The Show “Little House on the Prairie” cast, Pictures, and Trivia!
This series is based on the Ingalls family and adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” series of books.
A frontier family who live and work in the town of Walnut Grove, Minnesota, during the late 1800’s, and face hardships and situations that we can only imagine today. A fairly accurate depiction of how life was back then, though many of the situations and characters do tend to differ from the books.
Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon)-Charles is the head of the Ingalls’ family, a loving, hard-working, caring, and religious man who puts nothing and no one else above what is best for his loved ones. He is an amazing father to his three little girls, Mary, (Melissa Sue Anderson) Laura, (Melissa Gilbert) and Carrie (Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush) and later to a fourth daughter, Grace (Wendi and Brenda Turnbaugh). But he is also a truly exceptional husband to his wife, Caroline (Karen Grassle). He works hard on his farm, raising crops and tending to the animals, taking odd jobs when they run short of money, as well as working part time at Hanson’s Lumber Mill in town. He is a good person, neighbor and friend, and is always there when someone is in need of assistance. He is admired by all, and highly respected in the community.
Caroline Ingalls (Karen Grassle)-Caroline is the wife of Charles, and the mother of their four daughters. She works just as hard as her husband does, often assisting with many of the jobs on the farm, as well as taking care of the house and the children. And though it is a time when women are known for obeying their husbands, she also knows how and when she needs to disagree, though with Charles as her husband, it is rarely necessary, as he respects her completely. Caroline is a wonderful mother who not only cares for her girls, but also teaches them a vast amount of things, whether it is for their education, or simply a lesson for life. With a beautiful smile and firm determination, she is a strong and loving woman who manages to overcome whatever life seems to throw at her.
Mary Ingalls (Melissa Sue Anderson)-Mary is the oldest daughter of Charles and Caroline. Blond, pretty and intelligent, she is always helping with chores or studying to become a teacher, so that she can follow in her mother’s footsteps. And although they love all of their children equally, Mary is the favorite of Ma, and is often cooking or sewing with her. Unfortunately, while in her early teens, Mary goes blind. And while difficult to accept at first, she manages to overcome this obstacle, and have a full life.
Laura Ingalls (Melissa Gilbert)-Laura or “half-pint”, as Pa calls her, is the middle child, and the one with the most spunk and energy. She wears her red hair in braids and is always anxious to get through with her chores so that she can go fishing or play baseball. The favorite of Pa, she is known to be much more of a tomboy than any of her sisters, and is often seen playing with her dog, Jack, watching her father work in the barn, or going with him to catch some fish for dinner. She and Mary tend to argue now and then, as sisters are known to do, but they love each other very much and are always sticking up for one another or joining together to solve some problem. They do remain incredibly close, however, and only seem to grow more so as they mature. Laura’s main rival on the show is Nellie Oleson, the daughter of the town’s mercantile owners and without a doubt the meanest girl in school.
Carrie Ingalls (Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush)-Carrie is the youngest of the Ingalls’ children for much of the series, until later when their fifth child is born (their fourth, a son, having died soon after his birth). Quiet and sweet, she is most often seen holding Ma’s hand or wanting to tag along after her older sisters. With an endearing smile and adorable face, she is able to lighten someone’s mood in an instant.
Albert Ingalls (Matthew Laborteaux)-Albert is the adopted son of Charles and Caroline. Living in the streets and shining shoes for a living when they first met, he quickly became attached to the Ingalls family, and they to him. Upon trying to adopt him, his real father appears and says that he wants Albert to come and live with him, but the problem is that he really only wants someone who will help him work his farm. Due to Albert’s simple idea, he ends up getting to go home with Charles and Caroline for good, a member of the Ingalls clan, forever.
Nels Oleson (Richard Bull)-Nels is the owner of Oleson’s Mercantile and the husband of Harriet, as well as the father of their two children, Nellie and Willie. Although not a time in history when women are known for being the ones who have the upper hand in marriage, Harriet most certainly does, leaving Nels to be the one who knuckles under most of the time. A sweet, kind and very charitable man, he is always ready to help out a friend or neighbor and despite her treatment of him at times, is still very much in love with his wife. He does reach his limit sometimes and loses his temper, usually resulting in his getting what he wants and briefly reminding his wife that he is the man in the family. He tries to keep a hand in the raising of their children, but is often times overruled by Harriet. Despite all this, he is very respected in the town and as a businessman.
