Little House On The Prairie is a timeless classic TV series that brought viewers back to adventures from the 1870s with the Ingalls family. The TV program was based on the book series ran for 204 episodes and 4 TV specials. It originally aired from 1974 to 1983 and reruns of the show are still available to see on TV today!
Many of the talented actors and actresses from the cast of Little House On The Prairie are alive and well today with the majority active as ever in the film and TV industry. We’re sure you’d love to see where these characters are now, namely the Ingalls family. Here is what the cast of Little House on the Prairie looks like now!
Melissa Gilbert – Laura Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert played the role of Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie. Born May 8th, 1964 she is currently 55 years old. Melissa has starred in a few shorts, films, and TV shows over the last few years.
Her career peaked in the ’80s and ’90s as she featured in several popular TV shows like The Diary of Anne Frank, The Miracle Worker and Choices of the Heart. She currently has one film in post-production set to release in 2019.
Michael Landon – Charles Ingalls
Michael Landon had a career on the small screen that ran into three decades. Becoming a household name by starring in Crossroads, Telephone Time and I Was a Teenage Werewolf, his career kick-started with a bang. Playing the little Joe in Bonanza truly established him as a big TV star. After starring in such huge hits, Landon felt like writing episodes and directing them. This opportunity was presented to him by Ed Friendly, the producer of Little House on the Prairie. Michael Landon joined the Prairie Cast as Charles Ingalls.
His journey as a star continued even after Little House on the Prairie ended. Landon starred in the hit show Highway to Heaven afterward. Unfortunately, Michael Landon died in 1991 from pancreatic cancer but deserved a place on this list per being part of the Ingalls family.
Melissa Sue Anderson – Mary Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson, cast member of the iconic series played the role of Mary Ingalls. For her role as Mary Ingalls, Anderson received an Emmy nomination in 1978. In the beginning, while her acting skills weren’t really discovered by the writers of the show, she had quite a trying time in putting herself on the map. But once she did, there was no stopping her.
She even went ahead and worked as an associate producer on Michael Landon’s last TV projects. She just turned 57 years old this past September and is no longer very active in the industry. You can count on seeing her pop up every so often, especially in TV movies.
Karen Grassle – Caroline Ingalls
Karen Grassle played the role of Caroline Ingalls. One of the most versatile actors on the list, Grassle played ‘Ma’ in Little House. She exhibited a range of emotions on screen and went on to feature in shows that had very different roles.
She was seen in The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Harry’s War, roles she played that were totally different from her Ma’s character. After the show ended, she went on to join theater once again and in 2009 also became the face of Premier Bathrooms. She’s coming up on her 78th birthday on February 25th, 2020 and was last seen in a film in 2017.
A nice tribute to Charles and Caroline..
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