Wil Wheaton is listed in the credits of "The Last Starfighter" as "Louis' friend," but I was not able to spot him when I watched the movie. Was his part cut from the DVD version of the movie? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087597/fullcredits/?ref_=tt_cl_sm

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He's still in a couple scenes in the movie, at least according to IMDb:

Although Wil Wheaton's speaking scenes were deleted, he can be seen in two scenes, running around the trailer park early in the movie (wearing a red football jersey), and in the final scene, where he is obscured, standing behind Louis Rogan (wearing a blue jacket, possibly over the red jersey).

I haven't seen the film myself, but the below image seems to be one of his scenes:

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    the kid in the red shirt in this shot is entirely too tall to be Wil in 1984 imo (and the same actor, is probably better seen in LogicDictates answer and is obviously not Wil)
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Sep 14, 2021 at 18:25
  • If WW is in this pic, he's most likely the one in the plaid shirt. The tall kid, the black kid and the girl from the other answer are identifiable in this pic - though his hair doesn't look as straight the other pic. Commented Sep 15, 2021 at 0:13

On his website, Wheaton stated that his scenes were cut from the movie before they were even filmed. However, he was already in the background of some scenes, so he was still credited and receives a small annual payment for that role.

When I was a little older, I shot a movie called The Last Starfighter out there. We shot at a trailer park up in a canyon somewhere, and I remember thinking that the winding canyon road we drove on to get there looked like something from the Twilight Zone. Later, I found out that they had, indeed, shot the series on that stretch of highway. I remembered how excited I was to work on a movie that was — as far as my young mind could tell — was basically all about a video game that turned you into a real starfighter. I remembered how disappointed I was when I saw the titular game on the set, and discovered it was an empty cabinet with only lights inside. (Fun fact: the classic Atari Game Star Raiders was supposed to be a licensed game from Last Starfighter, but the deal fell through. They kept the gameplay and changed the sprites. Bonus fun fact: My scenes were cut from the movie before we filmed them, but I was already in the background of several scenes as one of the kids who lived in the trailer park, so I ended up in the credits. Every year, I get a hundred bucks or so in residuals. Semi-related fun fact: the market at the trailer park had a Star Castle game in it, and that’s when I fell in love with that game.)

Incidentally, I think he's been misidentified in the quote provided in the previous answer. It says he's the kid in the red football jersey in an early scene, who's also shown wearing a blue jacket over what appears to be the same red jersey in another scene near the end.

That kid is visible standing on the left of the group of four kids near the middle of the image below, and his face doesn't look much like Wheaton's to me. Also, he looks too old and tall, like a teenager.

According to IMDB, The Last Starfighter was filmed in May of 1983, when Wheaton would've been just ten years old. I actually think he's the kid standing on the right of that group of four. He looks about the right age and his face bears a closer resemblance to Wheaton's.

Shot of a crowd scene from near the end of "The Last Starfighter".

The Last Starfighter (1984)

For reference purposes, here's an image of Wheaton from Stand by Me, which was shot roughly two years later in the summer of '85, according to IMDB.

Close-up shot of Wil Wheaton's face from "Stand by Me".

Stand by Me (1986)

And here's a magnified image of the kid I think he played in The Last Starfighter, the one on the right of this group of four. The face and hair look like a perfect match; his hair is shorter in Stand by Me, but it's the same colour and style.

Magnified and cropped image of the aforementioned crowd scene from "The Last Starfighter".

The Last Starfighter (1984)

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    Pajama pants in a night scene seems reasonably appropriate for a 10-y-o, too.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Sep 14, 2021 at 14:41
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    If it were a few years later, I'd swear the tall boy in the last picture looks like Ashton Kutcher. Commented Sep 14, 2021 at 23:49
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    I agree with LogicDictates - Wheaton is mostly likely the kid in the pajamas and light blue (gray) jacket at the right of the group.
    – Omegacron
    Commented Sep 15, 2021 at 4:20

He’s right next to Granny and the shotgun in this image. He actually waves and says bye with everyone at the end so technically he has one word in the film. enter image description here

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