Harriet Oleson (Katherine MacGregor)-Harriet is the wife of Nels, mother of Willie and Nellie and without a doubt, the town gossip. She has a head for business and does not intend to let anyone get the better of her, not even her husband. But in spite of their many arguments, she is seen on quite a few occasions to show how much she loves him. She adores her children, especially her daughter, Nellie, and very rarely is seen punishing them, or allowing anyone else to either. She tends to feel that she and the rest of her family are better than most of the people in Walnut Grove, partly due to the fact that they have more money, and partly because she just feels superior. Although when a serious situation arises that requires help or understanding, she is able to overcome her feelings of selfishness. She has a certain rivalry with Caroline Ingalls, but at the same time, displays moments of friendship towards her as well.
Nellie Oleson (Alison Arngrim)-Nellie is the spoiled, rich brat of Nels and Harriet, and the sister of Willie, who always wants to get her own way. The older of the two siblings, she is constantly torturing or threatening her brother in order to get him to do what she wants. She uses bribery, blackmail and any evil little plan that she can think of in order to achieve her goals. She has no real friends, but she does have one sworn enemy, and that, of course, is Laura Ingalls. They fight over almost anything, from boys to animals and everything in between. They can often be seen pushing and shoving each other, or just rolling around on the ground.
Willie Oleson (Jonathan Gilbert)-Willie is Nellie’s brother, and is just as spoiled as she is. He too has no real friends, and must buy and scheme his way into things. He has a great love of candy and is always being sent to the corner in school, as well as getting into trouble or causing it, and is a source of constant frustration to his father. As he grows older though, he does start to make friends in school after Nellie has graduated, especially with Albert Ingalls, the adopted son of Charles and Caroline.
Doctor Hiram Baker (Kevin Hagen)-Doc, of course, is the town physician, a kind man with a knowing smile and a touch of humor now and then. He has no wife or children, but is loved by all, and is dedicated to the physical and mental health and well-being of the entire town.
Isaiah Edwards (Victor French)-Mr. Edwards, as he is most often referred to, is the close friend of the Ingalls family. Known for his humor and kindness, he is also great with children. He first met the Ingalls family when they were living in Kansas. Prior to his arrival in Walnut Grove, he was married with a little girl, but lost them both to small pox, causing him to become somewhat of an alcoholic. On one of Charles’ trips from Walnut Grove, he hears a scuffle in a local bar and discovers its Mr. Edwards. After getting him out of there, he brings him back to Walnut Grove where the whole family, especially Laura, is thrilled to see him. Caroline goes about trying to find him a companion, which she does, Miss Grace Snider (Bonnie Bartlett).
Reverend Alden (Dabbs Greer)-Reverend Alden is an older man, responsible for the spiritual health of all of Walnut Grove. A good and dedicated man who does his job with strength and humility, and is always there when someone needs him.
Grace Snider (Bonnie Bartlett)-Grace is a widow and the local postmistress of Walnut Grove. A friend of Caroline’s, she is at first unsure of Mr. Edwards, but eventually comes to love him. They later marry and adopt three children.
Almanzo Wilder (Dean Butler)-Almanzo is the eventual husband of Laura Ingalls. Though when he first arrives in town, he thinks of Laura as only a friend. She, however, falls in love with him at first sight, and is determined that he will be hers someday. Almanzo is a farmer and works at the Seed & Feed, he also has a sister whom he lives with for a time named, Eliza Jane Wilder (Lucy Flippin).
The Garvey Family (Merlin Olsen, Hersha Parady & Patrick Laborteaux)-Jonathan is a farmer and a good friend of Charles, and works with him at Hanson’s Lumber Mill. He is married to Alice Garvey, a friend of Caroline’s, and they have one child, a son, named, Andy. Andy is a close friend to both Laura and Albert.
Eva Beadle (Charlotte Stewart)-Miss Beadle is the schoolteacher. A sweet and pretty woman who does her job very well and truly cares about her students and their problems. She spends most of the series single, but eventually falls in love with the father of one of her students, and marries him. She later becomes pregnant and quits teaching.
