On Saturday, May 20th, elected officials, community members and staff from the Camden County Parks Department gathered in Collingswood to unveil a bench dedicated to legendary actor and Camden County native, Michael Landon.
The project was spearheaded by dedicated fans of Landon from across the country who wanted to commemorate where the actor spent his childhood and adolescence.
“Michael Landon starred in some of the most beloved TV shows of the 20th century and it’s wonderful that we can commemorate one of Camden County’s finest,” said Commissioner Melinda Kane. “Landon not only grew up in Collingswood, but his father was the manager of the iconic Westmont Theater. Landon’s connection to the area runs deep and this bench will be a great addition to our park system.”
Michael Landon was born Oct. 31, 1936, in Queens, New York as Eugene Maurice Orowitz. The family soon after moved to Collingswood. He changed his name to Michael Landon when he entered acting school and is best known for his roles in I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven. Landon died of cancer in 1991 at the age of 54.