At the age of 6, Stephen Manley appeared as Danny Sanders, a son of Marilyn Sanders, an old girlfriend of Mike's in the Season 2 "AITF" episode "Mike's Mysterious Son".
|Birthplace:||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Episodes appeared in:||"Mike's Mysterious Son" in Season 2|
|Character played:||Danny Sanders|
Stephen Michael Manley (born February 13, 1965) is a film and television actor whose acting career began as a young boy. As a child, he appeared on All in the Family as Danny Sanders, a five-year-old son of Marilyn Sanders in the Season 2 episode "Mike's Mysterious Son".
Life and career
Born in Encino, California, young Stephen was adopted when he was a few months old by Stella and Sam Manley, who made their home in San Marino, California. He soon became the third generation actor of his family. His adoptive Grandfather, Stephen Soldi, appeared in television between 1917 to 1966, best known as his stint as "Wimpy", Popeye's sidekick. He was in Singing in the Rain in the last shot as the man who is given the umbrella by Gene Kelly, and in A Night at the Opera with the Marx Brothers when they crowd into a hotel room. His daughter Stella soon followed in his steps making films in the 1940s and 1950s with an MGM contract. She was in Viva Zapata starring Anthony Quinn. She also stunt doubled Maria Montez at 20th Century Fox. Stephen's first television appearance was on The Art Linkletter Show at eight months of age.
He then started landing film, television, voice-over, and commercial work of his own at the age of six. Just between the age of seven and nine he landed 27 parts in film and television! He is most recognized today from his part as Young Spock at 17 in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. His Pon Farr scene with Saavik at first raised some eyebrows before the studio released the film, almost cut for being too racy for a Star Trek film. Luckily the scene remained in the film thanks to Leonard Nimoy. After wrapping the film, Stephen headed off to College and attended the Pasadena Art Center and graduated with a Bachelors in Film and Fine Art. He directed a short film called "Greasepaint" which won honors at the Houston Film Festival and aired on Bravo for two years. He then began work on a project about the French Foreign Legion called "Legion of Strangers". Acting has always been what he enjoys the most, and after some time away he is currently landing more jobs, seven jobs so far in 2011.
- Kwai Chang Caine (child) in the television series Kung Fu (1975).
- Spock (teen) in Wikipedia:Star Trek III: The Search for Spock' (1984).