Lars Hanson (Karl Swenson)-Lars is one of the men who founded the town of Walnut Grove. He then started his own lumber mill and has Charles and several others work for him throughout the years. An unmarried man who is kind to everyone, always trying to give assistance when and where he can.
Adam Kendall (Linwood Boomer)-Adam is the teacher at the blind school where Mary attends. Blind himself, he and Mary fall in love and get married. He later regains his sight and takes up his former profession as a lawyer.
Percival Dalton (Steve Tracy)-Percival is the man whom Harriet hires to help Nellie learn to cook at her new restaurant. Nellie, who is unwilling to cook or work, changes her mind when she meets Percival. He has an amazing effect on her and they soon fall in love and get married, despite Harriet’s objections that he is not the man for her. They later have twins.
This is a wonderful, wholesome, family-oriented television show. Though the show of course differs from the books it is still based heavily on the goodness and the lives of the Ingalls family. A family who have strong religious beliefs and never give up on what they try to accomplish. A thoroughly enjoyable show to watch except for the fact that Charles and Caroline leave the show in the last season. Despite that, the show still manages to pull out its 9th and final season admirably. I give this series 8 out of 10.
And might I add, if you have the time, I would definitely read the Little House series of books. They are amazing, and a wonderful read for both children and adults who never discovered them when they were younger. They make you appreciate all that you have, and also how much easier so many things have become for us today. Enjoy.
Charles Ingalls-Michael Landon
Caroline Ingalls-Karen Grassle
Laura Ingalls-Melissa Gilbert
Mary Ingalls-Melissa Sue Anderson
Carrie Ingalls-Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush
Nels Oleson-Richard Bull
Harriet Oleson-Katherine MacGregor
Nellie Oleson-Alison Arngrim
Willie Oleson-Jonathan Gilbert
Dr. Hiram Baker-Kevin Hagen
Reverend Robert Alden-Dabbs Greer
Grace Ingalls-Wendi & Brenda Turnbaugh
Isaiah Edwards-Victor French
Eva Beadle-Charlotte Stewart
Lars Hanson-Karl Swenson
Grace Snider-Bonnie Bartlett
Almanzo Wilder-Dean Butler
Albert Ingalls-Matthew Laborteaux
Mrs. Foster-Ruth Foster
Jonathan Garvey-Merlin Olsen
Andrew Garvey-Patrick Laborteaux
Hester-Sue Terhune-Ketty Lester
Adam Kendall-Linwood Boomer
Alice Garvey-Hersha Parady
Nancy Oleson-Allison Balson
James Cooper Ingalls-Jason Bateman
Cassandra Cooper Ingalls-Melissa Francis
Tall Schoolgirl-Cindy Moore
John Carter-Stan Ivar
Carl Sanderson Edwards-Brian Part
Etta Plum-Leslie Landon
Alicia Sanderson Edwards-Kyle Richards
Susan Goodspeed-Michelle Downey
Jeb Carter-Lindsay Kennedy
Jason Carter-David Friedman
Jenny Wilder-Shannon Doherty
Eliza Jane Wilder-Lucy Lee Flippin
Stage Driver-Jack Lilley
Rose Wilder-Jennifer and Michelle Steffin
Sarah Carter-Pamelya Roylance
Customer #1-Dan McBride
Percival Dalton-Steve Tracy
Christy Kennedy-Tracie Savage
Hans Dorfler-James Jeter
School Kid-Clay Greenbush
John Sanderson Edwards-Radames Pera
Jed Cooper-E.J. Andre
Buffalo Bill-Eddie Quillan
Bill Anderson-Sam Edwards
Mr. Ames-David Hooks
Mr. Case-Ivan Bonar
Jud Larabee-Don ‘Red’ Barry
Ebenezer Sprague-Ted Gehring
Mrs. Whipple-Queenie Smith
Reverend Phillips-Larry Golden
Joe Kagan-Moses Gunn
Boy #1-Dago Dimster
Matthew Rogers-Jonathan Hall Kovacs
Melissa Gilbert, who dated actor Rob Lowe in the eighties, is now married to actor Timothy Busfield. Lowe and Busfield both played on the popular series, “The West Wing“.
Alison Arngrim, (Nellie Oleson) who is now a stand-up comedian, performs her one-woman act, “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch”, to packed houses everywhere.
Matthew Laborteaux was born with a hole in his heart, as well as autism.
