"Years ago I'd audition for USA movies and wouldn't get them," Joe Lando recalls with a laugh. "I'd be like, God, I can't even get a USA movie." But after four years as sensitive Byron Sully on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Lando is philosophic about being tapped for USA's kidnapping drama ANY PLACE BUT HOME. "Their movies have just gotten better and better over the years," he says. His "Home" character has "the same goodness as Sully," but Lando does break type in the upcoming feature film, SEEDS OF DOUBT. "My character's dark, suspected of being a Jack the Ripper, but you don't know until the end if he is," he says, smirking, "or if, like O.J., he's being set up."
from Sorrisi E Canzoni TV (Italy)Written by : Alberto Anile
Title: " By great request JOE LANDO
----- A handsome figure but bruised by brawls. Two blue eyes menaced by various allergies. Several love stories but a strong passion for an old star of the cinema. And a marriage on the horizon. All the lead of " Dr. Quinn's secrets, an irresistible actor who has Italian origins. Revealed to give joy to his numerous fans. ---------
The tempest lasted one month. Mrs. Claudia and her friends from Bologna bombarded our editorial office with letters with one purpose only: to see their idol, Joe Lando, lead in the serial " Dr. Quinn "( from Monday to Saturday at 12:35 on RAIUNO ) protagonizing the unusual cowboy Byron Sully, triumphing in a magazine article. So, for Claudia and all the numerous fans' joy, here's Joe in all his rude splendour.
While Sully has English origins - but he shared wild life and wisdom with the Indians Cheyenne - Lando has a lot of our blood in his veins. His father, who was a fishing tools maker, has Italian origins while his mother is descending from a Polish family and she probably transmitted him those magnetic blue eyes. In the years of his ( dissolute ) youth, the actor's vigorous figure was put to a severe test: Joe spent some infernal years working as a waiter ( in Italian restaurants, of course ), pizza-maker and stunt-man; from time to time his impetuous nature brought him to incredible scuffles. So he gained a good collection of fractures: his nose ( 5 times ), one of his cheek-bones, his jowl, a clavicle, both his wrists and some of his fingers( 3 or 4, he can't remember ). His first chance to work in the world of spectacle, when he was a student, failed just because of a fracture; the actress Alison La Placa, who was his girlfriend in that period, was able to obtain for him a role in a school performance, but the night he had his dèbut the young Joseph Lando broke one of his feet and he was forced to renounce. We should not want to give Claudia and her friends a delusion, but, apart from his wild beauty and his good looks, Lando has almost nothing in common with the quiet Byron Sully. He's a convinced hygienist ( " dirtiness drives me mad "), he hates riding, he's allergic to a lot of things, from pollen to the hair of Cody, the dog that " performs " with him in the serial ( but he has Rosie, a Labrador, in his house in Los Angeles ). And he loves playing with children: during the time spent on set, he enjoyed spending hours with Sean, Jane Seymour's 11 years old son, teaching him how to throw the tomahawk.
What about love? In 1989 he had a relationship with Jessica Tuck, his partner in the soap opera " One Life to Live ". Then, unrepentant, while acting " Dr. Quinn ," he seduced Jane Seymour. But she preferred the director James Keach to him: there was Joe Lando, too, at wedding, but just as a guest. The most beautiful woman in the world to Joe is Lauren Bacall ( 72 years old ), but the truth is he's going to get married to Kirsten Barlow, a New Zealand teacher. Marriage seems to be imminent: cheer up, Mrs.Claudia, maybe it will be celebrated in Italy.
provided and tranlated by "Jo" of Torino, Italy.
