Full Name: Matthew Charles Labyorteaux
Birth Date: December 8, 1966
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Known for: American film, television and voice actor. From 1978 through 1983, he was best known for his role as Albert Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie. From 2005 to 2008, he was the voice of Jaden Yuki and The Supreme King in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
Family: Patrick Labyorteaux (brother) Ronald Labyorteaux (Father) Frances Marshall, née Frances Newman (Mother) Jane Labyorteaux (Sister)
Matthew Charles Labyorteaux was born in California in 1966, and physicians realized he had a hole in his heart at delivery. They left the hole to recover on its own. Talent agent Ronald Labyorteaux and actress Frankie Labyorteaux adopted him shortly afterwards.
Matthew had a difficult upbringing as a child. Matthew won’t walk till he was 3 years old, although most children start to walk between the ages of six and thirteen months.
At a young age, he was confirmed autistic. He also didn’t speak till he was 5 years old and was prone to emotional outbursts. Matthew’s physicians had delivered the devastating prediction that he would never be able to live a normal life.
Matthew usually slept standing up, and if someone touched him, he would scream and try to flee, according to his adoptive mother Frankie. She recounts the difficult moments as follows:
Despite his many flaws and at such a young age, his family backed him up, and he went on to become a highly successful child actor.
Matthew’s older brother Patrick had already made a name for himself as a child actor, so it’s only logical that he’d want to continue in his shoes, thus he was asked to audition. Frankie was taken aback by Matthew’s lack of tantrums. He was cast in the role.
In 1974, he won a role in the film “A Woman Under The Influence” which marked the start of his acting career. In 1976, he made his debut appearance on “Little House on the Prairie” as a young Charles Ingalls.
Together, the brothers founded the Youth Rescue Fund, a charity that assists runaways.
In 1978, he reprised his role as Albert Ingalls, opposite his brother, who played Andy Garvey. Albert’s role was not originally meant to be a part of the series.
Michael Landon, the show’s creator, developed the Albert character to memorialise a friend’s son who had sadly died. His name was Albert
On-screen, as well as in real life, Matthew and Patrick shared a powerful bong. Given the difficulties they’d both suffered as children, they’d grown to have an unbreakable relationship.
Despite the fact that they were so different, one with black hair and brown eyes and the other with light hair and blue eyes, it was obvious they were brothers.
Matthew Labyorteaux got a job in commercials at the age of seven, after being spotted on a casting call with his older brother, Patrick Labyorteaux. He got his most prominent film role in A Woman Under the Influence, in which he played one of Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands’ children.
Aside from Little House on the Prairie, Labyorteaux also appeared in the short-lived television series The Red Hand Gang (1977) and Whiz Kids (1983–84), as well as a number of made-for-television films. In Wes Craven’s Deadly Friend (1986), he played Paul Conway, a teenage genius who uses an artificially intelligent microchip from a robot he made that had earlier been damaged by a spiteful neighbour to resurrect a dead girl.
He appeared on The Rookies, The Bob Newhart Show, Mulligan’s Stew, Lou Grant, Here’s Boomer (a 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, among others.
Labyorteaux has recently worked as a voice actor, creating portrayals in video games and animated films, as well as supplementary dialogue recording in cinema and television and voice-over in commercials.
‘Little House on the Prairie’
In 1976, Matthew Labyorteaux starred in Little House on the Prairie as a younger version of Charles Ingalls, the main character played by Michael Landon. The following season, Labyorteaux reprised his role as a young Charles in another episode. In 1977, he also won roles in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and The Red Hand Gang on television.
In the fifth season of Little House, which premiered in 1978, Matthew Labyorteaux took on a new role: Albert Quinn Ingalls, an orphaned kid who was adopted by Charles and Caroline Ingalls (Karen Grassle). (The Little House series was based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, but the television show frequently deviated from the source material.) One such diversion was Albert, whose character did not feature in the books. Instead, Landon was the one who came up with the name Albert, which he chose to honour a friend’s deceased son.)
Screen and Voiceover Work
Despite his hectic acting commitments, Matthew Labyorteaux found time to explore his passion for gaming. Pinball and video games like Centipede were his childhood favourites. In 1982, he won a celebrity Pac-Man competition.
Matthew Labyorteaux moved on to the sitcom Whiz Kids after his regular part in Little House ended (1983-84). Then, in 1986, he starred in the TV movie Shattered Spirits and was shown on the big screen with Kristy Swanson in Wes Craven’s Deadly Friend.
Labyorteaux went on to have more success as a voice actor as an adult (and is now usually credited with having his last name spelt as Labyorteaux). Mulan (1998), Everyone’s Hero (2006), and Bride Wars are among his credits in video games, live-action films, and animated productions (2009). Labyorteaux has also attended multiple cast reunions for Little House on the Prairie. He came on the Today show in 2014, 40 years after the show initially aired, and took part in a picture shoot for Entertainment Weekly.
Having a regular role on Little House was a natural progression for Labyorteaux; not only had he already performed on the show, but his brother Patrick also played Andy Garvey on the series. Matthew Labyorteaux’s capacity to cry was put to good use in dramatic narrative lines during his time on the show, such as when Albert accidentally set a deadly fire.
Matthew Labyorteaux remained on the show until the seventh season ended in 1982. In 1983, he appeared as Albert in the spin-off Little House: A New Beginning, which depicted Albert’s battle with morphine addiction. Albert, unlucky to the end, was diagnosed with leukaemia in the TV movie Little House: Look Back to Yesterday (1983); in the special, Labyorteaux was seen as part of the series for the last time in the TV movie Little House: Look Back to Yesterday (1983). (Labyorteaux was identified as Matthew Laborteaux during his stint at Little House.)
- Matthew Labyorteaux is an adoptive child.
- For the first five years of his life, he was considered to be autistic owing to a hole in his heart.
- In 1992, he and his brother, actor Patrick, with whom he co-founded the Youth Rescue Fund, a nonprofit committed to assisting runaways, testified before a House subcommittee, pleading the case for street kids and raising $11 million for youth shelters around the country.
- Ron Labyorteaux and Frances Marshall are his parents.
- Tina Albanese is his brother-in-law.
- Matthew Labyorteaux is a skilled video game player and a talented voice artist.
- In “The Little House on the Prairie” he played a young ” Albert Quinn Ingalls” (Michael Landon) in an episode where Ma tells Laura and Mary (Laura Ingalls Wilder) about how she and Charles met, a few seasons before he played the “Albert” adopted son “Charles Ingalls”
- Patrick Labyorteaux, his brother, played Andrew Garvey in Little House on the Prairie.
- Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls Wilder), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) and Karen Grassle (“Ma” Caroline Ingalls) teamed up with Labyorteaux for a battle of the television shows. They competed against cast members from the classic television show The Waltons.