In addition to being a famous television star, Michael Landon was also a family man. And with nine children of his own, it’s a very good thing that he was so successful. Nine children are a lot to care for after all.
Landon’s success stemmed mostly from his work on television. Early in his career, he became famous for playing Little Joe Cartwright on the western “Bonanza.” Next, his role as Charles Ingalls, the patriarch of the Ingalls family on “Little House on the Prairie” brought him even more fame. Before his death in 1991, he also starred in another popular television show. This project was “Highway to Heaven.”
According to an article on WideOpenCountry.com, Michael Landon was the father of nine children. Also, he was married three times before pancreatic cancer ended his life. So, who are Michael Landon’s nine children? Let’s meet them.
Meet Michael Landon’s Children with First Wife
Michael Landon married Dodie Levy-Fraser in 1956. This was the first of his three marriages, according to the article. Landon and Fraser had two children together. The first of them was Mark Fraser Landon. Mark was not Landon’s biological son. However, the actor adopted him and raised him as his own. Mark worked as an actor before he died in 2009.
The second child Landon shared with Dodie he also adopted. This boy’s name was Josh and Landon loved him, just as he loved Mark. According to the article, Landon told “People” in 1962 that he viewed both Mark and Josh as his own children.
“I hate it when someone calls them ‘adopted’… They’re my sons – period,” Landon reportedly said. “Not my ‘adopted sons.’ They’re my sons and I’m their father until they die – or I die.”
Landon Had Five Children with Second Wife
In addition to the two children he shared with his first wife, Michael Landon shared five children with his second wife. Her name was Marjorie Lynn Noe. According to WideOpenCountry.com, Landon and Noe married in 1963.
Cheryl Lynn Landon wasn’t Michael Landon’s biological child. She was Marjorie’s daughter from a previous marriage. However, Landon raised her as if she was. Cheryl did take his last name. She even published a book about what it was like to be the child of a famous television star. The book was titled “I Promised My Dad.”
The second child Landon shared with Marjorie was a daughter named Leslie Ann Landon. According to the article, Leslie appeared on “Little House on the Prairie” as the character Etta Plum. However, she did not pursue an acting career. She went on to become a clinical psychologist.
Michael Landon Jr. was the third child the famous actor shared with Marjorie. As a youngster, he appeared in both “Bonanza” and “Little House on the Prairie.” Jr. chose a career path in the entertainment industry, according to the article. He is respected for his work as a writer, producer, and director. His most famous work is probably the Hallmark movie and television series known as “When Calls the Heart.”
The fourth of Michael Landon’s children with Marjorie was daughter Shawna Leigh Landon. She reportedly had no interest in being in entertainment and went on to a career in real estate in Los Angeles.
Christopher Beau Landon was the fifth child the legendary actor shared with Marjorie. According to the article, Christopher decided to work in the entertainment industry. He has had success as a screenwriter, producer, and director.
Landon Had Two Children with Third Wife
Michael Landon met his third wife, Cindy Clerico, while working on “Little House on the Prairie.” According to the article, she was a makeup artist on the show and they married in 1983. His divorce from Marjorie had been finalized in 1982.
The first child Landon had with Cindy was a daughter they named Jennifer Rachel Landon. Fans of “Yellowstone” will recognize Jennifer as the character “Teeter” on the show.
The second child Landon had with Cindy – and the last of his nine children – was a son named Sean Landon. Sean was only five years old when Michael Landon died. According to the article, Sean is a realtor.