While making "Little House" in 1980, Michael fell in love with a
younger woman through the camera on the set. He peered through the
camera lens and he couldn't believe his eyes. He lingered for a second
before zooming in for a closer look. That was the moment he fell in love
again. Her name was Cindy Clerico, a 23-year-old makeup artist and
stand-in for Melissa Sue Anderson and the other child stars in the
series. No one would have guessed that first day on the set she'd soon
be playing a permanent role in Michael's life.
"I began watching her through stronger and stronger lenses without her
knowing it," says Michael. "It was as if I was just inches from her
face--staring at her lips, looking into her eyes. And I thought, "What a
fascinating woman. What a wonderful smile." Although the blonde beauty
was just half his age--and he was a family man--she made him feel like a
teenager again as they shared chewing gum and played pranks on each
other. It was not long before their passion boiled over and they started
openly kissing and cuddling on the set. His wife was the last to know.
His 19-year marriage to Lynn, with seven children, had
been on the rocks for some time, but Michael was still wracked with
guilt over his treachery. "But it became clear," he says, "no matter how
painful it was for me and the kids, I had to be with Cindy. The more I
saw her, the more I loved her." As a child, he'd encouraged his parents
to stay together despite their unhappy marriage, but was not about to
make the same mistake of his own life. "There's nothing worse than
people who obviously should not be together." When he finally left Lynn
for a younger woman, he was attacked for preaching his "Little House"
series about wholesome family values while practicing the exact
Lynn confided in an interview, "Michael has made his choice and I think
at this point it would be best for me and the children if he made his
affair legal and married his girlfriend." Lynn invited the National
Inquirer into the home for an "exclusive interview" less than a month
after Michael filed for divorce. "I know that Hollywood is wrecked with
littered marriages," she continued, "but I sincerely believed ours was
different," she told the reporter. "Now it's another statistic. Life
goes on, and the children and I will, too. I loved him very much. I've
lost a lot. The children have lost out on having a father in the house.
And I think Michael has lost a lot, too." She added, "We had everything.
The Landon family was close, happy, and secure. We had it all, or so I
thought. Our marriage was built on a foundation of trust. Or so I
Unlike Dodie, twenty years before, Lynn was not amiable to the divorce.
She was angry and she was bitter. She had been a devoted wife and mother
to seven children, and she had been betrayed, callously for a younger
woman. "I was too busy being the kind of wife Michael wanted me to be,"
Lynn later confided. As a result, I lost myself little by little. I made
Michael my god."
Professionally, his relationship with Cindy was proving ruinous. Not
only was he being lamblasted by the press, there were people at NBC who
were questioning his ability to portray Charles Ingalls, happily married
frontiersman and devoted father. Michael suffered an ever greater blow
when Kodak announced it was removing him as its television spokesman
since his image as a father at home was no longer positive and truthful.
"The relationship lasted 19 years," Michael would explain when
interviewers inquired how a thrice-married man could portray such a
saintly father on television. "I don't consider that a failed marriage.
I don't think it was a disaster. We produced some terrific kids. We just
didn't grow in the same direction. We became different people. We both
"To stay with someone when you no longer have anything in common is the
cruelest thing to do to a child. It's much better to divorce and have
two parents happy. I don't know if Charles Ingalls would have stayed
married to Caroline as long as he did, except that it was a long way to
the next house in those days."
"I was not an aging lecher looking for a fresh young thing," he
maintains. "You don't dissolve a relationship to go to bed with someone
20 years younger. You have to have major differences to stop a
relationship, after as many years as I was married." He continued, "With a wife and seven children, there's always a problem. Lynn and I fought
a lot, about jealousy, about my being tied up with my work. I'd go into
depressed moods, and then I'd go around screaming at people at home and
in the studio--and at everyone in sight. Banging down phones, swearing
and yelling." He had added, "But I figure if you don't have these kind of problems,
life would just come up with some other unpleasantries for you. Nobody's
perfect. Not Charles Ingalls. Not Michael Landon."
Michael filed for the divorce on April 16, 1981 and it cost him $26
million and cited "irreconcilable differences" between he and his wife.
