Michael Landon was an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is widely known for his roles as Little Joe Cartwright in Bonanza, Charles Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie, and Jonathan Smith in Highway to Heaven. Born: October 31, 1936, Forest Hills Died: July 1, 1991, Malibu
Michael Landon - born Eugene Maurice Orowitz. He chose his stage name randomly out of a telephone directory. He was an actor, writer, director and producer. Best known for his long time roles as 'Little Joe" Cartwright on the TV show Bonanza, and as Charles Ingalls on the TV show Little House on the Prairie. He died on July 1, 1991 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 54.