Jeremy Miller

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Jeremy Miller
Born Jeremy James Miller
(1976-10-21) October 21, 1976 (age 38)
West Covina, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 1982—Present
Spouse(s) Joanie Miller

Jeremy James Miller (born October 21, 1976) is an American actor and singer best 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 along with Chad Allen.

Career[edit]

Miller was cast in a few commercials, then a 1984 guest role in Punky Brewster before landing the role of Ben Seaver, the youngest son on Growing Pains. Miller was supposed to be a part of the cast of the PBS show Ghostwriter. The creator wanted to make him a mentor to the younger Ghostwriter members, but the producers decided it wasn't a good idea for the show to have an older ghostwriter team member and Miller was not invited back after shooting the pilot. Since there was room for one more character in the show's budget he was replaced by Todd Alexander's character Rob. As an actor, probably his most recognizable trademark is the "Ben Seaver Scream," which can be heard and seen in any number of Growing Pains episodes and during the closing credits of the movie Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.

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?; he and his partner got through to the bonus round in the end (but failed to win the big prize). In the Family Guy episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven", 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, with his neck bobbling rapidly. He tells his son "Be-en! What have I told you about trading sexual favors for Sudafed?" He can be seen in four movies in 2009: Ditching Party, Never Have I Ever, The Fish and Tar Beach.[2]

According to Miller, 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.[3] Miller recorded radio ads with his own testimonial experience, which have aired on radio stations in the southern California market.

While promoting Start Fresh Recovery of Santa Ana, California in April 2014, Miller said he starting drinking alcohol at age four.[4][5]

Filmography[edit]

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 Growing Pains Ben Seaver TV Series,Season 1,14 Episode

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
1986 Growing Pains Ben Seaver TV Series,Season 2,22 Episode
1987 Emanon Jason Ballantine
1987 Shalom Sesame Special Guest TV series
1987 Growing Pains Ben Seaver TV Series,Season 3,26 Episode
1988 Snoopy! The Musical Linus van Pelt (voice) TV movie
1988 Growing Pains Ben Seaver TV Series,Season 4,22 Episode
1988 This Is America, Charlie Brown Linus Van Pelt TV mini-series,Season 1,Episode 2:The Birth of the Constitution
1989 Growing Pains Ben Seaver TV Series,Season 5,26 Episode
1990 The Willies Brad
1990 Growing Pains Ben Seaver TV Series,Season 6,24 Episode
1991 Growing Pains Ben Seaver TV Series,Season 7,24 Episode
1992 Ghostwriter Craig Mitchell TV Series,Season 1,Episode 6-9
1993 Based on an Untrue Story Jackie TV movie
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
2013 Fevered Dreams Jonathan Kemper (rumored) Pre-production
2013 Tar Beach Jed Pre-production

Personal life[edit]

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.[7][8] He is married to Joanie and has three stepsons.[9]

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