Little House On The Prairie Where Are They Now

5 min read Jul 08, 2024
Little House On The Prairie Where Are They Now

Where Are They Now: The Cast of Little House on the Prairie

"Little House on the Prairie" was a beloved television series that captured the hearts of viewers for nine seasons, from 1974 to 1983. The show, based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, followed the adventures of the Ingalls family as they pioneered life on the American frontier.

While many of the original cast members have since passed away, others have continued to work in the entertainment industry and beyond. Let's take a look at where some of the most memorable "Little House" stars are now:

Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls)

The patriarch of the Ingalls family, Charles Ingalls was portrayed by the show's creator, Michael Landon. Sadly, Landon passed away in 1991 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 54. He was known for his multifaceted career, starring in both "Bonanza" and "Highway to Heaven" in addition to his work on "Little House." Landon remains a beloved figure in television history.

Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls)

Karen Grassle, who played the strong and resourceful Caroline Ingalls, continues to act. She has appeared in numerous television shows and films since "Little House," including "The Young and the Restless" and "The Love Boat." Grassle also has a successful career on the stage and is an accomplished voice-over artist.

Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls)

Melissa Gilbert, known for her role as the spirited Laura Ingalls, continued acting after the show's conclusion. She had notable roles in "The Miracle Worker" and "Sweet Surrender," and also appeared on "Dancing with the Stars." Gilbert served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005 and has since written a memoir about her experiences on "Little House" and her personal life.

Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls)

Melissa Sue Anderson, who played the kind and gentle Mary Ingalls, also continued acting after "Little House." She appeared in numerous television series and miniseries, including "The Love Boat," "Murder, She Wrote," and "The Twilight Zone." Anderson later transitioned to a career in voice acting and has lent her voice to several animated series.

Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson)

Alison Arngrim, known for her portrayal of the mischievous and often annoying Nellie Oleson, has also had a long and successful career in entertainment. She has written two books about her experiences on "Little House" and her personal life, and has also worked as a comedian and author.

Other Notable Cast Members:

  • Richard Bull (Nels Oleson): Bull passed away in 2014 at the age of 89.
  • Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson): MacGregor passed away in 2018 at the age of 93.
  • Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder): Butler continues to act and has also worked as a producer and director.
  • Lindsay Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls): Greenbush left the entertainment industry but has remained active in the horse-racing community.
  • Jonathan Gilbert (Willie Oleson): Gilbert continues to act and also works as a photographer.

"Little House on the Prairie" continues to be a cherished show, and the cast's legacy lives on through their contributions to the entertainment industry and their impact on viewers' hearts. While some have moved on to other ventures, the show remains a part of their lives and a part of television history.