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Michael Landon

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Also Known As: Died: July 1, 1991
Born: October 31, 1936 Cause of Death: pancreatic cancer
Birth Place: Forest Hills, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


"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." --Michael Landon ("The Complete Directory to Primetime TV Stars", 1987)

"Throughout his life, Landon had been able to turn trauma into triumph. He'd survived growing up with a weak father, a dranged mother, an unstable sister, the anti-Semitism that hounded him in Collingwood, New Jersey. He decided early that he would never take any crap from anybody. And he didn't." --Mark Morrison in TV Time, July 20-26, 1991)

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

He was a active in "Make a Wish Foundation" for children with terminal diseases.

Founded the Michael Landon Tennis Classic in Tucson to benefit Arizona charities (c. 1981).

Inducted into Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1995

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