Michael Landon Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

Michael Landon Net Worth 

Michael Landon had an estimated net worth of $40 million at death. Michael Landon was an American actor, writer, director and producer known for his roles in I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie. He earns most of his income from his movies and television programs. 

Michael Landon was an American actor, writer, director, and producer born in Queens, New York on October 31, 1936. After attending acting school, he changed his name to Michael Landon from Eugene Maurice Orowitz. Landon had a number of notable roles, including I Was a Teenage Werewolf and the TV shows Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie. On July 1, 1991, Landon died of cancer.

To calculate the net worth of Michael Landon, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Michael Landon
Net Worth: $40 Million
Monthly Salary: $150 Thousand
Annual Income: $3 Million
Source of Wealth: Actor, Screenwriter, Television Producer, Television Director

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Michael Landon was a television actor born in Queens, New York on October 31, 1936. Eli Maurice Orowitz, his father, was an actor and movie theater manager. Peggy O’Neill, her mother, was an actress. Eugene grew up in the Collingswood, New Jersey, suburb where his family relocated.

Orowitz spent most of his childhood alone, reading comic books and going for long walks. In 1987, the actor told Redbook magazine that he wasn’t popular in elementary school because he was a hardworking, straight-A student. In high school, he tried to change that by focusing on sports rather than academics, and he became a champion javelin thrower as a result. He set a national high school record in javelin hurling with a toss of 211 feet, 7 inches, but he graduated last in a class of 301.

Orowitz’s track performance more than made up for his poor academic performance, earning him a USC athletic scholarship. However, in his freshman year, he fell 50 feet short of his personal best. He then injured ligaments in his arm while attempting to compensate for his shorter distance. Orowitz left USC at the end of his freshman year, ending his athletic career.

To make ends meet, the college dropout worked as a stock boy, sold blankets, and unloaded freight cars at a warehouse. But Orowitz’s big break came quickly, when a friend asked for his assistance in an acting audition. Instead of his friend, Orowitz was accepted into the acting school and changed his name to Michael Landon after discovering the name in a phone book. Landon was cast in a starring role on the TV show Telephone Time four months later.

He made his film debut in I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), which became a cult hit after appearing in small roles in television Westerns and drama series such as Playhouse 90. He then gained popularity as Little Joe in the television western series Bonanza (1959-73), which was the number one show on television from 1964 to 1967.

Then, from 1974 to 1983, he played Charles Ingalls in the wholesome family television show Little House on the Prairie, based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book series. He occasionally wrote and directed for the films and television shows in which he appeared, including The Loneliest Runner (1976) and Highway to Heaven (1984-89). He had just finished the pilot for Us when he died of cancer on July 1, 1991.

Landon is survived by his third wife, Cindy, a Hollywood makeup artist whom he married in 1983, as well as five sons, Mark, Josh, Michael Jr., Christopher Beau, and Sean, and four daughters, Cheryl, Leslie Ann, Shawn Leigh, and Jennifer.

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Michael Landon Quotes


You can die of the cure before you die of the illness.

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I’ve had a good life. Enough happiness, enough success.

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I believe in God, family, truth between people, the power of love.

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I don’t have expectations. Expectations in your life just lead to giant disappointments.

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Every script I’ve written and every series I’ve produced have expressed the things I most deeply believe.

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I think all of us create our own miracles.

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Life has been good to me. It’s not like I missed an awful lot. I had a pretty good lick here. Every moment gets a little more important.

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I’ve fought hard and now I’m weary to the bone.

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I’m going to beat this cancer or die trying.

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Dreaming is one thing, and working towards the dream is one thing, but working with expectations in mind is very self-defeating.

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I’ve got nine kids, nine dogs, three grandkids – and one in the oven. And three parrots!

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