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

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Jonathan started acting at a young age. Having a rough childhood during and after he was born, Jonathan made it towards acting with the help of his family. The child actor has gained good impressions throughout the hearts of America with his first debut because of his acting skills.
You Deserve the Truth! Was Actor Jonathan Gilbert Shadowed By His Own Sister?

Quick Information

  • Date of Birth Apr 28, 1967
  • Age 56 Years, 11 Months
  • 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. He had a family of actors who helped him make it towards the acting industry. 

But, once he stepped foot in showbiz, he was on his own; His skills led to the name and fame he deserved. However, that was not for long as the former child actors had slowly started to lose his identity from the industry.

So what might be the reason behind that? Did his own sister overshadow him? Read down below to find out!

Adopted Sister On The Spotlight

Jonathan Gilbert, who is now 51, has an adopted sister named Melissa Gilbert, 56. 

Since Jonathan left the industry, his sister Melissa has achieved far more success than him. Her stint in numerous TV shows garnered her a lot of limelight in the business.

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For instance, Melissa starred in Dancing with the Stars with her dancing partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy in 2012. Then, she appeared in the T.V series “The Night Shift,” starring Lindsay in 2015. She also lent her voice 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 very well over the years, and there are no records of them making peace.    

Jonathan Gilbert Married? 

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

He prefers to maintain a low-keyness when it comes to his girlfriend. His silence has led to speculation that he might be secretly married; however, nothing much can be said as he has not mentioned having a wife.

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

Jonathan Gilbert Net Worth?

Jonathan had spent a decade in the acting industry. That seems to be a long career with lots of work; however, he has worked only in a couple of TV shows.

The first and the notable one being Little on the Prairie. The series aired from 1974 to 1983, where Jonathan appeared in all nine seasons. Along with him were Melissa Gilbert, Katherine MacGregor, Kevon Hagen, Richard Bull, and Dabbs Greer, who made it throughout the entire series. 

In 1979, he appeared in an American made for television biography film named The Miracle Worker as Jimmy. Paul Aaron directed it.

Currently, he is working in a finance company in New York City.

Talking about his net worth, he must be enjoying a seven-digit figure, although no sites have officially published it.   

Father Committed Suicide But Jonathan Held Steady

Even though the former child actor has never made it to the Grammys, he has a cinematic story in the past.

His father, Paul Gilbert, who adopted him, committed suicide in 1976. 

Jonathan Gilbert in 1975 and now. (Photo:

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.

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

Losing his father in the process could have affected the young Jonathan, but he held steady on his fronts.

His past did not stop him from continuing studying, graduating from Hamilton College, and getting his MBA degree.