Who is Joe Lando?
Joe Lando is an American actor, perhaps best known for his role as Byron Sully in the television series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”, which aired from 1993 to 1998, and as Jake Harrison in “Higher Ground” (2000-2001), among other notable roles, he’s had in his career.
What is Joe Lando Doing Today?
Joe Lando has continued to build his legacy in soap opera, and since 2018, has been a recurring guest star as Judge Craig McMullen, in the long-running “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Joe Lando Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Joseph John Lando was born on 9 December 1961, in Prairie View, Illinois, USA of mixed heritage, with Italian, Russian and Polish ancestry. Joseph is the son of Virgina and Joseph Lando, and has a sister named Kathy, who is 10 years older than him. For his education, Lando attended Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois.
Joe Lando made his film debut in 1986, with a minor role as a Shore Patrolman in “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”, starring William Shatner, DeForest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy, directed by the latter, and others who made-up the original crew of the starship USS Enterprise.
After his film debut, Joe continued to work on various projects and took on minor roles throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, gradually building his acting portfolio. In 1989, he appeared as a Repairman in an episode of the TV series “Nightingales”, following which in 1990, he played One of Gabriel’s Thugs in an episode of “Beauty and the Beast” entitled “Beggar’s Comet”. The same year, he played the Pizza Guy in the film “I Love You to Death”, as well as serving as a technical advisor.
One of Joe Lando’s notable roles came in 1990 when he portrayed Jake Harrison in the soap opera “One Life to Live”, half of the iconic couple “Jake & Megan” in the show. Though he appeared in three episodes, it was enough for him to make a mark.
Success as Byron Sully
Lando’s hard work and dedication to his craft paid off when he was selected for the role of Byron Sully in the television series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”. The series premiered in 1993 and ran for six seasons until 1998. In this heartwarming family drama set in the post-Civil War era, Joe Lando co-starred alongside the talented Jane Seymour, who played the lead character, Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn. As Byron Sully, Joe Lando portrayed a rugged and compassionate mountain man with a deep love for nature and Native American culture, living in close harmony with the wilderness, becoming a trusted ally and friend to Dr. Quinn. The chemistry between Joe Lando and Jane Seymour was a central aspect of the show’s success, capturing the hearts of viewers worldwide.
The plot of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” revolves around Dr. Michaela Quinn, a strong-willed and independent physician who moves from Boston to the Colorado frontier town of Colorado Springs. Initially facing skepticism and adversity due to her gender, Dr. Quinn proves her medical skills and slowly earns the respect of the town’s residents. As the story unfolds, Dr. Quinn develops a close friendship with Byron Sully, and their relationship gradually evolves into a romance.
Concurrently, in 1994, Joe played Sonny Snow in the TV movie “Shadows of Desire”. The film explores the complexities of desire and its consequences in a dramatic narrative.
In 1996, Lando took on the role of Rick Shaw in the TV movie “Alien Nation: The Enemy Within”, a fiction film part of the “Alien Nation” franchise, which delved into the integration of aliens, Newcomers, into human society.
In 1997, he reprised his beloved character, Byron Sully, in the TV movie “California”. a spin-ff from “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”, following Byron Sully’s journey as he leaves Colorado Springs to search for gold in California.
In 1998, he appeared as Patrick in the TV movie “Blindness”, a compelling drama centered around themes of loss, redemption and human resilience.
In 1999, Joe Lando returned once again as Byron Sully in the TV movie “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie” (also known as “Revolutions”). The film continued the story of the original series, reuniting viewers with the characters they’d come to love.
In 2000, Lando starred as Peter Scarbrow, and served as the Executive Producer in the TV series “Higher Ground”. The show revolved around troubled teens at a wilderness therapy school, exploring their struggles and personal growth.
In 2001, he once more portrayed Byron Sully in the TV movie “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within”, further continuing the narrative, offering fans a deeper insight into the lives of their favorite characters.
In the second half of the 2000s and early 2010s, Joe Lando’s career slowed down, but he still made notable guest appearances, and took on roles in various projects. In 2004, he appeared as Tyler ‘Driftwood Guy’ James Obergon in an episode of the TV series “Summerland”. The show follows a group of young people who come together to create a new family after their parents’ deaths.
From 2005 to 2006, Lando played Pete Ritter in seven episodes of the TV series “Wildfire”, which focuses on a young woman with a troubled past who finds redemption through her connection with a horse named Wildfire.
In 2010, he appeared in the TV movie “Meteor Apocalypse” as David DeMatti, a film centered around a massive meteor shower that brings about disastrous consequences for Earth. The same year, Lando guest-starred as Lieutenant Commander Rob Clarke in an episode of “NCIS”, the popular crime procedural series following the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Also in 2010, he starred as Cal Johnson in the short film “Spotlight”, exploring the dynamics between a group of friends during a tense reunion.
In 2011, he reunited with his Dr. Quinn co-star Jane Seymour in the Hallmark movie “Perfectly Prudence”, portraying Jack Jameson.
In 2012, Lando appeared in the TV series “The Secret Circle” as John Blackwell in eight episodes. The show follows a young woman who discovers her witch heritage and becomes part of a secret coven. In the same year, he starred as Elliot in the Lifetime movie “Layover” (also released on DVD as “Abducted”). The film tells the story of a woman who finds herself trapped in a dangerous situation during a layover.
In 2014, he played Detective Ray Harris in two episodes of the TV series “Hit the Floor”, which revolves around the world of professional basketball cheerleaders, and the drama that unfolds behind the scenes.
Additionally in 2014, he starred as Will Brooks in the film “Born Wild”, formerly known as Thriftstore Cowboy. This project reunited him with a Dr. Quinn, castmate, William Shockley.
To speak further of his accomplishments, Lando appeared as Sheriff Jones in the film “Freshwater” in 2016, while in 2017, he played Special Agent John Samson in the film “Sniper: Ultimate Kill”, part of the “Sniper” film series, ollowing a skilled sniper and his partner on a mission to take down a drug cartel in Colombia.
In 2022, Lando starred as Hank Maris in the film “A Christmas Spark”. Notably, this project reunited him once again with his Dr. Quinn co-star, Jane Seymour.
According to authoritative sources, as of mid-2023 Joe Lando’s net worth is estimated at over $3 million.
Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children
Joe Lando has been married to Kirsten Barlow since 1997, and the couple has four children, Jack Neville, Christian Antonio, Kate Elizabeth and William Joseph Lando.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Joe Lando has light brown hair and brown eyes. He stands at the height of 5ft 11ins (1.8m), weighs approximately 170lbs (76kgs), with vital statistics of 43-34-15.