Like many other famous sidekicks, Ilan Mitchell-Smith achieved success; not in his acting career, but all of the things he did afterwards. Ilan began his career in ballet; when, at the age of 12 was discovered by a casting director. He starred in two films before being cast as Wyatt in Weird Science. He left acting in 1991 to pursue academics; earning his Ph.D in Medieval Studies. He is now an Associate Professor at California State University.