Joey Cramer – Former Child Actor

Child Actor Joey Cramer

Joey Cramer is a former Canadian child actor who leapt to fame after starring in the 1986 film “Flight of the Navigator” I guess I have to slot him in a blog post since I believe due to his roles being mainly in the 80s  he was not a child or teen actor that was listed on Teen Stars Online so he would  not have an actual page dedicated to him as is the purpose of this site.

I see on many posts he is given a lot of heat due to his life after being a child star but he was in one of the most popular kids/family movies of the 80s and from the Disney studios. He played David Freeman a 12-year-old boy goes missing in 1978, only to reappear once more in 1986. In the eight years that have passed, he hasn’t aged. At the same time of his return, a flying saucer is found caught up in some power lines.

To David, it seems he had fallen and was unconscious for mere minutes but at his return, his younger brother is now his older brother and his parents have visibly aged. The film was a sure-fire hit for Disney.

That was not his first film role because two years previous he made his debut playing the son of Tom Selleck in the 1984 film “Runaway,” Sellick plays a police officer in the future who specializes in Robots who go, rogue, at that time they are a part of everyday home life.

Throughout his short career, he has a total of only seven credits comprising of features, guest spots on TV series and made for TV movies.

Other features were a role in “The Clan of the Cave Bear” (1986), guest roles on the TV series “The Magical World of Disney” (1986), “Murder, She Wrote” (1986) and the TV movie “Stone Fox” (1987).

After “Stone Fox” he was not seen again on the screen until 1997 when he had appeared as a Party Guest (uncredited) in the film “It’s My Party.”

With talk of a remake of Flight of the Navigator now making the rounds again, I would hope they would give him an appearance in this film as a sort of homage as we see often when movies are remade.

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I do hope they give him a cameo in this supposed remake they are working on.


I love Navigator as a kid, so no matter what he has an accomplishment that will outlast us all.


Solid playing the young son in his film debut with “Runaway” 2 years before he hit fame with Flight of the Navigator.

Jeff Brown
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He was the star of one of the most popular movies in the 80s that was loved by kids and another pretty good one in Runaway as his debut.


Joke, you list his meager filmography so allow me to list his criminology. n 2008 prosecuted for careless storage of a gun and later convicted for possession of narcotics with the intention of trafficking. 2010 drunk in a public place 2011 threatening with a gun sent to the clink for 30 days…then later forging checks. 2016 robbing a bank wearing a disguise, fleeing the police, dangerous driving, sent off for 2 years less a day. Talk about soft on crime in Canada that would have got him 30 in the USA. Cramer is the poster boy for former child actors… Read more »