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James Olson died peacefully at his home in Malibu, California on Sunday, April 17 at age 91. He played the minister in "The Faith Healers" on Little House.

Born in Evanston, IL, Olson was a graduate of Evanston Township High School and Northwestern University. From the mid-1950s until his retirement in 1990, Olson had a distinguished career as an actor on stage, film, and television. Beginning his career as a child actor recording radio jingles in Chicago, Olson started working in theater while still an undergraduate at Northwestern. After serving in the U.S. army, Olson moved to New York to study in Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio. He subsequently starred in several Broadway productions in the 1950s and 1960s including J.B. (1958), Romulus (1962), The Three Sisters (1964), and Of Love and Remembrance (1967). He also appeared in numerous touring productions throughout North America.

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Born in Evanston, IL, Olson was a graduate of Evanston Township High School and Northwestern University. From the mid-1950s until his retirement in 1990, Olson had a distinguished career as an actor on stage, film, and television.

Beginning his career as a child actor recording radio jingles in Chicago, Olson started working in theater while still an undergraduate at Northwestern. After serving in the U.S. army, Olson moved to New York to study in Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio. He subsequently starred in several Broadway productions in the 1950s and 1960s including J.B. (1958), Romulus (1962), The Three Sisters (1964), and Of Love and Remembrance (1967). He also appeared in numerous touring productions throughout North America.

While theater was always his first love, Olson became a familiar face in film and television, appearing in over 90 productions. His film credits include The Sharkfighters (1956), The Strange One (1957), The Three Sisters (1966, reprising his role from the Broadway production), Moon Zero Two (1969), Wild Rovers (1971), The Mafu Cage (1978), Amityville II: The Possession (1982), Commando (1985), and Rachel River (1987).

He co-starred with Joanne Woodward in the 1968 academy award nominated best picture, Rachel, Rachel, and had memorable starring roles in The Andromeda Strain (1971) and Ragtime (1981). From the late 1950s through the 1980s, Olson was a recognizable guest star on numerous television shows, including Kraft Television Theatre, Playhouse 90, Route 66, Ironside, Mannix, Lancer, Hawaii Five-O, The F.B.I., McCloud, Columbo, McMillan and Wife, Bonanza, Maude, The Streets of San Francisco, Battlestar Galactica, Little House on the Prairie, and Murder, She Wrote. He also co-starred in numerous TV movies including The Missiles of October (1974), Someone I Touched (1975), The Spell (1977), The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer (1977), and The Silent Lovers (1980). After his retirement, he remained an avid follower of film and theater, regularly traveling to London and New York to see productions. He enjoyed sharing reflections on his acting career with his family.


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