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Michael Landon : Biography, Pictures, Photos, Trivia, Address, Filmography (Highway to Heaven, Little House on the Prairie, Bonanza)

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Michael Landon - Trivia


. He was the only actor (so far) to have three consecutive shows on television which ran for five years or more: "Bonanza" (1959) (1959-1973), "Little House on the Prairie" (1974) (1974-1983), and "Highway to Heaven" (1984) (1984-1989).

. Interred at Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California, USA.

. Actress Melissa Gilbert's son Michael (b. 1995) was named after him.

. His birthplace, Forest Hills, is a neighborhood area in Queens, New York.

. U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Davis Reagan, attended Landon's memorial service the day after his death.

. Inducted (as a cast member of "Little House on the Prairie") into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1998.

. Always claimed to have chosen his professional name by picking the name Michael Landon out of the Los Angeles telephone directory.

. Graduated from Collingswood High School in Collingswood, New Jersey, in 1954.

. Started having gray hair at age 20.

. Won the freshman javelin toss at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles.

. Comedian and ex-talk show host, Johnny Carson was a longtime friend of his and had (in private) always confided in Landon and shared his own issues with him.

. Before his death, he appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) to talk about his brave battle against cancer and his life and it was the highest-rated show of all time.

. Had to dropd out of the University of California-Los Angeles because he tore his shoulder ligaments, which would not allow him to throw the javelin again, and he was attending UCLA on an athletic scholarship.

. His last wife was former make-up artist Cindy Clerico, whom he met near the end of the "Little House" run in 1981, and married two years later.

. Grew up in southern New Jersey (Collingswood), and attended Collingswood High School.

. Charles Ingalls, Landon's character on "Little House on the Prairie" (1974), was ranked #4 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].

. Studied karate under Chuck Norris, as did the children of his "Bonanza" co-star Dan Blocker.

. Before he became a successful actor, he worked in a warehouse and at a gas station.

. Starred with Victor French in two of his successful TV series.

. His second wife, Marjorie Lynn Noe, was one of the few people who refused to attend his funeral, because she told her children that the divorce had already been like a death to her.

. When he filed for divorce from Lynn, it cost him $26 million. Though he gave her his $3.5-million, 35-room Beverly Hills mansion, this bitter divorce was a devastating blow for Lynn, who stated on TV that her ex-husband had become her angel. (16 April 1981)

. In 1954, he was the national high school record holder in the javelin throw.

. Wrote and directed two made-for-TV movies that were semi-autobiographical: The Loneliest Runner (1976) (TV) and Sam's Song (1984) (TV).

. By most accounts he was exactly like the kind, gentle, heroic characters he portrayed onscreen and in fact few, if any, people complained about working with him, something rare in Hollywood.


. David Jansen : "Michael Landon jouait le rôle d'un enfant gâté quand il le voulait. Et il le voulait souvent"

. Howard Stern : "Il a toujours eu cette belle image de père de famille. Un père de famille ? Il a eu 9 enfants avec 3 femmes différentes... Il était un père de familles... Avez-vous vu les hommages qui lui ont été rendus quand il est décédé ? Toutes les images le montraient marchant sur une route, tel un ange comme dans sa série "Les Routes du Paradis". Etait-il vraiment un ange ? Je suis certain qu'au moins 2 de ses ex-femmes étaient sûres qu'il irait en enfer."

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