Fans of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman's Joe Lando may soon have an SOS (Save our Sully) campaign on their hands. The actor, who plays Jane Seymour's hunky hubby, Byron Sully, on the CBS drama, says that former Dukes of Hazard star John Schneider will appear on the frontier as Sully's turncoat best friend this week. "My character is in financial trouble, so I go on a cattle drive, trying to make some money so I don't lose my house. Schneider's character is a rich man, and when I come home I find that he's paid off my mortgage, which really pisses me off because I look at it as charity. and, meanwhile, he's taken a liking to my wife, which becomes obvious to me," reveals Lando. But surely love prevails and Sully drives the varmint out of town, right? "Well, something starts to happen between Schneider's character and Dr. Quinn, because next year we start of with his character coming back right away and he becomes a semiregular," confides Lando, adding that "! I haven't had an official offer, but I've been told that I'll become a semiregular too. I'm not leaving, but I'll be there less to make room for John's character." Being demoted after five seasons would be a bitter pill to swallow for most actors, but Lando claims there are no hard feelings. "I'm more of a team player," he simply says. "I don't like playing against each other, and I don't like being fearful."
Joe Lando, Settlin' Man
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman's family bent has made a family man of Joe Lando.
After seeing star Jane Seymour and executive producer Beth Sullivan each with twins, and Seymour's makeup artist and co-stars Geoffrey Lower and Frank Collison with babies, "I figured I better get married!" he laughs.
Everything's falling into place; He has a fiance and they're planning to start building their home in Arizona next hiatus.
And he plans to stick around there to oversee it - which should alert Dr. Quinn fans that something's in the air.
It starts in this Saturday's two-hour episode, "Between Friends," when John Schneider guest stars as Daniel, Sully's close friend who suddenly arrives in town.
"He's my oldest, dearest friend and he becomes smitten with my wife, and then has to leave because he doesn't want to do the wrong thing," Lando explains. "Then he comes back (next season) and we'll be tag-teaming on the show; I'll be in less episodes; now John will be in some of them."
Sully fans should try not to be too upset. As he explains, "This past six years of my life has been working, working, working, trying to get things ready for the future, planting those seeds. And next year, I plan on reaping the benefits of all that hard work. The schedule being a little lighter will afford me a lot of time to get a real life."
He's not exaggerating. During the Dr. Quinn hiatus in 94, he appeared on Guiding Light. In 95, he did the movie-of -the week Shadows of Desire ("It was called Devil's Den and then it aired as Shadows of Desire because they want soapy kinds of titles that won't mention the devil," he chuckles. "The Bible Belt won't pick it up. I hate movie-of-the week titles. I refuse to do a one of those I Want My Baby' ones!'".
And last summer, "I had eight weeks off and worked seven of them." He was all over the map - first in Wilmington, North Carolina to film USA's March original any Place but Home in which he and wife Mary Page Keller become inadvertently entangled in a kidnapping.
"The thing I tried to do with the USA movie is I realize that a lot of the audience who watches Dr. Quinn will watch this to watch me, so I tried to take some of Sully's qualities and put them into this man. So he has that same kind of intrinsic value system. He doesn't do people wrong; he's honest."
Then he headed for something completely different in Toronto for the upcoming big-screener Seeds of Doubt, co-starring Peter Coyote.
"I play a convict who's convicted of Jack The Ripper-style murders. He's an artist, a sculptor. He has this dark side and you don't know if he's the real murderer until the very end. It's a very O.J.-esque kind of thing - everything points to the fact that this guy must have committed these murders, but you don't know for sure. There's a couple of twists."
He also squeezed in narrating Jeep Presents Ultimate Adventures: Alaska: The Untamed Wilderness, premiering on The Family Channel Monday night at 8.
And don't forget last season, during two of his days off, he sat in a makeup chair for four hours for the full alien treatment as Alien Nation: The Enemy Within guest star Rick Shaw. "That was an experience, to get the chance to dress up like that. I gained a lot of respect for them," he says of sci-fi actors. "Now I know, in the future, if I get into a situation where I have to wear a lot of appliances, I've had the experience.
"I've done comedy, movies of the week, features, all while working on Dr. Quinn" he notes. "Not just to f ill my resume with work, but I'm trying to enrich me, to make everything I do a little more effective."
And he can't quite pull himself away from it: The producers of Any Place But Home sent him another script "for my summer job ... and they said they'd make it anyplace I'd want. I discussed Phoenix with them," he relates, "so I'll have the best of both worlds."