In Collingswood, New Jersey, where Michael Landon spent most of his adolescent years, there is a playground called, the “Little Treehouse on the Prairie”, in a park there named, Knight’s Park. A plaque was put there as well, but in 2011, the plaque was removed by the borough and given to a local paper, the person was unnamed. There was apparently a mix-up according to the Collingswood, New Jersey, website. It stated that the plaque was removed in the first place during a fall cleanup, with plans to put it in a safer place. Eventually, the plaque was returned and put in a safer location next to a bench.
Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls) has been married since 1990 and has two children.
Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) graduated from her high school as class valedictorian.
Although there are several stories as to why they blew up the fictional town of Walnut Grove in the last movie, “Little House: The Last Farewell” in 1984, this is the true reason why. Kent McCray, who was the producer of Little House on the Prairie, as well as a close, personal friend of Michael Landon’s, gave an interview so that the real story could be told. When the Little House series was first set to start filming, Kent McCray made a deal with a company called, “Newhall Land and Development”, located in Newhall, California. The deal was that after the series was over, all the acreage would be put back into its normal state. The reason for this was due to the fact that the Newhall Company used the land as a feedlot for their cattle. They were also concerned that if the buildings still stood, kids might use them for smoking or the animals could get into them and get hurt. They had not decided how to do this yet, when Michael walked into the office and overhead the conversation. He then went and wrote a script where all the buildings, except for the church and the little house, are blown to pieces. Both Michael Landon and Kent McCray were in tears as the town was destroyed.
Richard Bull (Nels Oleson) kept in touch with his former TV wife, Katherine MacGregor, as well as his television daughter, Alison Arngrim.
Sadly, Michael Landon died at the age of only 54, in July of 1991, due to pancreatic cancer.
Victor French (Isaiah Edwards) played on Little House on the Prairie and “Highway to Heaven”, with close friend, Michael Landon.
Kevin Hagen (Doc Baker) has one son, but has been married four times.
Merlin Olsen and his brother, Phil, who were both members of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, were inducted into the Fraternity’s highest honor, the Order of Constantine.
So certain that Melissa Gilbert was the perfect choice to play Laura Ingalls was Michael Landon, that of all the girls that auditioned for it, hers was the only screen test he sent in to the producers at NBC.
Alison Arngrim auditioned for the role of not only Nellie Oleson, but also Laura and Mary. She was passed over for both of the Ingalls’ sisters, but won the role of nasty Nellie immediately.
Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson) was also known by the nickname, “Scottie”.
Dean Butler, (Almanzo Wilder) in addition to his well-known character on Little House, also played the role of the father on “The New Gidget”, Jeff “Moondoggie” Griffin. He has also guest-starred on many series, such as “Who’s The Boss“. “Murder She Wrote“, “Love Boat” and “JAG”.
Karen Grassle was known in her family as the miracle baby, due to her mother having had four miscarriages before she was born.
Hersha Parady (Alice Garvey) became friends with Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson) before she ever began working on Little House. She and Katherine both looked after the same dog in Hollywood, who used to roam around the streets. Its name was Lightening. After becoming friends, MacGregor and co-star, Richard Bull, (Nels Oleson) came to see Hersha in a play. So impressed were they by her performance that they recommended her to the casting director of Little House.
Dabbs Greer, (Rev. Alden) who was actually born Robert William Greer, got his “stage” name of Dabbs, from his grandmother, as that was her maiden name.
Matthew Laborteaux (Albert Ingalls) is adopted, much like the character he plays on Little House.
Melissa Gilbert is the adopted half-sister of actress Sara Gilbert, of “Roseanne” and “The Big Bang Theory”.
Karl Swenson (Lars Hanson) died just a short time after filming the episode where his character, Mr. Hanson, dies after having had a stroke on Little House. In real life, his death was due to a heart attack, he was 70 years old.
The Charles Ingalls character came in at #4 in TV Guide’s list of “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time”, in 2004. In 2005, Nellie Oleson was #3 on TV Guide’s list of “TV’s 10 Biggest Brats”.
Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Snider) and her real-life husband, actor William Daniels, both won Emmy Awards in 1986, on the same night. She for her part as Ellen Craig, on the series, “St. Elsewhere”, and he for playing Dr. Mark Craig, her husband. They were the first married couple to have done this since 1965, when Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne accomplished it for the very first time
Jonathan Gilbert (Willie Oleson) got a BA and an MBA in Finance, after leaving acting. He is now a stockbroker.
