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Little House on the Prairie: Where Are They Now?

The Years After Walnut Grove

One can hardly believe it’s been 40 years since Little House on the Prairie debuted on TVs across the country. No one expected the impact this humble, family show would have on generations. All the kids are grown, some with kids of their own. Many of the adults are still in the business, some are pursuing different careers, and others have passed away. Let’s see what your favorite actors are up to today.

 

Karen Grassle – Caroline Ingalls

Karen Grassle won the part of Charles Ingalls’ wife over of 47 other actresses, and consequently won the hearts of millions of Little House fans all over the world. Now, at age 72, she lives in the San Francisco area and works in local theater.

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Melissa Gilbert – Laura Ingalls

From age 9 to 19, Melissa Gilbert played Laura Ingalls, “Half-Pint.” Today, she’s married to actor Timothy Busfield and the couple lives in rural Michigan where the work on writing, film and theater projects. Gilbert, a former president of the Screen Actors Guild and competitor on “Dancing with the Stars,” has recently published a children’s book called, “Daisy and Josephine” and has a cookbook forthcoming.

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Alison Arngrim – Nellie Oleson

Nellie was a real thorn in Laura’s side on the show, but in real life Alison and Melissa are close friends. Today, Arngrim can be seen in independent films, TV movies, stage plays, performing stand-up comedy or in her raucous one-woman show. She’s written a comic memoir about her life as a child star.

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Dean Butler – Almanzo James Wilder

As Almonzo, he captured the heart of young Laura Ingalls. After the Little House series ended Butler played many Hollywood roles, including one on another popular INSP show, JAG. Today, you can hear his voice as narrator on the Little House documentaries, included in the HD and Blu-ray remastered versions of seasons 1 & 2.

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In Loving Memory

LittleHouse-Episodic_LH-00009455dMichael Landon – Charles Ingalls

Eugene Maurice Orowitz came into the world on October 31, 1936 in Forest Hills, New York. When he became an actor, Eugene transformed into Michael Landon, and later, the “Pa” lovedmy millions worldwide. He continued to act, write, produce and direct up until he died of pancreatic cancer at age 54, in 1991.

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How he put up with Harriet can only be described as their own special kind of love! After he hung up his apron at the mercantile forever, Bull continued in the business playing several notable TV roles. He died from pneumonia, in February, 2014 at the age of 89. Prior to his most famous part in Little House, Bull appeared in episodes of INSP favorites, The Virginian and Bonanza.