Matthew Labyorteaux

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Matthew Labyorteaux
Little House on the Prairie Katy Kurtzman Matthew Laborteaux 1977 No 2.jpg
Born Matthew Charles Labyorteaux
(1966-12-08) December 8, 1966 (age 51)
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 film, television and voice actor.[1][2] In many of his credits, his last name is spelled as "Laborteaux".[3] He is also credited as Matthew Charles for his work in animation.

He may be best known for portraying Albert Quinn Ingalls[4] on Little House on the Prairie from 1978–83.

Career[edit]

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. His 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.

He 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 & Simon (crossover episode with Whiz Kids), Highway to Heaven, Night Court, Paradise, and Silk Stalkings.

More 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 and adopted by interior designer and talent agent Ronald Labyorteaux (1930–1992) and actress Frances Marshall (1927–2012). He is the younger brother of Patrick, also adopted and also an actor, and Jane. According to a biography about Matthew published by A&E Television Networks, "He 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 10th place for Centipede at the Atari, Inc. world championships. In April 1982, he became the United States Pac-Man champion at a People-sponsored tournament, with a score of 1,200,000.[6]

In 1992, Matthew and Patrick founded the Youth Rescue Fund (which was 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. The organization is no longer active.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1974 A Woman Under the Influence Angelo Longhetti
1978 King of the Gypsies Middle Dave
1986 Deadly Friend Paul Conway
1998 Mulan Additional Voices
2006 Everyone's Hero
2009 Bride Wars
2011 Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time Jaden Yuki (voice) English dub
2013 The Wind Rises Additional Voices English dub
2018 Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost Riker Williams (voice) Direct-to-video

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Rookies Jody Gifford Episode: "Lamb to the Slaughter"
1975 Phyllis Child Episode: "There's No Business Like No Business"
1976;
1978–83
Little House on the Prairie Albert Quinn Ingalls, Young Charles Ingalls 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 Television film
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 Television film
1977 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Johnny Doe / Wild Child 23 episodes
1978 Killing Stone Christopher Stone Television film
1979 Little House Years Albert Ingalls Television film
1979 Lou Grant Mark Donner Episode: "Kids"
1980 Here's Boomer Jesse Episode: "Jailbreak"
1980 The Aliens Are Coming Timmy Garner Television film
1982 The Love Boat Chip Bronson Episode: "Winning Isn't Everything"
1983 Little House: Look Back to Yesterday Albert Ingalls Television film
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 Television film
1988 Hotel Mark Daniels Episode: "Double Take"
1989 Night Court Bobby Johnson 2 episodes
1990 Paradise Sam Devitt Episode: "The Coward"
1991 The Last to Go Nathan Holover Television film
1991 Silk Stalkings Jason Dietz Episode: "Dirty Laundry"
1993 Barbarians at the Gate Teenage F. Ross Johnson Television film
1995 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Rob, Chuck (voices) Episode: "Eau de Krumm/O'Lucky Monster"
2005–06 G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 Scott Abernathy (voice) 7 episodes
2005–08 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Jaden Yuki (voice) 180 episodes
2007 Winx Club Nabu (voice) 6 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2003–04 .hack series Additional Voices
2006 Thrillville Adult Male #1
2007 Thrillville: Off the Rails Accountant, Adult Male #1, Announcer, Tank Player
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Additional Voices
2012 Kinect Star Wars Gold 5, Padawan #2
2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Jaden Yuki

Accolades[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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". Biography.com. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Cover Story: Landon's Little Kids – Vol. 10 No. 11". September 11, 1978. 
  6. ^ "Pac-Man Champ: Ready on the Set". Softline. September 1982. p. 9. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 

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