|Born||Ike Keith Eisenmann
July 21, 1962
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, producer, sound effects specialist|
Early life and career
Eisenmann was born Ike Keith Eisenmann in Houston, Texas, the son of Ruth Ann (née Gumney) and Albert Able Eisenmann, who was also an actor, well known in Houston as KTRK channel 13's children's show host "Cadet Don". He first came to prominence opposite Kim Richards as Tony Malone in Walt Disney Productions' film Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) and its sequel Return from Witch Mountain (1978). He also appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) as engineering cadet Peter Preston, Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott's nephew, who dies. The 2009 remake of Escape to Witch Mountain, Race to Witch Mountain, featured Ike in a cameo along with his original co-star, Kim Richards.
Television appearances consisted of roles in CHiPs, The Fantastic Journey, T. J. Hooker, Wonder Woman and several episodes of Gunsmoke and several appearances on the ABC Afterschool Specials. He also appeared in the popular TV movies Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell and Terror Out of the Sky in 1978. Eisenmann also starred in the made-for-television 1982 movie Dreams Don't Die as New York subway graffiti artist Danny Baker trying to publish his art professionally. Though not a critical success, the film enjoyed cult status during late night rebroadcasts.
He also appeared in the 1978 mini-series The Bastard as the Marquis de LaFayette. His other film roles included The Formula (1980) opposite Marlon Brando and George C. Scott, Cross Creek (1983) directed by Martin Ritt, and Disney's Tom and Huck (1995) as a townsperson.