Have you ever wondered about the cast of "Little House on the Prairie," and where are they now? "Little House on the Prairie" was a popular television show based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Many of its cast members went on to have successful acting careers or were already successful before joining the cast. So stop wondering "where are they now?" and find out today.
Michael Landon and Karen Grassle played "Pa" and "Ma," or Charles and Caroline, from the beginning of the show to its end. Landon went on to play an angel on the television show "Highway to Heaven." He passed away in 1991 after a battle with cancer. Karen Grassle made a few television appearances after "Little House on the Prairie" and continues to work as an actress on the stage.
Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush, who shared the role of Carrie Ingalls, the youngest Ingalls girl. While the twins had a few jobs after the show ended, including a spot as the Doublemint twins, both have left acting. Melissa Sue Anderson, who played Mary, the oldest, continues to act and appear in small roles on television and in films. Her latest role was in the TV movie "Marco Polo."
Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura on "Little House on the Prairie," struggled with drugs and alcohol in her teenage years. She went on to have relationships with actors such as John Cusack and Tom Cruise, was married to Bo Brinkman, another actor, and is now married to Bruce Boxleitner. She has two children. Since "Little House on the Prairie," Gilbert has appeared in more than 40 TV movies and appeared on several shows.
Alison Arngrim, who played the bossy, mean Nellie Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie," became an AIDs activist in the early 80s. Steve Tracey, who played her husband later in the series, passed away from the disease, prompting Arngrim to write the memoir "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson And Learned To Love Being Hated," and later developed it into a one-woman show.