‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Michael Landon and Priscilla Presley Both Learned Karate from Chuck Norris

by Keeli Parkey

Chuck Norris is a legendary movie and television star. He is also known for his karate skills and teaching abilities.

Those facts are well known. But, did you know that some of his karate students included “Little House on the Prairie” star Michael Landon and Elvis Presley’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley?

According to an article on insp.com, the legendary actor and actress were just two of Norris’ famous karate students. Steve McQueen, Bob Barker, Donny Osmond and his sister Marie Osmond, and Dan Blocker also learned karate from Chuck Norris.

The “Walter, Texas Ranger” star created a martial arts form on his own. He called his martial arts form Chun Kuk Do, according to the article. As part of this form, Norris reportedly created a code of ethics he expected himself to follow. He also expected his students, even the famous ones, to adhere to that code of ethics.

Chuck Norris Used Code of Ethics While Teaching

According to the article, this code of ethics is made up of several “I will” statements. These statements are designed to promote positive thinking and respect for others.

One example of these “I will” statements is: “I will forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements.” Another example is: “I will always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.” A third example is: “I will remain highly goal-oriented throughout my life because that positive attitude helps my family, my country and myself.”

The code developed by Chuck Norris also includes loyalty, the article said. Another of his “I will” statements is: “I will always remain loyal to my God, my country, family and my friends.”

Norris worked with legendary film star and martial arts icon Bruce Lee during the 1970s. He is most famous for his role as Cordell Walker on “Walker, Texas Ranger,” according to the article. In this television show, Norris was able to put his values on display while portraying the crime fighter. He also taught karate to child characters on the show.

Michael Landon Used Phonebook to Select Stage Name

According to an article on MeTV.com, Michael Landon’s given name was Eugene Maurice Orowitz during 1936. Early in his acting career, Landon decided he needed to select a different name to use for his career. So, he turned to the telephone book. That seems odd, but if you need a list of names, that’s not a bad place to look.

Using the telephone book for inspiration, the actor first chose the name Michael Lane as his stage name. Unfortunately, according to information on HistoryGarage.com, he couldn’t use that name because another actor in the guild already had the name Michael Lane.

So, the actor we know as Michael Landon, returned to the telephone book. There, he found the name “Alf Landon.” So, he decided to combine the first name Michael with the last name Landon. Just like that, the actor reportedly became known as Michael Landon.