October 31, 1936, Forest Hills, New York
Died: July 1, 1991 (aged 54), Malibu, California
Michael Landon (Eugene Maurice Orowitz) was
an American actor, writer, director, and producer, who starred in three
popular NBC TV series that spanned three decades. He is widely known for
his roles as Little Joe Cartwright in Bonanza (1959-1973),
Charles Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983), and
Jonathan Smith in Highway to Heaven (1984-1989).
What do you know about Michael Landon? Try
this quick quiz.
1. His running made him very good at track in High
School and won him a scholarship. What college did he win the
2. It is a 1957 horror film starring Michael
Landon as a troubled teenager and Whit Bissell as the primary adult. It
was co-written and produced by cult film producer Herman Cohen, and was
one of the most successful films released by American International
Pictures. What is the movie?
3. In 1959, at age 22, Landon had his first
starring TV role as Little Joe Cartwright on one of the first TV series
to be broadcast in color. What is the series?
4. Landon went on to star in the pilot of what
would become another successful television series, again for NBC. What
was the TV series?
5. After producing both the Father Murphy
TV series and a movie, Sam's Son, Landon went on to star in
another successful television series. What was the TV series?
6. What does Dodie Levy-Fraser, Marjorie Lynn Noe,
and Cindy Clerico have in common?
7. What was his cause of death?
8. Where is Michael Landon buried?