Matthew Laborteaux and Katy Kurtzman on Little House on the Prairie, 1977
|Born||Matthew Charles Labyorteaux
December 8, 1966
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Residence||New York City, New York|
|Years active||1972–1993 (TV and film)
1994–present (voice acting)
|Known for||Role of Albert Quinn Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie|
Matthew Laborteaux (born December 8, 1966) is an American actor who has starred in television and film. 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.
Matthew Laborteaux 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, Laborteaux also starred in the short-lived television series The Red Hand Gang (1977) and Whiz Kids (1983–1984), in addition to several made-for-television movies.
Laborteaux's most prominent film role was in the 1986 Wes Craven feature 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, Laborteaux 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, Laborteaux 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.
Matthew 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, himself adopted, and Jane Laborteaux, both of whom are actors in their own right. Laborteaux was born with a congenital heart defect, which eventually healed on its own, and also exhibited symptoms of a developmental disorder, most likely autism, in his early years.
In 1992, Laborteaux 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.|
|1976–1983||Little House on the Prairie||Young Charles Ingalls (1976–1978)
Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978–1983)
|Television series (7 seasons, 89 episodes).
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Drama Series, 1983 and 1984.
|1976||NBC Special Treat||Billy||Television series; first season episode "Papa and Me".|
|1977||A Circle of Children||Brian O'Connell||Made-for-television feature.|
|1977||The Red Hand Gang||Frankie||Television series (1 season, 12 episodes).|
|1977||Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo||Matthew Beck||Made-for-television feature.|
|1978||King of the Gypsies||Middle Dave||Feature film.|
|1979||The Little House Years||Albert Ingalls||Television series special episode.|
|1983||Little House: Look Back to Yesterday||Albert Ingalls||Made-for-television feature.|
|1983–1984||Whiz Kids||Richie Adler||Television series (1 season, 18 episodes).
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a New Television Series, 1984.
|1985||Amazing Stories||Andy||Television series; first season episode "Fine Tuning".|
|1986||Shattered Spirits||Ken Mollencamp||Made-for-television feature.|
|1986||Deadly Friend||Paul Conway||Feature film.|
|1991||The Last to Go||Nathan Holover||Made-for-television feature.|
|1993||Barbarians at the Gate||Teenage F. Ross Johnson||Made-for-television feature; uncredited role.|
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