Landon, Michael

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Landon, Michael Gender: M
Eugene Maurice Orowitz
born on 31 October 1936 at 12:12 (= 12:12 PM )
Place Jamaica, New York, 40n41, 73w48
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: CAH
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 08°06' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 28°59 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 22°20'

Michael Landon


American actor, writer, director and producer, best known for his roles in TV's long-running "Bonanza," "Little House on the Prairie" and "Highway to Heaven"

and for being a dominant figure and shaper of prime-time television family fare for over three decades.

Landon grew up with a sister in Collingswood, NJ. His father, Eli, was a movie theatre manager and film publicist, and his mother, Penny, a minor actress. His childhood was unhappy, marred with extensive parental quarrels, personal humiliation from his mother, and anti-Semitic taunts from other children. He was a top-flight javelin thrower in high school and set the national record in his senior year with a record toss of 211 ft, 7 in. This won him a track scholarship to the University of Southern California. He was mocked considerably for his curly, shoulder-length hair, and one time his team-mates pinned him down and cut off his hair. A furious Landon threw his arm out on a toss, lost his scholarship, and quit school, failing his 10th grade.

A film executive spotted him while he was working as a gas station attendant across from the Warner Brothers studios, and suggested he enroll in Warner Bros. acting school. Soon he was performing in prestige television such as Studio One and G.E. Theatre. He made his movie debut in 1957 in the cult classic, "I was a Teenage Werewolf," which premiered in 1959.

His fame arrived in the role of Little Joe in "Bonanza," which enjoyed a 14-year run from 1959-1973, and was the most popular show on television from 1964 to 1967. He began writing and directing occasional episodes of the program before developing "Little House on the Prairie," the TV series that ran from 1974 to 1983. Landon demanded creative control of the show. In 1976, he wrote, directed and acted in "The Loneliest Runner," a television movie about a teen-age athlete that was somewhat autobiographical.

His third major television series was "Highway to Heaven," which premiered on 9/19/1984, in which he was executive producer and which helped pull NBC out of the ratings cellar. He had launched another series, "Us," and the pilot episode aired in the fall of 1991 after Landon's death.

His marital life consisted of three wives and a total of nine children. His marriage to his first wife, Dodie, a legal secretary, in 1956, lasted six years. He adopted Dodie's son, Mark, and another boy, Josh. By the time he finished his first marriage, he was a heavy drinker, and during at least one period, he was addicted to downers. In 1963, he married model Lynn Noe with whom he had four children; Michael Jr., Christopher, Leslie and Shawna. He also adopted Noe's daughter, Cheryl. After his second marriage he had a vasectomy but later had it reversed. His third wife, Cindy, age 26, was a former makeup artist who he married in 1983; they had two children, Sean and Jennifer.

After six weeks of stomach pains, on 4/05/1991, Landon was told that he had inoperable cancer in the liver and pancreas. He died 7/01/1991 at 1:20 PM on his Malibu Ranch.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Blocker, Dan (born 10 December 1928). Notes: Co-star on "Bonanza," played his character's younger brother
  • business associate/partner relationship with Anderson, Melissa (born 26 September 1962). Notes: Co-stars on "Little House on the Prairie"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Greene, Lorne (born 12 February 1915). Notes: Co-stars on "Bonanza"
  • parent->child relationship with Landon, Shawna (born 4 December 1971)


  • Relationship : Marriage 1956 (First wife Dodie)
  • Work : New Job 1959 (Movie debut)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1959 (14 year TV series, "Bonanza")
  • Relationship : Marriage 1963 (Second marriage Lynn Noe)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1974 (Nine years "Little House on the Prairie")
  • Work : New Job 1976 (Wrote, directed and acted in "The Loneliest Runner")
  • Relationship : Marriage 1983 (Third wife Cindy)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 19 September 1984 (Start of "Highway to Heaven")
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 5 April 1991 (Inoperable liver/pancreas cancer)
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  • Death by Disease 1 July 1991 at 01:20 AM in Malibu, CA (Liver/pancreas cancer, age 54)
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Source Notes

Contemporary American Horoscopes


  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous
  • Traits : Body : Hair (Curly, black)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Liver/pancreas, terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Downers, rehab)
  • Family : Childhood : Family distant (Parents quarrelled)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Three step-kids he adopted)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Nine)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Loves job
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV and film)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Three noted TV series)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer