Mike Vitar, star of ‘The Sandlot,’ keeps a low profile after retiring and facing assault charges
Mike Vitar, well remembered for his role in The Sandlot as Benjamin Franklin ‘Benny the Jet’ Rodriguez, retired from acting in 1997.
After being charged with assault, he now keeps a low profile while continuing to serve as a firefighter.
Mike Vitar is a well-known child actor
In the 1990s, Vitar appeared in a number of films. The Sandlot, D2: The Mighty Ducks, and D3: The Mighty Ducks are some of his most well-known flicks.
Throughout the 1990s, the former actor appeared in several films, cementing his reputation as one of the most successful child actors of the era.
Despite this, Vitar retired from acting in 1997 after appearing in an episode of the medical drama Chicago Hope. He retired when he was 19 years old.
Initially, after leaving show business, the former child star worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
In 2002, he became a firefighter with the Los Angeles Fire Department after earning the necessary experience and skills.
Mike Vitar was charged with assault
Vitar has had his fair share of run-ins with the law, including an assault charge in 2016.
After he and his two co-firefighters, Eric Carpenter and Thomas Molnar, attacked a man in a Halloween night brawl, he risked substantial jail time.
The 43-year-old and his companions allegedly approached and assaulted Samuel Chang, a 22-year-old graduate student who was handing out candy in a gated community.
The assailants claimed he was giving out “drug-laced” candy, which turned out to be false.
Chang was also said to be under the influence of PCP by Los Angeles firemen (a type of drug). However, medical investigations revealed that he had no evidence of the substance in his system.
Chang, on the other hand, thought he smelled alcohol on the breath of at least one firefighter.
One of them choked him and beat him so badly during the attack that he went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated.
Vitar was released on $30,000 bond at first, but was later charged with misdemeanor violence, which he did not challenge.
As a result, the three were charged in criminal court and were awarded $7.2 million in damages.
Vitar was sentenced to three months of probation and 90 days of community service in the end. He was also suspended without pay for six months.
Mike Vitar’s New Family
Vitar is still a firefighter with the Los Angeles Fire Department, and he and his wife, Kym Allen, have a happy married life.
Kym Vitar Photography is run by Allen, a skilled photographer, culinary student, and lecturer.
Vitar and his wife married in 2006, and they have three children: sons Eli and Wesley, as well as a daughter called Norah Paige.
Paige, the couple’s youngest child, was born in December 2013 to the couple.
While Vitar has kept his personal life and details private, his wife occasionally shares peeks of their family on Instagram.
Vitar and his wife, according to her Instagram, homeschool their children.
Allen tweeted a picture of her baby on October 26, 2021, with the remark that she was learning sign language on her own.
“As a ‘elective,’ she taught herself sign language,” she wrote.
Vitar is undoubtedly enjoying his new family life with his wife. They live in a mansion in Los Angeles.