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Michael Landon Bio, Age, Net Worth 2022, Wife, Death, Movies, Height

Michael Landon Bio, Age, Net Worth 2022, Wife, Death, Movies, Height

Facts of Michael Landon

Full Name:Michael Landon
Birth Date:October 31, 1936
Age:87 years
Death Date:July 1, 1991
Profession:Actor, Writer, Director, Producer
Country:United States
Height: 5 feet 9 inches (1.75m)
WifeCindy Landon
MarriedCindy Landon
Net Worth$40 million
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorDark Brown
Birth PlaceForest Hills, Queens, New York City, New York
EthnicityMixed(Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish)
EducationUniversity of Southern California
FatherEli Maurice Orowitz
MotherPeggy O'Neill
KidsMark Fraser Landon, Josh Fraser Landon, Cheryl Lynn Landon, Leslie Ann Landon, Michael Landon, Jr., Shawna Leigh Landon, Christopher Beau Landon, Jennifer Rachel Landon, Sean Matthew Landon
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Michael Landon was an American actor, writer, director, as well as a producer. He was famous for his acts in Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and Highway to Heaven.

Early Life of Actor-Landon

Michael Landon was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz on October 31, 1936, in Forest Hills, a neighborhood of Queens, New York, USA. As of 2019, he will be 83 years old if he was alive. The sun sign of Landon is Scorpio. His nationality is American and has a mixed ethnicity of Ashkenazi Jewish and Irish.

He was born to Peggy (née O’Neill) and Eli Maurice Orowitz. He was the Orowitz family’s second child and their daughter, Evelyn, was born 3 years earlier.

Family Background

In the year 1941, when Landon was 4, he and his family moved to Philadelphia. During his childhood, Landon was constantly worrying about his mother attempting suicide. Stress overload from the suicide attempts of his mother caused Landon to battle the childhood problem of bed-wetting, which was documented in the unauthorized biography, Michael Landon: His Triumph and Tragedy.


He attended Collingswood High School. In his high school days, Landon was an excellent javelin thrower. His record has been 193′ 4″ toss in 1954 being the longest throw by a high schooler in the US that year.

This led him to an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California, however, he tore his shoulder ligaments, ending his javelin throwing career and his participation on the USC track team.

Who is Michael Landon Wife?

Landon married thrice, and father of nine children. Firstly, he married Dodie Levy-Fraser from 11 March 1956 to 1 December 1962. They divorced in 1962 with two children between them. Secondly, he has married Lynn Noe from 12 January 1963 to 2 January 1982. The couple together had four children before their divorce in 1982.

Then, he married the third time Cindy Landon from 14 February 1983 to 1 July 1991 (his death). They together had two children.

Late Michael Landon with his wife, Cindy Landon
Caption: Late Michael Landon with his wife, Cindy Landon

His children are Mark Fraser Landon, Josh Fraser Landon with Dodie Levy-Fraser. Likewise, his other children Leslie Ann Landon (daughter), Michael Graham Landon, Shawna Leigh Landon, and Christopher Beau Landon with Lynn Noe.

Similarly, others are Jennifer Rachel Landon and Sean Matthew Landon with Cindy Landon. He also had a stepdaughter, Cheryl Ann Pontrelli.

What did Michael Landon Die from?

In the year 1991, Landon started to suffer severe abdominal pain while on a skiing vacation in Utah. On April 5, 1991, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and metastasized to his liver and lymph nodes. The cancer was inoperable as well as terminal. On July 1, 1991, he died in Malibu, California at the age of 54.

In addition, Landon interred in a private family mausoleum at the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, in Culver City, California. His son Mark’s also interred there upon his death in the year 2009.

Net Worth and Salary of Michael Landon

His net worth is around $40 million as of 2022.

Michael Landon’s Career

  • Landon began his career by appearing on the TV series Telephone Time.
  • Soon he started getting movie roles in I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Maracaibo, High School Confidential, the notorious God’s Little Acre, and The Legend of Tom Dooley, as well as many TV roles, like Crossroads, The Restless Gun, Sheriff of Cochise, U.S. Marshal, Crusader, Frontier Doctor, The Rifleman, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Johnny Staccato, The Texan, The Tall Man, Trackdown, and Wanted: Dead or Alive, till 1960.
  • In the year 1957, Candlelight Records released a Michael Landon single, “Gimme a Little Kiss (Will “Ya” Huh)”/ “Be Patient With Me”.
  • In 1962, both the A- and B-side of the record were re-released on the Fono-Graf label.
  • In 1959, Landon began his first starring TV role as Little Joe Cartwright on Bonanza.
  • During Bonanza’s sixth season, the show topped the Nielsen ratings & remained number 1 for 3 years.
  • Receiving more fan mail than any other cast member Landon negotiated with the executive producer & NBC to write & direct some episodes. In the year 1962, Landon wrote his first script.
  • In the year 1968, Landon directed his first episode. During the final season, the ratings declined, & NBC canceled Bonanza in November 1972.
Michael Landon
Caption: Late Michael Landon, American Actor, and Producer(Photo: SurvivorNet)
  • After Bonanza was canceled, Landon went on to star in the TV series, Little House on the Prairie. Landon served as executive producer, writer, & director of Little House. Little House became Landon’s second-longest-running series.
  • It was nominated for several Emmy & Golden Globe awards.
  • He also experimented as a producer. He produced “Little House” & later the Father Murphy TV series, Landon starred in Highway to Heaven.
  • On Highway, he served as executive producer, writer, & director.
  • After the cancellation of Highway to Heaven & before his move to CBS, Landon wrote & directed the teleplay Where Pigeons Go to Die. Based on a novel of the same name, it was nominated for two Emmy awards.