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Michael Landon
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Birth Name: Eugene Maurice Orowitz
Birthdate: October 31, 1936
Birthplace: Forest Hills, NY
Date of Death: July 1, 1991
Occupations: Actor, Director, Writer, Producer
Quote: "I want people to laugh and cry, not just sit and stare at the TV. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I think viewers are hungry for shows in which people say something meaningful." --The Complete Directory to Primetime TV Stars, 1987
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Claim to Fame: 1959-73: Starring as the youngest Cartwright brother, Little Joe, on TV series Bonanza

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Dodie Landon (née Fraser), legal secretary; married 1956; divorced 1962; six years Landon's senior; born 1930; remarried in 1976 (new married name Dodie Lake)
Wife: Lynn Landon (née Noe), model; married 1963; divorced 1982
Wife: Cindy Landon (née Clerico), makeup artist; married 1983; born 1957

Father: Eli Maurice Orowitz, East Coast studio publicist, theater manager; Jewish; worked for Paramount until clients moved to West Coast; later in life managed a Hollywood theater; deceased
Mother: Peggy Orowitz (née O'Neill), actress, Broadway comedienne; Catholic
Son: Mark Landon, adopted during Landon's first marriage; born 1959; was Dodie Fraser's son
Son: Josh Landon, born 1959; adopted during Landon's first marriage to Dodie Fraser
Son: Jason Smith (aka Jason Landon); born May, 1961; adopted in 1961 during Landon's first marriage to Dodie Fraser; given up by Dodie Landon after divorce from Michael Landon in 1962 to new adoptive parents Bill and Alma Smith
Daughter: Cheryl Landon; Lynn Noe's daughter from previous marriage
Son: Michael Landon Jr., actor; born 1964; mother, Lynn Noe; made a 12-minute presentation film for new, syndicated Bonanza series in 1992
Daughter: Leslie Ann Landon, family therapist; born 1962; mother, Lynn Noe
Daughter: Shawna Leigh Landon, born 1971; mother, Lynn Noe
Son: Christopher Beau Landon, born 1976; mother, Lynn Noe
Daughter: Jennifer Landon; mother, Cindy Clerico
Son: Sean Landon; born 1986; mother, Cindy Clerico
Stepdaughter: Cheryl Landon; born 1953; Lynn Noe's daughter from her previous marriage

Boyishly handsome, immensely popular TV star who appeared in occasional films, including the now-camp 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 number one series for seven consecutive seasons. Although he had scripted several episodes of "Bonanza", he sought complete authority over his next series, the wholesome family saga "Little House on the Prairie" (1974-82), 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". 5 Landon next produced and starred as Jonathan, the probationary angel whose mission is 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.

Sierra Club Series: Battle of the Bison Forest
Sierra Club Series: Humpback Whale
Sierra Club Series: Lions of Etosha
Sierra Club Series: We Live with Elephants
Sierra Club Series: Wonderful Kangaroo
Little House on the Prairie: The Lord Is My Shepherd
Sierra Club Series: Beaver
Sierra Club Series: Caribou: The Incredible Journey
Sierra Club Series: Gorillas
Sierra Club Series: Orangutan
Sierra Club Series: Polar Bear
Sierra Club Series: Sharks
Sierra Club Series: Tiger, Tiger
Hullabaloo, Vol. 2
Us (1991)
American Red Cross Emergency Test (1990)
Where Pigeons Go to Die (1990)
Blue Angels (1989)
Monsters and Maniacs (1988)
Bonanza: The Next Generation (1988)
Sam's Son (1984)
Highway to Heaven: Hello and Farewell (1984)
Little House on the Prairie: The Last Farewell (1984)
Little House on the Prairie: Look Back to Yesterday (1983)
Love is Forever (1983)
Father Murphy (1981)
Little House on the Prairie: The Christmas They Never Forgot (197?)
