Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Little House T.V. Show What has Happened with the Cast!

Yes I decided to write about what the people of the show have been doing since the show ended. I am not going to be writing about all of them. It will just be about the main people on the show. I will be writing a little about what they have been doing since the end of the show.

This is Michael Landon he played Charles Ingalls in the show. He was the father to Mary, Laura and Carrie.

The other show he is best known for is Bonanza. After Little House on the Prairie he was in Highway to Heaven.

He was married three times and has nine children.

He was also a heavy drinker. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1991 which also metastasized into his liver and lymph nodes. The doctor said it was terminal. On May 9,1991 he appeared on the Tonight Show to talk about his illness.

Then on July 1,1991 he passed away.

This is Karen Grassle she played Caroline Ingalls. The mother to Mary, Laura and Carrie.

She has been married three times and with second husband they adopted a little girl.

She auditioned for the part of Caroline Ingalls and she won, Michael Landon convinced her to go with her birth name for the show.

She has been in the movies Wyatt Earp and Driving Miss Daisy.

She did a little moving around when the show ended, she was in New Mexico, Kentucky and back to California. 

She also has a Facebook page and I am friends with her on it.

This is Melissa Sue Anderson she played Mary Ingalls the oldest daughter.

She is married and has two children. Her and the family are living in Canada.

She was nominated for Little House on the Prairie in 1978 for best leading actress in a drama series.

She has appeared in t.v. shows like Brady Bunch, Murder, She Wrote and The Equalizer. She was also in a lot of movies up to 2007, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Dark Mansions and Marco Polo. There are more movies I just named a couple.

This is Melissa Gilbert she played Laura Ingalls she is the second daughter. In the show she was also called half pint by her dad.

She was married two times and has two boys and stepmom to two boys.

She also battled alcoholism and drug abuse.

Her parents adopted her and they divorced at age eight.  Michael Landon was like a father to her off the set.

She was in a lot of movies and t.v. shows, also she was in the musical of Little House on the Prairie. Right now she is on Dancing with the Stars. She was in t.v. shows like 7th Heaven, Touch by an Angel and Providence, also some movies are The Miracle Worker, Switched at Birth and Cries from the Heart are just some of them. She also wrote her own biography called "Prairie Tale". She is also President of the actors guild, star on the walk of fame and was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame in Oklahoma.

She also has a Facebook page and I am friends with her on it.

This is Lindsey and Sidney Greenbush they played Carrie Ingalls. That is right there was two girls that played Carrie.

Lindsey was married and has a daughter. Sidney was married and her husband died no children.

Lindsey has graduated high school and she is into boxing and does very little acting. the last show she was on was Weekend Today.

Sidney has graduated high school, she is a horse lover and do

es take her horse to rodeos. She makes jewelery and sells it at the rodeos. She still does some acting the last show she was in is To Tell The Truth.

This is Victor French and he plays Mr. Edwards on the  show. He is like family to the Ingalls family.

He was married two times and has two children.

He started out as a stuntman in the westerns. He was in Gunsmoke, The Walton's and in a Elvis Movie called Charro!.

After the show he was in Highway to Heaven.

In April 1989 he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer from which he died on June 15,1989.

He was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame in Oklahoma in 1998. That is nine years after he passed away.  This is also the same one that Melissa Gilbert is in.

This is Richard Bull he played Mr. Oleson on the show, He owns the Mercantile.

He is married and now lives in Chicago, Illinois. Don't know if he has any children.

He started his career at the Goodman Theater in Chicago.

He was in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Mission: Impossible and Bonanza. Movies he was in High Plains Drifter,  Executive Action and Witless Protection.

This is Katherine MacGregor she played Mrs. Oleson on the show.

She was married for a very short time. I don't know about any children.

After being on Little House on the Prairie she has withdrew from screen productions to do local theater acting.

She has been doing plays on Broadway.

She was not in the final episode because she was on a pilgrimage in India.

This is Alison Arngrim she plays Nellie Oleson in the show. This is the Oleson's oldest child.

