In the history of film and television, many child actors have emerged, thrilling fans with their adorable performances and becoming the darlings of audiences. However, not all of those child actors have been able to achieve success as movie stars later in their adult lives. While some child actors have been successful at becoming huge movie stars as adults, many others have left the world of acting, turning to other means of livelihood. Mike Vitar is one child star who falls in this second category.
Mike Vitar is an American former child actor who made some buzz in the early ’90s. He starred in a handful of movies and TV series, dazzling audiences with his amazing talent and becoming one of the highly talked about child stars of that era. His notable works include The Sandlot, a coming-of-age comedy film in which he played the role of Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez. However, his acting career was short-lived as he soon left the scene to focus on other things outside the big screen.
We have dug up some facts about this former actor for your reading pleasure. Continue to see some more details about him.
Who is Mike Vitar and How Old is He?
Mike Vitar was born on the 21st day of December 1978. The former actor was born in the city of Los Angeles, California, United States and grew up there. Even though many people now know him simply as Mike Vitar, it is noteworthy that his real birth-name is actually Michael Anthony Vitar.
The identities of his parents are quite vague at the moment, however, we know that he has two siblings; a brother and a sister. His brother has been identified as Pablo and his sister’s name has been revealed to be Elizabeth. His brother was also an actor who starred in The Sandlot. However, he got diagnosed with colon cancer and passed away on January 29, 2008.
Growing up, Mike attended St. Francis High School in La Cañada, California and graduated in 1997. After leaving his acting career, he took up a job at Gerber Ambulance in Torrance. He later went on to become a professional fire-fighter. Mike now works with the Los Angeles Fire Department, having joined the department in 2002.
Mike Vitar’s Wife
Mike Vitar is a happily married man at the moment. He is married to a woman called Kym Allen. The exact time in which the couple met and fell in love has not been revealed, however, we know that they tied the knot in 2006.
The marriage between Mike and Kym has produced three children; they now have two sons and one daughter. His sons have been identified as Eli and Wesley Vitar and his daughter’s name has been revealed to be Norah Paige. A happy family, Mike and his wife with their kids currently live in Los Angeles.
His acting career
Mike Vitar started acting when he was just 12 years old after he was spotted in line for a ride at the school carnival by a casting manager. He was approached by the manager and soon began to get cast in different movies.
He kick-started his acting career in 1991 when he was cast in Diplomatic Immunity to play the role of Arturo. The same year, he starred as Anthony Gambuzza in Brooklyn Bridge, a TV series.
Mike gained attention in 1993 when he starred as Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez in The Sandlot, a coming-of-age comedy film. The movie introduced him to a wide audience and put the spotlight on him. The same year, he starred in Sunset Grill, a neo-noir mystery film.
In 1994, Mike played Luis in D2: The Mighty Ducks, a sports comedy-drama film. He then made appearances in an episode of NYPD Blue in 1996. That same year, he portrayed Luis Mendoza in D3: The Mighty Ducks.
Mike Vitar’s final TV role was in 1997 when he starred in Chicago Hope as Carlo Lunes. After this performance, he retired from acting to focus on other things.
Mike was able to rake in some money during his days as an actor. He starred in different TV series and feature films as a child and when he quit acting, he became a firefighter with the Los Angeles Fire Department where he now earns a living for himself and his family.
At the moment, Mike Vitar’s net worth has been pegged at about $300,000 by different sources.
Mike Vitar is quite a tall man. The former actor stands at about 6 feet or 1.84 m in height. Also, he is reported to weigh about 62kg or 136.4lbs.