Little House on the Prairie: The Craftsman (1979)
Del Mero Corazon (1978)
Killing Stone (1978)
The Loneliest Runner (1976)
Little House on the Prairie: Remember Me (1975)
It's Good to Be Alive (1974)
Little House on the Prairie: Pilot Episode (1974)
Bonanza: The Witness (1973)
Bonanza: The Marriage of Theodora Duffy (1973)
Bonanza: The Hunter (1973)
Bonanza Forever (1972)
Bonanza: Second Sight (1972)
Bonanza: The Saddle Stiff (1972)
Bonanza: Frenzy (1972)
Bonanza: Customs of the Country (1972)
Bonanza: Shanklin (1972)
Bonanza: Search in Limbo (1972)
Bonanza: He Was Only Seven (1972)
Bonanza: The Younger Brothers' Younger Brother (1972)
Bonanza: A Place to Hide (1972)
Bonanza: A Visit to Upright (1972)
Bonanza: One Ace Too Many (1972)
Bonanza: Forever (1972)
Bonanza: Heritage of Anger (1972)
Bonanza: The Initiation (1972)
Bonanza: Riot! (1972)
Bonanza: New Man (1972)
Bonanza: Ambush at Rio Lobo (1972)
Bonanza: The 26th Grave (1972)
Bonanza: Stallion (1972)
Bonanza: The Hidden Enemy (1972)
Bonanza: The Sound of Loneliness (1972)
Bonanza: The Bucket Dog (1972)
Bonanza: First Love (1972)
Bonanza: A Single Pilgrim (1971)
Bonanza: The Gold Plated Rifle (1971)
Bonanza: Top Hand (1971)
Bonanza: A Deck of Aces (1971)
Bonanza: The Desperado (1971)
Bonanza: The Reluctant American (1971)
Bonanza: Shadow of a Hero (1971)
Bonanza: The Silent Killer (1971)
Bonanza: Terror at 2:00 (1971)
Bonanza: The Stillness Within (1971)
Bonanza: A Time to Die (1971)
Bonanza: Winter Kill (1971)
Bonanza: Kingdom of Fear (1971)
Bonanza: An Earthquake Called Callahan (1971)
Bonanza: The Grand Swing (1971)
Bonanza: Fallen Woman (1971)
Bonanza: Bushwacked! (1971)
Bonanza: Rock-a-Bye Hoss (1971)
Bonanza: The Prisoners (1971)
Bonanza: Cassie (1971)
Bonanza: Don't Cry, My Son (1971)
Bonanza: Face of Fear (1971)
Bonanza: Blind Hunch (1971)
Bonanza: The Iron Butterfly (1971)
Bonanza: The Rattlesnake Brigade (1971)
Bonanza: Easy Come, Easy Go (1971)
Bonanza: A Home for Jamie (1971)
Bonanza: Warbonnet (1971)
Little House on the Prairie: Christmas at Plum Creek (1970)
Little House on the Prairie: The Collection (1970)
Little House on the Prairie: Survival (1970)
Bonanza: It's a Small World (1970)
Bonanza: Danger Road (1970)
Bonanza: The Big Jackpot (1970)
Bonanza: The Trouble with Amy (1970)
Bonanza: The Lady and the Mark (1970)
Bonanza: Is There Any Man Here? (1970)
Bonanza: The Law and Billy Burgess (1970)
Bonanza: Long Way to Ogden (1970)
Bonanza: Return Engagement (1970)
Bonanza: The Gold Mine (1970)
Bonanza: Decision at Los Robles (1970)
Bonanza: Caution, Easter Bunny Crossing (1970)
Bonanza: The Horse Traders (1970)
Bonanza: What Are Pardners For? (1970)
Bonanza: A Matter of Circumstance (1970)
Bonanza: The Night Virginia City Died (1970)
Bonanza: A Matter of Faith (1970)
Bonanza: The Weary Willies (1970)
Bonanza: The Wagon (1970)
Bonanza: The Power of Life and Death (1970)
Bonanza: Gideon, the Good (1970)
Bonanza: The Trouble with Trouble (1970)
Bonanza: Thornton's Account (1970)
Bonanza: The Love Child (1970)
Bonanza: El Jefe (1970)
Bonanza: The Luck of Pepper Shannon (1970)
