Joe Lando Biography

Joe Lando is an American actor, best known for portraying ‘Byron Sully’ in the series ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.’ Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, personal life, career, and achievements.

Joe Lando
Quick Facts

Birthday: December 9, 1961

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors T V & Movie Producers

Age: 57 Years, 57 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Also Known As: Joseph John Lando

Born in: Prairie View, Illinois

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Kirsten Barlow (m. 1997)

father: Joe Lando

mother: Virgina Lando

children: Christian Antonio Lando, Jack Neville Lando, Kate Elizabeth Lando, William Joseph Lando

U.S. State: Illinois

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Joseph John Lando is an American actor, best known for portraying ‘Byron Sully’ in the American western TV drama series ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.’ He made his acting debut with the bit role of a patrolman in the American science-fiction film ‘Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.’ He drew the attention of casting directors with his portrayal of ‘Jake Harrison’ in the American soap opera ‘One Life to Live.’ This paved his way to the role of a rugged outdoorsman, ‘Byron Sully,’ who was also the love interest of ‘Michaela Quinn’ (played by Jane Seymour), in the Western drama series ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.’ He later reprised the role in the spin-off series, ‘California’; in the movies ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie’ and ‘Dr. Quinn: The Heart Within’; and in the short parody ‘Dr. Quinn, Morphine Woman.’ He also appeared in series such as ‘Guiding Light’, ‘Summerland,’ ‘The Secret Circle,’ and ‘Higher Ground,’ also serving as an executive producer in the last one. Over the years, Lando has also been featured in TV films such as ‘Killer Flood: The Day the Dam Broke’ and ‘Alien Nation: The Enemy Within’ and in many big-screen flicks, such as ‘Shadows of Desire,’ ‘Seeds of Doubt,’ ‘No Code of Conduct,’ and ‘Meteor Apocalypse.’

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Joe Lando
Childhood & Early Life
  • Joseph John Lando was born on December 9, 1961, in Prairie View, Illinois, US, to Joe and Virgina Lando. He is of Italian, Russian, and Polish descent. He has an elder sister named Kathy.
  • He studied at the ‘Stevenson High School’ in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Lando developed an interest in acting after his high-school girlfriend, Alison LaPlaca, who later became a TV star, suggested that he audition for the school musical ‘Li'l Abner.’ He was included in the cast, much to his surprise. However, as fate would have it, he broke his foot before the opening night of the musical and thus could not perform.
  • Lando then resolved to take up acting as a career. After completing his high-school graduation in 1980, he relocated to Los Angeles. California. He studied acting and paid for his acting lessons by working as a chef at a Hollywood restaurant.
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Career
  • Lando’s debut role was that of a shore patrolman in the 1986-released blockbuster hit American science-fiction film ‘Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.’ He continued appearing in bit roles in the series ‘Nightingales’ (1989) and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (1990) and in the black comedy film ‘I Love You to Death’ (1990).
  • He got noticed by casting directors after his portrayal of ‘Jake Harrison,’ one half of the iconic couple ‘Jake & Megan,’ in the ‘ABC’-aired soap opera ‘One Life to Live,’ from 1990 to 1992. This helped him earn the most recognizable role of his career, a rugged outdoorsman named ‘Byron Sully,’ in the Western drama series ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.’ His character was featured in 143 episodes of the series, from 1993 to 1998, as the love interest of ‘Michaela Quinn,’ played by Jane Seymour. In 1993, he found a place on ‘People’s list of the ‘50 Most Beautiful People in the World.’
  • Following this, he reprised the role of ‘Sully’ in the spin-off series of ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,’ titled ‘California’ (1997); in the movies ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie’ (1999) and ‘Dr. Quinn: The Heart Within’ (2001); and in the short parody ‘Dr. Quinn, Morphine Woman’ (2014). The last film, produced by ‘Funny or Die,’ saw Lando reuniting with Jane Seymour and many other ‘Dr. Quinn’ cast members.
  • Meanwhile, he was featured in several other productions, such as the TV series ‘Guiding Light’ (1993) and ‘JAG’ (1998), the TV films ‘Shadows of Desire’ (1994) and ‘Alien Nation: The Enemy Within’ (1996), and the feature films ‘Seeds of Doubt’ (1996) and ‘No Code of Conduct’ (1998).
  • He starred as ‘Peter Scarbrow’ in the American–Canadian drama series ‘Higher Ground,’ created by Michael Braverman and Matthew Hastings. He also worked as an executive producer for the series. The series originally aired on the ‘Fox Family’ network for a season, from January 14, 2000, to June 16, 2000. Lando also appeared in the TV films ‘Bloodsuckers’ (2005) and ‘Engaged to Kill’ (2006), directed by Hastings.
  • The 2003 American made-for-TV disaster film ‘Killer Flood: The Day the Dam Broke’ featured him in the starring role of ‘David Arthur Powell’ along with actors Michele Greene and Bruce Boxleitner. The following year, he appeared in a small role, along with Lori Loughlin, in a single episode of the American TV drama series ‘Summerland.’
  • He appeared in seven episodes of the series ‘Wildfire’ (2005), eight episodes of the supernatural teen drama series ‘The Secret Circle’ (2012), and two episodes of the sports drama series ‘Hit the Floor’ (2014). He also appeared in a TV movie for ‘PixL,’ titled ‘Casa Vita’ (2016).
  • Some of his recent roles have been those of ‘David Dematti’ in the 2010-released American science-fiction film ‘Meteor Apocalypse’ and ‘Special Agent John Samson’ in the 2017 direct-to-video action film ‘Sniper: Ultimate Kill.’
  • He wrote the 2016 short film ‘Spotlight 2.’
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Family & Personal Life
  • He married Kirsten Barlow on May 24, 1997, at the ‘Phoenician Resort’ in Scottsdale, Arizona. Together, they have four children: Jack Neville Lando, born on June 3, 1998, Christian Antonio Lando, born on July 7, 2001, Kate Elizabeth Lando, born on April 3, 2003, and William Joseph Lando, born on July 20, 2007.
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