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Merlin Olsen


NFL deal with who spent his whole 15-year career using the LA Rams. He also experienced success like a sportscaster so when an acting professional, starring as Jonathan Garvey on Small House within the Prairie. He graduated from Utah Condition University or college, where he was an associate from the Sigma Chi fraternity. He documented 94 sacks and was called to 14 Pro Bowls during his profession. He previously three kids with Susan Wakely. He made an appearance in Little Home within the Prairie with Michael Landon.

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Full Name Merlin Olsen
Date Of Birth September 15, 1940
Died March 11, 2010, Duarte, California, United States
Place Of Birth Logan, UT
Height 1.96 m
Weight 122 kg
Profession Football Player
Education Utah State University
Nationality American
Spouse Susan Wakley
Children Nathan Olsen, Kelly Olsen, Jill Olsen
Parents Lynn Jay Olsen, Merle Barrus Olsen
Siblings Phil Olsen, Orrin Olsen, Clark Olsen, Lorraine Elzinga, Colleen Davis, Winona Barrett, Gwen Saltern, Ramona Whitaker
Nominations Heisman Trophy
Movies Time Bomb, Juggler of Notre Dame, The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story, Mitchell, Something Big, The Undefeated, Father Murphy, Aaron's Way
TV Shows Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy, Aaron's Way, NFL on NBC, Treasuring Our Natural Heritage, Fathers and Sons, Rose Bowl broadcasters
Star Sign Virgo

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1Gave up acting in 1988.
2Underwent three courses of chemotherapy in 2009 after being diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma.
3Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
4High school debate partner was astrophysicist Kip Thorne.
5Along with biological brother Phil, member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Both have been inducted into the Order of Constantine, the Fraternity's highest honor; they are also both Significant Sigs.
6Does the voice-over for FTD commercials, as well as commercials for syndicated airings of "The X-Files."
7Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.
8Played defensive tackle for Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League, 1962-1976.
9Graduated Utah State University in 1962.
10Was original member of the Los Angeles Rams "Fearsome Foursome"
11Older brother of Phil Olsen; the brothers played together with the Los Angeles Rams from 1971-1974.



Circle of Love1988TV MovieAaron Miller
Aaron's Way1988TV SeriesAaron Miller
Fathers and Sons1986TV SeriesBuddy Landau
Time Bomb1984TV MovieJake Calahan
Father Murphy1981-1983TV SeriesJohn Michael Murphy
The Juggler of Notre Dame1982TV MovieJonas
Little House on the Prairie1977-1981TV SeriesJonathan Garvey
Walking Tall1981TV SeriesWebb McClain
The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story1980TV MovieTodd Simms
A Fire in the Sky1978TV MovieStan Webster
Police Surgeon1974TV Series
Kung Fu1973TV SeriesPerlee Skowrin
Something Big1971Sgt. Fitzsimmons
One More Train to Rob1971Eli Jones
Petticoat Junction1970TV SeriesMerlin Fergus
The Undefeated1969Little George



The Tim McCarver Show2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
E! True Hollywood Story1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Michael Landon1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Michael Landon Tribute
Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love1991Video documentaryHimself
Children's Miracle Network Telethon1990TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
Hee Haw1990TV SeriesHimself
The NFL on CBS1968-1990TV SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive Tackle / Himself - Color Commentator / Himself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive End / ...
1990 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl1990TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Super Bowl XXIII1989TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1988 AFC Championship Game1989TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
1989 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl1989TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
The NFL on NBC1975-1988TV SeriesHimself - Color Commentator / Himself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive Tackle
1987 AFC Championship Game1988TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1988 Rose Bowl1988TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
Hour Magazine1987TV SeriesHimself
1986 AFC Championship Game1987TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1987 Rose Bowl1987TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHimself
Super Bowl XX1986TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
1985 AFC Championship Game1986TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1986 Rose Bowl1986TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1984 AFC Championship Game1985TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
1985 Rose Bowl1985TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1983 AFC Championship Game1984TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1984 Rose Bowl1984TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
Super Bowl XVII1983TV MovieHimself - Announcer
Bob Hope's All-Star Super Bowl Party1983TV SpecialHimself
1982 AFC Championship Game1983TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1983 Rose Bowl1983TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
Champions of American Sport1983TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
1981 AFC Championship Game1982TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
1982 Rose Bowl1982TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Look at the Fall Season: It's Still Free and Worth It!1981TV Special
Super Bowl XV1981TV SpecialHimself - Game Analyst
1980 AFC Championship Game1981TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1981 Rose Bowl1981TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
CHiPs1980TV SeriesHimself
1979 AFC Championship Game1980TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
1980 Rose Bowl1980TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
Super Bowl XIII1979TV MovieHimself - Announcer
1978 AFC Championship Game1979TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
1979 Orange Bowl1979TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHimself - Actor
1978 Orange Bowl1978TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1976 NFC Championship Game1976TV SpecialHimself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive Tackle
NFL Monday Night Football1970-1976TV SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive Tackle / Himself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive End
1975 NFC Championship Game1976TV SpecialHimself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive Tackle
The Brian Keith Show1972TV SeriesHimself
1971 NFL Pro Bowl1971TV SpecialHimself - NFC Defensive Tackle
NFL Films Presents1967TV Series documentaryHimself

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The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute

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