The series was an instant hit in its first season on the air. However, during its second season, the ratings dropped out of the top thirty, prompting NBC to move it from Wednesday to Monday nights. The ratings came back up, and stayed in the top thirty for the rest of its run.
Charlotte Stewart (Eva Beadle) is a breast cancer survivor.
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) participated in the 14th season of “Dancing with the Stars”, in 2012. She hit her head on her partner’s leg, (Maksim Chmerkovskiy) while dancing the Paso Doble during a show. Though she did have a mild concussion, she returned after a slight recuperation, and finished 5th overall.
Linwood Boomer (Adam Kendall) is the creator of the popular television series, “Malcolm in the Middle”.
When NBC executive and television producer, Ed Friendly, heard about the Little House story, he asked Michael Landon to direct the pilot movie. Landon agreed, but with one condition, that he be allowed to play Charles Ingalls.
Alison Arngrim calls her character, Nellie Oleson, “The living embodiment of PMS”.
Very sadly, Steve Tracy (Percival Dalton) died at the age of only 34. His death, in 1986, was from complications related to AIDS. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered under the letter “D” of the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles.
Merlin Olsen (Jonathan Garvey) was one of the original members of the Los Angeles Rams football team’s, “Fearsome Foursome”. He played his entire professional football career with the same team, (Rams) and only missed two games in his entire 15-year career. In1982, he was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In 1995, Lindsay Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls) had a daughter. Her name is Katlynn Danae.
Melissa Sue Anderson released her autobiography in 2010, entitled, “The Way I See It-A Look Back at My Life on Little House”. The book did not do well and has many behind the scenes type of stories.
The two-part episode, “I’ll Be Waving As You Drive Away”, was ranked #97 on TV Guide’s list of “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time”, in 1997.
When Karen Grassle managed to beat out 47 other actresses to play the role of Caroline Ingalls, she was using the name Gabriel Tree. But it was Michael Landon who convinced her to go back to her given name.
Melissa Gilbert was taken to her senior prom by Michael Landon, Jr.
Victor French starred in the movie, “Charro!” with famed musician and actor, Elvis Presley.
Alison Arngrim is an activist for AIDS awareness, due mostly to the fact that she lost fellow co-star and friend, Steve Tracy, (Percival Dalton) to complications from the disease in 1986.
Sidney Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls) has an associate degree in animal science from Pierce College.
Landon, who was a chain smoker, had a habit of putting out his many cigarette butts on his glove. This was something that impressed Melissa Gilbert when she was young.
Matthew Laborteaux and his brother, Patrick, (Andrew Garvey) appeared in front of a House sub-committee in 1992, on behalf of runaways. They raised $11 million for youth shelters all over the United States.
After his retirement from football, Merlin Olsen spent several years as a color commentator, teaming up with men like, Dick Enberg, Charlie Jones and Dick Stockton.
Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls) has a daughter and a son, and works as a web designer.
Michael Landon was on the cover of TV Guide a total of 22 times. The only person to have appeared more was actress Lucille Ball, who was on 45 times in all.
Michael Landon, who was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz, was a javelin thrower in high school. In 1954, he had the longest throw in the United States by a high schooler, at 193′ 4″, earning him an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California. His career was cut short, however, when he tore the ligaments in his shoulder.
Katherine MacGregor was unable to appear in the final Little House movie, (The Last Farewell) as she was on a pilgrimage in India.
Melissa Gilbert’s own father died when she was just a child. She has said of Landon, “he was very much like a ‘second father’ to me. My own father passed away when I was 11, so, without really officially announcing it, Michael really stepped in.”
Although Karen Grassle had played the role of a mother to seven children by the end of the series, she had no biological children of her own. She did adopt one child, however, a daughter named, Lily.
Melissa Sue Anderson, her husband and children, have lived in Canada since 2002. In 2007, both she and her husband became naturalized Canadians.
Michael Landon’s mother used to make repeated suicide attempts throughout his childhood. During one particular attempt, while the family was on vacation at the beach, she tried to drown herself. Michael saved her, but said that it was the worst experience of his life.
