June 29, 1969
|Years active||1983–1991, 2013|
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 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").
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. Mitchell-Smith publishes on chivalry in the later Middle Ages, and he also publishes on cinematic, television, and video game versions of medieval culture.
Table Top Gaming
Mitchell-Smith has published on Dungeons & Dragons, and he is a Staff Writer for Talk Wargaming. He works as a technical writer and editor for smaller independent game producers, and he is an active table top gamer and an organizer of tabletop game events in Southern California.
Mitchell-Smith met Susannah Demaree at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California. They were married in 1995. They have two children, born in 2000 and in 1998.
- How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days (1983)
- Daniel (1983)
- The Wild Life (1984)
- Weird Science (1985)
- The Equalizer (1985 TV series, one episode)
- Superboy (1988 TV series)
- The Chocolate War (1988)
- Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989)
- Identity Crisis (1989)
- Silk Stalkings (1991 TV series, one episode)
- Axe Cop (2012 TV series, two episodes)
- 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.
- Minow, Nell (2004-07-31). The Movie Mom's Guide To Family Movies. iUniverse. pp. 209–. ISBN 9780595320950. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- English Department Faculty, California State University Long Beach
- Mitchell-Smith, Ilan (June 16, 2009). "Chapter 11: Racial Determinism in the Interlocking Economies of Power and Violence in Dungeons & Dragons". In Carley, Robert. Coopting Culture. Lexington/Roman & Littlefield Books. pp. 207–224. ISBN 978-0739125977.