Albert from 'Little House on the Prairie' Is 53 Years Old and Looks More Handsome Than Ever
The Little House On The Prairie remains one of the most popular shows of all time. Over four decades later, we haven't heard much of our favorite kids. And it turns out that Albert, played by Matthew Labyorteaux, has led quite an exciting life, as well as some other actors of the series. If you want to know everything about them, all you have to do is scroll down and take a closer look!
WAS THE TV SHOW THAT SUCCESSFUL IN THE BEGINNING?
It's hard to believe Matthew Labyorteaux is 53 years old! But before we get to that, let's take a look back on the American western drama TV series started with a pilot in March 1974. Fans came to know and love the Ingalls family thanks to Laura Ingalls Wilder's books written at the end of the 19th century.
After the pilot, the production picked up as a series in September of that year and ran for nine seasons until 1983 on NBC. The program was highly acclaimed and became a top-rated one that garnered two People's Choice Awards, seventeen Emmys, and three Golden Globes.
SERIES SURPRISES FANS DID NOT KNOW ABOUT
For instance, we were shocked to find out that Michael Landon, the actor who played Charles Ingalls, directed 87 of the 204 episodes, as per Wide Open Country. Or do you remember Nellie Oleson and her gorgeous golden curls? It turns out they were fake, a wig. Or do you remember Nellie Oleson and her beautiful golden curls? It turns out they were false, a wig.
And how can we forget the lovely town where the Ingalls had their adventures? According to the story, they were living in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. However, the show was filmed at the Big Sky Ranch in Simi Valley, California, where temperatures can get up to 100.
THE ISSUES WITH THE COSTUMES
Because of the costumes that the actors had to wear, it was commonplace for them to pass out on set. And talking about the town, the producers also agreed with the landowners that they would restore the land to its original state once the series finished.
We could see Michael Landon starring as Charles Ingalls (Pa) and Karen Grassle as Caroline Ingalls (Ma). Their three daughters were portrayed by Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls, Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls, and Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush as Carrie Ingalls.
THE FAMILY GROWS
The family expanded in further seasons with the birth of Grace Ingalls (Wendi and Brenda Turnbaugh) and the adoption of Albert (Quinn) Ingalls, brought to life by Matthew Labyorteaux. Albert was a little boy who spent many years on the streets and orphanages.
HIS BARELY TOLERABLE CHILDHOOD
Matthew Charles Labyorteaux is a movie, television, and voice actor who was born on December 8, 1966. And it seems that his role as Albert was meant to be from the very moment he arrived in this world. Well, it turns out that he was not only adopted on the show.
As reported by the NY Daily Beast, Labyorteaux lives life on the autism spectrum, but that never deterred him from pursuing a career in the film industry. But when a casting director proposed to France the audition of her sons for a commercial, she still couldn't believe her ears.
GROWING UP WAS NOT EASY
About the offer, she recalled:
"I was panicked. He would throw a tantrum if anyone touched him, but Matthew just got up and followed her into the room. It was like sitting on a powder keg smoking a cigarette."
As per Biography.com, Matthew was adopted when he was only ten months old. An actress called Frances Marshall and her husband, talent agent Ronald Labyorteaux decided to take the infant in. But to complicate things, Matthew was not a healthy baby. He was born with a hole in his heart, but thankfully, it healed on its own.
HIS PARENTS BELIEVED IN HIM
Before Matthew, they adopted another boy called Patrick when he was nine months old and who, as his new brother, was labeled as psychotic. The physicians' advice was pretty much the same, but the parents turned a deaf ear to it.
Once at home with Matthew, the parents found out that he suffered from low blood sugar, which was the origin of his erratic behavior. The source reported Frances recalling: Once at home with Matthew, the parents found out that he suffered from low blood sugar, which was the origin of his erratic behavior.
GUIDING HIM ALONG THE ACTING PATH
As an actress, Frances wanted to guide her sons through the cinematographic path so that they could become professional actors from a young age. She would take them to auditions and acting classes, activities that were also part of Matthew's weekly therapies.
Patrick was a good kid, whereas Matthew certainly had difficulties. He learned how to walk when he was three and talk at the age of four. Moreover, the child did not let anyone pick him up, screaming and trying to escape instead. So, how could he work on TV?
THE RISE TO STARDOM
Matthew got a handful of TV commercials before he had his acting debut in 1974's movie A Woman Under the Influence as Angelo Longhetti. That means that both Labyorteaux and his brother were already household names before they started working on The Little House on the Prairie.
Two years later, Matthew was selected to play a young Charles Ingalls in some scenes at the beginning of the show, while his brother portrayed Andy. In 1978, 12-year-old Matthew was offered the part of Albert Quinn Ingalls. He was part of the cast until 17 when the program called it quits.
HE BECOMES A STAR
During his five seasons on the show, Labyorteaux received two nominations for Best Young Actor. The program also helped him established himself as a well-known teen idol who even appeared in popular magazines such as Teen Beat, 16 Magazine, Tiger Beat, Bop, and Superteen. Some decades later, his life has changed a bit.
LIFE AFTER THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE
In 1983, Labyorteaux landed a role in Wes Craven's Deadly Friend. While occasionally taking on film roles today, Labyorteaux mostly works as a voice artist for television shows, animated films, and games. Labyorteaux has 60 film and voice credits to his name, and his career spans more than four decades.
HIS PASSION FOR FILM GROWS INTO SOMETHING NEW
In the late 90s, Matthew combined his passion for movies with his love for video games when he dabbled in the Disney musical Mulan as a voice-over artist. Since then, Matthew decided to dedicate his professional career to voice over, and he has been doing it for decades.