Although he gave her his $3.5 million-dollar, 35-room Beverly Hills
mansion, the bitter divorce was very painful for Lynn, who admitted on
TV that Michael had become "my god." Michael and Cindy moved into a
five-bedroom beach house in Malibu that he found far more relaxing than
his palatial home in Beverly Hills. He said of his second wife, "Lynn is
a very aristocratic woman while I'm basically the blue-collar worker,"
he said. "I like being in my shorts. I don't like maids in my house. You
can't have a decent argument." No wonder 1981 and 1982 were the most
disastrous years in his life that he persevered through. Michael's divorce with Lynn was final in December 1982.
The final season of 'Little House on the Prairie' concluded on March
21, 1983, with the episode "Hello and Goodbye", with the final season of
'Father Murphy' concluding on September 18, 1983, with the episode "The
Matchmakers". Both series were now
behind him and considered a landmark achievement in television. Sadly, "Father Murphy" was doomed
against "60 Minutes" in its Sunday timeslot and coupled with Merlin
Olsen's lack of acting skills, it was cancelled by the network. "Little
House" had been telecast for 9 seasons, with a total of 203 episodes
made, aired from September 11, 1974 to March 21, 1983. Aside from the
96 minute pilot, there were nine full-length episodes made and aired,
along with eighteen 2-part episodes made and aired in the nine year run
of the series. The show was nominated for 17 Emmy Awards and three
Golden Globe Awards.
Michael directed the pilot film and 89 episodes of "Little House",
along with writing 50 episodes for the series. Victor French clocked in
at directing 17 episodes, relieving the stress for Landon behind the
camera, along with the other directors that Landon assigned to the
series. The final 1982-83 season's production started up in June 1982,
with filming completed in January 1983, with the final post-production
in early February 1983.
On Valentine's Day, 1983, he married Cindy Clerico, his girlfriend
since 1980, at his Malibu beachouse. He was 46-years-old and she was
26-years-old. Cindy was already two months pregnant with their first
child, Jennifer. They took their honeymoon at the secluded, posh resort,
La Samanna Hotel, on the island of Saint Martin in the French West
Indies. When they came back to Los Angeles, they both had their first
face lifts together, as a sign of their deep love for each other.
Michael had to stay looking young for his audience, too.
In the spring of 1983, Michael and the crew were working on writing
three "Little House" TV-movies that would wrap the series--and in an
unusual way for the series to end. Three scripts were written and
approved by NBC. They were "Look Back to Yesterday", "Bless All the Dear
Children", and "The Last Farewell". The final film, "The Last Farewell"
was written and directed by Michael Landon.
They were all filmed back-to-back in June and July of 1983.
Post-production was from August through October 1983, with the network
slotting them for airplay some months ahead. "Look Back to Yesterday"
was aired on December 12, 1983, with Albert Ingalls contracting a rare
and deadly blood disease. However, Albert survives the ordeal as Michael didn't believe in
killing off good characters on his show. The silence of film explains it
perfectly. Not to mention he and Matthew Laborteaux were very close,
like father and son.
"Bless All the Dear Children" was the second television movie made and later aired on December 17, 1984. Laura and Almonzo's infant, Rose Wilder, is abducted by a woman, but all
turns out well at the end of the story.
"The Last Farewell" was the third and final television movie made and later aired on February 6, 1984. In the climax, the
townspeople blow up all the buildings in Walnut Grove, to keep greedy
land developers from building on their land. Only the church and the
Ingalls' homestead remained intact on the property. The final scene has
white rabbits outside the house, that the Carter's children were raising
in the story.
This is a strange way to end a successful series, since the people of
Walnut Grove lived there, but Michael Landon had other thoughts on his
mind. First, he didn't want the land razed and second, he aimed this
defensive gesture at Hollywood. Simply put, no one in that town was
going to remake his series while he was alive and well.
Michael brought his next project to NBC in the fall of 1983. Partly
based on the film "It's a Wonderful Life," which was his favorite movie,
he had an unused concept for this new series he presented to the
network's Brandon Tartikoff. NBC had a terrible 1982-83 season with a
total of nine newly made TV series cancelled and was at an all-time low. Michael titled his new series "Highway to Heaven" and Tartikoff gave it
the go-ahead. He wrote the pilot script in 4 days and gave it to the
network and it was sold. They gave him the orders to shoot the pilot in
The premise is about a convicted angel Jonathan who comes to earth to
make better in people's lives, along with Mark Gordon, an ex-cop who
worked in Oakland, who he saves from ruin. NBC wanted a good-looking guy
to play Mark Gordon and Landon said it's either Victor French or it's no
one. As usual, he won. After the pilot was completed, it was sent to the
network's testing facility, where several hundred viewers sample it. The
response was incredible. The pilot had gone through the roof, in terms of
viewer response. It had the distinction of being the highest-tested show
of any NBC pilot before or since.
