Michael Landon is an actor best known for portraying the role of Joe Cartwright in the hit television show "Bonanza." Although he passed away in 1991, his legacy lives on through his children.
Despite pursuing an acting career, Michael always prioritized his children and strove to balance fun and discipline in his family. He had a busy schedule and several projects, but he tried to give his children as much stability as possible.
After a career that spanned over three decades, Michael passed away after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. He was 54 at the time of his death -- still young but with fond memories to leave with his kids.
Michael Landon with his daughter, Jennifer, and son, Sean attend "The Wizard" Universal City Premiere on December 2, 1989 at Cineplex Odeon Universal City Cinemas in Universal City, California. | Photo: Getty Images
MICHAEL AS A FATHER
According to Michael's daughter, Jennifer, the best role he ever had was as a father to her and her siblings. She previously shared a memory that she treasures:
"He'd watch me jump around the pool for an hour straight. I think he genuinely enjoyed it. I felt admired by him — which is an amazing feeling to have as a child."
Michael made sure that there was discipline and respect in his household among him and his children. Still, he tried to incorporate fun in every way he could.
Jennifer is one of Michael's nine children from his three marriages. Her mother, Michael's third wife Cindy, has fond memories of her husband as a father to their children. Shortly before his death, he disclosed to her that he wished he could have had more time with his family.
Like her father, she entered the entertainment industry and pursued a career in acting. She is a star known for her roles in "As the World Turns" and "The Front Runner." Despite being less known in acting, Jennifer has won three Primetime Emmy Awards in the past.
Her wins were for "Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series" for her role in "As the World Turns." Indeed, she has made her father proud. Jennifer's favorite actors are Michael Fassbender and Frances McDormand, both of whom inspire her to do well in the industry.
JENNIFER ON "YELLOWSTONE"
Most recently, Jennifer starred in the television series "Yellowstone" alongside Hollywood star Kevin Costner. She appeared on the third season of the show as a new character, Teeter.
Previously, Jennifer shared about her role and how grateful she was to work with show creator Taylor Sheridan. According to the actress, "Yellowstone" is an excellent series with a fantastic set of talented actors.
She also spoke about her character, who defied gender stereotypes in many ways. Not only is Teeter one who stands out, but also a character her father, Michael, would have loved.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Behind the camera, Jennifer is a kind and down-to-earth person, who surprisingly, does not watch much television. She likes spending her time walking outdoors and staying active.
Jennifer's lifestyle fits her belief that health is wealth, so she is careful about what she puts into her body. She is also a fur mom to two bulldogs, who often appear on her social media accounts.
Apart from taking care of her wellbeing, Jennifer uses her voice to help others in need. Previously, she donated to charitable organizations, such as Planned Parenthood.
Christopher Beau Landon is one of Michael's four biological children from his second marriage to Marjorie Lynn Noe. Like Jennifer, he is in the entertainment industry and works as a film writer and director.
Christopher is best known as the writer of the "Paranormal Activity" movies and the director of "Happy Death Day." He is also a father to a boy called Beau Landon Morris.
A week after his birth, Christopher shared a picture of Beau on Instagram and has been posting photographs of his son regularly ever since, which his followers love.
The most recent projects that Christopher has worked on as a writer are a sequel to "Happy Death Day," and "Viral." He also served as the director of the former film.