Hello to all of you from out here on the Paramount Ranch. I hope your holidays were very happy and that you're all managing to keep warm this winter.
I'd also like to thank all the people involved in the great birthday present I received of the boxer shorts. They were signed by people all over the world. It was a wonderful surprise and I very much appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Thanks for all your good wishes.
Written by Elisabetta Sala
Joe Lando, the most handsome cowboy on TV.
THE GENTLEMAN OF THE WEST.
At the age of 18 he decided to become an actor and his dream was the role of a cowboy. Now, after " Guiding Light" and "One life to Live," he's the lead of one of the most loved serials.
Handsome with a soul. He's Byron Sully, the sturdy, thoughtful and sweetest lead of the TV series "Dr. Quinn," who, after giving Joe Lando the title of the sexiest TV personage in the U.S.A. ( before him, that recognition had been given to Tom Selleck and Richard Dean Anderson ), is making so many Italian women to lose their heads, too.
When he was very young,the actor, born in Illinois 35 years ago in a rather modest family, decided to leave his parents to move to Los Angeles, where he attended a dramatic school for some years. At the same time he worked as a chef in some restaurants in order to earn his living (he had learned cooking by his paternal grandfather ): it was just in a restaurant that he was noticed by one of director Lawrence Kasdan's friends. He was signed on at once to teach Kevin Kline getting pizza in the movie "I Love you to Death," and he was given a little role, too. But just like to many other actors, he had popularity thanks to soap operas: Lando had a little role in "Guiding Light" and then he played Jake Harrison for two years in " One life to Live ". "But in 1992, when it was time to renew my contract, even if I had no other job, I decided to change, to experiment in something different."
Who knows why his wish was above all to have a role as a cowboy. No sooner said than done: when Beth Sullivan (who created the series "Dr. Quinn") saw him she found he was perfect. His harmony with Jane Seymour, lead in the series, made the rest and " Dr. Quinn- Medicine Woman" (this is the entire title of the serial) landed with a great outcome to the prime evening: now this volitive lady-doctor and her mild and open-minded partner's stories are interesting televiewers from several countries: " The personage of Sully is similar to me just in a few features; he is more and more sensitive and " spiritual " than I," the actor says. By the way, there will be that so longed-for marriage between him and the doctor ( but we'll be able to see it within a few years )*. About Lando, bad news is coming for his fans: next March the actor will get married to Kirsten Barlow, the New Zealand teacher he's been engaged to for 5 years.
provided and tranlated by "Jo" of Torino, Italy.
DR. QUINN STAR LANDO TAKES ON ALIEN ROLE
NEW YORK--Look for a special guest star when the popular "Alien Nation" saga continues on Fox Nov. 12. In the new 2hr. made-for-TV movie entitled "Alien Nation: The Enemy Within," Joe Lando plays alien newcomer Rick Shaw, whose attraction to a co-worker coincides with her suspicions that her husband is losing interest in her.
"I liked the concept," says Lando, who taped his segment while also filming his scenes as Byron Sully on the Saturday night CBS series, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." "When they offered me this, I thought "How many times in my career will I ever be able to play something like this? This is yet another thing I hadn't done. I looked at it as another experience."
For the role, the actor endured hours of having makeup applied to transform him into the alien Shaw. "There's no hair. There's no body. There's nothing but the center of my face, my eyes and my voice," says Lando, who had his hair flattened and pieces pre-fitted to his face and head. "Basically it's what the shape of my head would be if I had a shaved head, just a little larger."
"I have a lot of respect for the guys who do this day in and day out or did it for the series," he adds. "Because it's not easy. It's long and sometimes it's a little painful. And it can get to you after a while. You can feel kind of claustrophobic having this on your head." The disguise, in fact, nearly fooled two of the actor's visitors on the Alien Nation set. "My fiancee (Lando recently became engaged) and my sister came to the set and they were walking around looking for me," the actor recalls. "There were quite a few of us skinheads there milling around between set ups and they said they would never have recognized me other than they saw me walking away. I have this bowlegged original way of walking."