HE BECOMES A POPULAR VOICE ARTIST
He is behind the much-beloved Clifford the Big Red Dog. Lately, he can be heard in Pokemon, Bride Wars, Spiderman, and Jaden Yuki in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Video games. He also adds several voices to Star Wars video games. Today, his work is also in high demand for TV series.
THE STAR HAS AN AWARD WINNING VOICE
More recently, he was acknowledged for his narration of the children's book called Leon and the Champion Chip. For it, he won the best recording of the year for Harper Collins in the category of Young Adult audio-book, according to the actor's blogpost.
In 2017, Labyorteaux said that his TV-dad, Michael Landon, was his role model, adding that "Michael Landon was the biggest influence. As a child, I watched him write, direct, star, and produce a TV show every week. He showed me what was possible."
THE ACTOR THANKS HIS PARENTS
Labyorteaux also credits his parents for his success. He grew up in a loving and supportive home. To show their gratitude, Labyorteaux and his brother created the Youth Rescue Fund in 1992. The organization helped others who aren't lucky enough to have a home and parents like theirs.
MATTHEW IS STILL A CHARMER
Unfortunately, the fund is no longer operational. Regardless, the artist indeed found the way to keep himself active during all these years. And probably you agree with us that despite all the time that has passed by, Matthew is still the charmer he was back then.
THE ACCLAIMED ACTOR TURNS FIFTY-THREE IN 2020
If you were one of Little House on The Prarie's avid viewers back in the day you'll be surprised to learn that this actor is turning 53 years old at the end of the year! Where has all the time gone? He seems to be taking this slowing these days, opting to spend most of his days with family and friends.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO ALBERT AT THE END OF THE SERIES?
Did Albert pass away at the end of Look Back to Yesterday? That has been the recent question on fan's minds as they rewatch episodes of the beloved show. While it ended with a pretty open-end, actor Matthew Labyorteaux did share his own thoughts about what happened to his character.
He expressed, "He never officially died in the episode and I think maybe it’s kind of left up in the air to debate… but it was sort of an unspoken thing that we knew he was going to die." Fans on the show have their own opinions with one stating, "I’m the first one to admit that I really want to believe that Albert did survive and became a doctor!
AND WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE ACTRESSES?
We cannot finish without a brief update on our favorite girls in the show. Let us start with Melissa Gilbert, who portrayed Laura. As per Women, the actress continued regularly active in the acting world with roles in productions such as Babylon 5 and the biopic Choices of the Heart.
GILBERT GOES ON DANCING WITH THE STARS
In March 2012, Gilbert joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars in season 14, but unfortunately, she did not win. She had a comeback in acting with parts in Secrets and Lies and Tenure. These days, the source reported that Melissa is not into acting. Instead, she is writing books for children now.
WHAT ABOUT MELISSA SUE ANDERSON?
As for Melissa Sue Anderson, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress. Following that success, she kept herself active with numerous acting gigs such as her roles in The Equalizer, and the most recent one last year was in The Con Is On.
Anderson also decided to try her hand at writing, as per Affair Post. In 2010, she released a bio about her time on the show called The Way I See It - A Look Back at My Life on Little House. Another interesting fact is that Sue Anderson is now a Canadian resident.
THE WONDERFUL CAST REUNION
We cannot miss out on the fantastic reunion on TODAY that everybody witnessed back in 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of the successful production. And just like when a family gets together, we saw a lot of laughs, tears, and tons of anecdotes.
Some of the actors present included Karen Grassle (Ma), Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls), Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Lindsay Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls), Dean Butler (Almanzo James Wilder), and Matthew Labyorteaux (Albert Quinn Ingalls).
THE STARS ARE MOVED TO TEARS
After the video with the introduction of the segment, Grassle confessed, "I got tears in my eyes. First of all, I'm sitting here with these three daughters... And then to see them come running (in the clip) ... just kills me. ... I'm not really that sentimental."
SOME MORE MOVING WORDS
Gilbert then intervened to say that it was a very emotional and intense experience given all the time they spent together as a family. One shocking detail of the reunion is that Michael Landon Jr. ( the son of the late Michael Landon) was also there and even said a word.
He explained that one of the marvelous things of the series was the schedules his father set. "It doesn't happen anymore, but he was always home for dinner." Grassle also added that she wished Michael could see what the Little House still means to people.
THE HEARTWARMING PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The reunion concluded with a pancake breakfast and photo op with some of the members of the cast. The weekend of festivities attracted fans from all parts of the USA to Walnut Grove, the staple location of the series, which only shows how important the program is.
SO, IS THERE A POSSIBILITY FOR A REBOOT?
We know you're dying to know the answer to the question, and it turns out that, luckily for all lovers of the show, that the reply is a maybe. As Daily Mail explained, the Little House might be the next iconic TV show to get a remake in the format of a movie.
The film was announced to be directed by Sean Durkin, the director of Martha Marcy May Marlene. Abi Morgan, a British screenwriter, has been appointed to work on the screenplay for the big-screen version of Little House on the Prairie.
WILL THE MOVIE STILL HAPPEN?
However, there are no words on the possible cast for the famous Ingalls family. The sad part is that the news was heralded a couple of years ago. More recently, the status of the alleged production is kept under wraps. Could it still happen? We will have to wait and see.
MATTHEW HAD AN AWE-INSPIRING JOURNEY
Wow! There is so much to read about the Little House on the Prairie! Plus, no one can't deny that Matthew Labyorteaux's journey personally and professionally is worth admiring indeed. Don't you think? And we cannot forget the two Melissas as well!
We hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane as much as we did! So now, we would love to read your thoughts about their lives. Please share them in the comment section down below. And stay tuned for more fantastic updates about our favorite actors!