Kirk Cameron was born Kirk Thomas Cameron on October 12, 1970 in Los Angeles. His parents are Robert Cameron, a retired school teacher, and Barbara Bausmith, a stay-at-home mom. He has three sisters, Bridgette, Melissa, and Candace. He went to school on the set of Growing Pains, as opposed to a normal school and graduated at 17 with high honors.
Kirk began acting at age nine, and his first job was in a commercial for a breakfast cereal. His first starring role was at age 10, in the television series Two Marriages. In the early 80’s he appeared in several television shows and films which included, Goliath Awaits, Beyond Witch Mountain & Starflight: The Plane That Couldn’t Land.
Kirk’s fans probably best know him for his role on the television series Growing Pains which he starred in from 1985-1992, he played Mike Seaver on the show. That show also starred Alan Thicke as dad Jason, Joanna Kerns as mom Maggie, Jeremy Miller as brother Ben, and Tracey Gold as sister Carol. In the series, Mike Seaver’s girlfriend was Kate MacDonald, who was played by Chelsea Noble, Cameron’s future wife in real life!
Kirk was an atheist in his early teens, but when he was 17, during the height of his career on Growing Pains, he developed a belief in God, and became a born-again Christian. After converting to Christianity, he began to insist that story lines be stripped of anything he thought too adult or racy in Growing Pains. Oh my, I wonder if they complied with his wishes?
Kirk 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.
In 1988 Kirk guest starred in an episode of Full House in which he played the cousin of D.J. Tanner, who was played by Kirk’s real life sister, Candace Cameron. Candace starred in Full House from 1987-1995. I enjoyed watching this show each week. It also starred John Stamos as Uncle Jesse (what a cool uncle!), Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen as Michelle, Bob Saget as Danny, Dave Coulier as Joey, Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie, Lori Loughlin as Becky, Andrea Barber as Kimmy and Scott Weinger as Steve.
Kirk went on to star in many films some of which include 1987’s Like Father Like Son with Dudley Moore, which was a box office success. His next theatrical film, 1989’s Listen to Me, performed poorly at the box office. When Growing Pains ended in 1992, Cameron went on to star in The WB sitcom Kirk which premiered in 1995 and ended two years later. In Kirk, he played Kirk Hartman, a 24-year-old who has to raise his siblings. He and his wife Chelsea also worked together on Kirk.
Kirk and his wife, fellow “Growing Pains” star Chelsea Noble, were married on July 21, 1991. They 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).
Kirk has since left mainstream film, though a decade after Growing Pains ended, he starred in a television reunion film, The Growing Pains Movie, in 2000, and another one, Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers, in 2004. He reunited with the cast of Growing Pains for a CNN Larry King Live interview which aired on February 7, 2006, in conjunction with the Warner Bros. release of the complete first season of Growing Pains on DVD. On his reuniting with cast of Growing Pains he said this, “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.”
He and his wife Chelsea have worked together in the Christian-themed films Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, and Left Behind: World at War. He played Cameron “Buck” Williams and Chelsea played Hattie Durham. In 2008 he appeared in the film Fireproof as the lead actor, portraying Captain Caleb Holt. Although it was a low-budget film it turned out to be the highest grossing independent film of 2008!
Kirk is an active Christian evangelist, currently partnering with Ray Comfort in the evangelical ministry The Way of the Master, and has co-founded The Firefly Foundation with his wife, actress Chelsea Noble, which is a summer camp that gives terminally ill children and their families a free week’s vacation.
Kirk Cameron Tidbits:
-He is a vegetarian.
-Kirk was in a 60-second Pepsi commercial during Super Bowl XXIV.
-On September 13, 2009 Cameron was awarded the key to the city of Cullman, Alabama by their Mayor Max Townsend at First Baptist Church of Cullman Alabama.
-He won a People’s Choice Award in 1988 & 1989 for Favorite Young TV Performer.
-Young Artist Awards he won are 1986 Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series, Growing Pains,1987 Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Starring in a Television Comedy or Drama Series, Growing Pains, 1987 Best Young Male Superstar in Television, Growing Pains.
-He won the 1987 Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in the film Like Father, Like Son.
-He won the 1990 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite TV Actor on the TV series Growing Pains.
-He chronicled his rise to fame and religious development in Still Growing: An Autobiography in 2008.
-He used to be neighbors with Adam Rich, of “Eight Is Enough” (1977) fame.
-His parents named him after Captain Kirk, the William Shatner character from the original “Star Trek” (1966) series.
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