Bonanza: The Impostors (1970)
Bonanza: Honest John (1970)
Bonanza: For a Young Lady (1970)
Bonanza: Sweet Annie Laurie (1969)
Bonanza: My Friend, My Enemy (1969)
Bonanza: Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds (1969)
Bonanza: Erin (1969)
Bonanza: Company of Forgotten Men (1969)
Bonanza: The Clarion (1969)
Bonanza: The Lady and the Mountain Lion (1969)
Bonanza: Five Candles (1969)
Bonanza: The Wish (1969)
Bonanza: The Deserter (1969)
Bonanza: Emily (1969)
Bonanza: The Running Man (1969)
Bonanza: The Unwanted (1969)
Bonanza: Speak No Evil (1969)
Bonanza: The Fence (1969)
Bonanza: A Ride in the Sun (1969)
Bonanza: Another Windmill to Go (1969)
Bonanza: The Witness (1969)
Bonanza: The Silence at Stillwater (1969)
Bonanza: A Lawman's Lot is Not a Happy One (1969)
Bonanza: Anatomy of a Lynching (1969)
Bonanza: To Stop a War (1969)
Bonanza: The Medal (1969)
Bonanza: The Stalker (1969)
Bonanza: Meena (1969)
Bonanza: A Darker Shadow (1969)
Bonanza: Dead Wrong (1969)
Bonanza: Old Friends (1969)
Bonanza: Abner Willoughby's Return (1969)
Bonanza: The Trackers (1968)
Bonanza: A Girl Named George (1968)
Bonanza: The Thirteenth Man (1968)
Bonanza: The Burning Sky (1968)
Bonanza: The Price of Salt (1968)
Bonanza: Blood Tie (1968)
Bonanza: The Crime of Johnny Mule (1968)
Bonanza: The Late Ben Cartwright (1968)
Bonanza: Star Crossed (1968)
Bonanza: Trouble Town (1968)
Bonanza: Commitment at Angelus (1968)
Bonanza: A Dream to Dream (1968)
Bonanza: In Defense of Honor (1968)
Bonanza: To Die in Darkness (1968)
Bonanza: The Bottle Fighter (1968)
Bonanza: The Arrival of Eddie (1968)
Bonanza: The Stronghold (1968)
Bonanza: Pride of a Man (1968)
Bonanza: A Severe Case of Matrimony (1968)
Bonanza: Stage Door Johnnies (1968)
Bonanza: Different Pines, Same Wind (1968)
Bonanza: Child (1968)
Bonanza: Salute to Yesterday (1968)
Bonanza: The Real People of Muddy Creek (1968)
Bonanza: The Passing of a King (1968)
Bonanza: The Last Vote (1968)
Bonanza: Catch as Catch Can (1968)
Bonanza: Little Girl Lost (1968)
Bonanza: The Survivors (1968)
Bonanza: The Sound of Drums (1968)
Bonanza: Queen High (1968)
Bonanza: Yonder Man (1968)
Bonanza: Mark of Guilt (1968)
Bonanza: A World Full of Cannibals (1968)
Best of Bonanza, Vol. 1 (1967)
Best of Bonanza, Vol. 2 (1967)
Best of Bonanza, Vol. 3 (1967)
Best of Bonanza, Vol. 4 (1967)
Bonanza: Ponderosa Explosion (1967)
Bonanza: Justice (1967)
Bonanza: A Bride for Buford (1967)
Bonanza: Black Friday (1967)
Bonanza: The Unseen Wound (1967)
Bonanza: Journey to Terror (1967)
Bonanza: Amigo (1967)
Bonanza: A Woman in the House (1967)
Bonanza: Judgement at Red Creek (1967)
Bonanza: Joe Cartwright, Detective (1967)
Bonanza: Dark Enough to See the Stars (1967)
Bonanza: The Deed and the Dilemma (1967)
Bonanza: The Prince (1967)
Bonanza: A Man Without Land (1967)
Bonanza: Napoleon's Children (1967)
Bonanza: The Wormwood Cup (1967)
Bonanza: Clarissa (1967)
Bonanza: Maestro Hoss (1967)
Bonanza: The Greedy Ones (1967)
Bonanza: Second Chance (1967)
Bonanza: Sense of Duty (1967)
Bonanza: The Conquistadores (1967)
Bonanza: Judgement at Olympus (1967)
