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Kirk Cameron
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Cameron at Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan, May 5, 2007.
Born
Kirk Thomas Cameron

October 12, 1970 (1970-10-12) (age 50)
Occupation Actor, Evangelist
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Chelsea Noble (1991–present)

Kirk Thomas Cameron (born October 12, 1970) is an American actor best known for playing "Mike Seaver" on the television situation comedy, Growing Pains, and in other television shows and movies. He was the main actor in the Left Behind movie series and in Fireproof. He is also an active Christian evangelist, and works with Ray Comfort on The Way of the Master. He co-started The Firefly Foundation with his wife, actress Chelsea Noble.

Birth and family

Cameron was born on October 12, 1970 in Panorama City, California. His parents are Robert Cameron, a retired school teacher, and Barbara Bausmith, a stay-at-home mom. He is the brother to Bridgette, Melissa, and Candace Cameron, who is played "D.J. Tanner" on the television sitcom, Full House. He would go to school on the set of Growing Pains, as opposed to a normal school. He graduated at age 17 with high honors.

Cameron and his wife, actress Chelsea Noble, were married on July 21, 1991. They now have six children, four of whom were adopted: Jack (born 1996), Isabella (born 1997), Anna (born 1998), and Luke (born 2000); and two biological: Olivia Rose (born July 18, 2001) and James Thomas (born April 13, 2003).

Acting career

Kirk Cameron at the 41st Emmy Awards cropped and altered
Cameron as a young adult.

Cameron began acting at the age of nine, and his first job was for a breakfast cereal. His first starring role was at the age of ten in the television series Two Marriages. At this age, he appeared in several television shows and movies. He became famous after being cast as "Michael Seaver" in the 1985 television series Growing Pains. In the series, Seaver's girlfriend was Kate MacDonald, who was played by Chelsea Noble, Cameron's future wife. Cameron subsequently became a teen heartthrob in the late 1980s, while appearing on the covers of several teen magazines, including Tiger Beat, Teen Beat, 16 and others. At the time, he was making $50,000 a week. He was also in a 60-second Pepsi commercial during Super Bowl XXIV.

Cameron went on to star in many movies, for example 1987's Like Father Like Son, which made a lot of money. His next movie, 1989's Listen to Me, did not make very much money. When Growing Pains ended in 1992, Cameron went on to star in the sitcom Kirk which began in 1995 and ended two years later. In Kirk, Cameron played Kirk Hartman, a 24-year-old who has to raise his siblings. Cameron and Noble also worked together on Kirk.

Ten years after Growing Pains ended, was a part of The Growing Pains Movie, in 2000, and Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers, in 2004. Cameron has also often worked in Christianity-related movies, among them the post-Rapture movies Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, and Left Behind: World at War, in which he plays Cameron "Buck" Williams. Cameron's wife Noble also starred in these movies, playing Hattie Durham. Cameron has worked with Cloud Ten Pictures, and has been in several of their movies. He was also in Fireproof, which was made by Sherwood Pictures. They only spent $500,000 making the movie. Cameron as the main actor, playing Captain Caleb Holt. Though it was a did not cost much money to make, the movie made $33,415,129. Cameron said, "[Fireproof is] the best work of my life."

Christianity and evangelism ministry

Cameron was once an atheist, but around the age of 17-18, during the height of his career on Growing Pains, he developed a belief in God, and became a Christian. After converting to Christianity, he began to insist that storylines be stripped of anything he thought to be too adult or racy in Growing Pains. The cast ostracized him from their activities. They did not attend his wedding, nor was he invited to any of theirs. A decade later, Cameron agreed to appear in The Growing Pains Movie, where the entire main cast reunited with one another. Cameron said,

"It’s a lot less crazy of a time than when we were teenagers. It’s an opportunity to begin new friendships as adults, and I’m really looking forward to that."

Cameron currently partners with fellow evangelist Ray Comfort, training Christians in evangelism. Together, they founded the ministry of The Way of the Master, which is best known for its award-winning television show Cameron co-hosts. It also formerly featured a radio show known as The Way of the Master Radio with talk show host Todd Friel. The radio show was later canceled, and Wretched Radio began, hosted by Friel. He, with wife Noble, founded The Firefly Foundation, which runs Camp Firefly, an organization that gives terminally ill children and their families a free week's vacation.

Cameron and Comfort were a part in a debate on television with atheists Brian Sapient and Kelly O'Conner of the Rational Response Squad, at Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan on May 5, 2007. It was moderated by ABC's Martin Bashir and parts of it were played on Nightline. They debated whether or not there is a God. Some of the people in the audience believed in God, and some did not.

Filmography

Movie

Year Title Role Notes/Box office
1981 Goliath Awaits Liam Television movie
1982 Beyond Witch Mountain Boy Television film
1983 Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land Gary Television movie
1986 The Best of Times Teddy $7,790,931
1987 Like Father Like Son Chris Hammond $34,377,585
1989 Listen to Me Tucker Muldowney $4,299,023
1991 A Little Piece of Heaven Will Loomis Television movie
1998 You Lucky Dog Jack Morgan Disney Channel Original Movie
2000 The Growing Pains Movie Mike Seaver Television reunion film
Left Behind: The Movie Buck Williams $4,224,065
2001 The Miracle of the Cards Josh Television movie
2002 Left Behind II: Tribulation Force Buck Williams Direct-to-video
2004 Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers Mike Seaver Television reunion film
2005 Left Behind: World at War Buck Williams Direct-to-video
2008 Fireproof Caleb Holt $33,456,317

Television

Year Title Episode Role
1981 Bret Maverick The Lazy Ace: Part 1–2 Boy #1
1982 Disneyland Boy
Herbie the Matchmaker Young Kid
1983 Two Marriages Eric Armstrong
ABC Afterschool Specials The Woman Who Willed a Miracle
Andrea's Story: A Hitchhiking Tragedy
Jeff
1984 Children in the Crossfire Mickey Chandler
More Than Murder Bobby
1985 - 1992 Growing Pains Mike Seaver
1988 Full House Just One of the Guys Cousin Steve
1991 A Little Piece of Heaven Will Loomis
1993 The Horde Chauncey
1994 Star Struck Runner
1995 The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Dexter Riley
1995 - 1996 Kirk Kirk Hartman
1997 WMAC Masters The Bibler
2002 Family Law Blood and Water Mitchell Stark
Touched by an Angel The Birthday Present Chuck Parker
2003 - present The Way of the Master Himself
2004 Jack & Bobby Today I Am a Man
2005 Night of Joy Host
2009 18 Kids and Counting Himself

Awards

Young Artist Awards

  • 1985 Best Young Supporting Actor in a Daytime or Nighttime Drama, Two Marriages (Nominated)
  • 1986 Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series, Growing Pains (Won)
  • 1987 Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Starring in a Television Comedy or Drama Series, Growing Pains (Won)
  • 1987 Best Young Male Superstar in Television, Growing Pains (Won)
  • 1989 Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture, Listen to Me (Nominated)

Saturn Award

  • 1987 Best Performance by a Younger Actor, Like Father, Like Son (Won)

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1987 Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Growing Pains (Nominated)
  • 1989 Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Growing Pains (Nominated)

People's Choice Award

  • 1988 Favorite Young TV Performer (Won)
  • 1989 Favorite Young TV Performer (Won)

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

  • 1990 Favorite TV Actor, Growing Pains (Won)
  • Still Growing: An Autobiography :
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