And back on the set of "Dr. Quinn," Lando is excited because "We celebrated our 100th episode back before the summer break," he says, "and it was quite a big deal here."
by Nancy M. Reichardt
Dr, Quinn's Mountain Man Proposes on Bended Knee
Rugged mountain man Joe Lando of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is getting ready to tie the knot with longtime girlfriend Kirsten Barlow. The 34-year-old, blue-eyed actor -- who once romanced co-star Jane Seymour -- turned his back on bachelorhood when he got down on one knee and proposed to Kirsten, his love since the days before he hit it big.
"Joe's heart has always belonged to Kirsten," says a friend. "On a recent weekend, Joe rented a luxury yacht and invited all their friends for a fully catered party," adds the pal. "The 40 guests sipped Dom Perignon champagne and feasted on lobster and other seafood. Suddenly, in front of everyone, Joe got down on one knee and surprised Kirsten with a proposal and a 4 1/2 carat ring. It was so romantic. You could have knocked Kirsten over with a feather when Joe popped the question - she was absolutely stunned," adds the pal. "It was her dream come true."
Kirsten, 26, a natural beauty with honey hair, green eyes and a gorgeous body, was a high-school senior when she met Joe, her first love. "About eight years ago, while he was still a struggling actor, Joe worked as a cook in a Pacific Palisades pizza parlor," says the friend.
"Kirsten was the cashier at the same restaurant. They fell in love and started dating, but it was years before Joe realized he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. "He dragged his feet when it came to making a serious commitment. He had a lot of growing up to do," adds the friend.
In the meantime, Joe - who also starred on One Life to Live and Guiding Light - dated other women, including Dr. Quinn co-star Jane Seymour. Sparks flew between the two during the filming of the pilot, but Jane eventually dumped Joe when she met current hubby James Keach.
"Joe changed his tune when he saw how happy Jane was with James" another source adds. "He realized he was missing out - Jane's romantic views on marriage finally rubbed off on him."
No one was more surprised by Joe's engagement than ex-flame Jane. "Jane's really happy for Kirsten," the friend tells STAR. "Joe and Jane have finally put the tension of their failed affair behind them and become friends. And since Kirsten's on the set all the time, she and Joe have become very tight with Jane and her husband."
Jane says, "We get together socially from time to time. He's very happy in his relationship and I am too."
The heartthrob and his new fiancee plan a wedding in Arizona next March.
by Janet Charlton
Darting along Queen Street W. in search of a cold beer, Joe Lando's lusty TV lover to Jane Seymour's staid Dr. Quinn, is playing hooky.But since he's shooting two films this summer, one in Toronto, with barely a day off before returning to the Santa Monica mountains to start the fall season of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Lando's craving for a quick, cool draft on a humid afternoon is understandable.
"You could say I'm making hay while the sun shines," he says, smiling at his own cliche.
On the Toronto set of Seeds of Doubt,a whodunnit caper that casts the actor as a convicted killer - a stark contrast to his honorable Byron Sully on Dr. Quinn - Lando isn't here to make cliches, but to break 'em.
"I could continue being a Michael Landon Little House on the Prairie kinda guy and play it safe," he says. "But," he leans in closer, "I've never played it safe."
Born and bred in a Chicago suburb, Lando spliced together Super 8 action flicks as a kid and busted most of his bones as a Harley-riding teen, all the while dreaming about becoming an actor.
"Where I come from, you don't tell people you want to grow up to be an actor," smiles the ruggedly handsome 34-year old, a product of a close, no-nonsense, hard-working family. "Nobody would buy it." My mom was a homemaker and my dad owned a fishing tackle company. They said to me: "You'd better do something serious, you better get a real job."
Venturing out to L.A. alone at 18, he did - slinging pizzas and searing tuna at a Hollywood hotspot where Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson "would come in after hours and play poker all night," he recalls. Feeding actors while studying to be one, he says, "was a way to express myself artistically in front of people."