The series made its debut on Wednesday, September 19, 1984 at 8:00 PM
in a 2-hour time slot. The 96 minute pilot episode kicked off
what would be the first of five successful seasons of the angel Jonathan
Smith and his new partner Mark Gordon helping people and making better
in their lives. This series emulated Michael's true and sincere beliefs
in the American culture and even the rest of the world that people can
make better in their lives in a socially self-destructive society that
keeps getting worse. Michael also owned "Highway" outright. The series
was attacked by religious zealots and the press, but Michael laughed at
all of them-- and his fans had the last laugh with him those five years.
In August of 1985, while making "Highway to Heaven's" second season,
Michael called his TV father Lorne Greene from their "Bonanza" days and
asked him to guest-star on the series in the episode "The Smile in the
Third Row". They had tried to do this ten years before in 1975 while
Michael was making "Little House," but Landon could not let him have the
"Michael called me and said if we worked together, people would ask,
'Why doesn't he recognize his father?'" Greene reported. "He said he
wants me to know he was thinking of me." He added, "When Michael started
'Highway to Heaven', I knew he would call me if the right thing came up
and it did," said Greene. "He sent me this strange, different, and
wonderful script. I read it and said, "Yeah, I think it's the right one.
NBC advertised the November 20, 1985 telecast of the show: "A Bonanza of
The majority of the "Highway To Heaven" crew was 90% of the same
veterans who worked "Little House" and "Bonanza".
Greene described the show as "old home week". Towards the end of the
"Bonanza" days, Greene said of Landon: "No finer director exists in this
business", and his opinion was unchanged in 1985. "Michael has a
wonderful imagination and he knows how to touch people."
In May 1986, Michael hosted the Western segment of NBC's 60th
Anniversary along with other segments hosted by Johnny Carson and Robert
Conrad. Clips from the 1966 episode "Ride the Wind" were compiled with
other TV Westerns that the network made and aired for the segment.
The announcement "Bonanza" fans had been waiting for since the summer
of 1973 came in the summer of 1987: David Dortort had been writing a
reunion movie to be syndicated on stations before the year's end. Rumors
circulated Michael Landon would return to play Little Joe, but only in
truth had Lorne Greene agreed to return to reprise the role of patriarch
Ben Cartwright. Fate had other plans.
On August 19, 1987, Lorne Greene was admitted to Saint John's Hospital
for abdominal hernia surgery and then was hospitalized again for
prostate cancer in early September. Michael visited him several times
and the day before his death on September 11, 1987. The next day was the
twenty-eighth anniversary of "Bonanza". His other TV son Pernell Roberts
also came to see him on his own visits to the hospital. He was deeply
saddened and in tears at the loss of his friend.
According to the nurse on active duty at Saint John's Hospital at Santa
Monica, during Michael's last visit, he had walked up to Lorne Greene's
bedside, grasped the older man's right hand, with both of his, smiled,
and said, "How ya' doin" Pa?" Although weakened from the cancer and
obviously in pain, Lorne smiled and whispered "Okay."
The two had exchanged few words because it was difficult for Lorne to
speak. So Michael stayed fifteen minutes without speaking. He just held
Lorne's hand in his. Finally, he slowly got up and walked away. When he
reached the doorway, he turned and looked at the older man halfway
asleep in the bed. Then he strode quickly down the corridor. There were
tears in his eyes.
Later after Lorne was gone, Michael recalled his visit. "He looked at
me and slowly started to arm wrestle," he said, "just like we used to do
in the old days on 'Bonanza'. He was Ben Cartwright to the end. He was
ready to die without no complaints. I never stopped seeing him as my
dad," he added. "Lorne was a solid pillar for both me and Dan Blocker.
I'd known him for more than half my life and he'd been my father for
fourteen years on 'Bonanza'. You don't just quit being a father and son.
I'll always consider him my Pa."
