As one of the greatest TV stars of all time, actor Michael Landon is fondly remembered for his roles on Little House on the Prairie, Bonanza, and Highway to Heaven. His pancreatic cancer diagnosis and quick decline shocked the world and was devastating to his family and longtime fans. Now, his son Christopher Landon is dealing with his own cancer battle.
Christopher Beau Landon is one of five children to come from Michael's second marriage to Marjorie Lynn Noe. He's the younger brother of Michael Landon Jr, the creator of the popular TV show When Calls the Heart. Christopher also followed in his footsteps in Hollywood and has made a name for himself as a screenwriter and filmmaker, especially in the world of slashers and horror films. Some of his most prominent credits he's known for include Disturbia, Paranormal Activity 2, Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity 4, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2u, and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Last year, he released the horror movie Freaky starring Vince Vaughn in a "Freaky Friday" type film where he (a serial killer aptly called the Butcher), experiences a body-swap with a teenage girl named Millie (Kathryn Newton).
Christopher took to social media to announce that he had unexpectedly been diagnosed with kidney cancer. It appears that after being rushed into emergency surgery, things were caught in time but the director had some advice to give to his followers.
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"About a week ago I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. I was rushed into emergency surgery to have part of my kidney removed. I wasn't going to post about it but I kinda need to because I got lucky and caught it early. It was a fluke that it was discovered and it hadn't spread yet. PSA time: watch your bodies. Get a physical. Get tested. Get imaging when you can. Some of these cancers are silent killers."
Christopher is currently based in Los Angeles, California where he lives with his husband and two children. We wish the filmmaker a speedy recovery process!