12 ("The Good Doctor") the main character Alex tells Mark Gordon (Victor French) that "All I could see was the flowers and the beard. Each year Olsen presented the "trophy" in the ceremony at the rivalry game. As an actor he portrayed the farmer Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie.
As an actor he portrayed the farmer Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie. He played his entire 15-year career with the Los Angeles Rams and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 14 of those seasons a current record shared with Bruce Matthews. Merlin Jay Olsen (September 15 1940 – March 11 2010) was an American football player in the National Football League NFL commentator and actor.