With his long locks and accessible sexuality, Joe Lando gained TV stardom
playing the mysterious mountain man Byron Sully on the CBS series "Dr.
Quinn, Medicine Woman" (1993-98.) In the process, he also won the
heart of the good doctor, portrayed by Jane Seymour.
It was a long haul from the suburbs of Chicago, though, and was filled
with almost a decade of working as a "chef" while studying acting
and making rounds. Lando first became interested in acting when his high
school girlfriend (future TV star Alison LaPlaca) suggested he audition
for the school musical, "Li'l Abner". To his surprise, he was
cast, but he broke his foot just before opening night and never did perform
for an audience. Nevertheless, Lando had decided to pursue acting and
after graduating high school in 1980 moved to L.A. It was tough going,
though, and it took nearly five tears (during which he studied acting)
before he landed his first big screen role, a bit as a shore patrolman
in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986). That same year, he
got his first part, albeit a small one as a hood, in the busted ABC pilot
"Pros and Cons". Steady work did not come until 1989 when he
was cast as mysterious, hunky Jake Harrison on the ABC soap opera "One
Life to Live". During that period, his background as a cook helped
him land a role in Lawrence Kasdan's big screen black comedy "I Love
You to Death" (1990). He also served as a technical advisor, teaching
stars Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline and River Phoenix how to fling pizza
dough. After he left his soap role, he made a guest appearance in the
1992 pilot of "Homicide: Life on the Streets" (NBC).
Returning to L.A., Lando found himself in the enviable position of having
three pilots offered to him by CBS. He opted for "Dr. Quinn, Medicine
Woman", because (as he would later say), "I got to play a cowboy".
The chemistry between the two leads in the series was essential to the
show's success and the sparks between Lando and Seymour seemed to fly
from the outset. (The pair reportedly dated briefly.) The network cashed
in on the series success by having Lando make a limited run summer appearance
on the daytime drama "Guiding Light" in 1994. His small screen
profile increased as well with his casting as one of two brothers lusting
after Nicolette Sheridan in the TV movie "Shadow of Desire"
(CBS, 1994). Subsequently, he had roles in "Alien Nation: The Enemy
Within" (Fox, 1996) and "Any Place But Home" (USA Network,
1997). Also in 1996, Lando began narrating "Jeep Presents Ultimate
Adventures", a series of light documentaries focusing on the outdoors
and active lifestyles that aired on The Family Channel.
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