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|Also Known As:||Eugene Maurice Orowitz,Michael Lane||Died:||July 1, 1991|
|Born:||October 31, 1936||Cause of Death:||pancreatic cancer|
|Birth Place:||Forest Hills, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor screenwriter producer director|
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".
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