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Cameron Boyce
Cameron Boyce in october 2017.jpg
Boyce in 2017
Born
Cameron Mica Boyce

(1999-05-28)May 28, 1999
DiedJuly 6, 2019(2019-07-06) (aged 20)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active2008–2019

Cameron Mica Boyce[1] (May 28, 1999 – July 6, 2019) was an American actor. He began his career as a child actor, appearing in the 2008 films Mirrors and Eagle Eye, along with the comedy film Grown Ups (2010) and its 2013 sequel. His first starring role was on the Disney Channel comedy series Jessie (2011–2015).

Continuing to work with Disney, Boyce achieved further prominence as Carlos, one of the title characters in the musical fantasy Descendants franchise. He appeared in all three television films from 2015 to 2019, in addition to various spin-off media. Boyce was also featured as the lead of Disney XD comedy series Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything (2015–2017).

Ahead of the third Descendants' premiere in 2019, Boyce died at the age of 20 due to complications from epilepsy. Posthumously, he headlined the thriller film Runt (2020) and was a series regular on the Amazon Prime Video supernatural thriller Paradise City (2021).

Early life[edit]

Boyce was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 28, 1999.[2][3] Boyce was born to an African-American father and a Jewish mother.[4][5][6][7] His paternal grandmother, Jo Ann Boyce (née Allen), was one of the Clinton Twelve, the first African-Americans to attend an integrated high school in the Southern United States, in 1956, as ordered by Brown v. Board of Education.[8] His paternal grandfather was from the Caribbean.[7]

Boyce lived in the Los Angeles area with his parents and his younger sister,[9] until he moved in with former co-stars Karan Brar and Sophie Reynolds in May 2019.[10] He was trained in breakdancing, hip-hop, modern dance, jazz, tap dance, and ballet. His favorite style was breakdancing, and, along with four of his friends, he was a member of the breakdancing crew "X Mob".[11][failed verification]

Career[edit]

In May 2008, Boyce made his debut as a child actor in the music video "That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)", appearing as a younger version of Panic! at the Disco guitarist Ryan Ross. In July 2008, he appeared in General Hospital: Night Shift as a recurring character named Michael.[12] In August 2008, he made his feature film debut with a starring role in the horror film Mirrors, as well as appearing in the mystery-thriller film Eagle Eye that fall.[13][14]

In June 2010, Boyce starred as Keith, the spoiled son of Adam Sandler's character, in the comedy film Grown Ups and appeared later that same year showing off his dance skills on the web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.[15]

In April 2011, Boyce made a guest appearance on Disney Channel's comedy series Good Luck Charlie,[16] and later that month he was one of the featured dancers in a royal wedding tribute on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.[17] In June 2011, he had a small role as one of Judy's classmates in the family comedy film Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.[16] In August 2011, he was one of the featured dancers on Disney Channel's comedy series Shake It Up.[16] In September 2011, Boyce was cast in the starring role of Luke Ross on Disney Channel's comedy series Jessie.[18] During pre-production of the series, the role of Luke was originally intended to be a boy named Hiro adopted from Korea, but casting directors were impressed with Boyce during the audition process and ultimately decided to recreate the role specifically for him.[19][20]

In 2015, Boyce was one of the main cast members in Disney Channel's Descendants, playing Carlos, the son of Cruella de Vil. He later reprised the character for the animated shorts Descendants: Wicked World and in the sequels Descendants 2 and Descendants 3, the latter of which was released posthumously.

In March 2018, Boyce was cast in the ABC comedy television pilot Steps, in the role of Becker,[21] and was also cast in the indie film Runt, in the role of Cal.[22]

In January 2019, Boyce had joined the cast of HBO's Mrs. Fletcher.[23] In April 2019, Boyce performed in the music video for "Almost (Sweet Music)" by Hozier.[24] He choreographed the dance with dancer Christine Flores, who appeared in the video alongside him.[25] Just prior to his death, Boyce was to begin production with Sandler on a new project.[26] In September 2019, it was announced that his clothing line called Archives, co-founded by him and stylist and designer Veronica Graye, would be released in November 2019.[27]

On July 14, 2020, a year after Boyce's death, the Alex Winter-directed documentary Showbiz Kids debuted on HBO. The film, which is about childhood stardom and its effects, includes interview footage of Boyce. It is dedicated to the memory of Boyce and former child actress Diana Serra Cary who had died on February 24, 2020.[28] The project he was due to star in with Sandler, Hubie Halloween, was released on October 7, 2020, with a dedication to Boyce that read, "In loving memory of Cameron Boyce. Gone way too soon and one of the kindest, coolest, funniest, and most talented kids we knew. You live on forever in our hearts and are truly missed everyday".[29]

Death[edit]

On July 6, 2019, Boyce was found unresponsive at his home in Los Angeles. Authorities were called, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.[30] According to a statement made by Boyce's family, Boyce died in his sleep "due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated".[2][31] An autopsy was performed, but release of a cause of death was deferred pending further investigation.[32] On July 9, 2019, Boyce's family confirmed that his death was caused by an epileptic seizure and that Boyce had previously been diagnosed with epilepsy.[33] The autopsy results were released by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner on July 30, 2019, confirming Boyce's cause of death was due to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.[34] His body was cremated and his ashes returned to his family.[35]

Philanthropy[edit]