Bonanza: Night of Reckoning (1967)
Bonanza: False Witness (1967)
Bonanza: The Gentle Ones (1967)
Bonanza: Desperate Passage (1967)
Bonanza: The Sure Thing (1967)
Bonanza: Showdown at Tahoe (1967)
Bonanza: Six Black Horses (1967)
Bonanza: Check Rein (1967)
Bonanza: Justice Deferred (1967)
Bonanza: The Gold Detector (1967)
Ride the Wind (1966)
Bonanza: A Dublin Lad (1966)
Bonanza: To Kill a Buffalo (1966)
Bonanza: Ride the Wind, Part One (1966)
Bonanza: Ride the Wind, Part Two (1966)
Bonanza: Destiny's Child (1966)
Bonanza: Peace Officer (1966)
Bonanza: The Code (1966)
Bonanza: Three Brides for Hoss (1966)
Bonanza: The Emperor Norton (1966)
Bonanza: His Brother's Keeper (1966)
Bonanza: The Trouble With Jamie (1966)
Bonanza: Shining in Spain (1966)
Bonanza: The Genius (1966)
Bonanza: The Unwritten Commandment (1966)
Bonanza: The Big Shadow on the Land (1966)
Bonanza: The Fighters (1966)
Bonanza: Home from the Sea (1966)
Bonanza: The Last Mission (1966)
Bonanza: A Dollar's Worth of Trouble (1966)
Bonanza: Something Hurt, Something Wild (1966)
Bonanza: Horse of a Different Hue (1966)
Bonanza: A Time to Step Down (1966)
Bonanza: The Pursued, Part One (1966)
Bonanza: The Pursued, Part Two (1966)
Bonanza: To Bloom for Thee (1966)
Bonanza: Credit for a Kill (1966)
Bonanza: Four Sisters from Boston (1966)
Bonanza: Old Charlie (1966)
Bonanza: Ballad of the Ponderosa (1966)
Bonanza: The Oath (1966)
Bonanza: A Real Nice, Friendly Little Town (1966)
Bonanza: The Bridegroom (1966)
Bonanza: Tommy (1966)
Bonanza: A Christmas Story (1966)
Bonanza: The Trap (1965)
Bonanza: The Flapjack Contest (1965)
Bonanza: The Far, Far Better Thing (1965)
Bonanza: Woman of Fire (1965)
Bonanza: The Ballerina (1965)
Bonanza: The Flannel-Mouth Gun (1965)
Bonanza: Ponderosa Birdman (1965)
Bonanza: The Search (1965)
Bonanza: The Deadliest Game (1965)
Bonanza: Once a Doctor (1965)
Bonanza: Right is the Fourth R (1965)
Bonanza: Hound Dog (1965)
Bonanza: Dead and Gone (1965)
Bonanza: A Good Night's Rest (1965)
Bonanza: To Own the World (1965)
Bonanza: The Return (1965)
Bonanza: The Jonah (1965)
Bonanza: The Spotlight (1965)
Bonanza: Patchwork Man (1965)
Bonanza: The Debt (1965)
Bonanza: The Dilemma (1965)
Bonanza: The Brass Box (1965)
Bonanza: The Other Son (1965)
Bonanza: The Lonely Runner (1965)
Bonanza: Devil on Her Shoulder (1965)
Bonanza: Found Child (1965)
Bonanza: THE Meredith Smith (1965)
Bonanza: Mighty is the Word (1965)
Bonanza: The Strange One (1965)
Bonanza: The Reluctant Rebel (1965)
Bonanza: Five Sundowns to Sunup (1965)
Bonanza: A Natural Wizard (1965)
Bonanza: All Ye His Saints (1965)
Bonanza: The Pure Truth (1964)
Bonanza: Bullet for a Bride (1964)
Bonanza: The Cheating Game (1964)
Bonanza: The Lila Conrad Story (1964)
Bonanza: Ponderosa Matador (1964)
Bonanza: My Son, My Son (1964)
Bonanza: Alias Joe Cartwright (1964)
Bonanza: The Gentleman from New Orleans (1964)
Bonanza: King of the Mountain (1964)
Bonanza: Love Me Not (1964)
Bonanza: No Less a Man (1964)
Bonanza: Return to Honor (1964)
Bonanza: The Saga of Muley Jones (1964)
Bonanza: The Roper (1964)
