Remembering Michael Landon ....
Sonora was the location they used for the country backdrops for Little House. They came up to film almost every summer. They were always having baseball games with town people. My brother and I would hang out with Michael Landon’s daughter and son. Jonathan Gilbert came over my house and hung out with my brother Mark.
At the age of 16 I was a freshman at Sonora High School and was studying acting. Michael Landon offered me a role playing a bully in the episode “Injun Kid” (which also starred Willie Aames from Eight is Enough). I was also offered the line, Aah come on Seth ain’t ya had enough, which was later cut out. The scene was of me and three other bullies chasing the injun kid to a watering hole. There we surround him. I then get jumped by the injun kid and a fight breaks out. I remember being asked for an autograph from a young girl that happened to go to my high school. I just got jumped in the water and it was freezing cold that morning. I was dripping wet and itching badly in my wool undergarments but I signed something for her. I now had caught the acting bug….
Working on Little House was one of the best experiences of my life.
From the Little House on the Prairie episode "Injun Kid"
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