|Simon Birch||1998||Actor||Simon Birch||19987|
|Film acting debut in title role of "Simon Birch"|
|Raised in Elmhurst, Illinois|
|Auditioned for the lead role in "The Mighty"; part went to Kieran Culkin|
|Steve Smith||Father||runs consulting firm in the Chicago area|
|"He's one in a million. He is such a professional and has the greatest attitude of anyone I've ever met. He's only 11 years old and yet he has focus and talent that exceeds what I've seen in a lot of professional adult actors. He also has a style that is straight and truthful, I think he's a genius. He's a very old soul in a very small body." --"Simon Birch" director Mark Steven Johnson on Ian Michael Smith in the press notes for the film|
|"You know how Simon thinks he was put here for a purpose? Well, I think my purpose is to be in this movie to show that people with Morquio can do this kind of stuff." --Ian Michael Smith quoted by photographer Alan Markfield in PREMIERE, September 1998|
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