Five sets of real-life siblings were hired by Landon for the Little House series. They were: Melissa and Jonathan Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls and Willie Oleson, Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush, who played Carrie Ingalls, Brenda and Wendi Turnbaugh, who played Grace Ingalls, Matthew and Patrick Laborteaux, who played Albert Ingalls and Andrew Garvey and Jennifer and Michele Steffin, who played Rose Wilder.
Amazingly, Melissa Sue Anderson was the only actor from The Little House series to receive an Emmy Nomination.
Alison Arngrim has an autobiography as well, much like several of her other co-stars. It is entitled, “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned To Love Being Hated”.
Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls) is married to a youth pastor and has two children.
Dabbs Greer died from heart disease and renal failure in 2007.
Melissa Gilbert has a production company named, “Half-Pint Productions.”
Merlin Olsen and his wife, Susan Wakely, were married just a few short weeks shy of 48 years and had three children.
While probably the most popular of his series, Little House on the Prairie was by no means Michael Landon’s only successful series. He was also on “Bonanza” and “Highway to Heaven”, as well as the creator and executive producer of the series, “Father Murphy”, which starred his former co-star, Merlin Olsen.
President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, both attended the memorial service that was held the day after Landon’s death.
Melissa Gilbert won the part of Laura Ingalls by beating out more than 500 other child actresses.
Karen Grassle has been married and divorced three times.
Melissa Gilbert’s son with Bruce Boxleitner was named Michael, in honor of Michael Landon, whom she referred to as a second father.
After the cancellation of Little House, Melissa Gilbert did not keep in touch with Landon. The reason being the revelation of Landon’s affair with make-up artist, Cindy Clerico, who worked on the series. (She later became Landon’s third wife.) However, after seeing him on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in May 1991, talking about his fight with pancreatic cancer, she finally called him. Afterward, she went to his home, and was his caregiver until he died.
A chain smoker, Victor French died of lung cancer in April of 1989. Both he and Michael Landon were diagnosed with their cancers only a few months before their deaths, and both men were only 54 years old. French did, however, leave his friends and loved ones a funny message as his final farewell, “Eat Shit, Love Victor”. This was uniquely done by an airplane displaying it across the sky.
Melissa Gilbert was in more episodes of Little House than anyone else, at 191 of the 205 episodes.
Karen Grassle trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley.
Kevin Hagen died in 2005 of esophageal cancer. He was 77 years old.
Out of all the actors on Little House, Jonathan Gilbert is one of only six, to have been on the series for its entire run.
Michael Landon took karate from the legendary, Chuck Norris, of “Walker, Texas Ranger” fame.
Melissa Sue Anderson was one of many actresses considered for the role of Emmeline on, “The Blue Lagoon”, in 1980.
Alison Arngrim wore a wig to play Nellie, and it was held to her head so tightly that her scalp would actually bleed.
Sadly, Richard Bull succumbed to pneumonia and died, on February 3, 2014.
Melissa Gilbert also released an autobiography. It was called, “Prairie Tale: A Memoir”.
Katherine MacGregor, although hated onscreen, was one of the cast favorites off-screen. She was a particular favorite with the child actors due to her wild sense of humor.
Although rare, by most accounts, Michael Landon was exactly like the sweet, kind and heroic characters he often played.
Michael Landon attended Reagan’s first inauguration as President of the United States. He also campaigned for him through both presidential elections.
Merlin Olsen died in March 2010, from peritoneal mesothelioma. Before his death, he filed a lawsuit against NBC Studios, NBC Universal and 20th Century Fox for allegedly exposing him to asbestos. Olsen claimed that the asbestos was the cause of his cancer. He was 69 years old.
During the time that Melissa Gilbert was playing Caroline Ingalls in the Little House on the Prairie touring musical, she went to a doctor. The doctor then informed her that for several months, she had been working with a broken back. In 2010, she had surgery, both to fuse a vertebra in her lower spine, as well as have a disc replaced. The surgery was successful.
Dean Butler is married to Katherine Cannon, who used to play the role of Felice Martin on the popular series, “Beverly Hills 90210”.
Alison Arngrim was a victim of sexual abuse when she was just a child. She says it was her brother, Stefan Arngrim. Because of this, she has helped lobby for tougher sentences for sexual abusers who victimize members of their own family.