Q. Did the actor who plays Bud Roberts Jr. on "JAG" also appear in "Little House on the Prairie?" Did he really lose his leg in real life? Is "JAG" still in production?
— Mike, Davenport
A. Patrick Labyorteaux, who played Bud Roberts Jr., did perform on "Little House on the Prairie" as Andrew "Andy" Garvey in 43 episodes from 1977-1981, according to imdb.com.
Near the end of the series "JAG," the character Bud Roberts Jr. lost his leg, leading to speculation that Labyorteaux had in fact lost his leg. According to Diane Ekeblad, the show's spokeswoman, "I'm happy to report Patrick Labyorteaux has not suffered any injury regarding his leg. He is just a very good actor." According to an Ask American Profile article posted March 2, 2003, the missing leg was done with "clever camera work and special effects."
"JAG" ran from 1995 to 2005, according to imdb.com.
In 2014, Patrick Labyorteaux reunited with the cast of "Spider-Man: The Animated Series" as the voice of Flash Thompson.
Q. How do I write to Parade Magazine?
— Mike, Davenport
A. Go online to athlonmediagroup.com/contact. Other options are offices in these cities:
• Chicago, 500 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-948-0314.
• New York, 60 E. 42nd St., Suite 820, New York, NY 10165, 212-478-1910.
• Nashville, 2451 Atrium Way, Nashville, TN 37214, 615-327-0747
Q. My question concerns a TV show, mainly "Lassie." With these reruns, I'm seeing different shows. I was curious how many people owned him? How long did some of the shows run?
— Marie, Davenport
A. "Lassie" ran from 1954-1974, according to imdb.com.
1. 1954-1957: Miller Family (Jeff's Collie). Ellen Miller played by Jan Clayton, 1954-1957; Jeff Miller played Tommy Rettig, 1954-1957' George "Gramps" Miller played by George Cleveland, 1954-1957; Sylvester "Porky" Brockway played by Joey D. Vieira using the stage name "Donald Keeler," 1954-1957.
2. 1957-1964: Martin Family (Timmy & Lassie). Timmy Martin played by Jon Provost, 1957-1964; Paul Martin played by Jon Shepodd, 1957-1958, and Hugh Reilly, 1958-1964; Ruth Martin played by Cloris Leachman, 1957-1958, and June Lockhart, 1958-1964; Petrie J. Martin played by George Chandler, 1957-1959; Cully Wilson played by Andy Clyde, 1959-1964.
3. 1964-1970: U.S. Forest Service. Forest Ranger Corey Stuart played by Robert Bray, 1964-1968; Forest Ranger Bob Erickson played by Jack De Mave, 1968-1970; Forest Ranger Scott Turner played by Jed Allan, 1968-1970.
4. 1970-1971: Traveling on her own. No human leads.
5. 1971-1973: Holden Ranch. Garth Holden played by Ron Hayes, 1968-1972 (He appeared in uncredited roles as Dave in Holocaust Parts 1 & 2 in 1968 and as Jim McKay in Last Chance in 1969.); Ron Holden played by Robert "Skip" Burton, 1972-1974; Dale Mitchell played by Larry Wilcox, 1971-1973; Keith Holden played by Larry Pennell, 1972-1973; Lucy Baker played by Pamelyn Ferdin, 1972-1973.
Source: Internet Movie Database imdb.com