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Also Known As: Kirk Thomas Cameron Died:
Born: October 12, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Canoga Park, California, USA Profession: actor

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At the peak of his television fame, child star Kirk Cameron made himself into the smarmy-grinned, smart-mouth teen archetype during the heyday of saccharine 1980s sitcoms. As the breakthrough, mullet-sporting star of the ostensible family comedy "Growing Pains" (ABC, 1985-1992), Cameron graced many a Tiger Beat cover as a teen heartthrob, even while he badgered and cajoled co-stars, writers and producers behind the scenes to keep the already antiseptic show in line with his personal evangelical dogma. When his acting opportunities tapered off as he grew older, he turned to working as a celebrity spokesman for minister Ray Comfort, whose ultra-right wing Christian fundamentalist message meshed with the former star's return to acting in the series of movies based on the apocalyptic Left Behind novels. Ever associated with the scheming, girl-crazy Mike Seaver of "Growing Pains," Cameron would carve away at that warm and fuzzy legacy by presenting himself as an increasingly pious gadfly, crusading for prayer in schools and the study of creationism to the exclusion of science, and vocalizing his anti-gay rights stance at every opportunity, despite working alongside these very people in an industry that...

At the peak of his television fame, child star Kirk Cameron made himself into the smarmy-grinned, smart-mouth teen archetype during the heyday of saccharine 1980s sitcoms. As the breakthrough, mullet-sporting star of the ostensible family comedy "Growing Pains" (ABC, 1985-1992), Cameron graced many a Tiger Beat cover as a teen heartthrob, even while he badgered and cajoled co-stars, writers and producers behind the scenes to keep the already antiseptic show in line with his personal evangelical dogma. When his acting opportunities tapered off as he grew older, he turned to working as a celebrity spokesman for minister Ray Comfort, whose ultra-right wing Christian fundamentalist message meshed with the former star's return to acting in the series of movies based on the apocalyptic Left Behind novels. Ever associated with the scheming, girl-crazy Mike Seaver of "Growing Pains," Cameron would carve away at that warm and fuzzy legacy by presenting himself as an increasingly pious gadfly, crusading for prayer in schools and the study of creationism to the exclusion of science, and vocalizing his anti-gay rights stance at every opportunity, despite working alongside these very people in an industry that initially made him a star.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Saving Christmas (2014)
2.
 Fireproof (2008)
4.
5.
6.
 Growing Pains Movie, The (2000) Mike Seaver
7.
 Left Behind: the Movie (2000) Buck Williams
8.
 Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The (1995) Dexter Riley
9.
 Star Struck (1994) Runner Campbell
10.
 Little Piece Of Heaven, A (1991) Wilson Loomis
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Milestones close milestones

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Began appearing in TV commercials at age 9
1981:
TV-acting debut, "Bret Maverick" (NBC)
1982:
Landed a minor role in "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" presentation of "Beyond Witch Mountain" (CBS), starring Tracey Gold
1983:
Appeared as Eric Armstrong on the short-lived ABC drama series "Two Marriages"
1985:
Breakthrough role as troublesome Mike Seaver, the eldest child of Dr. Jason (Alan Thicke) and Maggie Seaver (Joanna Kerns) on the ABC family sitcom "Growing Pains"; Tracey Gold played his younger sister Carol
1986:
Feature acting debut, "The Best of Times"
1987:
Co-starred with Dudley Moore in the comedy "Like Father Like Son"
1995:
Played a college genius in the ABC movie "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes"
1995:
Headlined own sitcom "Kirk" (The WB) opposite wife Chelsea Noble
2000:
Reprised role of Mike Seaver and reunited with co-stars in "The Growing Pains Movie" (ABC)
2001:
Starred in the Christian-based film "Left Behind" as news reporter Buck Williams
2002:
Reprised role in "Left Behind II: Tribulation Force"
2004:
Once again played Mike Seaver in "Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers" (ABC)
2005:
Co-starred with Louis Gossett Jr. in third film in trilogy "Left Behind: World at War"
2008:
Starred in the Christian romantic drama "Fireproof"
2012:
Produced and appeared in the documentary feature "Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure"
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Notes

Cameron has been active as a spokesperson for the "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign and has appeared in several TV commercials to this end.

Cameron is a recipient of the People's Choice Awards, as Favorite Young Television Performer (1987 and 1988)

He is also the recipient for the Best Actor Award presented by the Family Television and Film Awards Organization

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wife:
Chelsea Noble. Had a younger brother; lived with father after parents' divorce.
wife:
Chelsea Noble. Former model, actor. Born c. 1965 in Cheektowaga, New York (near Buffalo); acted with Cameron on popular sitcom, "Growing Pains"; first publicly divulged relationship with Cameron on a joint appearance on TV's "Sally Jessy Raphael"; also appeared opposite Cameron in his The WB sitcom "Kirk"; married on July 20, 1991.

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father:
Robert Cameron. Army officer. Served in Prussian army; died when Helm was a child.
father:
Robert Cameron. Gym teacher.
mother:
Barbara Cameron. Talent manager. Manages son's career.
mother:
Barbara Cameron. Psychologist.
sister:
Bridget J Cameron. Born in September 1971.
sister:
Bridget J Cameron. Social worker.
sister:
Melissa Cameron. Had four brothers.
sister:
Melissa Cameron. Born on October 1974.
sister:
Candace Cameron. Alcoholic; died from complications of drinking.
sister:
Candace Cameron. Actor. Born April 4, 1976; appeared on ABC-TV series "Full House".
son:
Jack Cameron. Born in 1996; adopted.
son:
Jack Cameron. Costume designer.
daughter:
Isabella Cameron. Born in 1997; adopted.
daughter:
Isabella Cameron. Has four sisters.
daughter:
Ahna Cameron. Therapist.
daughter:
Ahna Cameron. Born in 1998; adopted.
son:
Luke Cameron. Abandoned family.
son:
Luke Cameron. Born in 2000; adopted.
daughter:
Olivia Rose Cameron. Born on July 18, 2001; mother, Chelsea Noble.
daughter:
Olivia Rose Cameron. Had three ; survived her.
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