cute and very cute hes so good at acting in Little House On The Parire CCCCCUUUUTTTTEEEEEEE I love his hair so hot

natuchaApr 7, 2009

devin one the love

Landon fanFeb 18, 2009

He was/is one of my all-time favorites!

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