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America's origins are recounted in Monumental. The 90-minute real story follows this father of six across Europe and the United States as he searches for America's actual "national treasure"—the people, places, and ideals that made America the world's most free, affluent, and charitable nation.
Monumental is praised for being "inspiring," "beautifully executed," "powerful," and "intended to educate."
Long considered as "the land of opportunity," there is no doubt that the small group of religious outcasts who formed this country discovered a recipe for prosperity that went far beyond their wildest expectations. How else can you explain the fact that they founded a country that has become the finest example of civil, economic, and religious liberty in the history of the world?
What was the formula they discovered? What prompted their arrival in the first place? How can we apply these same fundamental principles to the present?
Kirk Thomas Cameron is an American actor and evangelical Christian who was born on October 12, 1970. He is best known for his role as Mike Seaver on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains (1985–1992), for which he received two Golden Globe Award nominations.
Cameron made numerous television and film appearances as a child actor throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including roles in the films Like Father, Like Son (1987) and Listen to Me (1989). He played Cameron "Buck" Williams in the Left Behind film series and Caleb Holt in the drama picture Fireproof in the 2000s (2008). Saving Christmas, his 2014 film, was lambasted by critics and hit the IMDb Bottom 100 List within a month of its release.
Cameron is an evangelical Christian and a partner of Ray Comfort in the evangelical ministry, The Way of the Master. He co-founded The Firefly Foundation with his wife, the actress Chelsea Noble.
Cameron was born in Panorama City, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. His parents, Barbara (née Bausmith) and Robert Cameron, a retired schoolteacher, are his grandparents. He has three sisters: Bridgette, Melissa, and Candace Cameron Bure, well known for her role as D.J. Tanner in the Full House television series. As opposed to a "regular" public or private school with many other pupils, he attended school on the set of Growing Pains. Nonetheless, he studied during production breaks and graduated with honors from Chatsworth High School in 1988.
Cameron began acting at the age of nine, and his first work was in a breakfast cereal advertisement. At age 13, he had his first starring part in the television series Two Marriages. He appeared in numerous television programs and films at this age. In 1985, he rose to fame after being cast as Mike Seaver in the ABC sitcom Growing Pains. In the series, Mike would eventually date Kate MacDonald, portrayed by Chelsea Noble, who would eventually marry Cameron. Cameron became a teen idol in the late 1980s, appearing on the covers of numerous teen publications, including Tiger Beat, Teen Beat, 16, and others. During that time, he earned $50,000 every week. He also appeared in a 60-second Pepsi advertisement during Super Bowl XXIV.
Cameron also guest-starred in the 1988 episode of Full House titled "Just One of the Guys" as the cousin of Candace Cameron's character, D.J. Tanner.
Cameron went on to star in other films, including 1987's box office hit Like Father Like Son (a body-switch comedy opposite Dudley Moore). Listen to Me, his next theatrical release in 1989, performed poorly at the box office. After Growing Pains concluded in 1992, Cameron went on to star in the WB sitcom Kirk, which debuted in 1995 and ran for three seasons. In Kirk, Cameron portrayed 24-year-old Kirk Hartman, who must parent his siblings. Cameron and Noble collaborated on the production of Kirk.
Cameron largely abandoned mainstream film and television, although he starred in a Growing Pains reunion film, The Growing Pains Movie, in 2000 and another, Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers, in 2004. Cameron reunited with the actors from Growing Pains for a CNN Larry King Live interview that aired on February 7, 2006, in partnership with Warner Bros. Cameron has also portrayed Cameron "Buck" Williams in the Christian-themed films Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, and Left Behind: World at War. Noble, Cameron's wife, co-starred in the film series as Hattie Durham. Cameron has appeared in various Christian-themed films produced by Cloud Ten Pictures, including The Miracle of the Cards.
Fireproof, a 2008 drama film produced by Sherwood Pictures, featured him as well. Cameron portrayed Captain Caleb Holt in the picture, which had a budget of $500,000 and he was the primary actor. The picture grossed $33,415,129 despite its modest budget and was a box office triumph. It was 2008's highest-grossing independent film.
Cameron was the host and narrator of the 2012 documentary Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure. On its first day of release, March 27, 2012, Monumental earned $28,340. The picture remained in theaters until May 20, 2012, and grossed a total of $1,230,000.
Cameron stated in 2013 that he would host the film Unstoppable, which was scheduled for release on September 24, 2013. Cameron hypothesizes that the film's trailer was prohibited on Facebook due to the film's religious nature. Facebook subsequently removed the block, citing an error by an automated system and the registration of a spam website at the same web address.
Cameron acted in and produced the 2014 family picture Mercy Rule, in which he portrayed a father attempting to preserve his small firm from lobbyists while supporting his son's desire to become a Little League baseball pitcher. In the film, which was released via direct-to-video and digital download, Cameron's real-life wife plays the role of his wife.
Cameron also starred in the 2014 Christian-themed comedy Saving Christmas. Critics hated the picture, and it won the 2014 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay. Because of his "ego," Cameron also received the honors for worst actor and worst screen combination.
Cameron was featured in Extraordinary, a 2017 film produced by students at Liberty University that was the first of its kind to be distributed nationally (for one night in September 2017). The video chronicles the aspirations of a marathon-running professor at Liberty University whose cross-country journey challenges his body and marriage.
In the 2018 documentary film Connect, Cameron assists parents in navigating the perils of technology, particularly social media, for their children.
In 2019, he appeared in an episode of the Netflix sequel to Full House, Fuller House.
