The Little House On The Prairie Cast

Thursday, September 29 by J Hardy

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When it comes to homespun wholesomeness, the "Little House on the Prairie" cast set the standard. The western series ran from 1974 to 1983 and garnered multiple award nominations and wins. Making it an instant classic.

Laura Ingalls played by Melissa Gilbert.

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America watched Melissa Gilbert grow up during the run of "Little House on the Prairie." As the central character, she appeared in almost every episode. She was only ten years old when the series began. Gilbert continued acting and served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005.

Charles "Pa" Ingalls played by Michael Landon.

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Michael Landon was the driving force behind the show, not only starring, but also producing, directing and writing for the series. When the show ended, Landon created and starred in the successful series "Highway to Heaven" from 1984 to 1989. Landon died of pancreatic cancer in July 1991.

Mary Ingalls played by Melissa Sue Anderson.

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As the only "Little House on the Prarie" cast member to be nominated for an Emmy Award, Anderson brought an amazing depth to her role as Mary, the older sister who becomes blinded by illness. In 2010 she released the book, "The Way I See It," recounting her memories of life on the set.

Nellie Oleson played by Alison Arngrim.

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Nellie was the original television "frenemy." Her 2010 book was titled "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated." Arngrim later headlined as a stand-up comedian, and has been very active in organizations that assist families living with HIV and AIDS.

Albert Quinn Ingalls played by Matthew Labyorteaux.

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Though he made two appearances as a young Charles in seasons three and four, Labyorteaux joined the regular cast in season five as heroin addicted orphan Albert Quinn. After a frontier rehab experience, Albert is later adopted by the Ingalls family. He now does voice work for animated television, film and video games.