Merlin Olsen as Benton after advising Mitchell about salesmen not being allowed at this entrance.

Merlin Olsen (September 15, 1940 – March 11, 2010) was a professional football player and actor.

Olsen played professional football with the Los Angeles Rams from 1962–1976. In 1969, he started his acting career with a western called The Undefeated. He would continue to act primarily in television, most notably as Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie. Olsen was also the commercial spokesman for the flower company FTD for a number of years.

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Olsen's name enshrined in the then St. Louis Rams stadium.

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