David Mendenhall

David Athen Mendenhall (born June 13, 1971) is an American film, television and voice actor.[2] He is best known for his roles in the films Space Raiders, Over the Top,[3] The Transformers: The Movie and They Still Call Me Bruce.[4]

David Mendenhall
Born
David Athen Mendenhall[1]

(1971-06-13) June 13, 1971
Alma materCalifornia State University, San Bernardino
University of Southern California
Southwestern Law School
OccupationActor
Years active1980—1990
2007—present

Early life and acting career

Mendenhall was born in Oceanside, California. He has a younger sister, Marissa. Mendenhall began his acting career at the age of four. In 1979, he auditioned for and won the role of Mike Webber on the soap opera General Hospital. He remained with the series until 1986. During that time, Mendenhall started acting in feature films. Mendenhall made his film debut in the 1983 space Western, Space Raiders, produced by Roger Corman. Notable television appearances during the 80s also included playing Elaine Nardo's son on Taxi on three episodes, and playing a 12-year-old drug dealer in “The Reporter”, a very special episode of the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. The episode featured a guest appearance by then-First Lady Nancy Reagan.

At age 15, Mendenhall portrayed Sylvester Stallone’s son in the 1987 sport drama Over the Top, about a long haul truck driver who tries to win back his alienated son while becoming a champion arm wrestler. That same year, he appeared in the comedy Going Bananas with Dom DeLuise and Jimmie Walker. In 1989, Mendenhall worked on The Secret of the Ice Cave with Sally Kellerman, which was shot in Chile. All three movies were produced by Cannon Films. In 1989, Mendenhall starred opposite Christina Applegate in the drama Streets, once again working with Roger Corman, who produced. On television, Mendenhall had a recurring role for two seasons on the NBC drama Our House, starring Wilford Brimley.

Education and later work

In 1994, Mendenhall enrolled in the theatre arts program at California State University, San Bernardino. In 1996, he transferred to the University of Southern California and graduated magna cum laude in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree. Later that year, Mendenhall attended Southwestern Law School, graduating 2001.

Mendenhall has since worked in legal departments for several entertainment companies, including NBCUniversal Television Group, and Buena Vista Home Entertainment. From 2007-2008, he was the clearance coordinator on the NBC television program Deal or No Deal. Afterwards he worked in the prize department on GSN Live for the Game Show Network, and later as a prize producer for shows on NBC and Fox.

In 2012, he returned to film acting with a brief role in Bobcat Goldthwait's God Bless America.

Awards

Selected filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980The Last SongBobby PierceTV movie
1981The Magic of David Copperfield IV: The Vanishing AirplaneYoung David CopperfieldTV movie
1982Puff and the Incredible Mr. NobodyTerryvoice
The Smurfs Christmas SpecialWilliamvoice
TaxiJason
1983Space RaidersPeter
1979–1986General HospitalMike Webber
1983Goodnight, BeantownAlex
Diff'rent StrokesSidney
1984Saturday SupercadeJoey(Kangaroo segment)
Cabbage Patch Kids: First ChristmasCannonvoice
1985The Twilight ZoneRichard "Dickie" Jordan Jr."Examination Day"
Rainbow BriteKrysvoice
Rainbow Brite and the Star StealerKrysvoice
Galtar and the Golden LanceZornvoice
The Berenstain BearsBrother Bearvoice
G.I. JoeFairmont Boyvoice
CBS StorybreakHenry GreenChocolate Fever
It's Punky Brewster!Additional Voicesvoice
Night on the Galactic RailroadGiovanni1986 dub
1986WitchfireHunter's Son
The Transformers: The MovieDaniel Witwickyvoice
The Transformers season 3 and 4Daniel Witwickyvoice
Potato Head KidsBig Chipvoice
The CenturionsRandy Changvoice
Our HouseJ.R. Dutton
1987Over the TopMichael Hawk
Going BananasBen
They Still Call Me BruceBilly White
Pound PuppiesOranSnow Puppies
1988Family Medical CenterGuest Starunknown episodes
A Pup Named Scooby-DooAdditional Voicesvoice
The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the BibleAdditional VoicesThe Creation
1989The Secret of the Ice CaveAlex Ostrow
1990StreetsSy
1997RoseanneClerkuncredited
2008My Own Worst EnemyPaul Wallace
2009The ForgottenNewsstand Clerk
2011God Bless AmericaRoxy's Father
A Gifted ManPeter Glenn
2014A Help From AboveKerr

References

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