|Born||Matthew Charles Labyorteaux
December 8, 1966
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
|Known for||Role of Albert Quinn Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie|
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.
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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.” An article in "People" magazine from 1978 said he was thought to be fully autistic for the first five years of his life.
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.
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.
|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|
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- 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.
- "Matthew Labyorteaux". IMdb. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
- "Matthew Labyorteaux". Biography.com. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
- "Pac-Man Champ: Ready on the Set". Softline. September 1982. p. 9. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
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