Kirk, my old friend, you're still alive...
Tiger Beat coverboy and teen actor Kirk Cameron turns 37 years old today. Known best to 80s fans as "Mike Seaver" on TV's "Growing Pains," I prefer to turn to his one epic achievement on the big screen in the 80s.
Yes, I speak of 1987's "Like Father, Like Son." Oh yeah, I hear the groans out there. Definitely not a classic. Cameron was so stiff and fake in the movie, I have previously dubbed him the top 10 "Sanjayas of the 80s."
Thankfully though, the nearly always brilliant Dudley Moore (along with a very young Sean Astin) rescued that flick. Moore was one of those few actors who could be stuffed into a soft-porn movie ("10" anyone?) or a children's movie and still double the box-office take. Hell, if I were a Hollywood producer in the '80s, I would have required a Dudley Moore cameo in every movie I made. (I picture him as Julie's dad in "Valley Girl" and maybe an cockney "Mikey Tangino" or the haughty Maitre D' at the Harrow Club in "Beverly Hills Cop.")
These days, Cameron would need more than a little of the late Moore's magic touch to get his acting career going again. Instead, Cameron is focused on the evangelical Christian ministry The Way of the Master, of which he's a partner.
Will he ever return to acting? He's not ruling it out.
"I'd love to be on a hit television show again, but not for the sake of being on the cover of all the magazines," Cameron told Christianity Today in a 2003 interview. "I'd do it simply because I was putting something great into the hands of American families."