Production of "Bonanza the Next Generation" started on October 10,
1987. Greene's replacement was character actor John Ireland who was
written in to play his brother Aaron Cartwright. Ireland had guested in
the 1967 episode "Judgement at Red Creek" as Sheriff Rimbeau. David
Dortort denied reports that Michael was going to appear but had changed
his mind when Lorne died. "That was more than likely just wishful
thinking on the part of the hopeful viewers."
Michael was deeply involved with the production of "Highway to Heaven"
and was not interested nor apparently very many others, as interest in
reviving the series cooled for several years. Two sequel films were made
in 1993 and 1995, starring Ben Johnson, who had guested on the original
series, and were better made, but still paled and coupled with Johnson's
death from a heart attack in 1997, sadly put an end to the Next
Perhaps it was the result of Lorne's death or perhaps because of
Cindy's insistence that in 1987, Michael announced he would do three
more seasons of "Highway to Heaven," then was taking a year off to
travel around the world with his family. That same year, Michael's youngest son Sean Matthew was born in June of
Production of the fifth season in June of 1988 was initiated by a
meeting that summoned Michael Landon, Kent McCray and NBC to discuss the
show's fate. In their minds, they didn't want "Highway to Heaven" on
their network anymore, and since Michael owned it, they couldn't cancel
it. NBC made the series a mid-season replacement and Michael filmed the
final 13 episodes. Both parties had made this agreement before the final
season went into production that year.
The final episode filmed was "Merry Christmas from Grandpa" in December
1988. Veteran cinematographer, Ted Voightlander died that month, on
December 7, 1988, the same evening the two-part episode "Hello and
Farewell" aired. He was 74. Post-production of the series was completed
in February 1989, assembling the film and sound elements. The last
airing was "Merry Christmas from Grandpa", aired on August 4, 1989.
"Highway to Heaven"
spanned 109 first-run episodes on NBC, with Michael directing 90 of
them, writing 18 of them, and with Victor French directing 11 episodes
himself. There were nine 2-part episodes made, along with the 96 minute
full-length pilot episode aired on September 19, 1984 and "Love and
Marriage" which was aired as a 90-minute full-length episode on November
12, 1986. "Highway to Heaven" garnered seven Emmy nominations and eleven Young
Artist nominations in its five-year run. Michael did win the People's Choice Award for his work on the series.
While "Highway to Heaven" was in final production in December 1988,
Michael had a close encounter with death. A man named Nathan Trupp, a
mental patient wanted in connection with several murders in New Mexico,
shot and killed two security guards at Universal Studios, before being
felled by a sea of police bullets. He had claimed to be on a "mission
from God" and, as he toured the sprawling 420-acre studio lot on his
general admission ticket, had asked several employees where he could
find Michael Landon.
Unable to locate Michael, Trupp walked off the tour tram and went to
the guardhouse at the entrance to the compound, where he demanded to use
a studio phone to speak to Landon. When the guards refused, the
forty-two-year-old man walked away, only to return a moment later. He
pulled a gun and shot both men through the head, killing one of them
instantly. The other died a short while later at the hospital.
While this real-life drama was being played out at Universal Studios in
Hollywood, Michael was twenty miles away in Culver City, directing one
of the last "Highway to Heaven" episodes on the backlot at MGM Studios. None of Michael's series and projects before "Highway" were filmed at
MGM, so it will remain a mystery why the gun-toting Trupp was so
convinced Michael was on the Universal lot.
After 5 successful seasons of the series, in April of 1989, Victor
French had just returned from directing a film in Ireland and was ill.
He thought he was sick with the flu and went to the hospital in Sherman
Oaks and was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, from decades of heavy
smoking. On June 7th, Victor was admitted to the hospital and Michael was
devastated. He went to visit him at the hosptial and even included a
special get-well message that was included with the June 9th first-run
broadcast of the "Highway to Heaven" episode "The Source". Michael was
at his bedside for an all-night vigil with Victor's family into the
morning of June 15th, when Victor succumbed to the cancer. He was 54
years-old. Shortly afterwards, there was a television tribute to Victor
French, hosted by his family, Michael and many of his best friends,
including Ned Beatty and Hal Burton.
