That leaves the bedroom walls clear for [KIRK CAMERON], who at 16 is the perfect age to appreciate the adulation of his thousands of young fans. Star of ABC's 2-year-old sitcom "Growing Pains," with Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns, Cameron has grown from a cuddly boy into a young heartthrob right in front of the camera.
Mowing down all competition by offering Dudley Moore as a co-star, [Brian Grazer] signed Cameron to star in "Like Father, Like Son," a Tri-Star comedy about role reversal due for release this fall. The producer says he recognized Cameron's potential earlier this year when he attended an ABC press event and noticed the size of the crowd surrounding the young actor.
Meanwhile, Cameron's parents take a no-nonsense approach to his fame. "Yes, he's Kirk the star, but first he's Kirk the son," his mother says. The Camerons also have three daughters, 15, 13 and 11, and the youngest, Candace, has recently begun acting.