Matthew Labyorteaux

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Matthew Laboryteaux
(aka 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 49)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1972–present
Known for Role of Albert Quinn Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie

Matthew Charles Laboryteaux (born December 8, 1966) is an American actor who has starred in television and films.[1][2] In many of his credits, his last name is spelled as "Laborteaux".[3]

He is perhaps best known for portraying the character Albert Quinn Ingalls[4] on the hit NBC series Little House on the Prairie from 1978 to 1983.


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 Wes Craven's Deadly Friend (1986), 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]

Labyorteaux was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the adopted 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 Labyorteaux, both of whom are also actors. According to a biography about Matthew published by A&E Television Networks, “[h]e was diagnosed as being autistic, and experts told his parents that Labyorteaux might never lead a normal life.”[4] An article in People magazine from 1978 said he was thought to be fully autistic for the first five years of his life.[5]

Labyorteaux 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.[6]

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.


Film and television
Year Film Role Notes
1974 A Woman Under the Influence Angelo Longhetti Feature film
1975 The Rookies Jody Gifford Episode: "Lamb to the Slaughter"
1975 Phyllis Child Episode: "There's No Business Like No Business"
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 Practice Pete Episode: "Judy Sinclair"
1976 Doc David Episode: The Death of a Turtle
1976 The Bob Newhart Show Richie Episode: "My Boy Guillermo"
1977 A Circle of Children Brian O'Connell TV movie
1977 Most Wanted Billy Joe Nelson Episode: "The Tunnel Killer"
1977 Mulligan's Stew Duane Episode: "Biggest Mansion"
1977 The Red Hand Gang Frankie 12 episodes
1977 Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo Matthew Beck TV movie
1977 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Johnny Doe / Wild Child 23 episodes
1978 King of the Gypsies Middle Dave Feature film
1978 Killing Stone Christopher Stone TV movie
1979 Little House Years Albert Ingalls Movie
1979 Lou Grant Mark Donner Episode: "Kids"
1980 Here's Boomer Jesse Episode: "Jailbreak"
1980 The Aliens Are Coming Timmy Garner TV movie
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 Feature film
1988 Hotel Mark Daniels Episode: "Double Take"
1989 Night Court Bobby Johnson Episode: "Branded" (Parts 1 and 2)
1990 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 Flash Thompson (voice) Episode: "Neogenic Nightmare Chapter 8: Duel of the Hunters"
1995 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Rob / Chuck (voice) Episode: "Eau de Krumm/O'Lucky Monster"
1998 Mulan Additional Voices Feature film
2006 Everyone's Hero Additional Voices Feature film
2009 Bride Wars Additional Voices Feature film
2013 The Wind Rises Additional Voices Feature film


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


  1. ^ Reilly, S. (September 11, 1978). Donovan, H, ed. "Landon's Little Kids". People Weekly. Chicago, IL: Time. 10 (11): 92–96. ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ Harris, H. (December 20, 1981). Roberts, E. L., Jr, ed. "Laborteaux Trio: Matt, Pat, and Mom" (PDF). The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, PA: J. S. Knight: TV04. ISSN 0885-6613. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Matthew Labyorteaux". IMdb. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Matthew Labyorteaux". Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  5. ^,,20071697,00.html
  6. ^ "Pac-Man Champ: Ready on the Set". Softline. September 1982. p. 9. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

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