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This slim, handsome, blond young actor has been working his way up in series and TV-movies since the early 1980s, occasionally making a hit with recurring and regular roles. Born in California, Chad Allen began acting early, with roles in such TV series as "St. Elsewhere" (NBC), as Ed Flanders' autistic son, "Webster" (ABC, 1985-86), "Highway to Heaven," "The Wonder Years" and "In the Heat of the Night." He also worked onstage in Los Angeles-area productions of "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All To You," "A Man Called Peter" and "Oliver!"
Allen got his first notable role as the headstrong pre-teen son of Deidre Hall (and younger brother of Shannen Doherty) on the heartwarming family drama "Our House" (NBC, 1986-1988). He also played the cooler of the two school friends competing for Staci Keanan on "My Two Dads" (NBC, 1987-1990). His most fulfilling role to date, however, was Matthew, the eldest (and most strong-willed) of the orphans adopted by "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (CBS, 1993-98). The role gave Allen a showcase for his maturing talents. In 1996, his character was even elected sheriff.
Allen was a tiny tot when he made his first TV-movie, a bit in the drama "Not My Kid" (CBS, 1985). Slowly-growing roles followed in "The Bad Seed" and "A Death in California (both ABC, 1985) and "Code of Vengeance" (NBC, 1985). In 1986, Allen voiced the lead characters in the animated "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!" (CBS) and "Pound Puppies" (ABC). From then on, his roles were starring or co-starring: a "rental" in "Help Wanted: Kids" (ABC, 1986), a resident of "Camp Cucamonga" (NBC, 1990), a teen seduced into evil in "Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story" (CBS, 1991) and the son of potential murder victim Barry Bostwick in "Praying Mantis" (USA, 1993; Dr. Quinn herself, Jane Seymour, played the villainess).
Allen's only theatrical film thus far did not appeal to either critics or audiences: he played the heroic teen who tries to protect his family from a space alien in "TerrorVision" (1986). The politically active actor is involved in such groups as MADD, The American Diabetes Association, The Autistic Children's Foundation and Angel's Flight, a teen halfway house. He also appeared in a 1988 anti-drug special, "Straight Up" (PBS).
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Had recurring role as the autistic son of Dr. Westphal (Ed Flanders) on the NBC medical series "St. Elsewhere"
Had featured role on the ABC sitcom "Webster"
Made TV movie debut in "Not My Kid" (CBS)
Film debut, "TerrorVision"
Played Deidre Hall's son on the NBC family drama "Our House"
Supplied voice of Charlie Brown in "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!" (CBS)
Played regular role of Zach on the sitcom "My Two Dads" (NBC)
Cast in regular role of Matthew, the adopted son of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" on the CBS family drama
"Outed" by the tabloid <i>The Globe</i>
Produced the L.A. staging of "Corpus Christi"
Officially "came out" as homosexual in a cover story in <i>The Advocate</i>
Portrayed gay detective Donald Strachey in "Third Man Out," the first installment of a series of films based on popular books written by Richard Stevenson
Reprised role of Donald Strachey in the second installment "Shock to the System"
Co-starred in "Downtown: A Street Tale," a drama about homeless teenagers