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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

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.

Quotes

. 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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