Mike Vitar was never interested in the world of acting. Even though Mike began his career at the age of 12, he retired from the industry a few years later. Instead of all the glamor and glitz, Mike chose a normal life. Little can be said about his time in the industry. While he was active, Mike worked on a few movies. His most impressive appearance came in the 1993 movie, The Sandlot (1993). Mike played the role of Benjamin Franklin “Benny the Jet” Rodriguez in the movie. Since retiring from the entertainment industry, Mike has gone off-radar and is barely seen or recognized. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Mike Vitar.
Mike Vitar was born on the 21st of December 1978. Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Mike shares Cuban descent. The youngest of the Vitar siblings, Mike spent much of his early life with his brother and sister. In fact, Mike’s older brother Pablo, played the older version of his character, Benny, in The Sandlot. But like Mike, Pablo quit acting and joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1996. However, on the 29th of January 2008, Pablo succumbed to colon cancer. Mike also has an older sister Elizabeth, but little is known about her. Mike attended the St. Francis High School in La Cañada, California, and graduated in 1997.
Carrer & Progression:
Mike began his acting career from the age of 12. He was spotted by a casting manager in line for a ride at a school carnival. In 1991, Mike was cast on his first role in the movie Diplomatic Immunity. In the same year, Mike made a one-off appearance in the TV series, Brooklyn Bridge. Mike’s next role came in 1993. He was cast on the role of Luis in the movie Sunset Grill. In the same year, Mike got his breakout role as Benjamin Franklin “Benny the Jet” Rodriguez in the 1993 movie, The Sandlot.
In 1994, Mike was cast on the movie D2: The Mighty Ducks. This was followed by a 1996 movie appearance in NYPD Blue. Mike returned for the third iteration of The Mighty Ducks and played the role of Luis Mendoza in D3: The Mighty Ducks. The movie was released in 1996 and was Mike’s final movie appearance. In 1997, just before retiring, Mike made an appearance in the TV series Chicago Hope.
Ventures away from acting:
Apart from his work as an actor, Mike also took on several odd jobs. In 1996, Mike started working at the Gerber Ambulance in Torrance. The job proved to be a stepping stone for Mike, who went on to take the role of a firefighter at the Los Angeles Fire Department in 2002.
In Halloween of 2015, Mike and fellow firefighters Eric Carpenter, Thomas Molnar, Eugene Elbert, and Michael Cirlin, approached and violently assaulted college student Samuel Chang. Chang was handing out kids to candies around the area where his grandmother lived. The group choked Chang for 6-minutes which led to liver failure, brain damage, and other injuries. Chang’s pulse stopped and the fire-fighters retrieved their gear to save him. The group tried to pin the incident on Chang stating that he was on PCP. However, a drug test cleared him and Mike was charged misdemeanor battery charge. However, Mike was allowed to keep his job as a firefighter and continues in the position and also avoided jail time.
Personal Life: Mike Vitar wife & Kids:
Mike Vitar is married to longtime wife Kim Vitar. The couple began to date in 2003. Two years in the relationship Mike popped up the question with an engagement ring. A year later the couple got married in 2006. Kim is a photographer by profession. So far in thirteen years of conjugal life, Mike and Kim have given birth to three children. Their eldest Elias Vitar was born in 2007 then came Wesley Vitar in 2009 and the youngest girl Norah Paige was born in 2013.