Actually getting in front of the camera, though, was a triumph over the actor's "painful" shyness. "Sometimes people misunderstand it to be something else - arrogance, maybe," he says of the quiet, protective moods he can escape to on set. "I just get nervous around groups of people. But if you're acting, it's not really you. You just click that off and make the switch."
He clicked off the shyness and turned on enough viewers to gain heartthrob, bad boy popularity on the soap One Life to Live. He left after two years to vault to prime time stardom as the swarthy, spiritual Sully, dubbed by People magazine as one of 1993's 50 Most Beautiful People.
Lando shrugs at the title, preferring to emphasize brains over brawn and beauty. "I've been playing Sully for so long he's rubbed off on me," explains Lando who's calmer, more serene than in years past. "His spirituality is something I never had before. I started off as a Catholic forced to go to church every Sunday, then became a guy who didn't believe in God whatsoever, to agnostic, to finally thinking ... there is something much bigger out there than all of us. It's egotistical to think I'm just going through life with no greater purpose than to make money and make movies."
That lesson was hard-learned the first season of Dr. Quinn, when instant fame brought Lando loneliness. "In acting class they teach you how to get there ... but once you're there, nobody tells you what to do then," he says. "That's when you see so many people get lost. For a good year I was screwed up, but privately."
Lando keeps his buckskinned feet on the ground now by chumming with the same buddies he skinned his knees with as a kid ("my stockbroker is my friend from Grade 5" he says, and hiking with his favorite girl - his pet border collie, Billie (named after Billie Holiday). "I'm basically a homebody," he says.
Keeping his private life exactly that, he plans to have a family when the time is right. Until then, he's no Charlie Sheen, "I'm not into the love child thing," he shakes his head. "Nor would I go scattering my seed across the country."
There are still too many movies to make, risks to take before settling down. A recent appearance on the John Larroquette Show gave Lando his first taste of a live TV audience. "It was like losing your virginity - Boom! Now I'll never be frightened of that again."
And an upcoming spot on the scifi series Alien Nation, for which he underwent a four-hour prosthetics'n'glue session for his face was "a real test of my patience. All you'll see are my eyes."
But like his favorite actor, Steve McQueen, who shares Lando's penetrating blue gaze - that's all he needs.
McQueen looked like a pretty boy, but he had a lot going on in his eyes," says Lando. "He always looked like he had a secret. In The Great Escape, they just couldn't break his spirit. That's how I feel a lot in life."
Joe Lando (Byron Sully)
The son of a Chicago fishing tackle manufacturer father and a homemaker mother, Lando headed for Hollywood following his high school graduation. After a decade with more gigs as a waiter and bartender than as an actor, he got his break playing Jake Harrison in the daytime drama One Life To Live, which he parlayed into roles in the pilot for Homicide, the series, Pros and Cons and Nightingales and the MOW Shadows of Desire. When CBS offered him a choice between three pilot scripts, Lando opted for Medicine Woman because, as he says "I got to be a cowboy."
"Sully is basically my age, my real age, in his 30's, and he's seen a lot of life and at this point he's been through basically all of it," says Lando, 35. "He's seen a lot of pain and experienced it and he's also experienced the joy, and that's what keeps him going."
Lando says he's nowhere near as patient and understanding as his character. "That's not the easiest thing. He just kind of sits back and lets things take their course," remarks Lando, who occasionally lobbies for some character action. He also can be known to grab a horse from the herd and take off on a trail ride by himself between takes.
"By knowing Sully and being Sully, I've become a more spiritual person," he says. "I'm trying to be like Sully, you know, just sit back and look at the big picture and go, "What's this all about?" It's not about "Dr. Quinn,," it's not all about this job, it's all about 'Are you happy where you work? Are you happy with yourself when you go home?' and I am, thankfully."
Joe Lando Introduces His Girlfriend
The first photo! TV Star Joe Lando brought along his girlfriend Kirsten, who he kept secret for eight years to the presentation of the Silver Otto in Beverly Hills.
