Michael Landon was the beating heart of Little House on the Prairie in more ways than one. He was the patriarch of the Ingalls family. However, he contributed much to the show behind the scenes. Landon wrote, directed, and edited several episodes of the iconic series. When it came to filmmaking, the late star was a jack of all trades and a master of quite a few.
On top of that, Michael Landon was eye-candy for many Little House on the Prairie fans. There’s no denying he was a handsome guy. He worked out regularly to keep his body looking good. So, he took every opportunity to shed his shirt and show off the results of his hours in the gym. At the same time, his hair was a sight to behold. It might have been one of his most recognizable physical traits. But, why did he grow it out?
The Story Behind the Little House on the Prairie Star’s Luxurious Locks
The Little House on the Prairie star was inspired to grow out his hair after watching the classic film Samson and Delilah, according to TV Guide. That movie tells the biblical tale of Samson, the legendary Israelite warrior. He was said to be the strongest man on Earth. His strength came from his long hair.
Long before he was the beating heart of Little House on the Prairie, Michael Landon was a pretty small guy. In high school, he was under 5’10” and only weighed about 125 pounds. When he saw Samson gaining power from his hair, he decided he would grow his hair out as well. At the time, Michael Landon was still Eugene Maurice Orowitz, a small Jewish boy. So, if a legendary Israelite could gain strength from long locks, maybe he could too.
By the time he was a senior in high school, the Little House on the Prairie star was the best javelin thrower in the United States. He was short, skinny, had a crop of hair, and could hurl a javelin like a much larger man. Maybe there was something to the hair thing. Well, it gets deeper.
If you’re not familiar with the story of Samson, everything goes south for him when he loses his hair. Delilah betrays him and cuts off his power-giving locks. Then, Samson loses all of his legendary strength. The same thing happened to the Little House on the Prairie star in college, according to a 1983 interview with The Washington Post.
The other guys at Michael Landon’s college thought he was a weirdo. A good portion of that came from the fact that the javelin-throwing prodigy had long hair. So, they held him down and shaved his head. After that day, Landon couldn’t throw like he used to. For whatever reason, he lost his javelin throwing mojo when they cut his hair.
Michael Landon kept his long and immaculately-styled hair as well as his strength until they laid him to rest in 1991.