Michael Landon's Height
5ft 9in (175.3 cm)
American actor best remembered for his roles as Little Joe Cartwright in Bonanza, Charles Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie, and Jonathan Smith in Highway to Heaven. One of his Little House co-stars - Melissa Anderson - commented upon his stature in her book, saying "He wore lifts almost all the time back then. Our wardrobe man, Andy, said that between the lifts on the inside of his 'Charles Ingalls' boots and the heels on the outside, he gained quite a few inches."
Michael Landon as Little Joe from Bonanza (NBC Television, 1963).
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Average Guess (10 Votes)
5ft 9.03in (175.3cm)
Tom said on 14/Aug/17
For what it's worth, Landon was the same height as Dean Martin. Watch the episodes of Martin's variety show he appears with Dean. He mostly wore cowboy boots. But Dean wore lifts. And when Landon was on The Tonight Show with JohnnyCarson wearing a tux and regular shoes, he and Johnny were the same height. I'd say Landon was a solid 5'10''.
Debbie Smith said on 21/Mar/17
Michael went gray in his 20's. He colored his own hair with ash brown by Clarol until later filming of Little house the hot 90%+ weather reflected light off his hair so he finally let a professional do it. Did you know several actors in little house got cancer? They think that it was from radioactive stuff that was once dumped on the 10 acre ranch where they filmed on. So sad. I wish he was still here as well as the others. I will see him one day I'm sure.
Oh yea, they also drank all day on set of Little house but moderately. You couldnt tell they were drunk because they spaced it out through out the day, then AFTER filming they pulled out the heavy stuff. LOL he enjoyed his life. Rip Michael Landon, you're still missed and it's 2017
Es said on 23/Feb/17
5-9 is a good height and a solid one at that if it is your actual barefoot height
Sandy Cowell said on 5/Jan/17
This morning at the start of a film, I couldn't help but notice the name Michael Landon Jnr! He wasn't an actor; I think he might have been the director or producer.
It is good to know that one of his many children made a career out of the showbiz scene, though I must say, the son's job is not going to put him under public scrutiny all the time, which can't have been very easy for his father.
Sandy Cowell said on 4/Dec/16
@ James - Hello! I didn't know Victor French had died as well, and before Michael. How very sad - I know they were great friends and they worked so well together.
James said on 3/Dec/16
He was a star athlete at high school, but he began smoking four packs of cigarettes a day in his mid-20s.
Landon gave up smoking after Victor French died, but still drank heavily.
Sandy Cowell said on 1/Dec/16
@ James - Wow! That's an awful lot of smoking! I didn't know he smoked THAT much!
Neither did I know that he drank! How did he get those muscles? Maybe he fell apart after his Prairie days. I did notice he went grey incredibly quickly, or perhaps that had something to do with the cancer.
It's a shame that the pressures
of Showbusiness have that effect on so many of our stars...
James said on 30/Nov/16
He can't have been extremely fit - he smoked up to 80 unfiltered cigarettes a day, and drank heavily.
Sandy Cowell said on 30/Nov/16
Since 'Little House...' was based in the 1800's, it is amusing to think of Michael Landon ploughing his fields, building and making pieces of furniture wearing lifts, which I doubt that they had back then!
He pulled the wool over my eyes, but there's no taking away that he was extremely fit and strong and, I heard something about the fact that there were more pictures of him than anyone else in the American mags, or maybe the American TV mags!
I think he had a heart of gold!
James said on 22/Nov/16
Landon was actually 5'8".
Sarah said on 27/Oct/16
I think he might be a little over 5'9
said on 8/Oct/16
I would have given him at least 2 more inches. I loved him in 'The Little House on the Prairie'; never ever saw Bonanza. What an incredible hunky physique this guy possessed and rock star hair! A wonderful contribution to my childhood and even today I enjoy watching his lovely character Charles Ingalls.
Editor Rob: since Landon was a known lift-wearer, I think it is like Burt Reynolds - can fool us into thinking he is taller.
Editor Rob said on 9/Dec/14
It's true about his lifts, on Little House melissa anderson also mentioned he was always in lifts.
Eamon said on 5/Jan/14
Maybe smoking 4 packs a day prevented him from being taller?
Mikey P said on 7/Jul/13
Landon admitted on the Tonight Show (Carson) that he had to wear 4" lifts in his shoes/boots on Bonanza (so Blocker & Green wouldn't tower over him), so 5'9" - 5'10" is about right.
maynard said on 13/Dec/12
Stood next to him at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach in 1986 and he was at least 5'10" or 5'11".
Marcus said on 7/Aug/12
Landon was nearly a foot shorter than Merlin Olsen on "Little House on the Prairie". Olsen was 6'5" and based on their scenes together, I would put Landon's height at 5'7.5".
Robby D. said on 9/Sep/11
In the Bonanza Series he looked alot shorter than Lorne Green, Pernell Roberts and Dan Blocker and having the name, "Little Joe" I always assumed he was around 5'7". I am surprised he was as tall as 5'9"
Joe Bloggs said on 9/Jul/11
Maybe a smidge shorter, but I doubt he was under 5ft6/1m68... you'd have heard about how really "little" "Li'l Joe" was.
Marcelo C. said on 5/Oct/07
I think 5´9" is correct for Mr. Landon. Though, he was always in a good shape, looking athletic, so used to have a very good presence.
Brad said on 6/Aug/06
Hard to say, he always wore boots. 5' 8" is about right. That Pernell Roberts was and is a nasty man.
Lmeister said on 3/Aug/06
I agree with Glenn he was 5'8'', but in his Bonanza boots looked like 5'11''.
Tony G said on 3/Aug/06
The "Bonanza" website in which Rob provided the link on Lorne Greene's page has updated Michael's height.
It now is:
Height--- 5'8" (It used to be listed as 5'9")
Height in costume (1959-'61)--- 5'9.5"
Height in costume (1961-'73)--- 6'1"
Sam said on 1/Aug/06
Does anyone have height guesses for the rest of the Bonanza cast? Greene, Dan Blocker (Hoss) or the guy who played "Adam" can't think of his name.
Glenn said on 13/May/06
He was 5-8.
frank p said on 11/May/06
Well, going by his appearance to me anyways in Bonanza, Little House, and Highway to Heaven, I would've said under 5"10 to tell you the truth.
Frank2 said on 28/Feb/06
Michael was about 5'8" and wore lifts in his cowboy boots in Bonanza, but so did Lorne Green! By the time Greene was in Earthquake he appeared in person to be my height which is 5'11". I used to sit in the Universal studio restaurant and would occasionally see him at the counter reading the Wall Street Journal. We once discussed the stock market and I got the feeling he was a big investor. Nice man.
CelebHeights Editor said on 12/Aug/05
I found an old quote that Michael is supposed to have said: "Back then actors were big, muscular, terrific! And I was still 125 lbs and 5ft 11 I'd always be."
Mr. R said on 29/Jun/05
For years, Michael Landon was listed at 5-11. Even after he died, this was his given height. As always, I am suspect when a celeb is listed at 5-11 cause if they really were, they would go ahead and list them at 6 feet. This height seems to be a pretty good guess.