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Ronnie Scribner (born July 23, 1966) is an American former actor. Beginning his career as a professional child actor and model at the age of 11, Scribner rose to prominence among teenage audiences as an adolescent, he is also known for his multiple guest-starring roles throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s on such television series as the ABC Afterschool Special, Little House on the Prairie, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, CHiPs, and Dallas, among others.
At age 11 he landed his first television role as a recurring character on the 1977/1978 season of General Hospital. On September 16, 1978, he appeared in his first starring role on ABC's Saturday morning anthology series The ABC Weekend Special. In the episode entitled The Contest Kid and the Big Prize, Scribner starred as Woody, the best friend of Harvey, played by fellow child star Pat Petersen, who wins a "gentleman's gentleman" after entering a magazine contest. That same evening, Scribner made his prime-time debut on the ABC series Fantasy Island. In the episode entitled "The Homecoming".
It wasn't long before he appeared in his first leading role in an episode of The ABC Afterschool Special, entitled "A Home Run for Love" (also known as Thank You, Jackie Robinson), Scribner starred as Sammy Greene, a fatherless boy who forms a special bond with an elderly friend through their mutual love of the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers.
On January 15, 1979, Scribner made his first guest-starring appearance on the NBC series Little House on the Prairie. In the episode entitled "Blind Man's Bluff", Scribner's younger sister Annaliese also had a small role in the same episode as Hannah Herzog. Scribner's next role was in the NBC television movie The Castaways on Gilligan's Island. The movie was the second film adaptation reuniting the original cast of the 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island.
Scribner's next appearance was a reprisal of his role as Woody on The ABC Weekend Special, once again starring alongside Patrick Petersen as Harvey. Airing on September 22, 1979, and titled "The Contest Kid Strikes Again", it was one of the rare times ABC produced a sequel episode to one of their live-action Weekend Special stories. On November 2, 1979, Scribner guest-starred on the CBS prime-time soap opera, Dallas. In the episode entitled "The Lost Child", Scribner played Luke Middens, a lonely young boy who develops a special relationship with Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy), after his father is hired as a ranch hand at Southfork.
On November 17, 1979, Scribner starred in what would become his most famous role, that of the child vampire Ralphie Glick in the two-part CBS television movie Salem's Lot. Based on the Stephen King novel, Scribner's scene was ranked #4 on Empire magazine's list of "Top 10 Scariest Movie Scenes".
Scribner continued to reign as TV's top leading child actor with appearances in The Love Boat, Me and Max, Code Red, Quincy, M.E and Fantasy Island (Scribner joined the list of Fantasy Island guest stars who would return to the show to play a completely different character than his previous appearance) untill landing the lead role in The Last Day of Summer and as Jeremiah in Kenny Roger's The Gambler. In 1981 he had a co-starring role in the Disney feature film Amy along side Jenny Agutter.
As Scribner entered adolescence, teenage audiences began to take notice of him, beginning to appear in numerous teen magazines of the time, including Tiger Beat, Super Teen and Teen Stars among others. In April 1982, Tiger Beat described Scribner when introducing him to their teen readers - "Soft brown hair, sparkling eyes of blue, a touch of freckles that gives him that appealing boy-next-door look and a smile to make your heart spin - that's Ronnie Scribner."
On October 3, 1982, Scribner returned to the big screen with a role in the feature film Split Image. In the film, Scribner portrayed Sean Stetson, the adolescent brother of a young man whose family struggles to bring him home after he joins a religious "commune". Although a small supporting role, Scribner's performance in the film earned him a Youth In Film Award nomination (now known as the Young Artist Award) in the "Best Young Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture" category.
On October 18, 1982, Scribner returned to where he began in Little House on the Prairie in what would be his final role. In the episode entitled "Rage", Scribner guest-starred as Randall Page, a teenage boy in Walnut Grove who falls in love with a girl whose father, plagued by personal and financial troubles, becomes unhinged after learning of the young lovers' budding romance.
After leaving show business, Scribner finished high school, and in 1989 enrolled at the University of California, where he graduated in 1993. In the subsequent years, Scribner worked as a financial analyst and mortgage broker, and in 1999, he married Jessica Garza. As of 2011, Scribner was working as a consumer credit manager and was living in the Denver, Colorado, area with his wife Jessica and their three children.