Actor, Producer, Writer Patrick Labyorteaux Speaks with Students

Students of Professor Charles Cino participated in a Q and A session, via Zoom, with actor, producer, and writer Patrick Labyorteaux.
Actor, Producer, Writer Patrick Labyorteaux Speaks with Students

Students in Professor Charlie Cino’s Writing 105 and Writing106 classes gained industry insights on writing and acting from a featured guest. On Nov. 15, actor, producer, and writer Patrick Labyorteaux visited their class via a live Zoom conference.

Labyorteaux is best known for his role as Andy Garvey on the NBC television classic "Little House on the Prairie," a historical drama series which originally aired on NBC from 1974-1983. The show was based on American children's novels about life written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. He also appeared for 10 seasons in CBS adventure drama television series "JAG," in the role of Bud Roberts, Jr.

Prior to Labyorteaux's visit, Cino assigned students a research project on the actor and screenwriter's career and accomplishments. For more than an hour during the Nov. 15 event, 35 students participated in a Q and A session with Labyorteaux with writing at the core of their discussions. Labyorteaux also addressed questions ranging from the day in the life on a set to working with his brother Matthew on "Little House on the Prairie".

As an actor, Labyorteaux has guest-starred on many popular television series, including "Scandal," "CSI," "Starsky and Hutch," and "21 Jump Street". His appearances in feature films include: "Heathers," "The Yes Man" with Jim Carrey, and "Summer School" with Mark Harmon.

Labyorteaux has also written a number of screenplays and television scripts and with his wife Tina Albanese was co-executive producer/co-creator of the Nickelodeon sitcom "See Dad Run". A force in voice-over work, he provided the narration for the WB network in the 1990s.

Currently, Labyorteaux is creating several screenplays and television pilots, and when not acting, he teaches the craft. He also provides voice-over instruction to adults and children. 

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