Jeremy Miller

Jeremy James Miller (born October 21, 1976) is an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of Ben Seaver on Growing Pains and its two reunion movies. He also voiced Linus van Pelt in Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!.

Jeremy Miller
Born
Jeremy James Miller

(1976-10-21) October 21, 1976 (age 44)
OccupationActor
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Joanie Miller

CareerEdit

Miller was cast in a few commercials, then a 1984 guest role in Punky Brewster before landing the role of Ben Seaver, the younger son on Growing Pains. After Growing Pains, he appeared in the film Milk and Fashion, in commercials for McDonald's "Dollar Menunaires" promotion shot as a parody of the VH1 series Best Week Ever, and as the star of the 1990 Hanukah episode of Shalom Sesame (an Israeli version of Sesame Street).[1] He has also been spotted in Boys and Girls Guide To Getting Down. He appeared in a special celebrity team-up episode of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? facing off against Mayim Bialik from Blossom, and Taytana Ali from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; he and his partner got through to the bonus round in the end (but failed to win the big prize).

He can be seen in four movies in 2009: Ditching Party, Never Have I Ever, The Fish and Tar Beach.[2]

While promoting Start Fresh Recovery of Santa Ana, California in April 2014, Miller said he started drinking alcohol at age four.[3][4] Miller states that he suffered from alcohol abuse for years, until he had an implant that released the drug Naltrexone into his system. In 2011, he became a spokesperson for Fresh Start Private Management Inc., the rehabilitation company that administered his treatment.[5]

Miller was portrayed by voice actor Patrick Meighan in the 2009 Family Guy episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven", where he appears and tries to convince the other characters to buy him a case of Sudafed, but an animated version of his TV dad Alan Thicke appears and tells his son "Be-en! What have I told you about trading sexual favors for Sudafed?"

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Punky Brewster Jimmy TV series,Season 1,Episode 8:Visit to the Doctor/Go to Sleep
1985 Deceptions Mark Richards TV movie
1985–92 Growing Pains Ben Seaver TV Series, 158 episodes

Young Artist Award for Best Young Supporting Actor in a New Television Series
Young Artist Award for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Television Comedy Series
Nominated-Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series
Nominated-Young Artist Award for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Long Running Series Comedy or Drama

1985 The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Linus Van Pelt (voice) TV Series, Season 2
1986 Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! Linus van Pelt (voice) TV short
1987 Emanon Jason Ballantine
1987 Shalom Sesame Special Guest TV series
1988 Snoopy!!! The Musical Linus van Pelt (voice) TV movie
1988 This Is America, Charlie Brown Linus Van Pelt TV mini-series,Season 1,Episode 2:The Birth of the Constitution
1990 The Willies Brad
1992 Ghostwriter Craig Mitchell TV Series,Season 1,Episode 6-9
1993 Based on an Untrue Story Jackie TV movie
2000 Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders Additional Voices (voice) Direct to Video
2000 The Growing Pains Movie Ben Seaver TV movie
2004 Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers Ben Seaver TV movie
2006 Von's Room Guest TV Series
2007 Milk and Fashion Jack
2009 Never Have I Ever Glenn Brandis
2010 Ditching Party Jim

Personal lifeEdit

At about age 14, Miller received numerous letters from an older male stalker during the run of Growing Pains.[6]

Miller attended the University of Southern California for one year.[6][7] He is married to Joanie Miller and has three stepsons.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Shalom Sesame Show 6: Chanukah [VHS]: Shalom Sesame Street: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "The Cast of 'Growing Pains:' Where Are They Now?". Fox News. December 18, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  3. ^ "'Growing Pains' star Jeremy Miller: I started drinking at age 4". Fox News. April 4, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  4. ^ "Blog - 'Growing Pains' Star Talks Life After Stardom". ET Canada. April 4, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  5. ^ "Fresh Start Private Management Inc. Brings Jeremy Miller From TV Show Growing Pains Aboard as Spokesperson". Marketwire.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Show Me That Smile Again". TMZ.com. February 20, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  7. ^ "Growing Pains: 1985-1992 - Growing Pains, Where Are They Now?, Alan Thicke, Ashley Johnson, Jeremy Miller, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold". People.com. June 26, 2000. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved November 22, 2015.

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