You Deserve the Truth! Was Actor Jonathan Gilbert Shadowed By His Own Sister?

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You Deserve the Truth! Was Actor Jonathan Gilbert Shadowed By His Own Sister?

Quick Information

  • Date of Birth 1967-04-28
  • Age 53 Years 4 Month(s)
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Place Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Profession Stockbroker, TV Actor(Former)
  • Birth Name Jonathan J. Gilbert
  • Zodiac Sign Cancer
  • Ethnicity/Race White
  • Father Paul Gilbert
  • Mother Barbara Cowan
  • Sister/s Melissa Gilbert, Sara Gilbert, Claudia Cowan
  • Relationship Status Single
  • Gay No
  • Net Worth Not Disclosed
  • College Zicklin School of Business, Hamilton College
  • Hair Short

Former television and film actor, Jonathan Gilbert, started acting at a young age. Having a rough childhood, Jonathan made it towards acting with the help of his family.

The child actor has done good impressions throughout the hearts of America with his first debut. Jonathan has now come a long way from acting as he leaps into his life through his bio isn’t at all like an open book.

Adopted Sister On The Spotlight

Jonathan Gilbert, who is now 49, has an adopted sister named Melissa Gilbert, 52, far more successful and continued on the acting career when Jonathan left the acting business. His sister went on to work mainly on television and became famous working on numerous amounts of television shows.

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Melissa starred in Dancing with the Stars with her dancing partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy in 2012 and in the T.V series “The Night Shift” starring as Lindsay in 2015 along with giving the voice of Batgirl in Batman: The Animated series.

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy both rocking a dance move for the camera back in April 2012. (Photo:

The two siblings have both not gotten along over the years and no records of them making peace. Jonathan has not, in fact, tried to pursue the limelights instead took another path.   

A Married Man? 

While Jonathan's sister shadowed his fame, in some way it seemed that he just preferred it that way. Turns out the Little House on the Prairie star would rather have his life away from the limelight than have it open like a book.

He prefers to maintain the low-keyness when it came about his girlfriend. His silence has led to speculation that he might be secretly married but however, nothing much can be said as he has made no mention about his wife.

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Jonathan has not opened up about his personal life in any of the interviews nor in the social media. Well, he sure loves keeping his personal life under the veil away from the media.

Dealing With Father's Suicide, Not Giving Up Either Way

During the time of acting in 1974 to 1984 Jonathan Gilbert, the former child actor, is known for his performance as the character Willie Oleson in the NBC T.V series “Little House on the Prairie.” Growing up was not easy playing the role for some time, from 1974 to 1983.

Jonathan Gilbert in 1975 and now. (Photo:

Even though the former child actor has never made it to the Grammys but he has a cinematic story in the past. Jonathan was adopted by his father Paul Gilbert, but unfortunately, Paul committed suicide in 1976.

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Back then Paul had fallen on his back when he was working as an aerialist but continued performing music, comedy, and dancing despite the immense pain. Soon after the pain was way too much for him to bear, Paul relieved himself from the pain by taking his own life.

Paul Gilbert father of Jonathan Paul died in 1976. (Photo:

Having been adopted and also losing another father in the process can affect any young child to discontinue or choose not to act anymore, but the young Jonathan Gilbert held steady on his fronts.

His past did not stop him, however, from continuing studying, graduating from Hamilton College and getting his MBA degree. Currently, his whereabouts now are working in finance in New York City leaving behind the acting business for good.