(born March 21
) is an American actor and singer who is best known for his roles as David Lightman in the 1983
cold war film WarGames
, the titular character in the 1986
coming of age comedy film Ferris Bueller's Day Off
, Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks
' Tony Award
-winning musical, "The Producers"
), alongside Nathan Lane
, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw
in the 1989
drama war film Glory
, and as Dr. Niko "Nick" Tatopoulos in the 1998
sci-fi film Godzilla
He is known in Disney for voicing Simba in the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King, and its sequels The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and The Lion King 1½. He played the title character and RoboGadget in the first live action film of Inspector Gadget. He also portrayed Professor Harold Hill in the television film, The Music Man.