Michael Landon

  • Birth Name: Eugene Maurice Orowitz
  • Birth Place: Forest Hills, New York, United States
  • Died: July 1, 1991
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter
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  • Grew his hair long after watching the 1949 movie Samson and Delilah, because he believed it would make him strong.
  • Set a national high-school record in the javelin toss.
  • Lost his athletic scholarship to USC after suffering a torn ligament in his shoulder, and subsequently dropped out of school.
  • Chose his stage name by picking it out of a telephone directory.
  • Often acted alongside his children, including sons Michael and Mark and daughters Leslie and Jennifer, throughout his career.
  • Released the 1962 single "Gimme a Little Kiss/Be Patient With Me" on the heels of his success on Bonanza.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984.
  • Appeared on the Tonight Show With Johnny Carson in 1991 to publicly discuss his pancreatic-cancer diagnosis and dispel multiple tabloid rumors.
  • Inducted posthumously into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1995.
  • Landon's Little House on the Prairie costar Melissa Gilbert named her son, Michael Garrett Boxleitner, after him.


  • 1979, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee


  • Shawna Leigh Landon — Daughter
  • Peggy Orowitz — Mother
  • Jennifer Landon — Daughter
  • Sean Matthew Landon — Son
  • Lynn Noe — Ex-wife
  • Cindy Landon — Wife
  • Dodie Levy-Fraser — Ex-wife
  • Josh Landon — Son
  • Leslie Ann Landon — Daughter
  • Cheryl Landon — Stepdaughter
  • Christopher Landon — Son
  • Eli Maurice Orowitz — Father
  • Mark Landon — Son
  • Michael Landon Jr. — Son


  • Attended University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States

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