Matthew Laborteaux

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Matthew Laborteaux
Little House on the Prairie Katy Kurtzman Matthew Laborteaux 1977 No 2.jpg
Born Matthew Charles Labyorteaux
(1966-12-08) December 8, 1966 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972–present
Known for Role of Albert Quinn Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie

Matthew Charles Labyorteaux (born December 8, 1966) is an American actor who has starred in television and film, in which he was always credited as 'Matthew Laborteaux'. He is perhaps best known for portraying the character Albert Quinn Ingalls on the hit NBC series Little House on the Prairie from 1978 to 1983.

Career[edit]

Matthew Labyorteaux began working in commercials at the age of seven, having been discovered while accompanying his older brother, Patrick Labyorteaux, to a casting call. He shortly thereafter landed his first dramatic role in A Woman Under the Influence, where he played one of Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands' children.

Aside from his tenure on Little House on the Prairie, Labyorteaux also starred in the short-lived television series The Red Hand Gang (1977) and Whiz Kids (1983–84), in addition to several made-for-television movies.

Labyorteaux's most prominent film role was in the 1986 Wes Craven failure Deadly Friend as Paul Conway, a young genius who resurrects a dead girl using an artificial intelligence microchip from a robot he created that had previously been destroyed by a malicious neighbor.

During his most active years, Labyorteaux made guest appearances on numerous television shows, including The Rookies, The Bob Newhart Show, Mulligan's Stew, Lou Grant, Here's Boomer (spin-off of The Red Hand Gang), The Love Boat, Simon and Simon (crossover episode with Whiz Kids), Highway to Heaven, Night Court, Paradise, and Silk Stalkings.

Most recently, Labyorteaux has worked as a voice actor, providing characterizations in video games and animated features, additional dialogue recording in film and television, and voice-over in advertisements.

Personal life[edit]

Laborteaux is the adoptive son of Ronald Labyorteaux (1930–1992), an interior designer and talent agent, and actress Frances Marshall (1927–2012). He is the younger brother of Patrick Labyorteaux, also adopted, and Jane Laborteaux, both of whom are also actors.

Laborteaux is a skilled video game player. In October 1981 he finished in tenth place for Centipede at the Atari, Inc. world championships, and in April 1982 became the United States Pac-Man champion at a People-sponsored tournament, with a score of 1,200,000.[1]

In 1992, Matthew and his brother founded the Youth Rescue Fund (currently partnered with Los Angeles Youth Supportive Services), a charity organization that assists young people in crisis, and they have since engaged in fundraising for youth shelters across the U.S.

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
Year Film Role Notes
1974 A Woman Under the Influence Angelo Longhetti Feature film
1976–83 Little House on the Prairie Young Charles Ingalls (1976/78)
Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978–83)
7 seasons, 89 episodes
1976 NBC Special Treat Billy Episode: "Papa and Me"
1976 The Bob Newhart Show Richie Episode: "My Boy Guillermo"
1977 A Circle of Children Brian O'Connell TV movie
1977 Most Wanted (TV series) Billy Joe Nelson Episode: "The Tunnel Killer"
1977 The Red Hand Gang Frankie 12 episodes
1977 Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo Matthew Beck TV movie
1978 King of the Gypsies Middle Dave
1979 The Little House Years Albert Ingalls Special episode
1979 Lou Grant Mark Donner Episode: "Kids"
1980 Here's Boomer Jesse Episode: "Jailbreak"
1982 The Love Boat Chip Bronson Episode: "The Same Wavelength/Winning Isn't Everything/A Honeymoon for Horace"
1983 Little House: Look Back to Yesterday Albert Ingalls TV movie
1983 Simon & Simon Richie Adler Episode: "Fly the Alibi Skies"
1983–84 Whiz Kids Richie Adler 18 episodes
1985 Amazing Stories Andy Episode: "Fine Tuning"
1985 Highway to Heaven Matt Haynes Episode: "The Right Thing"
1986 Shattered Spirits Ken Mollencamp TV movie
1986 Deadly Friend Paul Conway
1988 Hotel Mark Daniels Episode: "Double Take"
1989 Night Court Bobby Johnson Episode: "Branded" (Parts 1 and 2)
1990 Guns of Paradise Sam Devitt Episode: "The Coward"
1991 The Last to Go Nathan Holover TV movie
1991 Silk Stalkings Jason Dietz Episode: "Dirty Laundry"
1993 Barbarians at the Gate Teenage F. Ross Johnson TV movie (uncredited)
1995 Spider-Man (1994 TV series) Flash Thompson Episode: "Neogenic Nightmare Chapter 8: Duel of the Hunters"
1995 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Rob / Chuck Episode: "Eau de Krumm/O'Lucky Monster"

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Title of work Result
1983 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor in a Drama Series Little House on the Prairie Nominated
1984 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor in a New Television Series Whiz Kids Nominated
1984 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor in a Drama Series Little House on the Prairie Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pac-Man Champ: Ready on the Set". Softline. 1982-09. p. 9. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

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