Michael was rocked by his death and
was so scared he might have lung cancer, went to his doctor and had a
chest X-ray and nothing showed, except for the normal congestion found
in smokers. With Cindy's encouragement, he cut down and quit smoking
that summer. She also encouraged him to cut back on his fried food
intake and began eating more vegetables, chicken, and fish. Earlier that year, on March 10, 1989, Michael once again made a guest
appearance on "The Tonight Show", hosted by his good friend and fellow tennis player,
Johnny Carson. His main message was to let his audience know that NBC
was airing "Highway" as a mid-season replacement and were showing it
whenever they wanted to, and he was not happy with the network's
attitude. He announced the next episode, "The Silent Bell" would air on
March 21st, 1989. The series concluded its run on August 4, 1989.
Michael still had one more project to fill
in his contract for NBC, and met with former "Little House" co-star
Melissa Sue Anderson. She recommended the book "Where Pigeons Go to Die"
to him, and said "it's your cup of tea." He hired Art Carney for the
film and it was filmed on location in Kansas, made in late October through November 1989. It
was later aired on January 29, 1990. After "Highway to Heaven" finished
airing in August of 1989, Michael promised Cindy and the two children
they were going on a one-year vacation, but never got around to it, but
did manage to spend some time with them in Hawaii and the Caribbean, and
on educational trips across the country.
Michael appeared on "Larry King Live" and "The Tonight Show," the last
week of January 1990, to talk about "Pigeons" and his career. Naturally, his longtime friend
and producer Kent McCray made the transition with the crew to CBS. In
the summer of 1990, his first job for CBS was a special called
"America's Missing Children," which was aired the next year, in May of
1991. His next project he was developing was "Us," a new television
series which would have been his fourth hit. He wrote the pilot script
in less than 10 days. The concept was based on the character of Jeff
Hayes, a journalist who was wrongly convicted of murder and 18 years
later, it's discovered he's innocent and is released from prison, only
to discover a new life with his estranged father and son, spanning three
He described the show to TV Guide in October 1990, right
before filming the pilot. "It's not a show where you're going to be able
to guess what's going to happen," he had explained. "It's like life
really is." Aside from his very long, wavy hair, sporting various T-shirts and
V-necks, tennis shoes, and black denim jeans with a trim, healthy and virile
look, more like Michael Landon himself with traits of Little Joe, Charles
Ingalls and Jonathan Smith in the new character of Jeff Hayes. Filming of
the pilot in November of 1990 and taking a break for Thanksgiving, then
post-production in December, wrapping it up for Christmas and New
Years. Michael taped a segment for the talk show "Entertainment Tonight" that
aired on Christmas of 1990. He was sporting a green T-shirt and was
speaking about the children and Christmas gifts. At 54, he couldn't have
looked or felt better in life.
After more than three decades in front and behind the camera, he had
written 107 hours of television, directed another 208 hours and produced
over 330 hours. As an actor, he had logged well past 800 hours, becoming
America's quintessential Family Man. On "Highway to Heaven," he was the
father to all mankind. "Little House on the Prairie" found him at the
head of a Minnesota farming family. And he began as the youngest member
of a Western dynasty named Cartwright.
With "Us" not scheduled to begin production until June 1991, Michael
was enjoying the New Year with his family. He begun to experience a loss
of appetite in January. Something like this had never happened before. He was bench pressing 300-350 pounds with no problem and felt fine. In
February, he attended his daughter Leslie's wedding on Valentine's Day
and his family noticed he was tired in appearance and didn't look well. He told them it was nothing to worry about, and he was working hard. In mid-March, he attended a private screening of the "Us" pilot, with
CBS executives and his good friend and cinematographer Haskell Boggs,
who noticed Michael, sitting next to him, appeared different, with an
elongated face, a departure from the way he normally appeared, a hint
something was wrong. CBS was highly satisfied with "Us" and it was a go,
but fate had other plans.
Michael planned a ski trip to Park City, Utah
for fun and games on the slopes with the family, the last week of March
1991. The trip was cut short by Michael's severe abdominal pains he was
experiencing. He didn't confide to anyone, not even his wife Cindy, the
abdominal pains he had been experiencing since February. He thought it
was a hiatal hernia and Cindy made an appointment for him to see their
doctor, but he never went to get examined before leaving for Utah. Michael sensed something was seriously wrong with him, and flew back to
Los Angeles on April 2nd, leaving Cindy and the children behind. He
checked in Cedars-Sinai on April 3rd for an MRI scan, which revealed a
large tumor in his abdomen. Cindy and the children followed on their
flight from Utah back to Los Angeles. On April 4th, the biopsy was
performed and the diagnosis was grim.
