Ilan Mitchell-Smith

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Ilan Mitchell-Smith
Born Ilan Mitchell-Smith
(1969-06-29) June 29, 1969 (age 45)
Years active 1983–1991, 2013

Ilan Mitchell-Smith (born June 29, 1969) is an American academic and former actor best known as the co-star of the film Weird Science (1985).[1]

Acting career[edit]

Mitchell-Smith's very first passion was ballet. He studied as a child and even won a scholarship to dance with the School of American Ballet. While there on his scholarship, he was discovered by a casting director and his film career began in 1982 at age 12 when he played a younger version of the title character in Sidney Lumet's Daniel. After a starring role in the 1984 film The Wild Life, he was cast as Wyatt Donnelly in the 1985 teen classic Weird Science by writer/director John Hughes. The film focuses on two nerdy teenage boys who create a woman of their own (played by Kelly LeBrock) as they are unable to find girlfriends.

Mitchell-Smith starred in several other films and TV series, most notably The Chocolate War[2] and Superboy; none of these brought him the same degree of recognition. He decided to leave acting entirely in 1991, his final role being a guest appearance on Silk Stalkings. Recently Mitchell-Smith has done select voice over work (recording for two episodes -- "Moon Warriors" and "Heads Will Roll"—of Fox ADHD's "Axe Cop").

Academic career[edit]

Mitchell-Smith received his AB in Medieval Studies from UC Davis and his MA in Medieval Studies from Fordham University. He received a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University in 2005, and he is currently an associate professor in the English department at California State University, Long Beach.[3] Mitchell-Smith publishes on chivalry in the later Middle Ages, and he also publishes on cinematic, television, and video game versions of medieval culture.


Mitchell-Smith met Susannah Demaree at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica Ca. They were married in 1995. They have two children, born in 2000 and in 1998.



  1. ^ Hepola, Sarah (November 8, 2002). "A Hollywood Twist: What happens when a teen heartthrob leaves acting? Real life". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Minow, Nell (2004-07-31). The Movie Mom's Guide To Family Movies. iUniverse. pp. 209–. ISBN 9780595320950. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  3. ^ English Department Faculty, California State University Long Beach

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