Five Random Things You Didn’t Know About Kirk Cameron
By Michelle S. Lazurek, Contributing Writer
On Tuesday, September 24, 1985, my sister and I finished our homework, ate, showered, and plopped ourselves in front of the TV, eagerly awaiting the premiere of a new television sitcom called Growing Pains. The show featured the comical mishaps of the Seaver family. Families, like mine, tuned in every week to watch the bumbling antics of their eldest son, Mike Seaver, played by Kirk Cameron. For five years, this sitcom family entertained audiences everywhere. Then something happened.
Kirk became a Born Again Christian.
At age seventeen, Cameron dedicated his life to serving God. Cameron said, “When I was about 14 years old, I had been working in the entertainment industry for a few years, and I got the part of Mike Seaver on ‘Growing Pains.’ Within a few years, it was a hit show. . . I was a famous person. I had everything that I wanted. But, I met a man, who was the father of a girl that I liked, and I got to talking to this man, and he said, ‘There’s still something that you don’t have, though, Kirk. You have a lot, but you don’t have the Lord.’ So, I went to church with them, and I heard the Gospel for the very first time. . . the man at the front said it was the Word of God. He explained that there is a God who made me and you, and everyone on this planet, and everything in this universe; and He sustains our life, moment by moment. He is a holy God. He is a pure God. He is a good, amazing, wonderful God.”1
Since then, Cameron has starred in Christian films such as Left Behind, Fireproof, Unstoppable, and Saving Christmas. Currently, he and his wife of over twenty-four years, Chelsea Noble, founded Camp Firefly (also known as The Firefly Foundation), an organization dedicated to bringing the light of hope to terminally ill children by helping them attend camping trips and events.
Here are five random things you may not know about Kirk Cameron:
- Kirk was an atheist until the age of 17. In an interview regarding his conversion, Cameron stated, “I’ll be honest with you – I was not always a good Christian guy. I grew up in a home where we didn’t go to church. I didn’t believe in God. I was a staunch atheist for most of my life. I thought I was just too smart to believe in a fairy tale like that.”2
- Two of Kirk’s siblings starred on the same show. We all know that his sister Candace Cameron Bure starred on “Full House” as adorable DJ Tanner, but did you know he appeared in one episode as her cousin Steve, and his other sister, Bridgette, had a guest role as a receptionist?
- Kirk is an award-winning actor. Cameron received two People’s Choice awards for his work on “Growing Pains.” He also ranked Number 15 in VH1’s “100 Greatest Child Stars.”
- Live long and prosper. Kirk was named after Captain Kirk in the famous television series “Star Trek.”
- Kirk had a famous neighbor. He and his family were once neighbors with Adam Rich of “Eight is Enough” fame.3
Editor’s Note: Michelle S. Lazurek is a pastor’s wife, bible teacher, mother, author and speaker. She is a member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and has written articles on discipleship for places such as Charisma Magazine and Soli Gloria Deo Sisterhood. For more information, find her on Facebook at Michelle S. Lazurek or follow her on Twitter @mslazurek.