‘Little House on the Prairie’: A Look Back on the Life and Career of Michael Landon

Michael Landon is best known for his starring role in the popular series Toilet on the Moor. Here is a look back at his life and career.

Michael Landon films and TV shows

Michael Landon on the set of 'Toilet on the Moor |  NBCU / NBCUniversal Photo Bank via Getty Images
Michael Landon on the set of ‘Toilet on the Moor | NBCU / NBCUniversal Photo Bank via Getty Images

Michael Landon, also known as Eugene Maurice Orowitz, was born on October 31, 1936. One of Landon’s early acting roles was in a 1955 program of Luke and the Tenderfoot entitled “The Boston Kid.” He played the role of Clyde Meacham. The following year, Landon appeared in a program of The Sheriff of Cochise entitled “Human Bomb.” He made his first film in the 1957 film I was a teenage Werewolf.

Landon continued to be famous for his involvement in the team Bonanza in 1959. He played the Joseph “Little Jo” Cartwright until the show closed in 1973. Landon became a household name after playing Charles Ingalls on Toilet on the Moor from 1974 to 1983.

Landon starred in another successful television series when he started playing Jonathan Smith Highway to Heaven. Landon had his last scene on screen in the TV movie Us.

Michael Landon Awards

Landon won the Western Heritage Awards in 1970 and 1975 for Bonanza and Toilet on the Moor. In 1981, he received the West American Writer’s Award for a Toilet on the Moor a script entitled “May We Make Them Proud.” In 1984, Landon was awarded a star on the Hollywood Reputation Trail. Landon was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1995.

Michael Landon’s work outside of acting

Landon’s career extends beyond acting. He also had credentials as a writer, producer and director. Landon began his first directorial tour with the television series Bonanza. He directed 14 programs from 1968 to 1973. Landon also directed portions of Toilet on the Moor and Highway to Heaven.

Landon had 13 representative credits. He premiered with the 1974 TV film The story of Jackie Robinson. In 1976, he made the film TV The Loneliest Runner. His other representational beliefs include Toilet on the Moor, Master Murphy, and Highway to Heaven. In addition, Landon has 12 writing credits for his work Bonanza, Us, Where pigeons die, Toilet Years, and more.

Michael Landon’s life before acting

When Landon was in college, he was throwing wind. In high school, he was reported as the best wind thrower in the United States. Landon said The Washington Post when he was a child he believed he was strong because his hair was long.

Unfortunately, long hair became a problem when Landon was older. He says his peers treated him differently. He remembered one day when football players at the University of Southern California pushed him down and took off his hair. Landon told the publication that he could not throw the dinghy after that incident and decided to leave school.

Michael Landon’s net worth

At the time of his death, Landon had an estimated net worth of $ 40 million, according to Famous Net Worth.

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