Mike Vita is an American firefighter and former actor. He gained recognition for his portrayals of Benjamin Franklin "Benny the Jet" Rodriguez in "The Sandlot" and Luis Mendoza in the last two Mighty Ducks films.
Vita's journey into acting began during his teenage years when a casting manager discovered him while waiting in line for a ride at a school carnival. However, Mike decided to retire from acting in 1997.
How Rich is Mike Vita?
Mike Vita has a net worth of $300,000. He earned this money from acting and now as a firefighter. Vita's older brother Pablo, who also acted in "The Sandlot," has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.
Even though Vita's net worth isn't as high as some of his friends from "The Sandlot," it's still impressive and shows how hard he has worked.
Mike Vita's Acting Journey
Mike Vita embarked on his acting journey with a debut performance as Arturo in the 1991 film "Diplomatic Immunity." Shortly thereafter, he graced the small screen, portraying Antony Gambuzza in an episode of "Brooklyn Bridge" titled "Everything You Wanted to Know About Puberty For Boys."
In the ensuing years, Vita secured a role as a Boy in the thriller "Sunset Grill" (1993), sharing the screen with actors like Lori Singer, Stacy Keach, and Peter Weller. This film traced the narrative of a former police officer turned private investigator navigating through a web of intrigue and danger.
However, it was in 1993 that Mark landed his breakthrough role as Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez in "The Sandlot," a heartwarming tale that clinched an award for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture.
Vita's portrayal of Benny, a skilled baseball player who mentors the protagonist Scotty, endeared him to audiences worldwide. Alongside talents like Tom Guiry and Patrick Renna, Mark brought to life a story of camaraderie, adventure, and the love of the game, all under the direction of David Mickey Evans.
Continuing his stride, Mark appeared as Luis in the family comedy-drama "D2: The Mighty Ducks" (1994), a beloved gem of the early '90s cinema scene, although it received no formal accolades.
Vita's television credits include a guest role as a Teenager on the acclaimed crime drama "NYPD Blue" in 1996. The same year, he reprised his role as Luis in "D3: The Mighty Ducks," which garnered nominations at the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards.
Mark's final acting role was portraying Carlo Lunes in an episode of the series "Chicago Hope" in 1997, marking the end of his notable acting career.
How Mike Vita Became a Firefighter?
After finishing high school, Mike Vita worked as an EMT. Then, since 2002, he has been a firefighter with the Los Angeles Fire Department. In 2003, he became known for saving his fellow firefighters from a burning house on New Year's Eve.
When the roof collapsed on two of his colleagues, Vita and his team acted fast, rescuing them and saving their lives. About 15 years later, he faced another situation that got a lot of attention.
Mike and two neighbors, including another firefighter, thought a 22-year-old named Samuel was giving out candy laced with drugs to kids on Halloween. They chased Samuel and caught him. Mike and one of his neighbors held Samuel down while the other neighbor choked him until he passed out.
Samuel had to stay in the hospital for many weeks, and Vita and his friends performed CPR on him until help arrived. Later, Mike and his friends were charged with serious assault crimes.
Mike pleaded not guilty to a lesser charge and was suspended from work for six months, although the Chang family wanted stronger punishment. Eventually, Vita returned to his job as a firefighter.
Who is Mike Vita's Wife?
Since 2006, Mike Vita has been happily married to Kimberly 'Kim' Vitar. Together, they have three children. Kim gave birth to their first son, Elias, on March 12, 2007.
Their second son, Wesley, was born on April 30, 2009, followed by their youngest child, daughter Norah, born on January 31, 2013. As of 2024, the family of five calls Los Angeles, California, their home.
Kym is a talented photographer. She loves making beautiful pictures that last. Even though Mike used to be famous as a kid actor, Kym prefers a simple life away from Hollywood's busy scene.
Mike and Kym have been married for over sixteen years now, and their love is still strong. They've made many happy memories together and show that real love can last, even when you're famous.
Mike Vita's Early Life
Mike Vita was born on December 21, 1978, in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is American and comes from a Latin family. Mike grew up with his parents, and two siblings Pablo and Elizabeth.
Vita didn't plan to be an actor. But when a casting manager noticed him and asked him to audition, he got his first role, and his acting career began.
For school, Mike went to St. Francis High School in La Cañada, California. After finishing high school in 1997, he didn't go to college. Instead, he started working as an emergency medical technician (EMT) for Gerber Ambulance in Torrance.