From 1985 to 1992, Growing Pains had millions of viewers glued to the television screens. The series is about the "Sleaver" family and their everyday problems was a real hit in the late 80's and early 90's. "Maggie", the mom, decides to go back to work as a journalist, so her husband "Jason", a psychotherapist, takes over the education of children - which is not always a piece of cake...
Alan Thicke portrayed "Dr. Jason Seaver" and Joanne Kerns the journalist "Maggie Seaver". The couple had four children: "Mike", "Carol", "Ben" and the latecomer "Chrissy".
Alan Thicke (†69) was a true all-rounder: he was not only a successful actor, but also a popular songwriter. Thicke composed the themes for numerous TV series and shows. The Canadian was also a popular presenter and has moderated numerous broadcasts and talk shows in his home country. In recent years, Thicke has had guest appearances in various series (How I met Your Mother, Joey, American Dad etc.). The beloved actor passed away in December 2016 due to heart failure - he was 69 years old.
The actor was married three times. In 2005, he married the model Tanya Callau. From his first marriage, Thicke has two sons, one of them is a successful musician...
Robin Thicke is the second oldest son of Alan Thicke. Robin Thicke had his big breakthrough in 2013 with the smash hit "Blurred Lines".
Joana Kerns played the mother of the family, "Maggie Seaver". After Growing Pains had ended in 1992, Kerns went back to her real passion: directing. As a Director she was at the helm for some episodes of Dawson's Creek, Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy, among others. But she also never stopped acting: starred alongside Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted, as well as in the series Office Girl or most recently in the comedy Knocked Up.
At the age of nine, Jeremy Miller landed the role of youngest son "Ben Seaver". Kirk Cameron played the eldest son, and secret star of the series, "Mike Seaver".
Did you make the connection? Kirk Cameron has a famous sister: We all know about Candice Cameron Bure from the cult series Full House.
Kirk Cameron met his future wife Chelsea Nobel on the set of Growing Pains. The two were married on July 21, 1991. The couple has six children.
Kirk Cameron had his breakthrough as an actor with his role on Growing Pains. After the series, he had his own show called "Kirk". In the 1980's, Cameron was one of the most popular TV stars and won numerous awards for Growing Pains. For many years, Cameron Christian has been producing a Christian evangelical TV show called The Way of the Master, which he also hosts.
Jeremy Miller played the youngest son of the "Seavers". Today he is in his forties and still works as actor - however, he did not manage to build on the success he had with Growing Pains...
Tracey Gold was the eldest daughter of "Carol Seaver" and Growing Pains helped her become a well-known TV actress... In 2013, she played a guest role on the series Melissa & Joey and directed the TV movie My Dad's a Soccer Mom.
For the 2006 TV movie The Return of the Seavers, all former cast members reprised their roles from the show.
From 1990 to 1992, Ashley Johnson played "Chrissy Seaver", the youngest daughter of the family. Already as a teenager, she appeared in numerous series and films. Her biggest hits were: Marvel's The Avengers, The Help, What Women Want and The Killing. Also, she is a voice actor for video games.
From 1991 to 1992, Leonardo DiCpario had a recurring role on Growing Pains, he played the young "Luke Brower". DiCaprio's role was especially written for him and his presence was supposed to boost the ratings. But the then still unknown DiCaprio couldn't save the series. In the end, Growing Pains was cancelled after seven seasons in 1992.
Leonardo DiCaprio is the only one from the series who now has a big career in Hollywood. He is one of the most successful actors in the world and also a really driven and passionate producer.