Michael Landon

‘Little House on the Prairie’: How Michael Landon Tried to Outdo Burt Reynolds on the Classic Series

Let’s spin that 1970s way back machine to that time Michael Landon, the Little House on the Prairie star, tried to be the sexiest man on your screen. Yes, Pa Ingalls, who always had the best hair around Hollywood, wanted to outdo Burt Reynolds. And for those of you who are new to the classic TV scene, it’s the Burt Reynolds, post-Quinn Asper-Gunsmoke, post-Dan August, but pre-Smokey and the Bandit.
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‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Alison Arngrim Once Recalled How Michael Landon Taught Her ‘About Fans’

Although the classic TV series “Little House on the Prairie” was a huge hit, actress Alison Arngrim revealed that Michael Landon’s main priority was always the fans. While speaking to Larry King in 2004, the “Little House on the Prairie” star spoke about how her co-star taught her about fans. “We’d be on the sets, and he’d be in the middle of screaming at someone, and a family would come on the set and he would drop what he was doing, turn around and say, here, sign autographs, hold the baby, kiss the wife, pose for pictures and then say ‘OK, thank you’ and then turn back and go ‘and another thing’ and go back to what he was doing.”
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Melissa Sue Anderson Sided With Michael Landon During Feud With ‘Little House’ Producer Ed Friendly

Little House on the Prairie was a popular show in the ’70s, based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The books and the show shared Laura and her family’s experiences growing up in the late 1800s. Michael Landon was the creator and star of the show, and at first, he was a co-producer with Ed Friendly. However, their visions for the series didn’t quite line up.

‘Bonanza’ Star Michael Landon Played Two Different Outlaws in ‘Trackdown’

A few years before the iconic classic television western series Bonanza hit the airwaves, another western series was taking the genre by storm. This series, called Trackdown follows Robert Culp’s Hoby Gilman as a Texas Ranger tracking down criminals in the old west. From killers to bank robbers or horse thieves, Ranger Gilman and his Trackdown team hunted them all. Including two criminals portrayed by the same man – the soon-to-be Bonanza star, Michael Landon.

‘Little House on the Prairie’: Melissa Gilbert Reveals ‘Incredible Memories’ of Michael Landon That Still Make Her ‘Smile’

For nearly a decade, actress Melissa Gilbert starred alongside “Little House on the Prairie” actor and producer Michael Landon, who played her on-screen father, Charles Ingalls. Across nine seasons of the classic TV historical drama, we often watched through Charles’ (Pa’s) eyes as his daughter Laura, played by Melissa Gilbert, grew up and matured into a beloved teacher and nurturing wife. Now, decades following both the series’ conclusion and Landon’s death, Gilbert is revealing some of the “incredible memories” she has of her “Little House on the Prairie” costar that still make her “smile.”

Michael Landon Was Not Happy When Alison Arngrim Broke Her Arm

At times, accidents happen off the set of shows which affects filming. One such incident happened during the shooting of Little House on the Prairie. Alison Arngrim who played Nellie Oleson broke her arm after a skateboarding accident. Director and star Michael Landon was not happy that they had to redirect several episodes due to her injury.

Michael Landon Often Got Annoyed At ‘Little House’ Co-Star Katherine MacGregor

Michael Landon wasn’t just the star of Little House on the Prairie, but the creator, director, and producer of the show. His former co-stars have said that he could be quite controlling and didn’t really like when the stars took their own liberties with the script. One person who often did that was Katherine MacGregor, who played the snobby store owner Harriet Oleson.

Michael Landon Always Pinched Pennies On ‘Little House On The Prairie,’ Says Melissa Francis

Michael Landon was not just the patriarch of the Ingalls family, Charles Ingalls; he was an executive producer for Little House on the Prairie. He had major creative input and dictated how some scenes would be presented. Melissa Francis, who played Cassandra Cooper Ingalls, was privy to a close look at the decisions Landon made to cut costs producing the Western historical drama.

‘Little House on the Prairie’: Why Michael Landon & Other Cast Members Went ‘Commando’

Little House on the Prairie star Michael Landon ditched his underwear while filming, and as it turns out, he wasn’t alone. Chаrlotte Stewаrt played the lovable Wаlnut Grove schoolteаcher, Evа Beаdle. As it turns out, Stewart also chose to film commando. While Landon was concerned with vanity and pleasing the female audience, Stewart’s priority was comfort.

‘Ozark’ Star Jason Bateman Explains How ‘Little House on Prairie’ Star Michael Landon Inspired Him

“Ozark” star Jason Bateman got his start in the industry very early on, by starring in “Little House on the Prairie” at just 12 years old. He played James Cooper Ingalls, the second adopted son of Charles and Caroline Ingalls. Bateman starred in 21 episodes of the hit series between 1981 and 1982. During that time, he learned from Michael Landon how to balance multiple roles on a film or television set.