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Michael Landon

Born: October 31, 1936, Forest Hills, New York
Died: July 1, 1991 (aged 54), Malibu, CaliforniaWestern Movies Trivia Q&A.  Trivia powered by ABE.

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. Based on a popular song, this is the tale of a Rebel soldier at the close of the Civil War, who is pursued by a carpet-bagger lawman. In this 1959 film, Landon plays the title character. What is the movie?

2. Two brothers on the run from a posse stop and help Mark who is stuck on a ledge. The younger of two (Michael Landon) breaks his leg and a grateful Lucas allows him to recuperate on the ranch. He gets a taste of life without having to run and when his brother returns for him he must decide on which course his life will take. The episode was '"End of a Young Gun". What was the TV series?

3. Michael Landon was the only original cast member to be wig-free throughout the series. True or False?

4. Along with Lorne Greene, Landon appeared in all seasons of the western. How many seasons was that?

5. When did he write his first script?

6. When did he directed his first episode.

7. In Little House on the Prairie, Landon's real-life son, Michael, appeared as Jim in an episode. What was the episode?

8. Who was cast as school teacher Etta Plum during the show's final season?

9. Doing his career, Michael Landon has won 10 Best Actor Emmy Awards. Five for Bonanza and 5 for Little House on the Prairie. True or False?

10. When was he inducted posthumously into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City?



  • 1. The Legend of Tom Dooley
  • 2. The Rifleman
  • 3. True
  • 4. 14
  • 5. 1962
  • 6. 1968
  • 7. The Election
  • 8. Landon's daughter, Leslie Ann
  • 9. False. He never won an Emmy, having been nominated many times.
  • 10. 1998

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