She has been married twice and has no children.

She has been really busy after being on Little House on the Prairie. She was in the t.v. show I Married Wyatt Earp, Love Boat and Fantasy Island, also in movies For The Love of May, Le Deal and The Bilderberg Club.

She also recorded a comedy album called "Heeere's Amy".

She won two awards for Little House on the Prairie, Young Artist award and TV Land Award. She also wrote a biography called "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated".

This is Jonathan Gilbert he plays Willie Oleson on the show.

He is also Melissa Gilbert's little brother. They both were adopted.

He left acting to get a degree in MBA in finance from Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. He is a stock broker in New York now.

He is in the movie Little House Years.

This is Kevin Hagen he plays Doctor Baker on the show.

He was married four times and has one child.

He was in Bonanza, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Gunsmoke, Rawhide and Perry Mason. In a movie called " Shenandoah".

He passed away on July 9, 2005.

This is Dabbs Greer he plays Reverend Alden on the show.

I don't know if he was ever married.

He was a actor and a director through his career.

T.V. shows he was in Picket Fence, Brady Bunch and Gunsmoke, movies The Little Giant, Green Mile and Con Air.

He did pass away on April 28, 2007.

This is Linwood Boomer he plays Adam Kendall on the show. This is Mary's Husband .

He is married and has four children.

He is a writer and producer, he wrote and directed Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock from the Sun and the movie Big.

He won two award for Outstanding Comedy for Malcolm in the Middle and Night Court.

This is Dean Butler he plays Almanzo Wilder on the show. He played Laura Ingalls husband on the show.

He is married and no children I know of.

He is a actor and director for documentaries. He has done two documentaries for Little House Called " The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Almanzo Wilder: Life before Laura". He plans to do one more called "Pa's Fiddle".

He is the west coast correspondent for Broadway. He has appeared on broadway in West Side Story and Into The Woods. T.V. shows Love Boat, Who's The Boss and Murder, She Wrote.

There is a lot of the people I did not mention. Like the Garvey's, Ms. Beadle, Mr. Hansen, Hester-Sue, Albert, baby Grace, Nancy Oleson, James and Cassandra, Jenny and Rose Wilder.

There was only five people that stayed on during the whole series of Little House on the Prairie they are: Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls), Jonathan Gilbert (Willie Oleson), Richard Bull (Mr. Oleson), Keving Hagen (Dr. Baker) and Dabbs Greer (Rev. Alden).

There are also four people that have passed away from the show: Michael Landson (Charles Ingalls), Victor French (Mr. Edwards), Kevin Hagen (Dr. Baker), Dabbs Greer (Rev. Alden).

I am sorry this is so long I just wanted to let you know what has happened with the people. I hope you enjoy this and feel free to leave any comments. Thank you for taking your time to read this!♥


  1. thanks for that!

  2. I really enjoyed reading that. It took me back to my younger days and is still the best running show ever. Thank you!!!

  3. Thanks for all the updated information. I still am a huge fan of the show and watch the reruns often. I did not realize that the actors that played Dr. Baker and Rev. Alden had passed away. I also did not know Michael Landon was a heavy drinker. I use to have the biggest crush on him when I was young. This was the best running show ever in my opinion. They don't make shows like that anymore.

  4. Interesting read thanks

  5. Wow! Great entry ... Thanks! Really takes me back to the days when I'd lay in the floor and watch Little House with my older sisters, (one of whom has since passed away). Great memories ... Thanks a bunch for doing the research!

  6. Thanks for the update, can't believe they are all over 50, TV keeps them forever young

  7. You did a good job. Thanks! It was and still is one of my favorite shows.


  8. Thanks for updating us on these wonderful actors and actresses and what has happened to them. This show was awesome and I still record every episode and watch it every day. It never gets old. Thanks for wonderful wholesome memories.