Cameron collaborated with fellow evangelist Ray Comfort to teach evangelism techniques through the ministry they co-founded, The Way of the Master, and through Cameron's co-hosted television program of the same name. For two straight years, it earned the National Religious Broadcasters' Best Program Award. Additionally, it formerly included the radio program The Way of the Master Radio, hosted by Todd Friel. Later, the radio program was terminated and replaced with Friel's Wretched Radio. Cameron and his wife launched The Firefly Foundation, which operates Camp Firefly, a free summer camp for terminally ill children and their families.
On May 5, 2007, Cameron and Comfort participated in a televised debate with Rational Response Squad atheists Brian Sapient and Kelly O'Conner. It was moderated by Martin Bashir of ABC, and portions of it were broadcast on Nightline. At issue was God's existence, which Comfort claimed he could demonstrate scientifically without recourse to faith or the Bible. The audience consisted of both theistic and atheistic individuals. Discussion topics included atheism and evolution. While Sapient claimed during his arguments that Comfort violated the rules by mentioning the Ten Commandments, Cameron later stated on The Way of the Master radio show that the rules of the debate did not state that the Bible could never be referenced; rather, Comfort was required to present one argument that did not reference the Bible or faith. Cameron used the absence of a crocoduck to question the theory of evolution during the discussion, which later became a meme highlighting misconceptions about the subject.
On American college campuses in November 2009, Cameron and others distributed free copies of a modified edition of Charles Darwin's Across the Origin of Species. The book was comprised of Darwin's text with omitted chapters and an introduction by Ray Comfort that reiterated creationist claims about Darwin and evolution. Scientists and Darwin biographers questioned the deletion of essential chapters and noted that the book's introduction contains inaccuracies about Darwin and long-disproven creationist assertions regarding the theory of evolution, such as the connection between Nazi racial ideology and Darwinist beliefs. Later, Comfort stated that the four chapters were chosen at random to be omitted in order to make the book affordable as a giveaway, with the absent chapters available for download, but that the missing chapters were included in the second edition, which had a smaller text size that made printing the entire book affordable as a giveaway. The second edition lacks a preface by Darwin and a glossary of words. The National Center for Science Education organized a campaign to send an analysis of the Comfort introduction and a banana bookmark to U.S. colleges, a reference to Comfort's use of the banana as evidence for God's existence.
Cameron claimed on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on March 2, 2012, in response to a question regarding homosexuality, that it is "unnatural, harmful, and ultimately destructive to so many of the pillars of civilization." Cameron's remarks were criticized by GLAAD and prompted a backlash from gay rights advocates and Hollywood celebrities, including Growing Pains co-stars Tracey Gold and Alan Thicke, as well as Roseanne Barr, Craig Ferguson, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Piers Morgan claimed that Cameron was courageous for expressing his opinion, despite the outdated nature of his beliefs. Supporters, though, sent him "thousands of emails and comments." Rosie O'Donnell wanted him to share his opinions on her talk program, but he rejected it and proposed a private meal instead.
At Indiana Wesleyan University, he was honored by being admitted into their Society of World Changers on April 11, 2012, during a ceremony on IWU's campus at which he spoke.
Conversion to Christianity:
Cameron was an atheist during his early teenage years. At age 17, amid the height of his career on Growing Pains, he converted to Christianity.
After converting to Protestant Christianity, he demanded that the Growing Pains narratives be modified to remove any material he deemed too mature or inappropriate.
Cameron lost contact with his former co-stars and did not talk to Tracey Gold for eight years after the series was canceled. Cameron has indicated that this decision was not motivated by anger toward any of his former co-stars, but rather by his desire to start a new life away from the entertainment industry and the lifestyle he had led for the past seven years.
Prior to the premiere of The Growing Pains Movie in 2000, for which the entire main cast was reunited, Cameron expressed regrets over how his relationship with his castmates had changed following his religious conversion during the production of the series, stating, "I definitely made a 180-degree turn, turning toward another aspect of myself." I moved my concentration from 100 percent on the program to 100 percent on [my new life], leaving even the friendships that were a part of the show with zero percent of my attention. If I could go back in time, I believe I would have made decisions that were less accidentally harmful to the cast, such as communicating with them and explaining why I just wanted my family at my wedding.
In the year 2020, Cameron questioned the origins of COVID-19, stating, "Something doesn't seem quite right about all of this." In addition to the presence of a very dangerous virus, there is something else going on. I do not know who all the participants are or how anything works. He also opposed the public health regulations put in place to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, stating, "Socialism and communism are knocking on our doors... dressed as public health and social justice."
As hospitals were overrun by record-breaking levels of COVID-19 infections in late December 2020, Cameron organized at least two gatherings of dozens of individuals to sing Christmas carols without masks as a protest against increased restrictions imposed to combat the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The events were hosted outside, in locations such as a mall parking lot in Ventura County, which is part of the Southern California Region, a collection of counties under a state-mandated stay-at-home order precipitated by inadequate ICU capacity. Barbara Ferrer, director of public health for Los Angeles County, criticized Cameron's choice to hold big gatherings as "extremely reckless and quite dangerous."
Cameron hosted an outdoor, mask-free New Year's Eve singing and prayer gathering in Malibu, ignoring state senator Henry Stern's suggestion that he remain at home alone.
Cameron and his wife, Growing Pains co-star Chelsea Noble, were married on July 21, 1991. They currently have six children: four adopted: Jack (born in 1996), Isabella (born in 1997), Anna (born 1998), and Luke (born 2000); and two biological: Olivia (born in 2001) and James (born in 2003). (born 2003).
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