A few years after his death in 1991, Michael Landon was posthumously inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Accepting the honor on his behalf was his widow, Cindy Landon, and members of his family.
It was an honor that was justly deserved. Landon had been a successful actor, writer, producer, and director. His beloved television shows included “Bonanza,” “Little House on the Prairie,” and “Highway to Heaven.” The induction ceremony took place in 1995.
Cindy Landon and the Landon family took the stage to a standing ovation. She then shared a few words about her late husband.
“It is a great honor for me to be here tonight accepting this award on behalf of a very special man, my husband, Michael,” Cindy said. “He is loved and he is greatly missed by all of us, but he will live on forever in our hearts and in our minds.”
Cindy also used her time on stage to share the family’s appreciation for the Hall of Fame recognition.
“On behalf of the Landon family, we thank you very much,” she added.
You can watch Michael Landon’s 1995 Television Academy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony here.
Patrick Duffy Said Michael Landon Was a ‘Hero’ & ‘Role Model’
Before Cindy Landon took the stage in tribute to her late husband, Patrick Duffy also talked about Michael Landon.
“I never worked with Michael Landon,” Duffy, who was famous for his role as Bobby Ewing on “Dallas,” said. “But, one of the great things about being in this business is every so often you get a chance to meet one of the people who was a hero to you, who inspired you, who was a role model. Or, all three in one.”
For Duffy, that person was Michael Landon. And, meeting Landon was something Duffy never forgot.
“It was a number of years ago when ‘Dallas’ and ‘Little House on the Prairie’ were both shooting on the MGM lot in Culver City,” Duffy recalled during the ceremony. “One afternoon my friend, Melissa Gilbert, knowing I was a fan of (Landon’s) said, ‘Patrick, if you have some time, why don’t you stop by the set and I’ll introduce you to Michael.'”
Duffy said he decided to take Gilbert up on her offer. But, he was nervous and “had a small case of the flutters.”
The actor was able to get away from the “Dallas” set and visit the “Little House on the Prairie” set. There, he met the man he admired so much. And, unsurprisingly, Michael Landon didn’t disappoint.
“When I arrived, there was Michael. He was sitting on a box used on the set, surrounded by kids, playing chess with one of the grips,” Duffy also said. “He stopped the game and he looked up and said, ‘Hey, Patrick. How are you doing?’ Just like I was an old friend.”
Landon Left Behind a ‘Bounty of Timeless Gifts’
It was this quality, Duffy also said, that made Landon so special.
“I sincerely think that that is one of the unique gifts of Michael’s,” he added. “If Michael Landon had an enemy, it was indecision. His advice was, ‘Do it. Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.'”
Patrick Duffy also acknowledged that Landon had many things he still wanted to share with the world. However, what he did leave behind before his death in 1991 made him more than worthy to be inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
“What he gave us is a bounty of timeless gifts, a legacy of television movies and series that will obviously stand the test of time,” Duffy also said.