  9. I heard some are still only forties,so older but still young.
    CARRIE also was younger than her older cast-sister'laura"by several years...
    so she can't be yet over fifty...
    Laurie, Melissa Gilbert,just turn only 50 months ago or so i've heard from fan pages etc...
    Almanzo yes mid fifties,still look im so handsome!
    love him with laura on screen.
    Melissa Sue is early 50s so gorgeous imo.just beautiful always remind me of a very young caroline,great casting choice there.
    and i've read that also still in forties,not sure but that would be Willie who in real life is laura(melissa gilbert real brother,adopted.

    Great blog,thank you for this,and i know nancy look SO PRETTY few yrs ago
    in the NY DAILY news,has an ENTIRE section on"how most of them look as of now,past few yrs.amazing to see that...
    Even Richard Bull,NELS live a very nice life,so great to see he still look nice
    god bless them.all

    RIP to dr. baker and Dabbs/Rev.Alden.
    i 4ever smile when i watch as i have on now when mary went blind i tape off hallmark,several till i get dvds....

    True show so realistic,premise on real events,most of them that happen to laura...some created for yes extra drama i.e. albert etc.
    and a show with realistic/morals/GOOD STRONG FAMILY MAN Handsome
    CHARLES.and gorgeous beautiful natural beauty imo... Caroline. how can we NOT love this show,and mention of GOD so much,and questoin faith at times
    to believing wholly in the lord. i just LOVE it and rip to the ones who past too soon.and or elderly.
    Always a true-blue fan forever of LIL HOUSE

    Good night.

    1. Richard bull just recently passed away.merlin Olsen died. U missed spelled names.

  10. You've done a very good job there. I've commented as anonymous because the other choices don't apply. But I'm Katrina from Manchester England

  11. You forgot my favorite Merlin Olson

  12. These updates were fabulous! Thanks so much.

  13. I injoyed reading this it answered a lot of questions.

  14. I enjoyed getting updated about Little House on the Prairie characters. Well done

  15. Penny Marshall directed Big,not Linwood Boomer

  16. Somebody needs to take a remedial English class. And by somebody, I mean the author of this mess of an "article" and most of the commenters.

  17. Oh well, most of it was still interesting. What am-mazes me how many times they were all married, you would think they would figure it out the first time around.

  18. Thanks for an informative update. I enjoyed reading it and "catching up" with the cast of one of my favourite shows from my younger days. You obviously put a lot of effort into writing this piece. Ignore the bitchy comments made at 4:10am on January 9th. It's such a shame when sad people resort to insulting others online. There's a lot to be said for the saying "If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all."

  19. I would like to respond to the article, and to the kindly person who wrote the comment calling the person who pointed out the incorrect grammar or punctuation as "bitchy." An article with good content, but is difficult to read due to eliminating punctuation, has not been proofread. Writing is a craft. Like any craft, it must be honed. When an article is published, however, it ought to have the basics of punctuation and grammar in place. We, as a culture, have gotten very sloppy in this in the past decade or two. I, for one, hope we lift the bar back to where it belongs. To the author of the article I would like to say I enjoyed your content about one of my all-time favorites, and I hope you will keep writing and enjoy it as much as I do. Next time, it may help to think of the content as a gift, and taking the extra time to get the punctuation correct being like beautifully wrapping the gift to then be presented to your readers.

  20. Boy you sure did not do your research. And you call yourself a fan?

  21. P.S. what brought me to this link is doing some of my own research while reading Melissa Gilbert's memoir...

    1. Give tender heart bear a break! She is a LHOTP fan not a published author!! Yes, there are some misspelled names and words...but she took the time to put it out there and to share with us ~ thank you kind lady <3 I enjoyed reading your blog!

  22. P.S. what brought me to this link is doing some of my own research while reading Melissa Gilbert's memoir...

  23. Richard Bull also past away he dead on February 3,2014

  24. When I was in the third grade I read the Little House on the Prairie book. I am now 58 years old and I still like to watch the episodes.

  25. Thank you so very much for all these updates. I watch the show as it comes on in my area four times on weekdays and once or twice on Saturdays. I just wish my channel would play them all. But it is always nice to get to know about the actors we invite into our homes everyday :)