"Wow! The second for Sully! I'm very proud that the BRAVO readers have voted for me again because this award really fits me and it shows that they've become fond of Dr. Quinn says a happy Joe Lando when he was presented the Silver Otto Award in Beverly Hills, after already having received the Bronze Otto the year before.
Sharing his joy is a beautiful blonde who is kissed by Joe spontaneously - Kirsten! The 34-year old actor allowed BRAVO to take the first public photo of them together. The two have known each other for eight years now but only a year ago they moved in together in Joe's house at Mulholland Drive, between Hollywood and Studio City. Joe: "Originally I started as a cook. I met Kirsten when she was the manager of a restaruant where I was working as a chef. Her original profession is teaching but as that's an underpaid job she's now running her own cafe."
While Joe is telling all this, his 4 month old black Border Collie dog Billie is jumping around. "I thought I had no luck with dogs. Rosie, who I had before, took a very bad fall and died. Billie has suffered from a disease called Parvo which in most cases is fatal for puppies. But fortunately we managed to bring her through."
In April Joe had finished shooting the 100th episode of Dr. Quinn (while season 4 will be starting in Germany in the fall). Joe: "When we're shooting, I get up at 4:30 a.m., shower, get some coffee and take the dog out for a walk. Then I get into my black truck and hurry. I have to be at the set at 6:00 a.m. We're shooting all day long, normally till sundown about 8 p.m." When Joe gets home he doesn't have much spare time left. "I have supper with Kirsten and listen to some music. That's the way my life goes, 5 days a week, 10 months a year. During summer break I'll do a movie which I personally organized the funding for. It's called Redemption and it's about two people with totally different backgrounds who are looking for a new way of life. And if there are any free days left, I'll rent a RV and take Kirsten and Billie to to hike in the mountains."
Translated by Susanne Dippel
Millions of fans across the world followed Sully's romance with Dr. Quinn in the hugely popular TV series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, but it's not generally known that in real life, actor Joe Lando who plays Sully, was smitten with the star of the show, Jane Seymour.
As their on-screen romance in the rugged setting of the Wild West blossomed and flourished into marriage, and the beginning of a family, few suspected that Joe would have liked it all to be coming true off screen, as he admits:
"I'd always liked Jane Seymour as an actress but when we met to begin filming in the autumn of 1992, I fell madly in love with her. Sadly, Jane didn't feel the same way about me, and another thing was that just about that time James Keach (her present husband) appeared in her life and stole her away from me. It didn't go beyond platonic love. We're good friends now."
So you would have liked to have been the father of her children in real life?
"If only it could have worked out like that! I just die with envy whenever I see Jane with her twins in her arms. I love children and I can see myself with a big family in the future - something she's already achieved."
Thanks to Dr. Quinn, Joe Lando's rugged yet tender looks are admired all over the world these days, but getting a foot on the ladder to success wasn't that easy. At 18, Joe left his native Chicago and went to Los Angeles, where he earned his living as a cook, working mainly for companies catering on film locations. That's where he first came into contact with his real vocation acting.
Joe, are you a good cook?
"My specialty is Italian cooking, but for seven years I cooked all different kinds of food. The fact is that when people are filming, they want speed more than quality - there were times when we had to feed 700 people on the set in a single day. But the cooking wasn't as important to me as watching everything that went on around me. As soon as the meals were over, I'd slip off to watch the run-throughs, the filming. I was interested in it all, from the director's comments to the work the technicians did."
That consuming interest drove him to take acting classes, fitting them round his job in a restaurant six nights a week.
"It was exhausting, because I hardly had time to sleep between the classes and my job. Of course I stopped going out with my friends or doing any of those things you do at twenty-something."
But you got your reward?
That's right. It took me three years to get a part in a soap opera, which was the first thing I did. I got it after going to about a million castings, because I didn't know anyone in the world of entertainment who could lend me a hand. I went to New York with that first job to do some scenes and ended up staying there for two years."