In the span of 40 days in 2017, Boyce helped raise over $27,000 for the Thirst Project, which helps bring clean water to underdeveloped countries.[36] In September 2019, Thirst Project officially changed the name of the Pioneering Spirit Award to the Cameron Boyce Pioneering Spirit Award, to honor his work with the organization.[37]

He also supported United Way of America's initiative to end homelessness. He helped raise money for the HomeWalk in 2015, and continued to do so up until the end of his life.[38] In May 2019, he participated in the opening ceremony of the 12th annual HomeWalk in downtown Los Angeles, one of the largest public events to end homelessness in the United States.[39]

Boyce also worked closely with It's On Us, a social movement created to raise awareness and fight against sexual assault on college campuses for both men and women.[40]

He also worked with the Lucstrong Foundation, which provides grants to families with children who are diagnosed with sickle cell disease and are going through the bone marrow transplant process.[41]

His final humanitarian project was called Wielding Peace, a social media campaign in conjunction with Delaney Tarr, co-founder of March for Our Lives. In Boyce's own words, the campaign would "help fight against gun violence by showing celebrities and survivors 'wielding' a new kind of weapon — one of unity."[42]

The Cameron Boyce Foundation[edit]

Following Boyce's death in 2019, The Cameron Boyce Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was founded in Los Angeles through Network for Good that provides young people artistic and creative outlets as alternatives to violence and negativity and uses resources and philanthropy for positive change in the world.[43]

On July 25, 2019, the foundation disclosed the first project to be carried out was Wielding Peace, which officially launched on August 16, 2019.[44][45] The foundation later donated $8,000 to Thirst Project to build a well in Uganda.[46]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 Mirrors Michael Carson [16]
2008 Eagle Eye Sam Holloman [16]
2010 Grown Ups Keithie Feder [16]
2011 Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Hunter [16]
2013 Grown Ups 2 Keithie Feder [16]
2020 Showbiz Kids Himself Documentary; posthumous release [28]
2020 Runt Cal Posthumous release [47][48]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 General Hospital: Night Shift Michael "Stone" Cates, Jr. Recurring role [15]
2011 Good Luck Charlie Fake Gabe Duncan Episode: "The Singin' Dancin' Duncans" [16]
2011 Shake It Up Lil Highlighter Dancer Episode: "Throw It Up" [16]
2011–2015 Jessie Luke Ross Main role [16]
2012–2014 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Jake Main voice role (seasons 2–3) [15]
2014 Ultimate Spider-Man Luke Ross Voice role; episode: "Halloween Night at the Museum" [15]
2015–2017 Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything Conor Lead role [16]
2015 Liv and Maddie Krahgg Episode: "Prom-a-Rooney" [15]
2015 Descendants Carlos Television film [16]
2015–2017 Descendants: Wicked World Carlos Television shorts; main voice role [15]
2016 Bunk'd Luke Ross Episodes: "Luke's Back", "Luke Out Below" [15]
2016 Code Black Brody Episode: "Love Hurts" [15]
2017 Descendants 2 Carlos Television film [16]
2017 Spider-Man Shocker / Herman Schultz Voice role; episode: "Osborn Academy" [49]
2019 Descendants 3 Carlos Television film; posthumous release [16]
2019 Wicked Woods: A Descendants Halloween Story Carlos Television short; posthumous release [50]
2019 Mrs. Fletcher Zach 5 episodes; posthumous release [16]
2021 Paradise City Simon Ostergaard 8 episodes; posthumous release [47]

Video games and web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2010 Just Dance Kids Coach and background dancer Video game [citation needed]
2010 The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers Young Jasper Web series; episode: "Origins" [15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Won [51]
2017 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Promotional Announcement Timeless Heroes – Be Inspired Won [52]
2018 Pioneering Spirit Award Inspirational efforts to support the fight against the world's water crisis Thirst Project Won [53]

References[edit]

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  38. ^ Cameron Boyce (October 31, 2014). "First 5 people to raise $500 or more, will get a PERSONAL SHOUTOUT! Make sure you go to unitedwayla.org/homewalk/ and donate to #TeamCameron thanks guys!!! #Homewalk". Retrieved July 11, 2019 – via Instagram.
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  41. ^ Boyce Cameron Boyce team. "Cameron did charity work unfortunately The Lucstrong Foundation was one very few people knew/know about.. By playing Kick Ball with a bunch of kind hearted people to help a people going through a tough time with Sickle Cell Disease♥️ with is a type of Blood Disorder!". Retrieved August 19, 2019 – via Facebook.
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  46. ^ The Cameron Boyce Foundation (September 29, 2019). "Yesterday, Cameron was honored at the tenth annual Thirst Gala where the award that he received last year was renamed The Cameron Boyce Pioneering Spirit Award. In his speech that he gave just over a year ago, he urged us all to use our resources to help people who need us. We are proud to announce that The Cameron Boyce Foundation has donated $8,000 to Thirst Project to build a well in Uganda. Because of the outpouring of love, and support and generous donations you have given us we are able to carry on the work that Cameron leaves behind. We look forward to continuing to support Thirst Project in their fight to end the global water crisis, and all of the many causes that were important to Cameron. #LiveLikeCameron #LoveLikeCameron#AffectLikeCameron". Retrieved September 29, 2019 – via Instagram.
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