Joseph Cameron Finley (born August 30, 1987) is an American former child actor and molecular biologist. While receiving accolades for his work in Hope Floats, Baywatch, One True Love, and Perfect Game, he is most known for his role as Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver in the 1997 film Leave It to Beaver based upon the television series by the same name.
Finley was born in Garland, Texas, the son of Lexa Iann (née Aulgur), a spiritual healer, and Charles David "Chuck" Finley, a software developer. He has two siblings, Taz and Stopher. When he was three, he was taken by his parents to an acting seminar near his home. He continued acting until the age of 12, at which time he chose to quit acting so he could go to school full-time and "be a normal kid".
Finley starred in his first national commercial, for Shell Oil, when he was three years old and living with his family in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas. He also featured in commercials for such companies as Taco Bell, Shout, and Brink's Security. Finley acted in the films What's Eating Gilbert Grape, A Perfect World, 8 Seconds, and appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on three separate occasions. In 1997, after beating out more than 5,000 other boys in a nationwide search, Finley played the title character in the Leave It to Beaver film. He then appeared in Hope Floats as Travis, a sad child who dresses up as a dozen different characters ranging from Barney the Dinosaur to Charlie Chaplin. Finley also starred in the 2000 direct-to-video Disney movie Perfect Game, in which he played Kanin, a boy driven by the ghost of his deceased father to show that he can play baseball as well as anyone on the championship Little League team.
Since leaving acting in 2000, Cameron graduated high school and went to study at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently a researcher in molecular biology, and has published a number of academic research articles in his field.
|1993||What's Eating Gilbert Grape||Doug Carver|
|1993||A Perfect World||Bob Fielder, Jr.|
|1994||8 Seconds||Young Lane Frost|
|1997||Leave It to Beaver||Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver|
|1994||Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III||Gus||TV miniseries|
|1995||A Woman of Independent Means||Drew #1||TV miniseries|
|1995||Coach||Angry Child||"Is It Hot in Here, or Is It Me?: Part 2"|
|1995||Walker, Texas Ranger||Little Phil / Zack Jamison||"Blue Movies", "Final Justice"|
|1995||Deadly Family Secreets||Timothy Pick||TV film|
|1996||Don't Look Back||Jeremy||TV film|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Matt||"The Violin Lesson"|
|1998||The Lionhearts||Spencer Lionheart (voice)||Main role|
|1998-99||Baywatch||Tanner Sloan||Recurring role|
|1999||Three Secrets||Spencer||TV film|
|1999||Streets of Laredo||Ben Parker||TV miniseries|
|2000||One True Love||Corey||TV film|
|2000||Perfect Game||Kanin 'Canine' Crosby||TV film|
|2000||Time Share||Max Weiland||TV film|
|2000||Static Shock||Second Boy (voice)||"Child's Play"|
Awards and nominations
- 1998, won Lone Star Film & Television Awards 'Rising Star Actor'
- 1998, The Hollywood Reporter YoungStar Awards nomination for 'Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy Film' for Leave It to Beaver
- 1998, The Hollywood Reporter YoungStar Awards nomination for 'Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy Film' for Hope Floats
- 1998, Young Artist Awards nomination for 'Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Under' for Leave It to Beaver
- 1999, Young Artist Awards nomination for 'Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Under' for Hope Floats
- 2000, Young Artist Awards nomination for 'Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Supporting Young Actor' for Baywatch
- 2001, Young Artist Awards nomination for 'Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama) - Supporting Young Actor' for One True Love
- 2001, Won 'Best Child Actor' at International Family Film Festival (formerly Santa Clarita International Film Festival) for Perfect Game
- "Cameron Finley bio". The New York Times. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- "Cameron Finley filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- Cameron Finley Biography (1987-)
- Cameron Finley Biography - Yahoo! Movies
- Caro, Mark (August 22, 1997). "Leave It to Cameron". Star-News via Chicago Tribune. p. 5D.
- "Boy Gets 'Beaver' Title Role". The Day. May 27, 1996. p. A14. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
- "Universal Leaves 'Beaver' Role To Texas Boy". Orlando Sentinel. Associated Press. June 7, 1996. p. 29.
- Gire, Dann (August 22, 1997). "Acting, laser tags, whatever; when you're 10, anything's possible". Daily Herald. p. 28 (Time Out).
- "Words of wisdom from Garland's Cameron Finley". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. August 22, 1997. p. 1 (Life & Arts).
- Hettrick, Scott (June 9, 2000). "A Kid's Idea Of A Perfect Game". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Los Angeles Times Syndicate. p. 13.
- Sumner, Jane (July 11, 1999). "Awards spangled up in fun". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- "Nominations for the 3rd Annual The Hollywood Reporter YoungStar Awards". September 17, 1998. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- "Nineteenth Annual Youth in Film Awards, 1996-1997". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on April 14, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- "20th Annual Youth in Film Awards, 1997-1998". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on April 30, 2001. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- "Twentyfirst Annual Young Artist Awards, 1998-1999". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- "Twenty-Second Annual Young Artist Awards, 1999-2000". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on September 5, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- "International Family Film Festival 2001 Winners". Santa Clarita International Film Festival. Archived from the original on December 22, 2009. Retrieved April 26, 2012.