Miko Hughes is an American actor, born on 22 February 1986, in Apple Valley, California USA. He’s particularly well known for his roles as a child actor, appearing in iconic movies such as “Pet Sematary” and “Mercury Rising”.
Miko John Huges was born the fourth child of Mary and John Huges. Due to his mother’s Native American ancestry, he was named with the Chickasaw word equivalent of “Chief”. His brothers are Mikhael and Mitchel, and his only sister is named Molly.
There’s no information about his early education, but it’s possible that he was home schooled, as he spent a large part of his childhood acting.
Debut: Pet Sematary
Miko started his career at the very early age of 22 months in a public announcement.
However, it wasn’t until he was three years old that he landed his first credited role as Gage Creed in the iconic 1989 film “Pet Sematary”, based on the novel of the same title by Stephen King – Gage, who is the younger child of the Creed family, tragically dies after he was run over by a truck. His family, which had recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow, buried the late child in an Indian burial ground said to bring back the dead. When the child indeed comes back from death, he does in a very sinister way.
Miko’s performance as Gage was equally surprising and horrifying, and was the first role of what would become a very successful career as actor. Not only was the movie a box office success, it also became a cult film.
In 2015 he was asked if he expected the film to be so successful. He answered: ‘At the time, of course not. I don’t think I knew I was acting for Pet Sematary; I was just playing pretend. I was practically a baby.’ In 2019, exactly 30 years after the release of the original movie, Paramount Pictures release a re-adaption of the movie, with a new cast and modern setting.
After his debut in acting, Miko received many offers – he landed his first role in a series in “Babes”, followed by his brief appearances in various series such as “Beverly Hills, 90210”, the crime-themed drama “The Burden of Proof” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper”.
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One of his most memorable roles though, was as Aaron in “Full House” through 1990 to 1995. While performing this role, he said one of his most célèbre phrases: ‘When we get to the museum, we gotta see those dead guys wrapped up in toilet paper’.
A capture of his facial expression during this series became years later the famous Brazilian meme “Por que você não amadurece?” (Why don’t you mature?). Hughes thanked his fans for it, and even shared an alternative version of the meme on Instagram. After “Full House” ended, he made a brief appearance in the series “The Parent ‘Hood” as Arnie, and in the film “Apolo 13” as Jeffrey Lovell.
From 1995 to 1998, he landed his second long-lasting role in a TV series when he acted in “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper”, playing the role of Tommy Anderson. After the show ended, he was cast in “Mercury Rising” starring Bruce Willis. Miko’s performance as Simon Lynch – an autistic kid persecuted by the Government- won him a Young Artist Award in the category “Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor”.
Teen and Adult Roles
Miko landed several more roles as a kid and teen. However, it wasn’t until 2002 that he started playing more mature characters, when he appeared as Young Dopler in the film “Clockstoppers”. He then portrayed the role of Peter Feldman in “Boston Public”.
As Miko grew up, he received fewer job offers in Hollywood compared to when he was a kid, and although he continued acting in TV series and films, his appearances were less frequent.
Moving into adulthood, Miko acted as Jensen in the movie “Remains” in 2011, and as Jeremy in “The Untold Story” in 2019. He appeared briefly in the series “The New Adventures of Pinkgirl and The Scone” as well.
In 2013 Miko explored a possible new side to his career when he made his debut as director of “Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear”. The horror themed movie received mixed critiques, and average reviews from the audience.
Besides his work as actor and in the entertainment business, Miko discovered his love for music at an early age.
When asked about how long he had been a ‘rave’ on Instagram, he answered: ‘Since forever! I was importing Trance CDs from Germany and spinning glow sticks when I was 14 haha’. For what he shows on his social media accounts, he enjoys his work as a DJ and is successful at it.
He became fascinated with bees when he was a child, and obtained his first hive: ‘Some kids want dogs or cats – I wanted a beehive. I got my brother into it too now. It helps pollinate any plants in the area or orchard.’ He also reflects on his love for natural environments and bees: ‘they’re (bees) so important to the environment. I feel like bees in a weird way are the transition between plant and animal.
They’re like sex organs of trees – flowering, blooming – there are a lot of other insects that can pollinate but not like bees do. Honey is fascinating.’
Despite his fame, Miko Hughes has chosen to keep his personal life and romantic relationships out of the spotlight. Even if his fans speculated about his sexual orientation as being gay for a while, there’s no proof to support this hypothesis.
Miko Hughes has an estimated net worth of $500,000 as of 2020, which is a result of his work as an actor in several films and series, mostly as a child actor.
Miko is a man of mixed ethnicity, with Native American origins. During his childhood he had blond hair, but his hair’s color has become darker and is currently black, combined with hazel eyes.
As adult, he has a strong build and handsome face. Though his weight is unknown, he’s 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall.
He used to be friends with actor/musician Joey Zimmerman.
“Pet Sematary” and Miko’s role in it as Gage were so iconic, that some fans of the film and of Stephen King’s novel have been tattooed with their favorite scenes from the movie. Miko shared a photo on Instagram of one of those tattoos, made by artist Paul Acker on one of his clients: ‘the best one I’ve seen!’ said the caption.
On 20 February 1991, he was interviewed in “The Tonight Show” by Johnny Carson, becoming the youngest guest in the show’s history.
Along his sister Molly, Miko appeared in a McDonald’s commercial from 1995.
Miko’s mother Mary Hughes is a writer, who created the screenplay of “Five At Dawn”, a movie based on her Chickasaw grandmother. However, even if the story caught the attention of various directors in Hollywood, the film was never made.
Besides his role as an autistic kid in “Mercury Rising”, he also played the role of a kid on this spectrum in an episode of “Baywatch”.