Bonanza: A Pink Cloud Comes from Old Cathay (1964)
Bonanza: Enter Thomas Bowers (1964)
Bonanza: The Dark Past (1964)
Bonanza: The Pressure Game (1964)
Bonanza: Triangle (1964)
Bonanza: Walter and the Outlaws (1964)
Bonanza: Invention of a Gunfighter (1964)
Bonanza: The Hostage (1964)
Bonanza: The Wild One (1964)
Bonanza: Thanks for Everything, Friend (1964)
Bonanza: Logan's Treasure (1964)
Bonanza: The Scapegoat (1964)
Bonanza: A Dime's Worth of Glory (1964)
Bonanza: Square Deal Sam (1964)
Bonanza: Between Heaven and Earth (1964)
Bonanza: Old Sheba (1964)
Bonanza: A Man to Admire (1964)
Bonanza: The Underdog (1964)
Bonanza: A Knight to Remember (1964)
Bonanza: The Saga of Squaw Charlie (1964)
Bonanza: Any Friend of Walter's (1963)
Bonanza: The Saga of Whizzer McGee (1963)
Bonanza: Thunder Man (1963)
Bonanza: Rich Man, Poor Man (1963)
Bonanza: The Boss (1963)
Bonanza: The Prime of Life (1963)
Bonanza: The Colonel (1963)
Bonanza: Song in the Dark (1963)
Bonanza: Elegy for a Hangman (1963)
Bonanza: Half a Rogue (1963)
Bonanza: The Last Haircut (1963)
Bonanza: Marie, My Love (1963)
Bonanza: The Hayburner (1963)
Bonanza: The Actress (1963)
Bonanza: A Stranger Passed This Way (1963)
Bonanza: The Way of Aaron (1963)
Bonanza: A Woman Lost (1963)
Bonanza: Mirror of a Man (1963)
Bonanza: My Brother's Keeper (1963)
Bonanza: Five Into the Wind (1963)
Bonanza: Little Man--Ten Feet Tall (1963)
Bonanza: She Walks in Beauty (1963)
Bonanza: A Passion for Justice (1963)
Bonanza: Rain from Heaven (1963)
Bonanza: Twilight Town (1963)
Bonanza: The Toy Soldier (1963)
Bonanza: A Question of Strength (1963)
Bonanza: Calamity Over the Comstock (1963)
Bonanza: Journey Remembered (1963)
Bonanza: The Quality of Mercy (1963)
Bonanza: The Waiting Game (1963)
Bonanza: The Legacy (1963)
Bonanza: Hoss and the Leprechauns (1963)
Bonanza: Crucible (1962)
Bonanza: The Tall Stranger (1962)
Bonanza: The Lady from Baltimore (1962)
Bonanza: The Ride (1962)
Bonanza: The Storm (1962)
Bonanza: The Auld Sod (1962)
Bonanza: Gift of Water (1962)
Bonanza: The Jackknife (1962)
Bonanza: The Guilty (1962)
Bonanza: The Wooing of Abigail Jones (1962)
Bonanza: The Lawmaker (1962)
Bonanza: Look to the Stars (1962)
Bonanza: The Gamble (1962)
Bonanza: Inger, My Love (1962)
Bonanza: Blessed Are They (1962)
Bonanza: The Dowry (1962)
Bonanza: The Long Night (1962)
Bonanza: The Mountain Girl (1962)
Bonanza: The Miracle Worker (1962)
Bonanza: The First Born (1962)
Bonanza: The Quest (1962)
Bonanza: The Artist (1962)
Bonanza: A Hot Day for a Hanging (1962)
Bonanza: The Deserter (1962)
Bonanza: The Way Station (1962)
Bonanza: The War Comes to Washoe (1962)
Bonanza: Knight Errant (1962)
Bonanza: The Beginning (1962)
Bonanza: The Deadly Ones (1962)
Bonanza: Gallegher's Sons (1962)
Bonanza: The Decision (1962)
Bonanza: The Good Samaritan (1962)
Bonanza: The Jury (1962)
The Errand Boy (1961)
Bonanza: Broken Ballad (1961)
Bonanza: The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch (1961)
Bonanza: The Friendship (1961)
Bonanza: The Countess (1961)
Bonanza: The Horse Breaker (1961)
