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Joe Lando of 'Dr. Quinn' Fell for Jane Seymour during Breakup with His Future Wife of 24 Years

Gracious Egedegbe
Jan 21, 2022
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Joe Lando and Kirsten Barlow have been married for 24 years; however, before they got married, the pair had an on-and-off relationship, which led to a short-lived romance between the actor and his co-star, Jane Seymour.


Hollywood has played host to some of the sweetest romances between stars. Still, other times, these icons tend to share complicated relationships such as "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" stars Jane Seymour and Joe Lando. 

The pair were two of the show's best actors, leaving many glued to their screens. However, their complicated relationship saw them go from lovers to enemies to friends that made the headlines. 

Joe Lando and his wife Kirsten Barlow together at event. [Left] | Promotional portrait of Jane Seymour as Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn, and Joe Lando, as Byron Sully, in June 1996. [Right] | Photo: Getty Images


Today, Lando is happily married to his wife of 24 years, Kirsten Barlow, and the pair have the former's breakup with Seymour to thank. Here is everything to know about the controversy surrounding Lando and his relationships.


Joe Lando and Kirsten Barlow are one of the most inspiring celebrity couples. The lovebirds first encountered each other while Lando worked in a restaurant. 

Shortly after their first meeting, they began dating, and after years of being together, the couple moved to Arizona. Throughout the early stages of their romance, Lando kept the relationship a secret. 


Actor Joe Lando attends the 32nd Annual National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Convention and Exhibition on January 24, 1995. | Photo: Getty Images

He went along with the "single" tag for a while, shedding more light on the type of woman he envisioned settling down with. Finally, in 1993, the actor revealed that he would settle down with a wise woman. He also added:


"I like women who are better educated than myself, and are more worldly."

Lando and Barlow were in an on-and-off relationship for five years, but in due time, he went public with his relationship status. 

Actor Joe Lando participates in The Hollywood Show held at Burbank Airport Marriott on April 21, 2012. | Photo: Getty Images


However, the actor withheld his girlfriend's name, calling her a "former grammar school teacher." He said, that way, fans barely recognized him except when he was wearing Sully's trademark buckskins, adding:

"I walk down the street with my sunglasses on and a baseball cap. I have my job, and then I have my real life."

Actor Joe Lando participates in The Hollywood Show held at Westin LAX Hotel on July 13, 2013. | Photo: Getty Images



Lando and Barlow's relationship seems beautiful, but it was not always rosy. Not only did they have an on and off relationship between 1990-1995, but the actor also had a fling with co-star Jane Seymour within that period. 

Seymour and Lando met in 1992 while filming the pilot episode of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." Seymour mentioned there was a real flash flood that caused her car to be swept backward. 

She could not get out of her vehicle because the person driving was an intern and did not want her out of it. She recalled winding down the window and jumping out of her car into Lando's truck. The Hollywood stars started dating after the incident. 


Promotional portrait of Jane Seymour as Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn, and Joe Lando, as Byron Sully, in June 1996. | Photo: Getty images

The actress had just separated from her third husband, David Flynn, and Lando was also single. The movie stars were supposedly in love, but after dating for a few weeks, the relationship ended. 


Seymour had traveled to Arizona to shoot a movie directed by James Keach, while Lando toured the Southwest to research his role in "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." The actor told People:

"By the time I got back, she was in love with James, and the rest is history."

James Keach and Jane Seymour during "Wedding Crashers" New York Premiere in New York on July 13, 2005. | Photo: Getty Images


Lando bore no grudge against Seymour and was present at her 1993 wedding with Keach. The former lovers are still friends and connect from time to time. 


After Lando and Seymour's romance ended, the actor worked on his relationship with Barlow. In 1997, they eventually tied the knot, but sadly, Seymour was not invited to the ceremony, which led to Lando and Barlow catching flak from the tabloids. 

Apparently, the reason for their decision was due to Lando and his co-star's love history. While Seymour played Dr. Michaela Quinn in "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," Lando portrayed her character's love interest, Byron Sully. 


Jane Seymour attends "Glow & Darkness" photocall at The Westin Palace hotel on October 26, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. | Photo: Getty Images

However, while there was nothing but love between the pair's on-screen characters, it was difficult for them to get along off the set. Seymour and Lando, who were once in love, had to deal with an awkward post-breakup.


In a chat with Us Weekly, the actress said they loved each other, but they could not be together in real life. So instead, the pair just focused on playing Michaela and Sully. The Hollywood star also stated:

"We didn't actually talk to each other, other than in dialogue or making out for about six or seven years." 

Actor Joe Lando arrives to Hallmark Channel's 2011 TCA Winter Tour Evening Gala on January 7, 2011. | Photo: Getty Images


Seymour made it known that it was a difficult time. The pair have since moved on and are focused on their personal lives. Lando pays rapt attention to his wife of over two decades and their four children — Jack Neville, Christian Antonio, Kate Elizabeth, and William Joseph. 

The actor and his wife keep their relationship and life private, as they are hardly seen with their children in public.

Joe Lando speaks at the Open Hearts Foundation's Young Hearts volunteer experience at Paramount Ranch on December 04, 2021. | Photo: Getty Images



On the other hand, Seymour has only her children to worry about, as her marriage with Keach ended years ago. They got married in 1993, and after 20 years, the union collapsed, leaving Seymour heartbroken.

It was alleged that Keach was involved in extramarital affairs, but Seymour did not believe the rumors until she found out herself. 

Jane Seymour with her sons John Stacy Keach and Sean Flynn at the premiere of "Just Getting Started" at ArcLight Hollywood on December 7, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images


She dealt with her husband's infidelity, but it was worse because Seymour was familiar with Keach's mistress. In an interview with Daily Mail, Seymour said:

"I thought we were going to be married forever, but James made a choice that I wasn't privy to. I felt horrible, devastated." 

Jane Seymour at The Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards in Los Angeles which took place on February 24, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

She further revealed that when she eventually found out, it had been happening for a while. That got her frightened and she was done.

Seymour and Keach finalized their divorce in 2015. Although the actress is unmarried, she is loved by her fans and children, Katherine Flynn, John Stacy, Kristopher Steven, and Sean Flynn.