Jonathan Gilbert Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 10 Dec, 2017
Facts of Jonathan Gilbert
Date of Birth: 1967 , April-28
Age: 51 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Jonathan Gilbert
Birth Name Jonathan J. Gilbert
Father Barbara Crane
Mother Paul Gilbert
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Prairie
Ethnicity White
Working For NBC TV
Net Worth $0.5 million
Affair with Sherri Stoner
Education Hamilton College
Awards TV Land "Siblings That Make You Grateful for Your Own Crazy Family" Award
Siblings Melissa Gilbert, Sara Gilbert, Claudia Cowan
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The former television and film actor, Jonathan Gilbert portrayed the character of Willie Oleson in the classic TV series, ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ He played the role of Willie from 1974 to 1983, in the series, ‘Little House in the Prairie.’ Currently, he is working as a stockbroker in New York City.

Early Life and Education

The actor of ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Jonathan Gilbert was born on April 28, 1967, in Los Angeles, California, USA. As a baby, he was adopted by actors Barbara Crane and Paul Gilbert. He is also an adopted brother of Mellissa Gilbert, who appeared on ‘Little House on the Prairie’ as Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Gilbert spent most of his childhood days in Los Angeles. He attended Hamilton College, from where he earned his BA. Soon after that, he joined Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and received his MBA in Finance. As far as his ethnicity and nationality are concerned, Gilbert is a White American.

Professional Career

In 1974, Jonathan Gilbert began his acting career playing Willie Oleson on the NBC television series, ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ He is also one of the six actors who featured in entire episodes of the series from 1973 to 1983 along with Kevin Hagen, Dabbs Greer, Katherine MacGregor, Matthew Labyorteux, and Richard Bull.   

Gilbert was also nominated for Television Land Award in 2008. In 1979, Gilbert appeared in the television movie ‘The Miracle Worker.’ The same year, he performed in ‘The Little House Years.’ He is currently serving as a stockbroker in NYC. 

Personal Life

Fifty years old, Jonathan Gilbert has not flashed much of his private details to the public. Also, Gilbert is not much active on social media like Instagram and Twitter.

Gilbert has managed to keep his love life under wraps and has not disclosed anything about his dating, marriage, and relationship. The American actress and writer, Sherri Stoner played the role of Gilbert’s girlfriend in ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ However, Gilbert and his on-screen matchup, Stoner, are just good friends in real life.

Net Worth

The successful American TV and film actor, Jonathan Gilbert has earned a good amount of money from his acting career. Nonetheless, Gilbert has not revealed his exact amount of net worth in the media. As a stockbroker, Gilbert earns an average salary of $64,127-$79,849, in New York City, as of November 28, 2017. 

Gilbert featured on the NBC TV series, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ along with his adopted older sister, Mellissa Gilbert who has an estimated net worth around $0.5 million as of 2017. She was earning close to $750K annually from the series.

Therefore, one can assume that Jonathan also had earned the same amount of salary from the series and might have a net worth close to his sister’s. IMDb and even rated the series 7.4 and 8.6 out of ten respectively.