Michael Landon was a popular American actor, director, and producer. Considered to be a television legend, he was featured on the cover of TV Guide 22 times, second only to Lucille Ball. Landon, who was from a Jewish-Catholic family, grew up in a largely Protestant neighbourhood, battling personal issues both at home and the schoolyard. Overcoming the odds, he successfully auditioned for the Warner Bros acting school and made his screen debut in 1955 in an episode of the comedy-western ‘Luke and the Tenderfoot’. He landed his first leading role in the cult classic ‘I Was a Teenage Werewolf’ in 1957 and followed that up by playing an albino in the critically acclaimed ‘God’s Little Acre’. In 1959, he was cast in his career-defining role as Little Joe Cartwright in the Western-drama ‘Bonanza’. Since then, he had portrayed other memorable characters on TV, such as Charles Ingalls in ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and Jonathan Smith in ‘Highway to Heaven’, establishing a glorious and lasting legacy. He had written, directed, and produced several episodes of his various shows as well as numerous telefilms. He was also an accomplished singer, releasing several tracks over the years. In 1984, Landon received his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.