07-21 Happy Birthday to Ike Eisenmann (born July 21, 1962), who played engineering cadet Peter Preston in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Eisenmann was born Ike Keith Eisenmann in Houston, Texas, the son of Ruth Ann (née Gumney) and Albert Able Eisenmann, who was also an actor, well known in Houston as KTRK channel 13’s children’s show host “Cadet Don”. He first came to prominence opposite Kim Richards as Tony Malone in Walt Disney Productions film Escape to Witch Mountain and its sequel Return from Witch Mountain. The 2009 remake film, Race to Witch Mountain, featured Ike in a cameo along with his original co-star, Kim Richards.
Television appearances consisted of roles in CHiPs, The Fantastic Journey, T.J. Hooker, Wonder Woman and several episodes of Gunsmoke and several appearances on the ABC Afterschool Specials. Eisenmann also starred in the made-for-television 1982 movie Dreams Don’t Die as New York subway graffiti artist Danny Baker trying to publish his art professionally. Though not a critical success, the film enjoyed cult status during late night rebroadcasts.
He also appeared in the 1978 mini-series Centennial as the young Jake Lloyd. Eisenmann appeared in Disney’s Tom and Huck as a townsperson.
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