Two days later, on Friday, April
5th, the doctor called Michael and gave him the news. It was
adencarcinoma, the medical name for cancer of the pancreas. It was
inopearable and had already spread to his liver and lymph nodes. Michael
was stunned. He had never expected anything like this. A few days later on April 8th, he held a press conference at his Malibu home and unlike in
the "Us" pilot, some five months back, he had a set to his jaw and chin
and looked healthy, but was losing weight, and very ill. He made his last
public appearance on "The Tonight Show" on May 9, 1991 and resembled less
the character he portrayed some six months back in the pilot. Landon's one-time TV brother, Pernell Roberts issued a statement with his reaction, "I am deeply grieved."
"The news shocked me," he would admit an exclusive issue of Life
magazine that was published in June 1991. "Nothing was further from my
mind, since I'm only fifty-four and, with rare exceptions, I'd been
healthy my whole life. Not that I don't deserve to have cancer. I'm a
good athlete, and I work out hard--before this happened, I could bench
press three hundred, three hundred fifty pounds, no sweat. I think I
have it because for most of my life, though I was never a drunk, I drank
too much. I also smoked way too many cigarettes and ate a lot of wrong
things. And if you do that, even if you think you're too strong to get
anything, somehow you're going to pay."
time later in the month on May 21, he had a near fatal blood clot in his
left leg that was successfully treated at Cedars-Sinai. That same night he
was hospitalized, on television was a special Michael had taped the year before for CBS, "America's Missing Children," and bore a minimal
resemblance to the ill Michael. After being released from Cedars-Sinai on
May 25th, he decided to live out his final days with his family.
On July 1, Michael died at his Malibu home at 1:30 in the afternoon. His family and closest colleagues were with him. Michael's services were
held at Hillside Memorial Park in West Los Angeles on July 5.
Cindy and Michael's family were joined by 500 other mourners including
former President Ronald Reagan, with whom Michael had once chopped wood,
and his wife Nancy. Merlin Olsen, Ernest Borgnine, Brian Keith and many
of Michael's costars, such as Melissa Gilbert and Melissa Sue Anderson
were present. Although Michael's first wife Dodie, accompanied by her
two sons were present, his second wife, Lynn was noticeably absent.
Jay Eller, Michael's close friend and attorney conducted the service
during which many of Michael's friends eulogized him as a loving, kind
person and also recalled his tremendous sense of humor.
Following the memorial service, family and friends moved to another
spot, not more than fifty yards from where Michael's beloved TV father,
Lorne Greene had been buried only four years before. With a rabbi
conducting the service, Michael's ashes were entombed in the mausoleum.
He left $100 million, and according to his videotaped will, forty
percent of his worth was to go to Cindy, and the other forty percent
among his nine children. The rest was to go to charity and cancer
research. Shortly after his passing, it was revealed he had changed his
will and Cindy and the two youngest children were entitled to receive
more than his other children.
Although he loved his entire family, he had a new wife and two young
children and without his support, they would be in trouble. That was the
reason. All his other children were of adult age and could work.
"Michael Landon," Ronald Reagan had eulogized, "was a man whose tragic
battle with cancer touched the hearts of every American, as does his
Through sheer courage and determination, Michael Landon had imprinted
his vision of the American Dream on television throughout the world. Rising from nowhere, he had become a living symbol of all that is good,
positive and industrious about the country. He was an American visionary
creating a world in which truth, decency, and sense of fairplay
prevailed, in a land where all things are possible, no matter what the
odds. He was, and will remain an inspiration to anyone seeking to better
themselves or to inspire the worlds they live in.
The "Us" pilot made the year before in November of 1990 was aired on
CBS on September 20, 1991, some two months after Michael's passing. It
was later rerun in the spring of 1992 on the network.
Michael's older sister Evelyn, more commonly known as Victoria King,
died on January 1, 2003 from diabetic seizures in Los Angeles. She was
69-years-old. She leaves behind a daughter, Chrissy. Fans and admirers
of Michael adored her, as she would correspond with them on the
Internet. She would talk about her memories of the family and her
brother when he was in his youth, share rare family photos and spoke of
when they would rarely see each other until he passed away in July. Michael and his sister spoke to each other over the phone during his
battle with cancer in 1991.