And you did you get the part of Sully in Dr. Quinn?
"In fact it was the producers who suggested it to me. We did a test, they gave me the part, and we've already made four series."
Has fame changed you at all?
"I've had to fight a lot and I'm proud of having got where I am without any kind of help. I've done it all on my own through hard work and trying. Being famous hasn't affected me as a person at all. My friends all say I'm the same as I ever was."
Now he lives with his dog Rosie and parrot Bob. He loves fast cars and goes to see his New Zealand girlfriend - who's a jealously guarded secret - whenever he can.
"I don't like to talk about my private life. I prefer to be known for my work and not to use my fame for anything else - I don't promote anything and I don't talk about politics. I only use my fame to help in campaigns on behalf of children with AIDS."
TV's hottest hunk, he is, by all accounts - including his own - a shy guy who is close to family, has a steady girlfriend and lives alone in a leased two-bedroom house in LA that he shares with his pet labrador, Rosie - his frequent companion on the Dr. Quinn set. Playful and good-natured ("childlike" says Seymour, meaning it as a compliment). Lando helped Seymour's 9 year old son, Sean, celebrate a birthday on the set by showing him and his friends how to throw a tomahawk. "Joe can play tough and at the same time be sensitive" says Beth Sullivan, Dr. Quinn's creator. "That's a rare combination."
That may explain why he has had women in his corner all his life, beginning with his sister Kathy, 10 years his senior. During her decade as any only child, Kathy says she begged her parents - Joseph Lando,a Chicago fishing-tackle manufacturer; and his wife, Virginia for a sibling. When Joe came along, Kathy says, "he was my baby".
As a teenager growing up in the Chicago suburbs of Park Ridge and Long Grove, Ill., Lando met another important woman in his life, future John Larroquette Show star Alison LaPlaca. When they began dating, LaPlaca, then a senior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, inspired Lando, a sophomore, to try out for a part in the school production of L'il Abner. He got a role, but just before opening night he broke his foot and never went on.
Undeterred, he headed for California after graduating from high school in 1980 - with encouragement from Kathy, now 43, a daycare provider and mother of four. Lando didn't tell his family all the details about the lean decade that followed during which he supported himself much of the time as a waiter and bartender.
After a few bit parts and commercials, his break came in 1989, when he won the role of bad boy Jake Harrison on One Life to Live - a plum that was not, at first, without drawbacks. Relations between Lando and his leading lady, Jessica Tuck who played Jake's wife, Megan, were, to put it mildly, strained. "We couldn't stand each other," Lando says. Tuck, 32, concurs. "Neither of us liked to lose an argument or be wrong," she says. "It was so absurd". Finally a castmate arranged for them to have drinks after work one day, "and things started mellowing out," says Lando. "We got so close, it was great". Those early scratch marks having healed, the two still keep in touch.
When Lando left One Life in 1991 and moved back to LA, CBS asked him to choose one of three pilot scripts. He picked Dr. Quinn because, he says, "I got to be a cowboy". But not a lonesome cowboy. Three years ago, while filming Dr. Quinn's pilot episode in Agoura Hills, California, Seymour - then recently separated from her third husband, real estate businessman David Flynn - fell for Lando and he for her. After a few week she left to make a TV movie in Arizona directed by James Keach while Lando toured the southwest to research his role as Sully. "By the time I got back," Lando says "she was in love with James and the rest is history." Keach, 47, and Seymour married in 1993.
No hard feelings, insists Lando, who was a guest at the wedding. Says Seymour, "we get together socially from time to time. He's very happy in his relationship, and I am too." Lando's contentment is evident as he flips through a photo album showing pictures of him with a former grammar school teacher from New Zealand he has been dating on and off for the past five years. Zealously guarding their privacy, he won't name her.
When they venture out, he says, fans rarely recognize him without Sully's trademark buckskins - and that's fine with him. "I walk down the street with my sunglasses on, and a baseball cap," he says with a grin. "I have my job, and then I have my real life."
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