Who is Patrick Labyorteaux?
Patrick Francis Labyorteaux was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 22 July 1965 – his zodiac sign is Cancer and he holds American nationality. He is an actor, TV writer and producer, who is perhaps still best known for his portrayal of Andrew ‘Andy’ Garvey in the romantic family series “Little House on the Prairie”, which was created by Blanche Hanalis and aired from 1974 to 1983 . The series starred Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon and Karen Grassle, and followed the Ingalls family living in mid-west US in the 19th century – it won 17 awards and was nominated for 42 others, including three Golden Globes.
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Early life and education
Patrick was mistreated by his parents, and was abandoned before he was one year old – he was eventually adopted by Ronald Labyorteaux who was a talent agent, and who died in 1992, and Frances Mae Labyorteaux who was an actress and who died in 2012. Patrick’s brother Matthew was adopted by Frances and Ronald in 1966 before he turned one and his sister Jane was adopted two years later.
Patrick became interested in acting after Frances started taking him to the sets of her movies and TV series and as she was also a theatre actress, Patrick was allowed to appear in several of her plays (uncredited appearances).
He became a member of his elementary school’s drama club, appearing in all the plays performed there and after he enrolled at a high school, he also started appearing in theatre plays, and was praised for his acting skills. Upon matriculation in 1983, Patrick didn’t enroll at a college, but focused on his career as an actor.
Roles in TV series
Patrick has been credited with around 60 roles in TV series and movies and in this article, we are going to mention some of his most notable performances.
He made his debut TV series appearance in 1973 at the age of eight, when he guest starred as Eric Barrington in the episode “Child of Rage, Child of Tears” of the Christian dramatic series “This Is the Life”, and three years later played Bill Sherwood in a single episode of the live action program “Shazam!”.
He gained recognition in 1976 when he was cast to play Young Rory Armagh in the mini-series “Captains and the Kings”, based on the eponymous historical novel written by Taylor Caldwell. Most of his roles in the following couple of years were in single episodes of many series. such as the comedy drama “The Love Boat” and the medical drama “Trapper John, M. D.” both in 1979, and the police procedural series “21 Jump Street” in 1989 (after a very long break). Patrick made his debut voicing performance in 1995, as Flash Thompson in the superhero animated series “Spider-Man”, and he remained a member of the main cast until 1998.
He also guest star as Howie in the episode “Are We Having Fun Yet?” of the sitcom “Hope & Gloria”, and as Bob Fences in the episode “Contact” of the superhero series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”.
In 1995, Patrick was cast to play the lead character Lt. Bud Roberts Jr., in the legal drama series “JAG”, ultimately appearing in 208 episodes until the series ended in 2005 – in the meantime, he appeared in six episodes of the sitcom “The Last Frontier” in 1996, the episode “The Engagement: Part 2” of the comedy series “Living Single” in 1999, and the episode “Let’s Get Jaggy with It” of the sitcom “Yes, Dear” in 2003.
The following years saw him appear in single episodes of many series, such as the procedural forensics drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2008, the science fiction disaster mini-series “The Storm” in 2009, and the anthology true crime series “American Crime Story” in 2016 after a seven-year break from TV.
Three of Patrick’s most recent roles in TV series have been in an episode of the crime comedy series “Castle” in which he played Glen Hume, and a single episode of the political thriller series “Scandal” as Doug Morton both in 2016, and the episode “Brother’s Keeper” of the police drama “Rebel” in which he portrayed Dr. Adam Loyton in 2017.
Roles in movies
Patrick made his (uncredited) debut film appearance in 1974, when he played Henry in the satirical Western black comedy “Blazing Saddles”, and in the same year, he appeared as Peter in the musical “Mame”, and as Peter West in the movie drama “Only With Married Men”.
He gained recognition after portraying Ted Kennedy in the biographical movie “Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy” in 1977, while the same year also saw him appear in the drama “Opening Night”. In 1986, Patrick portrayed the supporting character Justin in the romantic comedy movie “Prince of Bel Air”, and he went on to appear in several critically acclaimed movies such as the comedy “Summer School” in 1987 and the science fiction film “Terminal Entry” in the same year, as well in the dark comedy teen film “Heathers” in 1988.
He made his debut film voicing performance in 1991, when he lent his voice to Rex and Mr. Big in the movie “Adventures in the Dinosaur City”, and Patrick then appeared in the metrical arts comedy movie “3 Ninjas” in 1992, and another comedy movie “National Lampoon’s Last Resort” in 1994.
The year 2008 saw him play Marv in the critically acclaimed comedy movie “Yes Man” starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel, and which follows a man who has to say ‘yes’ to everything. Three of Patrick’s most recent roles in movies have been in the suspense thriller “In My Sleep” in which he played Rob in 2010, the disaster movie “2012: Ice Age” in which he portrayed Bill Hart in 2011 and the science fiction comedy disaster movie “The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time”, in which he played the lead character Julius Caesar in 2018.
Wife and children
Patrick met his other half – Tina Albanese – when they were introduced by a mutual friend at a party in 1994 – Tina is a film writer, producer and editor, who is today perhaps best known for having worked on the series “Picket Fences” (1992-1995), “JAG” (1995-2000) and “See Dad Run” (2012-2015). The two married in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family on 3 October 1998, and in July 2001 welcomed their son Jeau Bennett. The family of three is currently leading a seemingly happy life in Los Angeles, as there are no rumors nor controversies surrounding Patrick’s marriage.
Patrick hasn’t talked about any other women he might have dated before he met Tina, so as of September 2020, he is married and has one son.
Hobbies and other interests
Patrick has been interested in doing stand-up comedy since he was a teenager, and he has performed in many clubs around Los Angeles but hasn’t made a name for himself in this field.
Travelling is one of his main hobbies, and he prefers to travel overseas than around the US – he has been to many European countries, and has also visited many African and Asian countries including Egypt (Africa) and Japan and China (Asia).
He is a lover of animals, and has had many pets over the years including dogs, cats and hamsters.
Patrick has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Jim Carrey, Will Smith and Sandra Bullock, while some of his favorite movies are “Bruce Almighty”, “Ace Venture: Pet Detective – When Nature Calls” and “I, Robot”. He also likes to watch sitcoms, and his favorite is “That ‘70s Show”.
Patrick’s age is 55. He has short brown hair which he has occasionally dyed white, and his eyes are brown He is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall, and weighs around 156lbs (71kgs).
As of September 2020, Patrick’s net worth has been estimated at around $18 million.