Merlin Olsen

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Merlin Olsen
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Birth name Merlin Jay Olsen
Born September 15, 1940 in Logan, Utah, USA
Died March 11, 2010 in Duarte, California, USA from mesothelioma
Sport(s) football
Team Affiliations Los Angeles Rams
Notable Events Played
Championships
Awards
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Contents

Biography

Merlin Olsen was an American football player and actor, best known in the acting world for his role as Father John Murphy on Father Murphy and as Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie.

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Father Murphy John Michael Murphy 1981–1983 1 2
Fathers and Sons (1986) Buddy Landau 1986 1
Aaron's Way Aaron Miller 1988 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Petticoat Junction Merlin Fergus 7x17 - With This Ring... January 17, 1970
Kung Fu Perlee Skowrin 1x07 - Nine Lives February 15, 1973
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 4x03 - My Ellen September 26, 1977
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 4x05 - The Wolves October 17, 1977
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 4x06 - The Creeper of Walnut Grove October 24, 1977
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 4x08 - The Aftermath November 7, 1977
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 4x09 - The High Cost of Being Right November 14, 1977
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 4x13 - Freedom Flight December 12, 1977
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 4x14 - The Rivals January 9, 1978
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 4x18 - The Inheritance February 6, 1978
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 4x20 - A Most Precious Gift February 27, 1978
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 4x21 - I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away (1) March 6, 1978
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 4x22 - I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away (2) March 13, 1978
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 6x21 - May We Make Them Proud February 4, 1980
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 6x23 - He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (1) May 5, 1980
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 7x03 - A New Beginning October 6, 1980
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 7x05 - The Silent Cry October 20, 1980
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 7x15 - Make a Joyful Noise January 26, 1981
Walking Tall Webb McClain 1x04 - Hitman February 7, 1981
Little House on the Prairie Jonathan Garvey 7x21 - The Lost Ones (1) May 4, 1981

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Trivia