One of the biggest claims is that acting talent is a skill that has to be born, maybe even inherited, and is extremely difficult to learn. What, then, is there to say about Jonathan Gilbert, an adopted son and sibling in a family of great Hollywood actors, who also became a child actor?
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Early life and education
Jonathan Ross Gilbert was born on April 28, 1967 in Los Angeles, California, USA. There is no information about his biological parents, so his parentage remains unknown. He was adopted by his surrogate parents, Hollywood actors Paul Gilbert and Barbara Crane.
He has an older sister, Melissa Gilbert, and a younger half-sister, Sara Gilbert. His adopted grandfather was Harry Crane, a famous American comedy writer.
When he was a child, his adoptive parents divorced, and when he was nine he lost his father, Paul Gilbert. According to Melissa Gilbert’s autobiography entitled “Prairie Tale,” his father not only died, but committed suicide after a lifelong battle with depression and chronic pain. Some time later, Barbara Crane married Harold Abeles. They had a daughter, Sara, who, surprisingly, later took Gilbert as a surname, despite not being related by blood to Paul, who even died several years before she was born.
It has not been disclosed where Jonathan attended high school, but Melissa’s autobiography reveals that he moved to New York in his early twenties and spent a long time away from his family because of his education. He graduated from Hamilton College in New York City with a Bachelor of Arts degree, then earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance after graduating from Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, also based in New York.
Jonathan made his acting debut when he was just seven years old. He appeared in the critically acclaimed 1974 NBC drama television series “Little House on the Prairie”, playing the role of Willie Oleson.
His co-stars included big names such as Michael Landon, Katherine MacGregor, Kevin Hagen, Richard Bull, Dabbs Greer and even his adoptive sister, Melissa Gilbert. Audiences were so taken aback by his acting skills that they decided to keep him on the show for almost 10 years, until 1983. This created a large fan base and brought him to the limelight from a very young age. In later years, he appeared in the television films based on “Little House on the Prairie”, including “Little House and Miracle Worker” in 1979, “Little House: Looking Back to Yesterday” (1983) and “Little House: The Last Farewell” (1984), still the character of Willie Oleson all along, however, after the series ended, he never returned to acting.
He was also briefly seen in Paul Aaron’s TV movie “The Miracle Worker” about the hard life of Hellen Keller, the deaf, blind, and mute author and teacher, and her teacher Annie Sullivan, in which Jonathan played the character Jimmy.
Jonathan Gilbert has one of the longest marriages to date between American celebrities. He married his long-term girlfriend, actress Keren Gilbert, on March 31st August 1996. Keren is an actress, famous for her acting in such titles as “Pledge This!” and 2006’s Beer League, which also specialized in nutrition. The couple welcomed their first child in 2000.
In addition to being a Hollywood actress, she went to work at United Cerebral Palsy, where she helped prepare meal plans for sick patients. After the birth of their second son, she moved to a pediatric practice in Glen Cove, where she continued counseling. She starred in several movies before getting pregnant again, and that’s when she quit her job and opened the “Decision Nutrition” webpage where she started making nutritional plans, and soon started touring and being a guest on many kitchen shows. . It didn’t take long for her fame to skyrocket.
‘It was like a bunch of billboards running through town,’ Jonathan said about his wife, whom he always supported ‘You look great, what are you doing? Oh, it’s my nutritionist in Great Neck.”
Since he retired from acting, Jonathan tries to keep most of his life private, and information about his life comes from his sister’s memoirs. Not much is known about what he does outside of red carpet events. It is not even known what gender his children are, or when they were born! In 2003 Jonathan decided to invest his knowledge of business school in working as a stockbroker associated with the biggest names of the New York Stock Exchange, where he still lives. He was also involved in a number of charitable projects through his wife Keren.
He also did some work for a theater company in California, USA. Both his sisters are actresses. Melissa Gilbert is known for roles in films “Guest Artist” and “Little House: Bless All the Dear Children”, while Sara Gilbert has starred in such titles as “Poison Ivy” and “Riding in Cars with Boys”, as well as landing a recurring role of Leslie Winkle in the hit television series “The Big Bang Theory”. Through his older sister’s marriage, he is the brother-in-law of actor and director Timothy Bustfield. His former brothers-in-law were Bruce Boxleitner and Bo Brinkman.
As of March 2020, Jonathan is not active on any social media, including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. As mentioned in Melissa Gilbert’s autobiography, Jonathan doesn’t bond very closely with his siblings, and they don’t communicate often, as their lives have driven them apart.
Taking into account Jonathan’s plethora of Hollywood appearances and his successful career as a stockbroker, his net worth as of the beginning of 2020 is estimated to be over $2.4 million.
Jonathan is a tall and slender white man whose exact height and weight have not been disclosed. His hair is brown and his eyes are dark. As a child, his hair was a little longer, but he was always an athletic, somewhat skinny kid.