The Info List - Ian Michael Smith

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Ian Michael Smith (born May 5, 1987) is an American actor, known for his starring role in Simon Birch.[1][2] His short physical stature (3 ft 1 in (0.94 m)) is a result of Morquio syndrome,[3] a rare enzymatic disorder affecting the circulatory, muscular and skeletal systems. Life and work[edit] Smith was born in Elmhurst, Illinois. He has a brother Brian. A Chicago-area hospital worker approached his parents about him auditioning for the leading role in The Mighty, a feature film about a character with Morquio Syndrome. Kieran Culkin
Kieran Culkin
was cast instead, but Smith was recommended for the title role of Simon Birch
Simon Birch
(1998), a film based loosely on John Irving's novel A Prayer for Owen Meany, which also called for a small child actor. He graduated from York Community High School
York Community High School
in Elmhurst in 2005. He has undergone several operations including a spinal fusion and two bilateral osteotomies. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009, and Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University
in 2012. and now works as a software engineer. [3] References[edit]

^ Holden, Stephen (September 11, 1998). "FILM REVIEW; Tiny Boy With an Enormously Consuming Quest". The New York Times.  ^ "SIMON BIRCH". British Board of Film Classification. 1998-10-06. Retrieved 2012-12-20.  ^ a b Ian Michael Smith at Hollywood.com

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/ Abigail Breslin
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(2006) Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada / Nikki Blonsky
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(2015) Lucas Hedges
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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 2169164