Bonanza: Day of the Dragon (1961)
Bonanza: The Frenchman (1961)
Bonanza: The Tin Badge (1961)
Bonanza: Gabrielle (1961)
Bonanza: Land Grab (1961)
Bonanza: The Dark Gate (1961)
Bonanza: The Duke (1961)
Bonanza: Cut Throat Junction (1961)
Bonanza: The Gift (1961)
Bonanza: The Rival (1961)
Bonanza: The Infernal Machine (1961)
Bonanza: Thunderhead Swindle (1961)
Bonanza: The Secret (1961)
Bonanza: The Dream Riders (1961)
Bonanza: Sam Hill (1961)
Bonanza: The Smiler (1961)
Bonanza: Springtime (1961)
Bonanza: The Honor of Cochise (1961)
Bonanza: The Lonely House (1961)
Bonanza: The Burma Rarity (1961)
Bonanza: Elizabeth, My Love (1961)
Bonanza: The Courtship (1961)
Bonanza: The Spitfire (1961)
Bonanza: The Bride (1961)
Bonanza: Bank Run (1961)
Bonanza: The Fugitive (1961)
Bonanza: Vengeance (1961)
Bonanza: Tax Collector (1961)
Bonanza: The Rescue (1961)
Bonanza: Silent Thunder (1960)
Bonanza: Desert Justice (1960)
Bonanza: Badge Without Honor (1960)
Bonanza: The Stranger (1960)
Bonanza: Escape to the Ponderosa (1960)
Bonanza: The Avenger (1960)
Bonanza: El Toro Grande (1960)
Bonanza: The Outcast (1960)
Bonanza: House Divided (1960)
Bonanza: The Gunmen (1960)
Bonanza: The Fear Merchants (1960)
Bonanza: The Spanish Grant (1960)
Bonanza: Blood on the Land (1960)
Bonanza: The Last Trophy (1960)
Bonanza: San Francisco Holiday (1960)
Bonanza: Bitter Water (1960)
Bonanza: Feet of Clay (1960)
Bonanza: Dark Star (1960)
Bonanza: Death at Dawn (1960)
Bonanza: Showdown (1960)
Bonanza: The Mission (1960)
Bonanza: The Mill (1960)
Bonanza: The Hopefuls (1960)
Bonanza: Denver McKee (1960)
Bonanza: Day of Reckoning (1960)
Bonanza: The Abduction (1960)
Bonanza: Breed of Violence (1960)
Bonanza: The Last Viking (1960)
Bonanza: The Trail Gang (1960)
Bonanza: The Savage (1960)
Bonanza: The Ape (1960)
Bonanza: The Blood Line (1960)
Bonanza: Enter Mark Twain (1959)
The Legend of Tom Dooley (1959)
Bonanza (series) (1959)
Bonanza: The Newcomers (1959)
Bonanza: A Rose for Lotta (1959)
Bonanza: The Sun Mountain Herd (1959)
Bonanza: The Paiute War (1959)
Bonanza: The Julia Bulette Story (1959)
Bonanza: The Saga of Annie O'Toole (1959)
Bonanza: The Philip Diedshiemer Story (1959)
Bonanza: Mr. Henry T. P. Comstock (1959)
Bonanza: The Magnificent Adah (1959)
Bonanza: The Truckee Strip (1959)
Bonanza: The Hanging Posse (1959)
Bonanza: The Vendetta (1959)
Bonanza: The Sisters (1959)
Bonanza: The Last Hunt (1959)
Cheyenne: White Warrior (1958)
God's Little Acre (1958)
High School Confidential (1958)
Maracaibo (1958)
Fight for the Title (1957)
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
These Wilder Years (1956)
Cheyenne (TV Series) (1955)

1982: National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences Academy Founders Award

Landon became addicted to tranquilizers due to the stress of Bonanza's success and later was able to rehabilitate

University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA (on full sports scholarship--javelin throwing); lost scholarship because of a torn ligament
Warner Bros. Film acting school

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