"We ended up staying with friends for a while, slowly dusted ourselves up. 'Problem Child' Star Michael Oliver Resurfaces -- Wait'll You See Junior Now! While he was making the first two "Problem Child" films, Oliver also appeared in the television show "Amen!" Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. At age 6, he appeared in a Chevron commercial where he wore glasses and had his voice dubbed over. He is an actor, known for Problem Child 2 (1991), Problem Child (1990) and Drexell's Class (1991). His first job was as a model in a Sears catalog. Oliver is best known for his role as "Junior" in the first two Problem Child movies. Michael Oliver was born on October 10, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Michael Oliverius. Universal Pictures alleged that, on the eve of filming, Ponce threatened to remove her son from production unless his payment for the film was raised from $80,000 to $500,000. Spouse (1) Get Toofab breaking news sent right to your browser! I work my ass off, I have a 9-5 [job], a normal existence. He was a very laid-back child and very intelligent. Michael Oliver memorably played John Ritter's adopted son in the two "Problem Child" films, the first of which came out 25 years ago today. NBC Orders Comedy Pilot Based on ‘Problem Child’ Movie, 'Problem Child' TV Show Gets a Pilot Order at NBC. [1] It became a "surprise hit,"[2] spawned two sequels and an animated series. Junior is a 7-year-old devilish kid who was abandoned at birth by his mother. [citation needed], In 2015 it was reported that Oliver was happy with his private life away from the celebrity scene and had said he was enjoying "a nice, quiet existence" although he expressed he was grateful for the time he had spent in the spotlight as a child star.[3]. After seeing Oliver in the Chevron commercial, a casting agent for the film Problem Child tracked Oliver down and cast him in the role days later. To mark the film's 25th anniversary, costar Gilbert Gottfried tracked Oliver down for his podcast, where the former child star opened up about working with the late John Ritter, his swift exit from Hollywood and revealed what he's up to now. Oliver is best known for his role as "Junior" in the first two Problem Child movies. It was the first time they had spoken to each other since filming Problem Child 2. The film was a surprise success, quickly spawning a sequel -- but Oliver all but vanished from showbiz shortly after, thanks to a lawsuit filed against his family from Universal Pictures. © 2020 EHM Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. Michael Oliver was born on October 10, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Michael Oliverius. "After all that, after the impact on morale that that left our family with, everything took a downturn," Oliver told Gottfried. I'd say no," he says. A Superior Court jury ruled that the contract was unenforceable, Universal Pictures having entered into it under duress, and that Ponce and Oliver were obliged to return the difference between the $250,000 Universal had thus far paid and the $80,000 originally negotiated. He left his acting career behind around the same time. Starring: John Ritter,Jack Warden,Michael Oliver I was kinda done with it anyway," he says now. "I started to realize that I want a normal life. He has been married to Magnolia Ponce since June 4, 2016. ", As for whether he watches either of the "Problem Child" movies if they're on TV: "I avoid it like the plague. Michael Ponce Oliverius (born October 10, 1981) is an American former child actor of the 1990s better known by his stage name Michael Oliver. He is an actor, known for. He leaves a path of destruction in his wake and was returned to an orphanage 30 times, until Mr. Peabody, a adoption agent convinces a couple, Ben and Flo Healy to adopt Junior as his first day at his new home as his new grandfather, Big Ben and their cat, Fuzzball fall down the stairs. ", Check out the gallery above to see more child stars now -- and click here to see Oliver reunite with Trixie from "Problem Child 2.". These days, Oliver works in tech support and couldn't be happier. Picture going out to see a movie with your friends and getting recognized and people not understanding you just want to see a movie. "One of the things I learned real young is how precious privacy is.

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