Most remember Kirk Cameron as a young star on Growing Pains, but today the actor turns 48!
Cameron began acting back in the early ’80s with small roles on several series and TV movies before he landed the role of Mike Seaver on the beloved sitcom Growing Pains which ran for seven seasons from 1985 to 1992 when he was only 15 years old.
In the years since the show came to an end, Cameron has continued acting with many roles in both TV and film including in Like Father Like Son, Listen to Me, Left Behind and Fireproof, but has since mostly left mainstream television to focus on his Christian-based work. While he was an atheist as a teen, Cameron became a born-again Christian at 17 during the peak of his career on Growing Pains.
On July 21, 1991 Cameron married his Growing Pains costar Chelsea Noble and together the pair have adopted four children: Jack, Isabella, Anna, and Luke and have welcomed two biologically: Olivia and James.
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15. Emilio Estevez
Emilio Estevez got his big break in the ‘80s with his role in Tex and he continued his success with a role in The Outsiders, a film adaptation of an S.E. Hinton book, which became a cult classic, putting nearly every major actor, including Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise, on the Hollywood map. Throughout the ‘80s, he was part of the Brat Pack, a group of young actors that included Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson and Andrew McCarthy, but by the early 2000s, he began spending more time behind the camera. He’s directed episodes of Cold Case, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds and Numb3rs.