Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Highest Rated: 70% High School Confidential! (1958)

Lowest Rated: 40% I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

Birthday: Oct 31, 1936

Birthplace: Forest Hills, New York, USA

Michel Landon was an immensely popular TV star who also appeared in occasional films, including the classic "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" (1957). Landon made his name as the romantic, impulsive youngest Cartwright brother, Little Joe, on the long-running hit "Bonanza" (1959-73), the first TV western broadcast in color and the No. 1 series for seven consecutive seasons. Although he had scripted several episodes of "Bonanza," he sought complete authority over his next series, the pioneer family saga "Little House on the Prairie" (1974-82), loosely based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's autobiographical children's novels, in which he starred as frontier homesteader Charles Ingalls. Landon created the series and often directed and scripted episodes, which he imbued with his views on faith and family. Landon next produced and starred as Jonathan, the probationary angel whose mission was to bring love and understanding to people in trouble, on "Highway to Heaven" (1984-88). He also produced, wrote and directed the TV series "Father Murphy" and numerous TV movies, including "The Loneliest Runner" (1976), based on incidents in his own life, and the autobiographical feature film "Sam's Son" (1984), about a champion javelin thrower. Landon died from pancreatic cancer after a long, prominently media-covered but nonetheless dignified struggle at the age of 54.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 67% Us Jeff Hayes (Character),
Director
- 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Where Pigeons Go to Die Hugh as adult (Character),
Director
- 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sam's Son Gene Orman (Character),
Director
- 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Jonathan Smith (Character),
Director
- 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House: The Last Farewell Charles Ingalls (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House: Look Back to Yesterday Charles Ingalls (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Is Forever John Everingham (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Murphy Director - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Killing Stone Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Loneliest Runner John Curtis as an Adult (Character),
Director,
Producer
- 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Charles Ingalls (Character),
Director,
Producer
- 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Good to Be Alive Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Forever Joseph "Little Joe" Cartwright (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ride the Wind Joseph "Little Joe" Cartwright (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza: The Movie Joseph "Little Joe" Cartwright (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza: The Stranger Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza: The Avenger Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Legend of Tom Dooley Tom Dooley (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 43% God's Little Acre Dave Dawson (Character) - 1958
70% 48% High School Confidential! Steve Bentley (Character) - 1958
40% 19% I Was a Teenage Werewolf Tony Rivers (Character) - 1957

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1989-1990 1980-1981 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Jonathan Smith (Character) 1984-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star),
Writer,
Executive Producer,
Director
1974-1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Story Director,
Writer
1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Little Joe Cartwright (Character),
Director,
Writer
1959-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Guest 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sheriff of Cochise Don Sayers (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jerry Lewis Show Guest 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Staccato Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1958-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frontier Doctor Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trackdown Jack Summers (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1957

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